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September 2018

The NMC are preparing to welcome the first nursing associates in January 2019. Final proposals are being outlined for the regulation of nursing associates, including the skills and knowledge students will need in order to qualify. The nursing associate role will bridge the gap between registered nurses and healthcare assistants and also provide a pathway to becoming a registered nurse for those nursing associates who want to further their career.

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September 2018

A #WeMidwives tweetchat was held in conjunction with the NMC with its aim being to help inform the NMC’s drafting process into redefining the standards that students will need to meet in order to join the midwifery profession. The chat was guest hosted by @nmcnews and @maryrenfrew

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September 2018

A young woman says she turned up at a North Wales hospital saying she wanted to kill herself only to be told the mental health team had “clocked off”. The BCUHB’s Head of Operations and Service Delivery for Mental Health Services in North West Wales, said: “We are working with our partner organisations to develop community resources such as crisis cafes, sanctuaries, and step down services to assist people at times of acute need.”

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September 2018

In a document sent to the management of a mental health ward in north Wales; it is claimed that pressure on staff is leading to the neglect of patients. Staff working on Tegid Ward in the Ablett Unit of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, say conditions and the demands placed on them mean that patients are at times being neglected.

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September 2018

Donna Ockenden made a visit to the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Whilst there she saw some inspiring examples of good practice including a parent-to-parent animation to support mothers and families who’ve tragically experienced a stillbirth or baby death and heard about a fantastic new tool the team has introduced to help midwives revalidate.

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September 2018

The NMC are redefining the standards that students will need to meet in order to join the profession. They have asked Mary Renfrew, Professor of Mother and Infant Health at the University of Dundee to lead this vital piece of work. The NMC are seeking the views of midwives, women, their families, educators, students and advocacy groups, on what the new standards should include.

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September 2018

Donna Ockenden, in her role as Senior Midwifery Advisor for the NMC, has been touring the country hearing from midwives about examples of good communication. Donna talks about NHS Lothian who partnered with Sands Lothian regarding the sensitive circumstances around newly bereaved parents.

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September 2018

A petition from FairFuelUK calling for a ban of parking charges has been signed by more than 26,000 people and handed to Downing Street.The petition pointed out that almost half of NHS hospitals in England had increased charges since 2014, when the Government suggested free or reduced parking fees for visitors of gravely ill relatives, blue badge holders and hospital staff.

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September 2018

New figures show that the NHS is losing 29 midwives for every 30 trained. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said attempts to boost staff numbers had made little difference, because so many are leaving the NHS or taking retirement. Its research shows that even though universities trained an extra 2,000 midwives in 2016/17, the total number rose by just 67, because so many workers left the service.

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September 2018

Elle Wright lost her son Teddy soon after he was born and wants to challenge the idea that a person can only be considered a parent if they have a living child. There is no word in the English language for a parent whose child has died, as if the subject were too painful for society to confront.

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