Career and workforce news
Healthcare assistants in Northern Ireland are to be known in future as nursing assistants, officials have said at the same time as announcing new standards for the support role.
A new smartphone application, or “app”, has been launched this week with the specific aim of helping nursing staff to manage their weight.
Over 35,000 nurse posts in the health service in England are currently vacant, according to data published for the first time by NHS Improvement as part of its latest quarterly update.
Nursing associates will not legally be able to give drugs under agreements, known as patient group directions (PGDs), that allow staff to administer medicines to patients without a prescription, senior nurses have stressed as they released guidance for the new role.
London leaders have warned that the capital is “haemorrhaging clinically qualified European Union citizens” and there should be a sector-specific guarantee for their right to stay in the UK post-Brexit.
Care providers are hoping to overturn a tribunal ruling, which they say has plunged the sector into deeper financial crisis by forcing services to pay more for sleep-in shifts.
An influential group of MPs has written to the government calling for clarity on the transitional period after Brexit, warning that NHS services may be put at risk without sufficient planning.
A review of the experiences of hospital accident and emergency staff suggests that workers have resigned themselves to patient violence and aggression.
The Duchess of Cambridge is to help launch an international campaign later this month, which is aiming to boost the status and profile of the nursing profession across the world.
A student nurse from the Midlands says she has been inspired by her experiences of training to write poetry about the “beautiful career”.