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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.

Nottinghamshire care home rated Outstanding

Wren Hall Nursing Home in Selston has been rated Outstanding by the CQC. The home, which was rated Outstanding for being Caring, Responsive and Well-led, provides accommodation for 53 people, some of whom are living with dementia.

Rob Assall-Marsden, CQC’s Head of Inspection for Adult Social Care in the central region, said: “Staff developed exceptionally kind, positive and compassionate relationships with people. They demonstrated person centred values, which placed an emphasis on respect for the individual being supported.

People’s care was individualised, staff put them first and knew them really well. Without exception, people, visitors, staff and professionals were overwhelmingly positive about the leadership of the service. They felt that the reason for the consistent high quality of service came from the proactive and positive leadership which filtered down to all of the staff. Care was personalised, staff knew about people’s lives, their families and what they enjoyed doing. There was a wide variety of activities for people to participate in both within and outside of the service. People’s care plans were very detailed and written in a person-centred way. Relatives were actively involved in decisions about their relations care.”

Well done Wren Hall!

‘Inspirational’ awards ceremony celebrates exceptional nurses and midwives

A glittering awards ceremony celebrated the exceptional nurses and midwives that work across Nottingham’s hospitals. The Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards 2017 paid tribute to staff at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, who go above and beyond to make sure patients receive the very best care. Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH, and Mike Sassi, Editor of The Post, announced the winners during a ceremony at Nottingham Conference Centre, on Thursday May 18th after a public vote decided who would take home the awards. There were eight categories in total, including a new one introduced to mark the Queen’s Medical Centre’s 40th anniversary. The top accolade on the night – Nurse and Midwife of the Year Overall Winner – went to Student Nurse of the Year Christina O’Loughlin. The winners were as follows:

Adult Nurse of the Year – Laura Hardwick

Children’s Nurse of the Year – Claire Pothecary

Healthcare Assistant of the Year – John Marriott

International Nurse of the Year – Andreia Almeida

Midwife of the Year – Heather Bartram

Nurse or Midwife Leader of the Year – Lucy Gillespie

Student Nurse of the Year – Christina O’Loughlin

QMC 40th Anniversary Award – Mary Palframen

Nurse and Midwife of the Year Overall Winner – Christina O’Loughlin