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Sandy Beech

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  • Comment on: Department of Health confirms 1% pay rise for NHS staff

    Sandy Beech's comment 9 March, 2016 6:08 pm

    1% rise for the next few years... that's what this government thinks we're worth. We should get same rises as MPs for dedication + quality of care to our patients.

    The other way of getting pay rises is to change jobs. There's enough vacancies to try something new and still improve patients care.

  • Comment on: Exclusive: Trusts breach agency cap on 60,000 occasions

    Sandy Beech's comment 9 March, 2016 5:56 pm

    The year is young + will be interesting to see how things progress for the year.
    Too many vacancies + too many shifts still remaining open far too long.
    Staff are very much underpaid when working over a full 37.5 hr week, especially on bank.
    Agency staff sacrifice certain conditions to increase take home pay + flexibility.
    Trusts need to significantly improve staff retention, in order to keep skilled + experienced staff, and reduce costs of ongoing recruitment just to plug gaps.

  • Comment on: Exclusive: New nurses in London set to get job guarantees

    Sandy Beech's comment 16 January, 2016 9:03 am

    Vacancy rates high and yet posts are difficult to fill, leaving staff to struggle to deliver quality care.
    Inadequate remuneration + lack of appropriate support are a couple of many causes of failing to retain staff.
    To get development + promotion staff have to apply for jobs, even internally (in some cases their own jobs), so most will also apply externally to where talent will be recognised and rewarded.
    London like most large cities is very expensive place to live. But surrounding it are more opportunities to work and some are offering HCA, recruitment premia + development packages to be competitive.

  • Comment on: Hospital trust admits rotas denied nurses sufficient rest

    Sandy Beech's comment 16 January, 2016 8:45 am

    Looks like eroster safeguards not set up, removed or overridden by senior managers.

    Most of us can't afford private care. Pray our caring colleagues aren't on the edge of burnout when we all need care at some point.
    Though some people could get karma returned to them in some form, for not looking after healthcare staff years earlier.

  • Comment on: RCN warns against taking nursing off migration list

    Sandy Beech's comment 16 January, 2016 8:35 am

    Cant get enough home grown students, blocking migrant nurses from coming in, agency cap in place... whatever DH say about figures in training + nurses recruited (no mention numbers leaving over same period) and potential numbers of student places, the reality is unsafe staffing + skills mix in hospitals + community. Patients left to wait longer for everything.
    Nurses are missing / delaying breaks, staying late for various reasons esp documentation, stressed all due to lack of staff, resources + higher numbers of patients with more complex needs.

    Failure of retention is key. Recruiting is very expensive when failing to retain high quality + experienced staff, and leaves a massive gap in patients care when they leave before new recruits are in place (not to mention time to bed in + consolidate practice).
    Overtime isnt generally paid, as trusts want to pay bank rates (generally lower than substantive rate). If there isnt enough bank staff, they're forced to take agency (capped) or more likely make frontline staff cope on existing numbers and pray nothing untoward happens to patients or staff. Though can't see agency use going down due to lack of visible staff. Agency will go to people/trusts who pays and not bother with trusts that don't, leaving them understaffed. NHS staff can work as p/t agency in their own time, possibly before quitting NHS. Like doctors, others are leaving to private or third sector, or abroad, in nursing/non-nursing roles.

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