Tag : Nurses

NMC post-registration standards ‘not fit for purpose’

The NMC will review post-registration standards, such as the specialist community public health nurse standards, after a major evaluation found them ‘not fit for purpose’. The evaluation, led by consultancy firm Blake Stevenson, highlighted a limited understanding and lack of clarity around the standards, parts of which have not been updated in over a decade. As a result, the NMC has announced that it is reconsidering the role it plays in regulation beyond initial registration of nurses, midwives and nursing associates. It also admitted that there was a ‘degree of confusion and complexity’ around how its register is structured and annotated.

Social care funding gap makes sector less appealing to nurses

  • StaffAid
  • August 21, 2019

The social care sector will continue to struggle to recruit and retain nurses unless pay is increased in line with what they can earn in the NHS, according to new analysis that warns of a £4.4bn funding shortfall. Poor pay and conditions for nurses working in social care in England are a major threat to the quality of care and future sustainability of the sector, said the Health Foundation in a report. More than 40,000 nurses work in adult social care but almost a third are estimated to have left their role within the past 12 months. A key reason for problems with recruitment and retention was the fact wages are low and below equivalent salaries in the NHS, said the analysis. According to the think tank’s document there is a 7% gap between the pay rates for adult social care nurses and the rates available for nurses in the NHS.

Carer who ‘always goes the extra mile’ beats 300 other nominees to national award

A North Lincolnshire carer has been recognised by families of people she has looked after for her constant dedication. Kathryn Sate was named the Hales Group’s Personal Approach award winner after being nominated by the families of three separate clients. The group employs 2,500 people nationally and Kathryn beat 300 other nominees to the award. Explaining how she’s able to achieve such a bond with the people she looks after, she said: “I just love my clients, I love caring and I love my job. I’ve been working as a carer for 22 years, which helps you to develop really strong bonds with your clients. I’m still completely overwhelmed to win though, I thought I was just coming in for a staff meeting.” Hales Group is a national care company which has its North Lincolnshire branch on Oswald Road in Scunthorpe. Its 2,500 employees give around 30,000 care hours a week for clients.

NHS could end up short of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs, warns report

The NHS could be short of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs within five years unless urgent action is taken to address a growing staffing crisis, according to analysis by health think tanks. The report warns that existing nursing shortages could double and the shortfall of family doctors treble unless urgent measures are adopted in a new NHS workforce strategy, expected later this year. The report, co-authored by the Nuffield Trust, the King’s Fund and the Health Foundation, estimates the budget for training and developing staff will have to rise by at least £900m to address the widening workforce gap.

Nurse retention ‘critical’ as world faces nine million shortage by 2030

Stopping nurses from leaving their jobs prematurely is now a “critical issue” for governments around the world as staff shortages escalate, a global nursing leader has warned. Howard Catton, new chief executive of the International Council of Nurses, issued the caution as he highlighted that latest predications indicated a nine million shortage of nurses by 2030. “Retention is now a critical issue that needs urgent attention from governments as we risk losing nurses faster than we can train them,” he said. Mr Catton noted that many of those quitting were experts in their field taking with them decades of vital experience.

Nottingham hospitals need more nurses following national shortage

Nurses are being encouraged to apply for jobs at Nottingham’s hospitals following the new emergency department expansion. A special event was held at the Queen’s Medical Centre on Monday, January 14, to encourage registered nurses in Nottinghamshire to consider working at local hospitals. NUH employs around 5,000 registered nurses, midwives and theatre practitioners but in November it had 350 vacant positions, which is around 11 percent of the nursing workforce.

Midwife staffing crisis as managers called to the front line

Amid an ongoing NHS retention and recruitment crisis, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has seen midwife staffing levels fall below the required level and would otherwise be at a point where services ‘will be impacted’. In an effort to boost midwife staffing levels, the trust has said it will be using ‘senior management and non-frontline midwives’ in clinical roles to temporarily plug the vacancies until the staffing situation improves. NHS figures show that the number of full-time equivalent midwives employed by OUH has dropped from 296 in March 2016 to 259 in March 2018, despite an ongoing recruitment drive. As of June there were around 26 full time midwife roles to be filled. An OUH spokesman said the temporary move for bosses would mean the trust’s required midwife to births ratio would be met and that no adverse impact on patient care was anticipated. To remain registered with the Nursing and Midwifery council, clinicians must have had at least 450 hours of practice over the previous three years to remain. However, concerns have been raised about using clinicians who may have been out of regular front-line care for a number of years.

Happy birthday NHS – July 5th 2018!

The NHS will celebrate its 70th birthday this year, after a difficult decade since the global financial crisis culminating in one of the most testing years in our history. The terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, along with the Grenfell Tower tragedy, saw all emergency services, including NHS staff, respond with skill and bravery. Our health service, while still ranked among the best in the world, has never been busier. The NHS sees almost 1.5 million patients every day in England alone. So as well as celebrating its many achievements, in our landmark year we must also reaffirm our commitment to a taxpayer-funded service, based on clinical need and not the ability to pay. Happy birthday NHS – and thank you for doing such an amazing job.

Nurses Day 2018 #ThisNurse

Saturday May 12th is international nurses day, which is celebrated around the world to mark the contributions nurses make to society.  StaffAid would like to thank every single nurse for the wonderful job they do – in very difficult and challenging circumstances hasten to add!

#ThisNurse #May12

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