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April 13, 2017
A dwindling number of practice nurses means that GPs are going to have to start paying for the high-quality staff they want.

A dwindling number of practice nurses means that GPs are  going to have to start paying for the high-quality staff they want, says Marilyn Eveleigh

Nursing pay always raises strong feelings and opinions. I vented mine a year ago in Nursing in Practice issue 90 and held nothing back. Raise salaries! Dump Agenda for Change national rates! Let the market determine pay levels! Use imaginative financial incentives to recruit and retain nurses! I felt better – but, with Agenda for Change rates being an NHS issue, it probably changed nothing.

April 13, 2017
Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola, has said she will travel back to Sierra Leone where she contracted the disease to seek 'closure'.

Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola, has said she will travel back to Sierra Leone, where she contracted the disease, to seek 'closure'.

Cafferkey, from Glasgow, was working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone in 2014 during the Ebola epidemic, which killed almost 4,000 people, when she became infected herself.

April 13, 2017
Why is pay for practice nurses so variable and what can they do to negotiate a raise?

Why is pay for practice nurses so variable and what can they do to negotiate a raise?

It’s safe to say that nurses don’t become nurses for the money. They are motivated by their desire to care for others and improve lives. 

April 11, 2017
Almost 340,000 adult social care workers in England quit their jobs last year, meaning over 900 left their roles each day, according to new figures.

Almost 340,000 adult social care workers in England quit their jobs last year, meaning over 900 left their roles each day, according to new figures.

And around 60%, or 550 a day, of those staff left the care sector altogether.

Reasons for the loss of staff include low pay, lack of job security and being overworked.

Last year, prior to the introduction of the mandatory National Living Wage, average care worker pay was £7.46 an hour, or £14,800 a year for full-time staff – compared to £27,600 a year for the average UK worker.

April 10, 2017
Research funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has shown that a disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives undergoing the fitness to practise (FtP) process.

Research funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has shown that a disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives undergoing the fitness-to-practise (FtP) process.

The research, led by Professor West from the University of Greenwich, was commissioned to help identify the extent to which BME nurses and midwives are represented in FtP cases and was the first report of its kind for the NMC.

April 6, 2017
Two weeks remain to submit your views for a consultation on the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required for the new nursing associate role.

Two weeks remain to submit your views for a consultation on the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required for the new nursing associate role.

Eleven pilots sites are currently training around 1,000 nursing associates, although the decision is yet to be officially made as to whether the role will be created.

NHS Employers said earlier this year that ‘a number of political, social and economic factors have led to unprecedented pressures on health and social care services’ - with a lack of nurses an outstanding issue.

April 6, 2017
The number of mature students applying for nursing degrees has fallen this year, coinciding with the first intake required to pay fees in place of grants.

The number of mature students applying for nursing degrees has fallen this year, coinciding with the first intake required to pay fees in place of grants.

Figures released by UCAS show 6,000 fewer mature students have applied compared to 2016 – a fall of 28% – while overall nursing degree applications had dropped by 23%.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has previously condemned the scrapping of bursaries, saying it would result in a drop in applicants.

April 5, 2017
Elliott Hall Medical Centre in Middlesex is the first practice in London to be awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Elliott Hall Medical Centre in Middlesex is the first practice in London to be awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The practice was rated as outstanding in all areas: Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive, and Well-led.

April 5, 2017
The Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) elected governing body has agreed to consult its members after the Government announced the continuation of the 1% pay cap last week.

The Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) elected governing body has agreed to consult its members after the Government announced the continuation of the 1% pay cap last week.

The RCN Council will ask members what impact the pay restraint has on them and their practice and how they would like the RCN to respond, including whether members should consider industrial action.

April 4, 2017
The results from the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) consultation on its proposed changes to fitness to practise (FtP) processes have received support from nurses and organisations.

The results from the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) consultation on its proposed changes to fitness to practise (FtP) processes have received support from nurses and organisations.

The consultation, Modernising Fitness to Practise, ran from October to December 2016.

The NMC says that the changes, which will now be implemented from July, will allow it to resolve some cases in a quicker and more proportionate way.

Proposals

April 3, 2017
NHS England has today launched a recruitment drive in a bid to attract more high quality graduates to the profession.

NHS England has today launched a recruitment drive in a bid to attract more high quality graduates to the profession.

The Nurse First initiative takes its name from the long-running Teach First programme and is part of a wider effort to address falling nurse numbers. ‘There is a critical shortage of nurses in the NHS and unsafe staffing levels put high quality patient care at risk,’ said Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

March 31, 2017
NHS England has axed its plans to bring in a ban on health service nurses taking agency shifts in other parts of the NHS the day before the rule was to come into force.

NHS England has axed its plans to bring in a ban on health service nurses taking agency shifts in other parts of the NHS the day before the rule was to come into force.

The u-turn was announced by Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement, in a letter this morning (31 March) which followed a campaign to overturn the decision by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and its members.

The plans will now be on hold until further notice.

March 29, 2017
Practice nurse numbers are beginning to rise, the latest figures for the general practice workforce have shown, however nurse leads have called for more sustainable growth.

Practice nurse numbers are beginning to rise, the latest figures for the general practice workforce have shown, however nurse leads have called for more sustainable growth.

The findings, published today (Wednesday), were made by the GP Workforce Team at NHS Digital and give the headcount and full time equivalent (FTE) of practice nurses in England.

March 28, 2017
The 1% pay cap for public sector workers including nurses should continue until April 2018, according to recommendations from a report by the National Health Service Pay Review Body (NHSPRB).

The 1% pay cap for public sector workers including nurses should continue until April 2018, according to recommendations from a report by the National Health Service Pay Review Body (NHSPRB).

March 27, 2017
Sunday 26 March marked Purple Day – an international effort to raise awareness of epilepsy. Carol Long, CEO of charity Young Epilepsy explains why it’s vital that every child and young person with the neurological condition should have access to a specialist nurse.

Yesterday marked Purple Day (Sunday 26 March) – an international effort to raise awareness of epilepsy. Carol Long, CEO of charity Young Epilepsy explains why it’s vital that every child and young person with the neurological condition should have access to a specialist nurse

March 20, 2017
Nearly 100 councils across England have reported that care home firms have cancelled their contracts with them due to insufficient payments.

Nearly 100 councils across England have reported that care home firms have cancelled their contracts with them due to insufficient payments, BBC Panorama will report tonight (20 March).

The overstretched companies have stopped working for local councils, saying that they cannot deliver the care home services under the funding they have been given. Some are also unable to recruit and retain sufficient staff, the BBC said.

March 16, 2017
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a report on called NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure today (16 March) which highlights the burdens faced by the acute sector.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a report highlighting the burdens faced by the acute sector.

The report, NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure – published today (16 March) – concluded that primary care and community services need to be improved in order to reduce the current pressure on hospitals.

March 16, 2017
The inconsistencies in the way practice nurses are paid can make it difficult to ask for a higher salary or improvements to contract agreements.

The inconsistencies in the way practice nurses are paid can make it difficult to ask for a higher salary or improvements to contract agreements. But it’s time to say that enough is enough. Nursing in Practice has investigated the best ways to ask for a raise and better terms and conditions. The key is asking for the right things at the right time, and having the confidence to do so.

March 14, 2017
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England has today outlined the challenges she believes the nursing profession will face over the next five years at the annual CNO summit, taking place in Birmingham today (Tuesday).

England's chief nursing officer Professor Jane Cummings has outlined the challenges she believes the nursing profession will face over the next five years at the annual CNO summit, taking place in Birmingham today (14 March).

In her opening speech to senior nursing, midwifery and care leaders from across the country, Professor Cummings said that there would be a million more people over the age of 65 by 2020, with over 7,000 people over 100 years old.

March 14, 2017
A new report published by The King’s Fund has found that patients are being left without pain medication for up to eight hours during end-of-life care due to cuts in nursing staff.

A new report published by The King’s Fund has found that patients are being left without pain medication for up to eight hours during end-of-life care due to cuts in nursing staff.

The report, Understanding NHS Financial Pressures, looked at the financial performance of the NHS in comparison to the quality of service being provided with the aim of establishing if financial pressures were affecting its operational effectiveness.

March 10, 2017
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has spoken out against the news that NHS Trusts are ‘replacing’ registered nurses with nursing associates.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has spoken out against the news that NHS Trusts are ‘replacing’ registered nurses with nursing associates.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, one of the test sites, is planning to introduce nursing associates into 21 vacant nursing posts in April when the new nursing associates begin training.

March 9, 2017
Giving patients with type 2 diabetes more time with practice nurses leads to earlier insulin uptake and better outcomes, a BMJ published study has shown.

Giving patients with type 2 diabetes more time with practice nurses leads to earlier insulin uptake and better outcomes, a BMJ published study has shown.

A team of researchers, headed up by John Furler from the University of Melbourne, tested the ‘Stepping Up’ care model which enables practice nurses to lead on insulin treatment initiation as part of routine care.

Under the model, practice nurses are trained and mentored by a registered nurse qualified as a certified diabetes educator (CDE).

March 8, 2017
Chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond announced as part of the 2017 Budget today (8 March), that there will be an extra £2bn for social care funding over next three years.

There will be an extra £2bn for social care funding over the next three years, chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond announced as part of the 2017 Budget today (8 March).

The provision includes £1bn spending for social care in 2017/18.

However, the funding boost was met with criticism from the Labour Party.

March 7, 2017
Health Education England (HEE) has announced that it is planning to develop another 2,000 training places for nursing associates from 2018.

Health Education England (HEE) is planning to develop another 2,000 training places for nursing associates from 2018, it has announced.

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