After months of intensive negotiations between union and employer representatives, the NHS Staff Council has signed off a framework agreement for investment in and reform of the NHS pay structure.
I ’m not sure it has ever been harder to be a nurse. I may get a letter from someone reminding me how difficult those first few weeks of the Crimean War were, and there may even be a few romantics from the 1950s anxious to remind us that in the old days student nurses had to hand wash and iron the whole of Wolverhampton before they were allowed to speak. But let’s face it – it is harder today than ever and it’s probably worth wondering why we are letting that be the case.
Temperatures may have dropped since our late-summer protest outside parliament but, in the winterlong NHS pay negotiations, the debate remained heated.
The pay rise is a cheap sticking plaster to hold together a gaping wound.
The proposed pay deal for the NHS in England announced by government, employers and unions at the end of last month is the result of intense and detailed talks that started after the budget last November, explains Unison’s Sara Gorton, who led the pay negotiations on behalf of unions.
Over the past several years there has been a positive shift in how type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance are managed.
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Joan Pons Laplana, transformation nurse at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has his say on the recent pay rise proposals.
Many educational and developmental theorists suggest that throughout our life we use all senses to gather and process information, evolving and developing our learning to make sense of the world around us.
Despite the recent extreme cold snap, we hope spring is just around the corner. It feels like a good time to look ahead to brighter days and reflect on the amazing achievements of our profession, in particular since the beginning of the NHS, which celebrates its 70th birthday this July.
Call me unpatriotic but I have always been confused by the word “Great” in Great Britain. Ironically it may be that I am just very British in my coyness when it comes to self-praise? Or it may be that it never really felt earned? I don’t think all the other countries got together and said, “you know who’s Great? Britain, that’s who. With it’s quaint red pillar-boxes and its willingness to tolerate Richard Branson. Let’s call her Great Britain from now on”. And even though Australia, ...