Sarah Calkin is a senior correspondent on Health Service Journal who contributes to Nursing Times. She writes mainly on issues affecting patient safety and regulation.
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More than £2.5m is being spent on piloting government plans to make aspiring student nurses work as healthcare assistants for a year – despite a commitment it would be cost neutral, Nursing Times has learnt.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is set to use a major speech in the US to launch a “patient safety movement” in a bid to halve rates of avoidable harm over the next three years.
The “old days” where clinical errors were not disclosed must give way to an environment that allows staff to be trained and supported in “admitting, reporting and learning fully from mistakes”, according to an independent review for the government.
- Director of nursing resigns from Dorset community provider
- Lack of HCA training branded 'shocking' and 'worrying'
- Hospital chief exec to chair NICE nurse staffing group
- NMC decision on Mid Staffs former chief nurse 'too lenient'
- Exclusive: Trusts will need to find more nurses
- Francis response: Government accepts all but nine recommendations
- Francis response: Hunt confirms no minimum staffing level or HCA regulation