As the service responds to changing demand and medical advances, more staff – and new careers – are being developed
Seventy years ago the NHS launched with a workforce of around 144,000. Since then, the health service has grown to become the single biggest employer in the UK, with 1.7 million workers across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, making it the fifth-largest workforce in the world. It is probably the most diverse workforce in the UK – for instance, some 62,000 NHS staff in England are EU nationals. It’s not unusual to be treated by a nurse from the Philippines or India or seen by a doctor from Egypt, Korea or even Russia.
As the workforce demographic has changed there have also been huge advances in medicine. There has been a move towards more patient self-management in an integrated health and social care system, with more people looked after outside of hospital nearer home. At the same, time patient demand has soared, and it is anticipated that 190,000 more staff will be needed in England alone by 2027 if the current pressure on services continues apace.Continue reading...
The health service has been through many changes since 1948 – as we hear from some of the people closest to it
The health service’s 70th birthday offers the chance to recognise the work of its staff. In these times of unprecedented demand and financial pressure, healthcare workers are the lifeblood of the NHS, and their goodwill is often credited with keeping the service running.
Those who use the NHS have also played a significant part in shaping it. Whereas in the past, the patient played a passive role in healthcare, they now have much more control over what happens, and are responsible for some aspects of their care.Continue reading...
Ein kleines Rätsel zur Auflockerung des Büroalltags gefällig? Diesmal geht es um vier Gleichungen mit drei Variablen.
Critics say UCL research calls into question government’s plans to expand selective state education
Grammar school pupils gain no social or emotional advantages by age 14 over children who do not attend a selective school, a study suggests.
The research by University College London (UCL) is the latest to call into question the government’s plans to expand selective state education, which have been fiercely opposed by educationalists and policymakers.Continue reading...
Figures show one in four of colleges failed to admit a single black British student each year between 2015 and 2017
Oxford’s glacial progress in attracting students from diverse backgrounds has been revealed in figures showing that more than one in four of its colleges failed to admit a single black British student each year between 2015 and 2017.
Several of the most prestigious colleges, including Balliol, University and Magdalen, each admitted two black British students as undergraduates during the three-year period.Continue reading...
How a commitment to widening access has led to a rise in admissions of state school pupils
While many Oxford colleges struggle to admit a diverse range of undergraduates, Wadham College stands out as showing what can be done when a college’s leadership and governing body are committed to the cause of widening access.
While some colleges such as Mansfield, Somerville, St John’s and Lady Margaret Hall have also developed innovative access schemes, Wadham’s commitment can be measured in the 68% of state school students it admits, compared with its neighbour, Trinity, admitting just 41%.Continue reading...
Die EU hat eine neue Verordnung zum Datenschutz erlassen. Wer sie ernst nimmt, müsste die Schulen jetzt vom Netz nehmen.
Die Zahlen arbeitslos gemeldeter Lehrkräfte steigen in den großen Ferien dramatisch an, letztes Jahr waren es fast 5000. Schulen und Gewerkschaften kritisieren die Ausbeutung junger Kollegen.
The lingua franca of the ‘establishment’ is now only spoken by a tiny fraction of the population – although the RP tinges of my own accent often proved beneficial
People often talk about the English language as if it is a thing to keep pretty – a petticoat that might be sullied by the spread of glottal stops, text-speak or slang. The latest to weigh in is the writer and critic Jonathan Meades, in a column mourning the decline of received pronunciation (RP). Meades argues that the accent – also known as the Queen’s English or BBC English – should be regarded as “a sort of glue, a force for uniting the country” and “celebrated as a tool of social mobility”.
The term RP has murky origins, but it is regarded as the accent of those with power, influence, money and a fine education – and was adopted as a standard by the BBC in 1922. Today, it is used by 2% of the population.Continue reading...
Dürfen Eltern ihre Kinder vor Ferienbeginn aus der Schule nehmen, um günstiger in den Urlaub fahren zu können? Die SZ-Leser vertreten unterschiedliche Ansichten.
After one writer shared an inspirational reconnection, we’d like to hear from you about the teachers that made a difference
American poet Robert Frost liked to think of himself not as a teacher but as an “awakener” – it’s an idea you might recognise if your teacher kindled an interest that would go on to shape your life. Teachers can stay with us long after our school days are over, through sage advice we continue to live by or simple anecdotes we like to tell.
After writer Julia Reaside wrote to her old teacher recently, to let her know what a help she’d been, she received a heartfelt letter back.Continue reading...
Schule schwänzen und früher in den Urlaub fahren? Lehrer- und Elternvertreter haben zu diesem Verhalten eine klare Meinung.