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.
The NHS long term plan for England has been published and it notes that NHS leaders have promised a “step change” in the recruitment of international nurses in order to try and bridge domestic shortfalls. They have also said they are planning to work with the government to ensure nurses and other in-demand employees are provided with certainty, post-Brexit. The plan mentions that professional regulatory bodies, have a “significant role in enabling the recruitment and employment of appropriately trained overseas professionals in the UK”.
Read more about the long term plan | Read the statement from the NMC Interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Sue Killen
An investigation by ITV Wales has revealed that warnings a maternity unit was on the brink of collapse were sent to the chief executive of the health board, two years before the current investigations into the deaths and still births of babies.
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