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  • Comment on: National system of checks for nursing values unveiled

    BasketPress's comment 22-Oct-2014 12:52 pm

    Oh, and following the links to the "research" which provides the "evidence" is instructive... For one with a scientific background it looks an awful lot like some huuuuuge extrapolation from some very tentative, possible conclusions from some very limited research. Or to put it another way: if this was a drug NICE wouldn't be recommending its use...

  • Comment on: National system of checks for nursing values unveiled

    BasketPress's comment 22-Oct-2014 12:46 pm

    Couple of points about VBR: consistency of use - my partner has had several interviews recently, all using VBR, and all have been completely different. Yes, within the same trust... Values of the interviewers - in all of these interviews partner has been told that they were very, very good, scored as highly as it was possible to score, but was pipped by another candidate. In every instance said candidate was 25-30 years younger. Draw your own conclusion there... Trusts inability to live by their stated "values" - my old trust had loadsa values, about valuing staff and the like...And yet condoned a culture of bullying and victimisation of staff, "re-structured" away jobs of clinicians while giving senior managers 9% pay rises, refused to allow relevant clinical training while supporting senior managers on evidence-free things like Myers-Briggs training... I think we might have some problems here.

  • Comment on: Hunt appeals to nurses to save NHS money by reducing errors

    BasketPress's comment 16-Oct-2014 6:19 pm

    My old trust gave pay rises of over 9% to most of the (off Agenda for Change scales) senior managers last year while they were presiding over a reduction in clinical staff. Might Mr Hunt like to address that sort of waste of NHS money? And the waste of money caused by the re-organisations he and his colleagues have inflicted on the NHS.

  • Comment on: NMC calls on nurses to 'put honesty at the heart of healthcare'

    BasketPress's comment 16-Oct-2014 7:41 am

    Agree with the above comment. There is also the snag of the legal advice given to many trusts, which told us not to apologise as this could be construed as an admission of fault and used against us or the trust in litigation. So how are those mutually exclusive ideas to be reconciled?

  • Comment on: More nurses needed to hit new mental health targets, says RCN

    BasketPress's comment 13-Oct-2014 11:57 am

    And where was the RCN when MH nursing posts were being cut? I can't recall my local RCN branch doing any protesting when my trust was cutting nursing posts, including mine. Mind, I can say the same about Unison too...

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