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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.

Nursery opens inside care home with Amazing benefits for young and old

The singing of nursery rhymes is not what you’d expect to hear in an care home for older people, but when arriving at Nightingale House in south London, you can hear the children before you can see them which is just heart warming. “Isn’t it fantastic? It’s the highlight of my week,” says 89-year-old Fay Garcia, while bouncing baby Sasha on her knee. “It’s like being reborn.” Garcia did not have her own children but is one of the regulars at the baby and toddler group. The Apples and Honey Nightingale nursery, run by founder Judith Ish-Horowicz, is the very first of its kind in the UK.

The concept of inter generational care began in 1976 in Tokyo. Since then, there have been many successful schemes across Europe, Australia and the US. The UK is still catching up with this idea, says Stephen Burke, director of United For All Ages. For over seven years, the development agency has worked with a range of organisations – including local authorities, housing providers, care homes and community centres – to encourage them to think more broadly about opportunities for combining care anywhere. Ish-Horowicz came up with her idea many years ago after bringing the children from her first nursery in Wimbledon to visit Nightingale House. The new nursery, housed in the care home’s refurbished maintenance block, has 30 places for two- to four-year-olds and even some room for the children of care home staff.

Care home’s commitment to residents earns it top prize

DEDICATION to helping residents ‘live life to the full’ has seen staff at an Abingdon care home win a regional award. The 84-strong team at Bridge House Care Home took home the Putting People First Personalisation Award at the South Eastern Great British Care Awards, which pay tribute to those individuals and teams who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. They are part of the Great British Care Awards, a series of nine regional awards celebrating excellence across the care sector. The Oxfordshire team scooped their accolade after being judged the best care home to demonstrate an innovative approach to empowering their residents to have more control of the support they need in their lives.

Representatives from the team received their trophy at a ceremony held at Brighton Racecourse and the care home will now go through to the national final at Birmingham’s ICC in Spring 2018. A notable element of the Bridge House submission was its unique ‘Making Every Connection Count Challenge’. The aim behind this is to ensure that everyone working in the home is individually trained, taking into account their differing levels of responsibility and interaction. Judges were full of praise for the team’s efforts, commenting: “This team enables genuine person-centred care. They allow residents to live life to the full and get the balance right between risk and choice. A dedicated, person centred team of care professionals.”

Trust to cut nurse numbers to make way for nursing associates

The board of a hospital trust in the West Midlands has agreed to reduce the numbers of registered nurses on its wards and replace them with the new nursing associate role. Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust’s board agreed on Monday to change its nursing establishment after a skill mix report by its chief nurse Cheryl Etches. It is one of the clearest examples which have come to light so far of nursing associates being used instead of registered nursing staff, according to Health Service Journal. However, the trust maintains that the move has the support of nurse managers, will enhance care and that safety remained a “priority”. The decision appears to contradict assertions from the government and NHS leaders that the controversial new role should be used to complement but not substitute registered nurses. The trust carries out a twice yearly adult inpatient skill mix review and in its latest report Ms Etches told the board it needed an “adaptable contemporary workforce to respond to the changing world”. The chief nurse described both the nursing associate and also the assistant practitioner role as “opportunities”. She noted that the nursing associate was not a registered nurse but would “undertake some of the duties that a registered nurse currently undertakes”.

Hat-trick of quality care awards for Worcestershire nursing home

The quality of care provided by staff at a Worcestershire nursing home has been recognised with a prestigious industry award for the third time in a row. Kidderminster’s Brookdale Nursing Home, which cares for up to 40 residents, is one of only two care homes in Worcestershire to have received the 2017 Gold Standards Framework’s ‘Platinum’ status. The status recognises how staff at the home consistently support and care for residents who are nearing the end of their lives to the highest possible standards. It is reviewed every three years with the Brookdale team previously being awarded Gold Status in 2011 and 2014. During the three-year period between assessments staff have to undergo regular audits. Liz Baker, manager of Brookdale Nursing Home, said: “It is extremely difficult to meet the very rigorous criteria for the Gold Standards Framework so to have done so three times in a row is an exceptional achievement by our team. Brookdale Nursing Home is part of the privately-owned Redwood Healthcare Group.

Student nurse wins award for ‘outstanding’ compassion

A student nurse who demonstrated “outstanding” caring skills while working with prisoners and drug addicts during a placement has been recognised with an award from his university. Simon Hunter, who graduated from Edinburgh Napier University yesterday, has been named this year’s winner of the Simon Pullin Award, which marks compassionate care in nursing and midwifery. During his training, Mr Hunter took part in clinical placements at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and HMP Edinburgh. While at the hospital he was inspired by a mentor who struck up a rapport with a long-term drug user on a respiratory ward, and the sincere manner in which the nurse approached the task. “It was this experience that led me to question my own judgements and values, and inspired me to explore the kind of nursing that would challenge me to show compassion to those patients who have perhaps historically felt none,” said Mr Hunter. Following this he took part in a four-week placement with the prison service, in which he learned the importance of compassion and withholding judgement. “Just as the lifelong smoker with terminal lung cancer or the obese patient with diabetes do not need their choices condemned at the bedside, neither does the drug addict or convicted sex offender need their history overshadowing their care requirements or clouding the practice of those charged with delivering them,” he said. The Simon Pullin Award provides recipients with £250 and was set up by the university in memory of senior nurse Simon Pullin who played a key role in the university’s compassionate care programme up until his death from cancer in 2011.

Leicester care home rated Outstanding

Diamond House in Leicester has been rated Outstanding by the CQC. The service provides care and support for up to 44 older people, the majority of whom are living with dementia. Rob Assall-Marsden, CQC’s Head of Inspection for Adult Social Care in the central region, said: “People felt safe, staff were trained in how to protect people from abuse and knew what to do if they were concerned about the welfare of anyone using the service. People were encouraged to make decisions about their lives and care plans provided information for staff telling them what support people required to ensure their independence.” Service users and their relatives were very complimentary about the food provided by Diamond House and meal times were found to be a social affair enjoyed in a calm and relaxed environment. The home had been decorated and adapted to meet the needs of people living with dementia. People were encouraged to take part in activities and perform tasks which provided them with reassurance and a sense of purpose. The home’s garden was accessible and provided stimulation and interest and was used by people to relax and take part in activities. Well done Diamond House!

Number of EU nurses registering to work in Britain falls by 90%

The number of nurses coming to work in Britain from EU countries has fallen from 10,000 a year to just 1,000 since the Brexit vote, new figures show. Last night NHS chiefs and nursing leaders said the statistics were “alarming” and said urgent action was needed to tackle “intolerable pressures” on existing staff. The statistics from the Nursing and Midwifery Council show the numbers of nurses coming to the UK from other European countries have fallen by 89 per cent in a year. Meanwhile the number of such nurses leaving Britain rose by 67 per cent, in the 12 months ending in September, the statistics show. Overall, the number of nurses leaving the NMC’s register is higher than the number joining, the statistics show. The regulator has said the introduction of tougher language tests may also have influenced the trends.

The figures show 1,107 new nurses joined the register from other EU countries in the 12 months ending this September. This compares with 10,178 the year before. 

Council and NHS in £19.5m funding row

A council is facing a £19.5 million black hole in its social care budget because patients are spending too long in hospital beds. Staffordshire County Council was due to receive the NHS funding to pay for services for elderly and disabled people, but now NHS England is threatening to withhold the cash because the authority is failing to reduce its bed-blocking figures by ensuring care packages are in place. Council leaders say the target – cutting social care-related delayed transfers of care by two-thirds in eight weeks – was unrealistic and set at ‘extremely short notice’. Now they are lobbying the Government on the issue, and working with the local NHS to find alternative ways of paying for the affected services. It comes after the council had to make cuts in areas such as drug and alcohol services after the NHS withdrew £15 million last year. Council leader Philip Atkins said: “As a county council we will spend a record £300 million on health and social care this year and the money from the Better Care Fund is vital to support the most vulnerable in our communities at home this winter. If the money is withheld we, like other authorities in the same position, have made it clear that there could be a profound impact on health and social care and actually increase the pressure on the NHS.” Bed blocking can occur when patients are medically fit, but cannot be discharged from hospital due the lack of social care. The county council is one of 18 local authorities across the country which have failed to hit targets to reduce the problem.

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