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February 2020

Hospital vascular service leaves patients fearful

North Wales Community Health Council’s report into vascular services at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board states that the public has no confidence in the health board to deliver treatment in a safe or timely way. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are taking the concerns seriously and are reviewing services.

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February 2020

Patients at risk in crumbling mental health wards 

Patient safety is at risk in crumbling NHS mental health hospitals. Significant resources are needed to improve dilapidated buildings. Vulnerable mentally ill patients are still being cared for in old dormitory-style wards some 20 years after the NHS were told to provide patients with en-suite rooms. 

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February 2020

More people are being encouraged to consider a mental heath nursing career

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has a shortage of mental health nurses. A senior nurse from North Wales is encouraging more people to consider a career in mental health nursing. 

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February 2020

Boris Johnson’s pledge for 50,000 nurses faces backlash from the civil service

PM’s pledge to deliver 50,000 nurses to the NHS has been thrown into doubt after civil servants expressed concerns over weak plans following a leaked email. 

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February 2020

Hospital receives one hygiene rating and asks patients and visitors to help maintain good food safety 

Glan Clywd  has received food hygiene rating of one after an unannounced  inspection. Food safety officers found that a number of fridges holding leftover food and drinks were not being managed in compliance with the Food Safety Act . An audit has been carried out across the health board on this type of fridges and processes have been strengthed for checking fridge temperatures. 

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February 2020

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board Boss to leave his job

The chief executive of Betsi Cadwaladr health board in North Wales will leave his job later this month. Gary Doherty will leave Betsi Cadwaladr health board to become director of integration at Lancashire Teaching.  In July 2018, Donna Ockenden published an in-depth review of governance of the Health Board.

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February 2020

Pregnant women must be respected by medics, says regulator

A letter to the editor from Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the NMC was published recently in the Sunday Telegraph.  The NMC responded to last week’s report that women were being denied pain relief during labour. Andrea stated that mothers-to-be must be empowered to make informed choices and these choices should be respected allowing for pain relief to be administered at any point during labour. 

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January 2020

2020 is International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 

2020 is the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honour of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birth anniversary as stated by the World Health Organisation. 

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January 2020

A recent update from March Harder, lead for the National Bereavement Care Pathway showing the tremendous progress made in 2019. See below for details

• The completion of the NBCP pilot programme in 32 sites, culminating in the publication of the fourth and final NBCP evaluation report https://nbcpathway.org.uk/about-nbcp/nbcp-evaluation 

• The engagement of many MPs, MSPs and other influential figures

• The issuing of the 6th version of the NBCP guidelines https://nbcpathway.org.uk/professionals/nbcp-pathways-material 

• The revamp of the www.nbcpathway.org.uk website

• The adoption of nine bereavement care standards https://nbcpathway.org.uk/sites/default/files/2019-05/Bereavement%20Care%20Standards.pdf

• The delivery of two e-learning for health NBCP training modules https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/national-bereavement-care-pathway/ , accessed by 650 learners

• The hosting of seven NBCP implementation workshops – 235 delegates from 73 different organisations, with 24 different hosts, speakers and facilitators helping new sites to implement the NBCP

• The expansion of the programme from 32 to 51 sites, with the expression of interest of 64 further sites 

• The groundwork for the development of the NBCP in Scotland 

• … and much more!

January 2020

NHS years behind with implementation of national safety alerts.

The HSJ reports that staff capacity and a lack of time has caused a huge delay in national patient safety alerts not being implemented years after the deadline set.

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