The NMC have created a short animation that explains what they do and why it matters to everyone. The NMC regulates nurses, midwives and nursing associates ensuring they’re learning and working to the very best possible standards so that everyone gets the best care and support when they need it.
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A joint report by the King’s Fund, Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust had warned that NHS trusts in England could be short of up to 350,000 staff by 2030 if current trends around patient demand, training, recruitment and retention continued. It also stated that the workforce issues actually posed a greater threat than funding to the NHS.
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More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS. The errors were made between January and June, including 182 test results that were not sent out which showed abnormalities. The mistake was made by Capita, the outsourcing company. NHS England is in the process of contacting everyone affected.
The Four Streets Project Community Coat rack in Chichester returns for the third year running having ‘re-homed’ hundreds of coats over the last two winters. The aim is to ensure that no one in the city or surrounding area lacks a warm coat this winter.
Founder; Donna Ockenden said “Our simple message is: If you have a spare coat in clean and good condition please leave it on the rack. If you need a coat please come and take one!” Anyone wishing to donate a coat is asked to visit the rack, which will be kept underneath the portico of the city council’s Assembly Rooms in North Street.
The NMC have published their Annual Report and Accounts and Fitness to Practise Annual Report for 2017-2018. During 2017-2018 significant progress in a number of areas has been made but it is clearly understood that there is much more that needs to be done, particularly in terms of the way the NMC treats those they come into contact with.
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Problems with staffing and beds at a North Wales hospital have been made public in a health board report. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s (BCUHB) most recent Bundle Finance and Performance committee meeting, showed that Ysbyty Glan Clwyd is below national and professional standards in terms of critical care and anaesthetic staffing.
Eight Assembly members in Denbighshire have called for an inquiry into the now-closed Tawel Fan dementia ward. The group from North Wales are concerned that two investigations into allegations of patient mistreatment on the ward drew different conclusions. Relatives have also called for a new inquiry in a meeting with Health Secretary Vaughan Gething in Llandudno Junction.
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The Guardian has reported that rural hospitals need more support to deal with the growing number of young people arriving at major trauma units and A&Es as victims of violence linked to the drug trade. David Hornsby, matron of emergency medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS foundation trust, said it was difficult for doctors to establish a definite link between a trauma case and county lines drug dealing.
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A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found that an estimated 90,000 Britons will die by 2050 from infections that are treatable unless effective action is taken to deal with the problem of antimicrobial resistance.
The NMC has reported that there has been a modest increase in midwife numbers in the last five years. The increase has been driven by a rise in UK trained nurses and midwives and those trained outside the EU. The number of people trained in the UK and registered to work has increased by 3,457 over the last twelve months. While numbers from outside the EU have increased by 2,808.