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  • Comment on: Start of new system of checks on nurses put back by three months

    andy's comment 3-May-2015 10:51 am

    I agree with previous comments, it's not properly thought through. The numbers of nurses for revalidation each month, done possibly by a registered manager, feels unworkable. Tough enough to fit in annual appraisals as it is, on top of everything else. Might be doable for very senior managers to process slightly less senior manage and face less pressures directly from patients. Possibly an option some may consider is to deregister from NMC and work as an advanced skills healthcare practitioner equivalent top of band 4, but get paid on high agency rates based on levels of knowledge, skills + experience which could be netting double/triple times higher. Loads of non-registrants already take observations, make assessments + referrals, take bloods, canulate, dispense meds + some injections. Also saving NMC fees, less bureaucracy + stress. Might be an early retirement option along with part time teaching. ;)

  • Comment on: Make care certificate compulsory for HCAs, says Cavendish

    andy's comment 4-Apr-2015 1:04 am

    All checks + training costs should be paid for by employers and registration costs maybe paid for by the state for patients' safety. DBS checks and Care Certificates only valid at the time they are done, bit like MOTs, so unless they are regularly checked (at much lower costs), they could be a waste of money. Wages for HCAs are very low for increasing responsibilities and care of more and more patients. With more and more policies and regulations, wonder why sometimes it's very difficult to recruit and retain enough nursing staff and having to resort to using more agency staff whilst vacancy rates are remain unacceptably high?

  • Comment on: Half of hospital staff failing to 'adequately wash uniforms at home'

    andy's comment 4-Apr-2015 0:52 am

    If it has to be done properly, then it should be done properly by the employers. Staff should not be burdened with more laundry + cost of washing it at home. Maybe all staff should wear uniform, no one with regular clothes should come into contact with patients and remind everyone that MRSA can be found in the air. Not all workplaces have changing + showering facilities, which could potentially risk micro-organisms being taken back home.

  • Comment on: MPs criticise NMC for 'ignoring nurses' in debate on fee rise

    andy's comment 1-Apr-2015 8:50 pm

    Hypothetically: 1. can't pay / won't pay = no registration = cannot work as a registrants 2. when / where is the tipping point of not enough staff registered to deliver safe levels of care? 3. would cost of administration of the register rise again, due to ongoing costs of the regulatory body needing to be met with fewer and fewer registrants? 4. ex-registrants would have to find alternative work, probably as 'advanced healthcare support assistants!' with suitable matching remuneration according to skills needed (due to lack of actual registered staff working) or alternative jobs/careers entirely. Think it's patients who will ultimately suffer instead of being protected by the actions of this regulatory body.

  • Comment on: Unions accept latest government 1% pay offer for NHS staff

    andy's comment 9-Mar-2015 5:46 pm

    Looks like only one of the striking unions voted against the pay deal. Unfortunately doesn't look like this will be backdated to 2014-15 as well as from April 2015. As rubbish as this deal is, it was what the Pay Review Body recommended last year, just that the government made a massive issue out of it (and happy to be paid far more than the average nurse). As the economy is improving and if politicians really do value nurses and carers, then put money where their mouth is and properly remunerate. If pay remains relatively low, staff are likely to take up agency work in their spare time to make ends meet.

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