Sector News Update – 13th July 2020
Last week Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a £30bn plan to save jobs. It includes cutting VAT on hospitality and paying firms a £1,000 bonus for every staff member kept on for three months when the furlough scheme ends in October. He also announced a scheme to give 50% off to people dining out in August. The chancellor warned "hardship lies ahead", but vowed no-one will be left "without hope", in a statement to MPs. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53268594
The financial statement from the Chancellor Schools also included plans to allow schools to apply for grants from the government to make their buildings more energy-efficient under a new public sector decarbonisation scheme. https://schoolsweek.co.uk/schools-to-get-energy-efficiency-grants-from-1bn-fund/
Health Education England (HEE) has announced it will invest £10m in funding to help support the growth of the clinical workforce, with the money going to expand the number of available placements for health and care courses. People studying nursing, midwifery and selected allied health professions will benefit from the additional funding and number of placements, allowing further allocation of spaces. http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/health-education-england-nhs-workforce
New figures show that the proportion of schools that have reopened more widely has flatlined, but learner attendance is continuing to rise. https://schoolsweek.co.uk/attendance-rates-continue-to-rise-as-proportion-of-reopened-schools-flatlines/
NHS Test and Trace statistics demonstrate that 97.5% of in-person coronavirus tests last week were returned the day after the test was taken. http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/nhs-test-trace-data-returned-results
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is carrying out rapid reviews into how providers are working collaboratively in local areas, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help the sector prepare for future pressures. The reviews aim to support providers across systems by sharing learning, helping drive improvements and ensure preparedness for future pressures on local health and care systems. http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/cqc-rapid-review-future-pressures
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