Shropshire hospital staff raise twice the number of concerns in year
A new report to the board of directors at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has revealed that a total of 302 concerns were raised by staff throughout 2020/2021 and the majority of them related to behaviours and relationships and bullying and harassment.
Pregnant women need better Covid safety at work, say campaigners
Figures revealed nearly 1,000 pregnant NHS staff were still working in frontline roles in 25 trusts across the UK.
Lockdown baby boom may be on the way as NHS antenatal bookings rebound
NHS statistics show that the number of antenatal booking appointments during September 2020 was the highest for five years.
Pregnant women in UK given green light to have Covid jab
All pregnant women in the UK will be offered a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, based on their age and clinical risk group.
Concerns over ‘safety culture’ at Shropshire’s major hospitals revealed in staff survey
The results of the NHS Staff Survey undertaken in 2020 show that the overall ‘safety culture’ score for Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust was the worst nationally.
Andy Haldane to leave role as Bank of England chief economist and become chief executive of the Royal Society for Arts. Donna was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts in February 2021.
Donna Ockenden has been appointed as honorary president of Baby Lifeline, charity founded almost 40 years ago by Judy Ledger after she lost three premature babies.
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Covid vaccination: One dose in care homes gives ‘substantial’ protection
A single dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine was effective at stopping 62% of coronavirus infections in care homes, a study has found. A team at University College London (UCL) looked at data from 10,000 adults in England with an average age of 86. The research also suggested those who did catch the virus after vaccination may be less infectious. “Our data suggests that both vaccines are effective in frail, older adults,” said UCL’s Dr Maddie Shrotri. The study analysed coronavirus test-result data for 10,412 long-term residents, all aged over 65, at 310 care homes.
Staff wellbeing ‘must be at heart’ of pandemic recovery, says NHS England
Supporting the health and wellbeing of staff has been highlighted among the top priorities of NHS England as it sets out its Covid-19 recovery plan. Other issues at the top of the agenda include recruitment and retention, as well as delivering the Covid-19 vaccination programme and building on lessons learned throughout the pandemic so far. The priorities come as part of an £8.1bn plan to help the health service recover all patient services and provide support to staff following the intense ‘second wave’ of Covid-19. The NHS Operational Planning Guidance, published last Thursday, stressed that NHS staff “need to be at the heart of plans for recovery and transformations” and that any plans should “reflect the need for staff to get the support, rest and recuperation that they need”.
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Nurse pay: PM asked to ‘urgently reconsider’ 1% proposal in wake of Scottish offer
Nurses in England will feel “increasingly bewildered” as they compare the pay offer in Scotland to that proposed by the prime minister, health unions have warned. The 14 unions fighting for a pay rise for NHS staff have once again written to Boris Johnson imploring him to “urgently” reconsider proposals for a 1% pay rise for those in England.They requested to meet with the PM and his officials as soon as possible to find “a new way forward”.