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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.

NHS needs extra money to fund staff pay boost, Jeremy Hunt is warned

Ministers have been warned they will need to find additional funding for the NHS if staff are to receive pay rises above 1 per cent. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed the pay cap will be abolished for the health service. However, he would not say whether boosts to basic pay would come from cuts elsewhere in the NHS, indicating any increase would have to be linked to improvements in productivity. Mr Hunt told MPs:“We recognise it wasn’t sustainable to carry on with the 1 per cent going forward and that’s why next year we’ve been given the leeway to have more flexible negotiations. The latitude that the Chancellor has given me in terms of negotiating future pay rises is partly linked to productivity improvements that we will negotiate at the same time.” Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, told the Commons Health Committee that extra funds were needed to boost pay. “Over time it will be necessary for NHS staff to get rates of pay that are consistent with the rest of the economy,” he said. “But that does need to be funded.” Mr Stevens said that without additional cash in the next Budget, the NHS would struggle to meet its existing commitments. “The budget position for funding currently pencilled in for the National Health Service for next year and the year after looks extremely challenging and, if not mended, I think it is going to be very hard for the NHS to do all that has been asked of it over the course of the next year and the year beyond,” he said.

Lincoln hospital trialling new telephone clinics

Patients in Lincoln are being given the opportunity to consult with hospital staff on the phone for the first time. The rheumatology department at Lincoln County Hospital is providing telephone clinics for eligible patients. Patients are selected based on their condition being stable, them not suffering from any recent flare ups and there not being any recent changes to their medication. More complicated patients will continue to be seen in a traditional face to face clinic. The telephone clinics are useful for patients, particularly those who have no means of transport or live far away from the hospital. Being in a rural area public transport can be difficult, but by having a telephone appointment patients no longer have to rely on friends, family or a taxi service to help them travel to the hospital.

School nurse shortage

Children’s lives are being put at risk because of the shortages of school nurses, experts have warned. Austerity measures have resulted in more than 500 school nurses leaving the profession without being replaced. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the loss of school nurses was leaving teachers without vital training and pupils without necessary support. It is calling on the government and local authorities to ensure school nursing services are properly funded. The continued deterioration of services could leave pupils who have health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy and diabetes unable to attend mainstream schools, the RCN believes. NHS staff data published this week revealed that more than 550 school nurses were lost between May 2010 and May this year, 19% of the total. More than 100 have been lost so far this year. The RCN said cuts to funding meant that many posts were going unfilled at a time when there was a growing push to increase mental health intervention among children and young people. Almost a quarter of those aged 11-15 in England report having a long-term illness or disability, including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and arthritis. Despite guidance from the Department for Education in 2014 that stipulates all children with health conditions should be supported to go to school, the number of school nurses has fallen from 2,987 to 2,433 full-time NHS posts in England.

The Beeches care home rated as outstanding

A Norfolk care home with an “exceptionally high standard of care” has been praised by the CQC and rated as ‘outstanding’ overall following a visit in July. In the report inspectors said residents at The Beeches, in East Harling, spoke of “exceptionally compassionate, kind and gracious staff that went the extra mile to care for people they knew especially well”. The staff and management were also praised on the “robust adherence to good practice guidelines” with “effective systems in place meant that risks were well managed and mitigated”. The care home, which is owned and operated by Black Swan Care Group, can house up to 44 residents and supports people with the early stages of dementia.

Bupa sells 122 care homes for £300m

HC-one has completed the £300m acquisition of 122 care homes from Bupa, in a deal that makes it the biggest UK operator of residential homes. HC-One, formed out of the collapse of Southern Cross six years ago and run by chairman and former NHS doctor Chai Patel, will expand to around 350 homes with 22,000 care beds through the deal. Bupa retains around 150 care homes and six retirement villages, caring for over 9,000 residents and has plans to invest more than £120m on refurbishing and building care homes this year, up from £100m in 2016. The sale is subject to regulatory approval.

Lincoln’s £19m state-of-the-art nurse training facility completed

A new £19m state-of-the-art nurse-training facility in Lincoln is complete and ready to welcome a new cohort of students in September. The University of Lincoln’s Sarah Swift Building will be the new home of its Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. Four impressive nurse-training labs are equipped exactly as they would be in a real hospital. Each nursing suite and each bay can be adapted to simulate a different health scenario from an accident and emergency unit to a physiotherapy clinic. Using various realistic medical mannequins and actual hospital equipment, the facility will allow the students to safely hone their skills and build their confidence before getting their hands on real patients. The trainee nurses can learn everything from correctly fitting feeding tubes to taking blood and getting to grips with a variety of patient-monitoring systems. Despite the patients being only dummies, the students will still be expected to learn and follow all the normal procedures for hygiene such as cleaning bedding. The students will spend two days every week using the nurse training wards in the new facility and the rest of the week in a real clinical setting.

Britain lags behind in care for the elderly

Britain is lagging behind similar economies when it comes to looking after the health and well-being of elderly people, new research shows. The UK failed to make it into the Top 10 of a new global ageing index – behind table toppers Norway and Sweden, as well as the US, Holland, Japan, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Finland and Spain. Researchers in the US have developed a new barometer that estimates how countries are adapting to the dramatic increases in the number and proportion of elderly people. The Index is composed of specific measures across five social and economic Indicators that reflect the status and well-being of older people in a country and which can be followed over time and used to compare across nations. Sample analysis of the data shows that the five countries in the index coping best with their ageing populations are Norway, Sweden, America, the Netherlands and Japan.

Care home with pub and sweet shop is area’s first “outstanding” private facility

A Holderness care home is celebrating becoming the first “outstanding” privately-run facility in the area. The £4.15m Magdalen Park Nursing Home at Hedon, which has its own pub and sweet shop, has been rated as outstanding overall, after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Magdalen Park is the first private care home in Hull and the East Riding to secure the top rating, with less than one per cent of care homes nationally achieving the accolade. The home, which opened in 2014, accommodates up to 70 residents needing nursing, residential or dementia care. Magdalen Park has a traditional street scene including a shop called Sweets and Treats, a hair and beauty salon and a fully licensed pub called the Magdalen Arms. It also has a first floor terrace and a second floor roof garden, including an artificial bowls green.

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