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April 2013

12 hour shifts, HCA apprentices and more solid plans for HCA year for potential student nurses

Questions were raised over the safety of 12 hour shifts

Questions were raised over the safety of 12 hour shifts

As part of the national nursing strategy, Compassion in Practice, chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings announced plans to review the safety of nurses working 12 hour shifts. The review, which was still yet to begin six months later, follows years of debate over whether nurses should work eight or 12 hour shifts, and if patient safety is a factor.
CNO to review safety of 12 hour shifts

 

The news that the government’s plan for students to gain experience as HCAs could be piloted as soon as the autumn, sparked 60 reader comments.
Exclusive: HCA pilot for potential nursing students could be set up by autumn

 

April saw changes made to the UK childhood immunisation schedule. Reducing the number of cases of influenza, shingles and diarrhoea were highlighted as primary aims.
New vaccines to join immunisation schedule


We uncovered widespread use of “HCA apprentices” within the NHS, leading some commentators to dub it cheap labour and a risk to patient safety, rather than the trusts’ view that it was a learning opportunity for those wishing to become HCAs.
Exclusive: fears raised over HCA apprenticeship schemes

 

Research suggested that a high-potassium diet reduced the risk of stroke by lowering blood pressure.
Potassium rich food ‘a life-saver’

 

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