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October 2019

Donna Ockenden is supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019 (#BLAW19) which takes place every year between the 9th and 15th October. Its primary aim is to raise awareness about pregnancy loss and baby deaths across the UK. During this week babies who died during pregnancy, at birth or soon after, or in infancy are remembered by their parents, families and friends in many different ways.

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October 2019

The Nursing Times reports that the government has set a 90% flu vaccine target for health staff this winter. A campaign has been launched by the deputy chief medical officer for England, that says nurses have a “professional responsibility” to ensure they get their influenza vaccination. Jonathan Van Tam announced that the target flu vaccine uptake for health professionals for the coming winter season is “above 90%”. The campaign is run by Public Health England and NHS England and calls on health workers as well members of the public in vulnerable groups to take up the vaccine.

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October 2019

All all too often Dads can feel left out of the care and support offered to mums by clinical staff when a miscarriage occurs. Tommy’s have launched ‘Men Living Through Multiple Miscarriages’ which is a pioneering new research project led by Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research. They are aiming to explore men’s experience of multiple miscarriages in order to find out how they can improve support for families. The study is currently recruiting participants, on their website.

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October 2019

Tommy’s, Tell Me WHY campaign launched last month and covers why more pregnancy research is needed which could explain why miscarriage, stillbirth and premature births happen. In 71% of cases, doctors are unable to give devastated parents the reason why they lost their baby. In many cases, this is because they simply do not know enough about the causes and prevention of baby loss. This leads to parents scrutinising their every decision and feeling guilty or blaming themselves.

If you haven’t seen the campaign yet, there’s still time to get involved.

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October 2019

The Sunday Mirror reported how the Royal College of Nursing wants to reverse cuts to addiction, mental health and other support services so 726 preventable deaths can be stopped. They say that new data shows two rough sleepers died every day last year. The Office for National Statistics figure doubled in six years and drug deaths rose 55 per cent. The funding call comes from thousands of nurses working in homeless health.

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October 2019

Nursing in Practice reports that the nursing staff shortfall is the ‘most concerning’ shortage across the NHS. A report; ‘The state of the NHS Provider sector’, pointed out that the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have projected that on current trends, in 10 years’ time, the NHS will have a shortfall of 108,000 full-time equivalent nurses. It also raised concerns around the exodus of nurses from the European Union (EU) with 1,584 more nurses and health visitors from EU countries leaving their roles than joining them between July 2017 and July 2018. 

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October 2019

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is warning that the lack of watertight legal responsibilities for the supply and planning of the health and care workforce is fuelling the staffing crisis. NHS figures show that there are now a record 43,617 empty nursing posts in the NHS in England alone, a figure compounded by a global shortage of nurses and the removal of the nursing bursary. In the NHS in England, 12% of posts are now without a full time Registered Nurse.

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October 2019

The Nursing and Midwifery Council officially approved the #FutureMidwife standards on 3rd October. They will be formally published in January and be fully implemented by September 2021. These standards will ensure that midwives continue to have the knowledge and skills to be the lead caregivers for women and babies throughout their maternity journey.

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October 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign taking place during October, involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research. The aim is to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support life-saving research and life-changing support. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month do something great – make life-saving research happen by supporting wear it pink.

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September 2019

The Nursing Times has reported that nursing education in England became more racially diverse following the removal of the bursary, according to new analysis by the education regulator. In the first academic year following the controversial funding reform, the number of students from ethnic minority backgrounds starting a pre-registration nursing degree increased by 4% compared to the previous year. However, this rise was not enough to outstrip the 16% decline in white students seen over the same period, found the Office for Students (OfS).

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