Headlines: August 10th, 1998

One of the largest studies of its kind has revealed the areas to target to
tackle inequality at work.

The Policy Studies Institute has just published research which suggests that
registered male nurses are twice as likely to be promoted as their female

All NHS Trusts in England have now been told to review their nurse employment policies to ensure that opportunities for career development and advancement within the NHS are fair and equal amongst men and women. The instruction coincides with a significant fall in the numbers of people coming forward to train as nurses, and worries that in the future there won’t be enough skilled nurses to meet the country’s needs.

A Circular to be sent this week to NHS Chief Executives, Directors of Human
Resources and Directors of Nursing says that the PSI’s report “confirms the
extent of men’s career advantage in nursing, and highlights four areas in which
employers might act to redress this imbalance.”

These are an unduly negative impact of career breaks on the chances of career
progression, the lack of opportunities for part-time work in senior posts, the
lack of opportunities for promotion from the specialties within which women are more likely to be located, and the inadequacy of childcare provision by both NHS employers, and more widely.

“Gender Inequalities in Nursing Careers”, by Louise R Finlayson and James Y
Nazroo, is published by the Policy Studies Institute and is available from
Grantham Books, price fourteen pounds 95 pence (ISBN 0 85374 729 6).