Mental health recovery plan backed by £500 million

  • Chris Easom
  • April 4, 2021

People with mental health difficulties, ranging from severe mental illnesses such as bipolar and schizophrenia, to those with more common mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, will benefit from expanded mental health services backed by £500 million as part of the government’s Mental Health Recovery Action Plan.

Nightingale hospitals to close from April

  • Chris Easom
  • March 31, 2021

The network of emergency Nightingale hospitals set up to cope with a surge of Covid-19 cases is to close from April, the NHS has said. Established last spring amid fears that the NHS might be overwhelmed, the temporary hospitals in England were largely not needed. Some were used as rehab centres and the sites in London and Sunderland will stay open for vaccinations. The NHS said they had been the “ultimate insurance policy”.

Carers who sleep overnight at work not entitled to minimum wage for whole shift

  • Chris Easom
  • March 24, 2021

Carers who sleep at their workplace overnight in case they are needed are not entitled to the minimum wage for their whole shift, the Supreme Court has ruled. Judges dismissed appeals against previous court rulings from two care workers. Care organisations said the ruling meant the sector had avoided a “potentially catastrophic financial outcome” and estimated back pay liabilities of £400m

Wales offers £500 bonus to health and social care workers

  • Chris Easom
  • March 20, 2021

Wales has offered a £500 bonus to health and social care workers for their work during the COVID crisis. The country’s health minister Vaughan Gething announced NHS and social care staff will receive a £735 payment to recognise their efforts during the pandemic. The one-off payment will see most workers take home £500 after tax and national insurance deductions.

Record number of students apply for nursing

  • Chris Easom
  • March 18, 2021

Record numbers have applied to study nursing at UK universities during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of people applying for nursing courses has risen by almost a third, according to statistics from the university admissions service. The government says it is “another step closer” to delivering 50,000 more nurses for the NHS.

Care homes allow indoor visits from nominated friends and family

Care home visits from a nominated friend or relative will be permitted in England from today – but hugging and kissing residents is still off limits. Every care home resident will be able to nominate someone to visit them indoors, while residents with the highest care needs can receive more frequent visits from a loved one who will provide essential care and support.

Vaccine offers for all those aged 56 or over

  • Chris Easom
  • March 7, 2021

People aged 56 to 59 in England are being invited to book their coronavirus vaccine from this week. It comes after eight in 10 people aged 65 to 69 have taken up the offer of a jab, NHS England said. More than 18 million people in England have already had one dose of the vaccine – over a third of the entire adult population.

Care homes can impose ‘no jab, no job’ contracts on new staff

  • Chris Easom
  • March 5, 2021

Care homes can impose ‘no jab, no job’ contracts on new staff, the Justice Secretary has confirmed. Robert Buckland said care homes must have “obvious rationale” to require employees to be vaccinated. He added that the Government would not be adopting a “blanket approach” to care homes imposing “no jabs, no jobs” policies.

Nurses may have to wait beyond Budget for pay rise news

  • Chris Easom
  • March 2, 2021

The NHS risks an “exodus” of nurses after the pandemic abates if Rishi Sunak fails to offer a decent pay rise to staff, union bosses have warned. Nursing leaders said staff are “exhausted and morale is on the floor” after nearly a year of gruelling shifts battling coronavirus. The RCN urged the Chancellor to use next week’s Budget to boost central NHS funding for the explicit purpose of increasing staff pay levels or risk staff shortages which could hit patient care.

Age not job prioritised in second phase of Covid jab roll-out

  • Chris Easom
  • March 2, 2021

Vaccinating people in order of age is the fastest way to cut Covid-19 deaths in the next phase of the roll-out, say experts advising the UK government. People in their 40s will be next, once the current phase is completed. Priority based on jobs would be “more complex” and could slow down the programme, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation said.

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