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Portuguese nurse scoops top UK care prize

A Portuguese nurse, who moved to the UK several years ago in search of employment which she failed to find in her home country, has won a top UK prize in her professional field, being voted the ‘Best Nurse’ in England. Sílvia Nunes who emigrated to the UK in 2014, was awarded the Great British Care Award in the category of Best Nurse for Innovation, Creativity and Attention at Work. The 34-year-old was in the running with seven other colleagues in the Good Nurse Awards, and was the only foreigner nominated in her category. This is Ms. Nunes’ second top nursing prize in the UK, after being chosen as ‘Best Nurse – East of England’ by the same institution last year, as well as being named ‘Personality of 2018’.

Ealing Hospital’s A&E has been saved after NHS scraps controversial plan to close it

The A&E at Ealing Hospital appears to have been saved after the NHS binned a controversial plan to close it. The local council welcomed the news, with a spokeswoman saying if the plan had gone ahead, the borough would have been left with a population equal to Leeds without an accident and emergency department. The NHS’s £500m Shaping a Healthier Future scheme planned to axe almost half the region’s blue light services. The dropping of the programme was confirmed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. It would have also seen the closure of Charing Cross Hospital ‘s A&E, and the loss of 500 beds for acute patients in the region. The scrapping of the policy will be seen as a big victory for local health campaigners as well as the council, who worked with Hammersmith and Fulham Council to garner roughly 22,000 signatures during a seven-year campaign to save services.

Lincolnshire hospital parking system ‘not fit for purpose’

A parking firm has been criticised for issuing penalty notices to hospital staff, despite them paying a monthly fee to use the facilities. ParkingEye said there had been a small number of cases where vehicles were not correctly registered at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT). However, Bryn Jones, from Unite, said the system run by ParkingEye was not fit for purpose. ULHT confirmed it was working with the firm to resolve any issues. ParkingEye introduced the new automatic number plate recognition system in November 2018 when it took over the contract and said it was working to resolve any problems and had rescinded wrongly issued notices. A petition has also been launched calling for the system to be scrapped and the old barrier system brought back. ULHT, which has hospitals in Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Louth, said it was aware of staff being issued with penalty notices and advised them to appeal.

Work started on life-size Lancaster Bomber on Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border

Work has started to build a life-size model of a Lancaster Bomber on the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire border which campaigners hope will become a national landmark rivalling the Angel of the North. The steel replica of the iconic bomber will be built on high ground off the A46 at Norton Disney, in Lincolnshire, in a spot campaigners say will be seen by 34,000 motorists each day. Lincolnshire is known as “bomber county” because of the number of military airfields it had during the Second World War.

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Plans for all health and care staff to get autism training unveiled

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  • March 4, 2019

The Government has published its proposals to introduce mandatory autism and learning disability training to all health and care staff in England. This is a very welcome move that could mean that all NHS staff have the training they need to support autistic people. The Government has launched an eight-week consultation on their plans and is seeking the views of autistic people, their families, charities and professionals, including health and care staff. The proposals honour a commitment made by the Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, during a debate in Parliament. The debate was organised in response to a petition started by Paula McGowan, following the tragic death of her son Oliver in November 2016. Thousands of autistic people and their families backed this petition, along with organisations like National Autistic Society.

The hospice nurse spending Christmas with patients: ‘They hold on for that special day’

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  • January 3, 2019

This year, Beth Spooner will give up celebrating with her family to support those with life-limiting illnesses. “Cooking the Christmas dinner with my sister, that’s the thing I’m going to miss most. She’ll have to do it on her own this year.” On Christmas morning, Beth Spooner will be at work. Instead of walking her dogs or opening presents with her family, she’ll be spending the day with those for whom this Christmas may be their last. Beth is a senior hospice-at-home nurse at Rennie Grove hospice care, a charity providing care and support for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses. This Christmas, she’ll be working from early morning to 4pm, visiting the homes of patients nearing the end of their lives. The charity, which supports patients and families in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, offers 24-hour care, seven days a week, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Beth is one of a team of nurses who will be visiting terminally ill patients on Christmas Day, to help them manage their condition, provide pain relief and support their families. “It’s just really lovely to support people and know you are making a really difficult time just a little bit easier for them.”

NHS hospitals close to capacity in first week of December

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  • December 17, 2018

NHS hospitals in England were close to capacity in the first week of December, with 94.2% of beds across the country occupied, close to last winter’s peak of more than 95%. Bed capacity is a key indicator of how the hospital system is coping with increased winter demand, and the high level of bed occupancy so early in the season will add to concerns that this winter may be just as pressured as last year. The figures will be particularly alarming as the weather has thus far been relatively mild and there is no sign of a flu outbreak on the scale that caused such difficulty for the system a year ago. NHS England says bed occupancy should not exceed 92% while health experts including the Royal College of Emergency Medicine say anything above 85% can compromise patient safety.

Scottish student nurse and midwife bursaries rise to £10,000

SCOTTISH nursing and midwifery students got a boost as Nicola Sturgeon announced their bursary will rise to £10,000. Currently, they receive £6,578 from the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (NMSB) but the First Minister has launched a three-stage increase. This will be the first rise in the non-repayable financial support since 2009 and is to help with accommodation and living costs during their studies. This year, students with care experience will see their bursary jump to £8,100 – an increase that will apply to non-care experienced next year. In 2020, the NMSB for all nursing and midwifery students will rise to £10,000.

Nurses made to ‘choose between paperwork and patient care’ because of staff shortages, RCN warns

Nursing staff are being forced to choose between finishing paperwork and treating patients, as the chronic staff shortages in the NHS continue to hamper the care staff can give, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned. In a major report on nurse morale the RCN says the profession is “on the brink”, with the 43,000 vacant full-time nursing posts across the UK hampering their ability to do the job to the best of their ability. The shortage is a major source of public concern as well, with a YouGov poll of the public revealing 74% of people think there are not enough nurses to run the health service safely – and addressing this was their top priority for the NHS. For its report the RCN surveyed 30,000 nursing staff, many of who explained how the current shortages were affecting them. Some of the main concerns identified were that a lack of time means fundamentals of personal and patient care are not carried out, with nurses unable to find time to wash patients or get them back in to bed. The burden of paperwork and auditing, a major part of this government’s drive to make the NHS the safest and most transparent health service in the world through data monitoring, is another burden. Nurses also raised concerns about the lack of time to discuss patients’ care needs and next steps with love ones and relatives.

Nursing staff shortages force 19 care homes to close in a year

Hundreds of care home places for older people in Scotland vanished in a year, taking capacity to the lowest level in a decade. Almost 100 homes have shut since 2007, 19 of them during the 12 months to April last year. There are 37,278 care home beds in Scotland, down by 468 since 2016 and down 800 since 2008. Scottish Care, which represents care home owners, said that a staffing crisis, including a shortage of nurses, was making it harder for homes to survive. NHS Scotland released the figures with a report revealing that one in every 13 hospital beds is filled by a patient well enough to be discharged. About a quarter of delayed discharges are due to patients waiting for care home spaces.

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