The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have arranged a series of workshops on their new approach to fitness to practise. This approach encourages openness, learning and compassionate care. The workshops provide an opportunity to discuss how working together with the NMC can help to promote the shared goals of patient safety, professionalism and accountability.
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Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, has set the NHS in England a target to cut the amount of antibiotics it uses by 15% by 2024, as well as reducing the overall number of hospital-acquired infections by 15,000 and the number of treatment-resistant infections – both those acquired inside and outside hospitals – by 5,000. It is part of The national action plan and 20-year vision.
Findings from the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) national survey of more than 17,600 women who gave birth in February last year show that many had a good experience, particularly in relation to interactions with staff, access to midwives and emotional support during pregnancy. However, for some women the care they received fell short of expectations with issues highlighted around continuity of care, choice in antenatal and postnatal services and access to help, information and support after giving birth.
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The NMC welcomes a new Chief Executive and Registrar; Andrea Sutcliffe CBE. Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in health and social care and joins from the Care Quality Commission where she was Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care. Andrea said: “I’m thrilled to finally join the NMC. It’s a privilege to take on this role at such an important time, not only for the organisation, but for health and social care in the UK.”
In January, the Nursing and Midwifery Council welcomed the very first nursing associates onto the professional register in a landmark moment for health and social care in England. It is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work by teams across the NMC; partners at national and local level in the NHS, social care and education; and the pioneer nursing associates themselves. The government has a target for 7,500 nursing associates to start training in 2019.
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An article in the Heath Service Journal reports that a Care Quality Commission (CQC) briefing note has warned providers not to consider nursing associates as nurses. The note says that the CQC will expect to see evidence demonstrating the new role is being used safely and would demand assurance from providers that they were applying a “systematic approach” when deploying nursing associates.
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A recent report by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA),‘Telling patients the truth when something has gone wrong’ has been published. It looks at duty of candour among healthcare professionals in the UK and examines the reasons why healthcare professionals avoided reporting mistakes or concerns.
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The bedding and belongings of a woman who was sleeping rough in Chichester have been destroyed by a fire, police believe was started deliberately. Since the arson, members of the public and readers of the Chichester Observer expressed their sadness and many people have donated dog food, books and a four-person tent. Lauren, whose belongings they were, said she ‘really appreciates’ the generosity of Chichester residents.
The NHS Long Term Plan is drawn up by frontline staff, patients’ groups, and national experts to be ambitious but realistic. As medicine advances, health needs change and society develops, the NHS has to continually move forward so that in 10 years time there is a service fit for the future.
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A Welsh health board failed to correctly store the remains of babies, leading to ‘traceability issues’ an inspection report has found. The report by the Human Tissue Authority looked at the mortuary services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant and Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. These are the same hospitals, run by Cwm Taf health board, where there is an ongoing investigation into maternity services. The investigations include the review of maternity cases including the death and serious injury of babies.