The Guardian reports that fewer women and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are being given key roles running NHS trusts, prompting claims that the health service is going backwards on diversity and inclusion. Research shows that the proportion of chairs and non-executive directors of NHS trusts in England who are from an ethnic minority has almost halved from 15% in 2010 to just 8% despite initiatives to improve BME representation in senior NHS roles. The findings are contained in a report by the NHS Confederation, which represents 85% of local health service bodies in England.
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The Nursing Times reported that an independent inquiry warned that the pressures under which clinicians are working must be taken into account when they are put on trial over the death of a patient. Andrea Sutcliffe is quoted in the piece, saying the review provided “essential lessons” for not just the GMC but professional regulation more widely, including the NMC.
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As official report seen by The Guardian has found that NHS staff are quitting because they are stressed and burned out from heavy workloads, having too little time with patients and suffering bullying and harassment at work. The workforce crisis in England is directly affecting patients trying to see their GPs and the reliance on agency staff increases costs all round.
The Observer reports that a controversial target of hiring 5,000 foreign nurses a year for at least 15 years has been cut from a flagship plan to deal with the NHS’s staffing crisis. There are also mounting concerns that new post-Brexit immigration rules could end up making the situation even worse.
A report by the Welsh National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticises the increasing financial deficit of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board among other issues within older people’s mental health services. It also said that special measures ‘may now have become a normal state of affairs’. In June 2015 the board was put into special measures.
The Four Streets Project in Chichester has recorded an increase in the number of homeless people being fed in the city. Donna Ockenden, Founder of the Four Streets Project, said “We never miss a night. We are a 365-days-a-year service and we believe in a service based on dignity, respect and compassion.
“Our volunteers come from all walks of life but they volunteer with Four Streets because they care about the homeless and want to help bring dignity and compassion to what otherwise would be an extremely difficult existence.”
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Simon Wright, Chief Executive of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), is to leave the organisation after nearly four years in the job. The trust was put into special measure in November 2018 due to concerns about maternity and emergency services. It was its fourth warning notice from the Care Quality Commission. SaTH is also being investigated over baby deaths within the maternity review, which has been widened to look into concerns from 250 families.
Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity who operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. Bereavement support is at the core of everything they do. Some of the services that they offer include a Helpline, a UK-wide network of support groups, an online forum and message boards and a wide range of leaflets, books and other resources available online and in print.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019. The theme for this year is Body Image. Body image issues affects many people at any age. During the week The Mental Health Foundation will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why body image can impact the way that people feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools. In previous years topics such as stress, relationships, loneliness, altruism, sleep, alcohol and friendship have been the centre of raising awareness.
May 5th 2019 is International Day of the Midwife and was first celebrated in 1991. Since then it has been observed in over 50 nations around the world to commemorate and increase the awareness about the contribution of the midwives towards the patients all over the world. It was established to be celebrated as a day to honour the midwives for their big contribution towards the health of their nations in which they work