Once the NMC start regulating nursing associates, everyone will need to pay a fee to cover the costs of regulation. A consultation has been launched on the proposed range of fees. Members are encouraged to have their say. The consultation closes on 26 February 2018.
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The NMC have put together social media guidance to help support members in using social media and social networking sites. It’s based on the NMC Code and sets out broad principles for users to think about, with a focus on protecting the public.
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has welcomed two new members; Leigh Kendall FRSA and Lord Willis of Knaresborough to its Midwifery Panel. The Midwifery Panel was set up in March 2015 and provides the NMC with straight-talking, high level advice on key midwifery issues that affect midwives and mothers across the UK. It also provides a forum to develop strategic thinking on all aspects of the future approach to midwifery regulation.
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New analysis from Age UK reveals 1 in 3 people with a life-changing diagnosis of dementia don’t get the follow up NHS support they are supposed to. With the number of people living with dementia estimated to hit 1 million by 2020, Age UK is warning of an urgent and growing need to provide much better support for those who have been told they have the condition.
In his latest blog on the National Bereavement Care Pathway, Project Lead at Sands; Marc Harder, reflects on the exciting news that the NBCP is to run in Scotland and looks forward to launching new pilot sites at hospitals across England.
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A study conducted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers suggests that the creation of modified “smart” homes for the elderly could save the NHS and councils £2.5 billion. The study suggests that 78,000 adapted homes will be required during the coming decade, with lead author Dr Helen Meese noting: “Homes built with older people in mind, as well as retrofit technology for existing housing stock, could not only allow people to live in their homes for longer, but also massively reduce costs for the NHS and social care system.”
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A new campaign launched by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) aims to reduce patient infection. The campaign focuses on setting out essential Infection Prevention and Control actions which are required from all staff, patients and visitors.
NHS England has begun urging patients with the same long-term conditions to begin attending group GP appointments in order to save doctors time. The scheme would see up to 15 patients take part in 90-minute “shared” consultations. A similar initiative operates in the US, with mixed results, as some patients find it uncomfortable sharing their results with the group so may avoid attending the sessions.
A new NHS England campaign says parents of young children with minor illnesses should take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E but a patients’ group stresses that parents should still see a doctor if they feel this is the right thing to do, especially if their child has a very high temperature that doesn’t go away. NHS England’s Stay Well Pharmacy campaign is urging people to visit their local pharmacist first to help save the service money and free up time for the sickest patients.
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A parliamentary research group has published a briefing paper which shows that the NHS has staff from more than 202 different countries. However some media coverage does incorrectly report that foreign nurses are being allowed to sit easier English tests. The NMC have closely aligned the way nurses and midwives who trained in EU and non EU countries evidence their English language competency.
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