What about the milky white stuff? ;) Milk
Will be interesting to see / hear how the pilot goes when moving people around acute hospitals, community care, mental health, learning disability care, intermediate care, long-term care + rehabilitation, palliative care, paediatric specialisms, to name a few. Then there's similar in private and voluntary settings too. (Note for some ppl, voluntary does not mean you're not paid - some are salaried, some are volunteers, all still providing a valuable and needed service)
Comment on: Trish Morris-Thompson: 'The plan to make students work as HCAs is wrong on so many levels'
Money + support will be thrown at the government's pilot scheme to make it work. Why would people choose to take band 1 pay as HCA(student nurse) over band 2 HCA job ? so would everyone start at band 1? Wouldn't HCAs already be eligible with 1+ yr experience if they wish to go to nurse training? A 4th year of pre-reg student training + lack of income will not encourage recruitment or retention, people can still choose other career paths post qualifying. After 4 year studies on other courses, students are now more likely to be Masters degree qualified and find better remunerated careers for their knowledge and skills. Wasnt it due to competition between graduates and lack of local employment that students have to complete extra year prior to being registered. Also a lot of employers in UK take newly qualified nurses (NQN) (4 year courses) as they'll gain people with that year of hands on experience that local NQN (3 yr courses) here don't, all for same entry band 5 pay. Then what about fast-tracked post graduate pre-registration courses, someone with a decent degree could be a RN in around 12-24 months. It's more likely their skills will be fast tracked into more strategic roles. The removal of the 6 month increment for NQNs on successful completion of supported induction/preceptorship programme also means some nurses will struggle longer for support prior to the 12 month review, also removes recognition of competence and from now on everyone has taken a year's pay cut. More emphasis should be explored at implementing all recommendations of the Francis report.
Does the last sentence mean, if the first 4 sentences are not met then 3 months experience in a paid HCA capacity is required prior to becoming a registered practitioner? It probably just complicates things. It feels similar to countries where nursing registration occurs after 4 years, where the final year feels like working as a cheaper underpaid and non-registered nurse just to consolidate practice, but as a nurse to all intents and purposes. Though some places may offer higher level qualifications if also continuing studies for another year. Also what happens if this is then made a requirement for all other healthcare professions? Although highly unlikely to happen in my view.
tinkerbell | 13-May-2013 3:08 pm Rich tea, water biscuits or digestives. They may have past hands on experience, possibly a broad strategic over-view with benefits of 20:20 hindsight, but doing a couple months hands on now, joining pilot programme, will be good for them and lead by example of highlighting best practices. However they'll also need to live on same money as everyone else and face the added experience of meeting personal financial challenges.