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Capsticks, with NHS Employers, has produced a suite of resources designed to support the NHS workforce, including podcasts and guidance. Also, see below for latest news updates and upcoming events.

Latest news

Read a selection of relevant news articles from Capsticks’ website:   

03/11/2017 - Employment law round-up

01/11/2017 - Employment tribunal fees refund scheme begins

15/09/2017 - Employment law round-up

04/09/2017 - Department of Health issues guidance on “retire and return”

31/08/2017 - EAT upholds whistleblowing claim against non-executive directors

24/08/2017 - Employers must consult unions over working rights changes of employees undertaking police work

27/07/2017 - Employment tribunal fees are unlawful

01/06/2017 - EAT gives guidance on when sleep-ins count for purposes of the national minimum wage

11/04/2017  - New rules on publishing information on trade union facility time

29/03/2017 - Government triggers Article 50 – implications for your workforce

21/03/2017 - Service provision changes and the principal purpose test

16/03/2017 - Further requirements for NHS providers wishing to engage off-payroll workers

08/03/2017 -  Changes to salary sacrifice arrangements from April 2017

01/03/2017 - Trade Union Act in force from 1 March

15/02/2017 - Unmarried cohabitants entitled to receive survivor's pension


Hot topics – listen to a series of podcasts on key issues in healthcare.

  • Mental health - Sean Duggan - Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network discusses the key workforce issues for the mental health sector with Rachael Heenan, senior partner at Capsticks.

  • Bullying and harassment - Christina McAnea - Head of Health for Unison discusses bullying in the workplace with Martin Hamilton, partner and head of employment at Capsticks.

  • Brexit Kate Ling - Senior European Policy Manager in the NHS Confederation's European Office discusses the implications of Brexit with Martin Hamilton, partner and head of employment at Capsticks.

  • Raising concerns – Dr Henrietta Hughes - National Guardian for the NHS discusses raising concerns and the role of Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU) guardians with Ron Simms, employment partner at Capsticks. 

Workforce of 2020 - In this series, Kelvin Cheatle, consultant at Capsticks, interviews key workforce leaders to discuss their thoughts on the NHS Workforce of 2020, including the possible impact of devolution and recruitment supply. 

  • Dean Royles - HR director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 
  • Lord Norman Warner - Member of the House of Lords and former Minister of State at the Department of Health.
  • Danny Mortimer - Chief executive at NHS Employers.
  • Deborah Tarrant - Director of people and organisational development at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
IR35 and the new requirements for NHS employers
Major changes have been introduced to the intermediaries legislation (commonly known as IR35) which apply where the services of an individual are provided through an intermediary to a “public authority” which includes all NHS organisations.

Agenda for change pay scales and points – April 2016
The Agenda for Change pay scales poster has been updated, following the government’s announcement of the NHS pay award for 2016/17.

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