Health Education England has warned that the NHS workforce will need to increase by 190,000 by 2027 in order to meet demand following the release of the first NHS strategy concerning understaffing in 25 years reveals The Guardian. Staff levels are expected to drop due to pressurised jobs, limited pay and a severe shortage of nurses and paramedics. According to the report the NHS is short of 42,000 nurses, midwives and therapists.
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NHS England’s latest report on race equality in the health service shows progress has been made but very slowly. The findings demonstrate that an increasing proportion of senior posts are being filled by people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds but that nurses still face ‘an uphill struggle for equality’. It also reveals that BME staff are less likely to get help with career progression or be appointed when shortlisted for jobs, and are more likely to face formal disciplinary procedures.
The community coat rack organised by the Four Streets Project and Chichester Observer has been in place in the Chichester since mid November. Over 300 coats have been donated and many people in need have benefitted from receiving one of the items. It’s last day for 2017 was Friday 22nd December but the rack will return next year.
NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh has said every NHS hospital should adopt an early warning system to prevent almost 2,000 needless deaths a year, including cases of sepsis All trusts have been asked to introduce consistent checks, amid warnings that the safety of millions of patients is at stake.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA); its first annual clinical report. The report presents a set of 16 outcomes for births between 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 in England, Scotland and Wales. This clinical report is a ground-breaking collaboration between three Royal Colleges and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The audit, the largest of its kind in the world, presents a comprehensive overview of the state of maternity care across Britain. It has been developed using electronic data which midwives, doctors, other healthcare professionals and informatics departments enter as part of their everyday practice.
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Proposals for the new nursing education standards and prescribing standards were shared by the NMC in a public consultation earlier this year. Learnings are now being used and working closely with stakeholders to develop the final drafts. These will be presented to the NMC Council in March 2018 and published later in spring. Approved education institutions will need be using the standards by September 2019. Plus, a review of the quality assurance function has been commissioned, which will be considered by the Council in January 2018.
The NMC have welcomed the Department of Health’s consultation on proposed changes to the legislation to enable the regulation of nursing associates – a new role in the nursing team. The consultation will be open until 26 December 2017, and changes to the legislation are expected to come into force by July 2018. The consultation on the fees that nursing associates will need to pay is also now open. This consultation proposes fees for nursing associates joining the register and renewing their registration.
Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and Registrar gave evidence to UK Parliament’s Health Select Committee on the nursing workforce. She spoke about the need for investment in CPD. She said: “Cuts to CPD are a major, major issue and that’s what I hear when I go around the UK. The nursing profession does not feel valued…So for them, they think, ‘I may as well go elsewhere and do something else.’ And that’s tragic. That’s not what we need.”
She also said that revalidation seemed to deepen nurses’ commitment to the profession. She said: “[the] expectation would be that they would leave in droves. What has happened is the reverse. They value CPD, reflecting on practice and thinking about the standards set out in the Code. 90 percent have revalidated in last 18 months. That is the importance of CPD.”
The NMC are developing new standards of proficiency that student midwives will need to meet in order to join the profession. As part of this work, they are holding workshops to discuss the midwife’s role, and how it might look in the future. Women, families, midwives, student midwives, employers and educators joined members of the NMC, where everyone shared their thoughts and ideas about the future of midwifery. Further workshops will take place across the UK in early 2018.
The Higher Education Dementia Network has commented that student nurses are failing to be taught about dementia care to the same standard due to inconsistent approaches by regulators. The Nursing Times has reported on the remarks including that the group says that there is a risk that that there may be different levels of knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes towards caring for people with dementia.