RCN Nursing Awards open for entries

  • Chris Easom
  • April 21, 2021

The UK’s most prestigious nursing awards have opened for entries, with honours including the RCN Nurse of the Year 2021 title. The RCN Nursing Awards invite nurses, students and nursing support workers to share their innovations and expertise and celebrate their contribution to improving care and outcomes for people of all ages and walks of life. Entries are open to individuals and teams in 14 categories. The deadline for entries is April 30th and you do not need to be an RCN member to enter.

Medical students lose money in placement row

  • Chris Easom
  • April 12, 2021

Medical students have lost thousands of pounds after being refused refunds for foreign training placements thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic. They had paid to volunteer in hospitals in Asia, Africa and South America but were unable to go when international travel was halted in 2020. Those unable to rebook say they have been left “devastated and sickened”, losing £2,000 in some cases. Work the World said a “small number” of students were not eligible for refunds.

£341m funding boost for adult social care

  • Chris Easom
  • April 8, 2021

Matt Hancock has announced a further £341 million in funding for the adult social care sector. The Health and Social Care Secretary said the funding will help with infection control and testing to allow more of those receiving care to see their loved ones. The additional money takes the total infection control fund to almost £1.35 billion and support for rapid testing to £288 million, with the money helping to keep residents and staff safe while supporting visiting in line with the latest guidance. This funding is in addition to free PPE and further support for designated settings to ensure safe hospital discharge.

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.

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