The next UK Government must tackle the massive strain NHS services are under, as thousands of mental health appointments for young people are cancelled, says mental health charity Mind. The charity has uncovered data that shows that in the past year the NHS in England has cancelled 175,000 appointments in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – an overall increase of 25% compared to the previous year.
According to new research published in the journal BMJ Open, 1 in 3 UK doctors working in obstetrics and gynaecology may suffer from workplace burnout. Burnout is a condition triggered by long-term stress and overload at work, and is associated with emotional exhaustion, lack of empathy and connection with others, and feeling a lack of personal accomplishment. The study found 36% of doctors met the criteria for burnout and were more likely to report anxiety, irritability and anger.
England’s most senior nurse has called on the NHS’ million-plus frontline workers to protect themselves and their patients this year by taking up their free flu jab.
Ruth May, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, is spearheading this year’s drive to ensure that as many NHS staff as possible get vaccinated against seasonal flu – meaning they are both less likely to need time off over the busy winter period, and less likely to pass on the virus to vulnerable patients.
A ground-breaking survey of midwives who collectively care for over 15,000 women per month found almost all of them had seen a pregnant woman who was homeless in the past six months. Frontline maternity staff said cuts to benefits, changes in the welfare system, and widespread issues with suitable housing in many areas of the UK are disproportionately affecting pregnant women.
The Nursing Standard reports that many UK directors of nursing don’t get an opportunity to support their staff and can lead to inconsistent leadership. Figures analysed by Nursing Standard show that half of all UK directors of nursing have been in post for two years or less.
The Welsh health minister has set out a revised list of expectations required for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) to finally exit special measures. The health board has been under the highest level of Welsh Government monitoring for around four-and-a-half years following a damning report into failings on the Tawel Fan mental health ward. Vaughan Gething announced that the region’s maternity services and GP out-of-hours have been stepped down as special measures concerns after recent progress. However, he also called for urgent improvements in several outstanding areas, including the number of patients facing lengthy waits in A&E departments.
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The community ‘coat rack’ has launched for the winter in Chichester to help families struggling to make ends meet over the winter. The return of the coat rack will see second hand coats donated and left on a clothes rail in the city centre for people to take for free, if they need. The homeless charity Four Streets Project, founded by Donna Ockenden, are behind the idea and the scheme has been running for the last four years.
Chichester’s community coat rack appeal has returned to the city this year to give a helping hand to the less fortunate in our community. The coat rack is now in its fourth year and was set up by homeless charity the Four Streets Project in partnership with the Chichester Observer and Chichester City Council. Anyone who has a spare coat is encouraged to donate to the coat rack so that rough sleepers are able to take from to keep warm. Donna Ockenden, who founded the Four Streets Project, called the coat rack’s return an ‘amazing piece of community initiative’. “I think last year in particular was successful beyond anything we could have wished for. The people in Chichester were incredibly generous and our volunteers had some great conversations with local families who told them how much the community coat rack meant to them. The message remains very simple: If you have a spare coat, please bring it along and hang it on the rack. If you need a coat, please take one.”
The Health Service Journal has reported that regulators have called for an overhaul of professional misconduct rules. Chief people officer Prerana Issar said there was an “appetite” for a common framework on handling concerns about NHS staff. This follows recommendations set by a national Advisory Group after the suicide of an Imperial College Healthcare Trust nurse. Ms Issar asks all healthcare professional and regulatory bodies to review their guidance on disciplinary procedures. NHS England is working to develop a single framework for all professional regulators when dealing with a conduct complaint.
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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) has revealed that it will now not go ahead with plans to double staff breaks to an hour per shift as of January in a bid to save more than £500,000. The health board said the new rota aimed to standardise the shift patterns of its 17,000 staff and “improve safety and consistency of care”. The plan received major public criticism and included two separate petitions. The health board, which has been in special measures since 2014, decided not to progress the changes following further discussions with Unite, the Royal College of Nurses and Unison.