Comment on: 'I've got the hump with the NMC'
The NMC and its predecessor, the UKCC, have been pulling this sort of stunt for years. I originally paid what was supposed to be a "lifetime" one off registration fee, which pretty rapidly became an annual fee, introduced despite the opposition of pretty much the entire nursing workforce. OK, this annual fee is partly re-claimable against income tax...If you can find out how to claim...And remember to do so...But still isn't the whole fee...Which still keeps going up... As a regulator, the NMC is not there to help nurses, but to police us...And sting us for the privilege. Oh, teachers were regulated by the General Teaching Council - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Teaching_Council_for_England - and are regulated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_for_Education#Executive_agencies
Just in case anyone missed this story the other day: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/27/self-harm-suicide-mental-health-patients-nhs-rises-56-per-cent Now, tell me how seriously MH is being taken? As an aside, one of the trusts said to have the greatest rises is my old employer, who most definitely was shedding nursing posts at a great rate.
Further indication of how seriously the powers that be take these issues: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/27/self-harm-suicide-mental-health-patients-nhs-rises-56-per-cent One of the trusts with the highest rise is my old employer, who I know was hacking nursing budgets to ribbons... Safe in whose hands?
Crisis teams, along with many other community services, are being cut and have been for the last 2 or 3 years, if not longer in some cases. Many community MH services were an easy hit for budget reduction, as, IME, most of the nurses employed were Bands 6 or 7, which they needed to be as they are autonomous practitioners. This was seen as expensive, so numbers of 6 and 7 nurses in community MH have been hacked to ribbons. If they have been replaced it is by less experienced staff at lower grades who cannot do the same job, because they do not yet have the same knowledge, skills and experience. See my previous comments about my last job (Band 7 in community CAMHS) having been "re-structured" away and my job before that (Band 6 equivalent in CAMHS over-dose assessment being disappeared because our service was deemed "too expensive").
Anonymous | 21-Aug-2014 10:14 pm Sadly what you say is often true: in my last job (community CAMHS) I tended to be the "go to guy" for self-harming and/or suicidal patients, as it was the area of the job I liked (if that is the right word) most, while many colleagues, nursing, medical, OT, would run the proverbial mile from this sort of work. When I did over-dose assessment we often described a large part of our job as being an anxiety sponge for MAU and paediatric ward staff, as we took away all that side of the decision-making from them and they knew that Little Johnny or Little Joanne would be seen and assessed promptly. I have never been quite sure why people feel this way. The over-dose assessment job was the best job I had in 30 years in MH nursing.