Tag : Clinical

New care home and housing in Nottingham village approved

Rayner Davies Architects have received outline planning permission for 12 new houses and a 64-bed residential care home on the site of the Eden Lodge Care Home in Bestwood Village Nottingham. The proposals were unanimously approved by Gedling Planning Committee. The proposals show the demolition of the existing care home to allow for the construction of three and four-bedroom houses and a new state of the art care facility which will include a cinema, hairdresser and café.

Long-awaited Lincoln medical school gets go-ahead

The first Lincolnshire medical school will open thanks to a successful joint bid by the University of Lincoln and the University of Nottingham. The University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School, on the University of Lincoln Brayford campus, will train the next generation of health professionals in an effort to fill severe staffing shortages in the region with UK-trained doctors. Funding has been secured for an initial 80 first year undergraduate places in September 2019 with a further 80 per intake in subsequent years. When it is at full capacity in a few years’ time, the new school promises to deliver medical training to around 400 undergraduate students. Students will study for a University of Nottingham BMBS medical degree and will undertake clinical placements at local hospitals, GP surgeries and other healthcare units in collaboration with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) and the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).

NMC starts consultation on registration fee for nursing associates

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has launched a consultation on its proposal to charge nursing associates the same registration fee as it does for nurses and midwives. Proposals outlined in the consultation would see the cost of registration for registered nursing associates “mirror” those of their nursing and midwifery counterparts, currently £120 per year. “We are proposing the same fees for nursing associates, nurses and midwives, because the same regulatory approach will apply to the three professions, so we will need to meet the same costs,” stated the NMC in a document outling the consultation. It expected nursing associates would be subject to the “full suite” of regulation, meaning broadly the same regulatory processes that are in place for nurses and midwives would apply, said the NMC. The regulator noted that this included the requirement to maintain their registration through revalidation as well as having fitness to practise processes in place should associates fall below our standards.

Worst nurse shortage ever

Large numbers of NHS nurses are ­quitting because of staff shortages and poor pay, it is claimed. Britain’s top nurse Janet Davies spoke out as it emerged the health service faced an “unprecedented” crisis with the number of unfilled posts doubling in three years to 40,000. It comes as new polling suggests major public concern for hospital safety with seven in ten people believing nurses are underpaid and similar numbers saying there are not enough of them. Ms Davies, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “There is a perfect storm engulfing nursing and the stakes could scarcely be higher. After years of warnings, the nursing profession is officially shrinking. The best nurses feel forced to throw in the towel because of unprecedented staff shortages, relentless pressure and poor pay. The NHS is being dragged down by the worst nursing shortage in its history. Ministers cannot be caught idle. Experienced nursing staff are leaving in droves, not because they don’t like the job, but because they can’t afford to stay.” The NHS does not publish national data on nurse vacancies, but the RCN found 40,000 vacant posts earlier this year after freedom of information requests to trusts. That figure stood at 20,000 in 2013.