Sector News Update – 27th July 2020


Hi everyone,


Last week Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced welcome news that almost 900,000 public sector workers are to get an above-inflation pay rise, including doctors and teachers.


The dispute between a group of early years experts and teachers and the Department for Education over the Government’s planned reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage ramped up last week. Following the launch of a petition against the planned changes to the revised EYFS last week by Right from the Start, the DfE published a blog in response strongly refuting the group’s claims.


The latest figures from NHS England show that almost 700 children under 16 were admitted to hospital because of obesity before the coronavirus pandemic – the second highest number on record. Last week called for urgent measures to be taken to tackle childhood obesity as figures highlight an ongoing and growing crisis.


The Care Quality Commission has come together with trade associations and other partners from across the adult social care sector to set out key principles and a shared understanding, ensuring everyone gets the most out of inspection. The newly published document was made available last week.


More than 30 million people in the UK will receive the flu vaccination during this flu season as part of the most comprehensive flu programme in the country’s history, which is set to be rolled out this winter according to a government announcement.


Researchers at the University of Oxford have begun recruiting for the next phase in human trials of a coronavirus vaccine in human volunteers. After the phase I trial in healthy adult volunteers began in April, with more than 1,000 immunisations having been completed and the follow-ups currently ongoing, the researchers are now looking to recruit ahead of the phase II and phase III parts of the vaccine study.


The Royal College of Nursing outlined the need for long-term investment in nursing higher education in England to address the current workforce shortage.

Until next time, take care.