It isn't that I disagree with the new 'role' - I support it.
But it has to be properly thought-out, and introduced after adequate 'testing'.
Rushing it, could turn out to be a bad idea.
This is a bit worrying:
'“There is a shortfall of nurses on the ground, and we can’t continue working the way we are. Whatever happens with students, we have three years to wait so we have to do something different to protect the patient,” Ms Sills told Nursing Times.'
Rushing HCAs into this 'bridging role' without an adequate assessment of competence, is also dangerous - and I wonder how quickly a properly-designed clinical role and adequate 'checks on competence' can be established. It might be shorter than 3 years - but change in the NHS isn't usually rapid and free from problems, is it ?
What you write here, is a possibility:
'Does the government think it already has enough of a fight on its hands with the British Medical Association over junior doctors’ pay?'
It is also a possibility, that the goverment is more willing to 'pick a fight' with the nursing profession, than with the medical profession, in general.
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This is a hugely important issue, and I agree with Jenni (although I think the role of local freedom to speak up guardians is crucial) - see my piece at:
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Re the Chrome issue - the library I use, is still using XP in the branch libraries, but has just updated to Windows 7 in the central library. At the moment, Chrome works fine with Nursing Times.
However, the XP libraries, have problems with some websites. The Marie Curie website had a strange one. The default browser [for the XP system] was IE, but you could load Chrome 'temporarily', and with Marie Curie's website IE would get to the website, but the log-in box stayed greyed out and unusable. It worked fine, using Chrome.
I think these things all tend to be a conflict between 'settings' at either end (the browser and the website) plus, in the case of our library service, the firewall settings: for some reason, the odd article inside NT gets blocked by the library firewall.
Presumably the older the software, the less likely it is that the problems will be picked up and resolved (and for a brief period, new software will throw up issues as well).
Computers - great when the work, but ...