On The Pulse
“We cannot continue to invest in the same service models of the past. We need a radical shift in how the NHS sees itself, from a hospital service for the ill, to a nationwide service to keep us healthy.”
As a health journalist, grappling with statistics is a routine part of my job.
When I was asked to undertake mouthcare at the start of my nurse training back in 1981 I was taught to put on a pair of gloves, wrap a piece of gauze soaked in bicarbonate solution around my index finger, put it in my patient’s mouth and hope they did not bite.
When you park, do you turn the motor off as soon as your car is neatly lodged in its space?
When I looked out of the window last Saturday it was raining. Actually it wasn’t just raining, it was pouring. It was the sort of autumn day when staying inside seems like the sensible option.
Statistics are useful, but leaders need to hear real nurses’ stories if they are to fix the NHSSubscription
Besides the unexpected candour from speakers, what struck me most at our inaugural Nursing Times Workforce Summit last week was the level of engagement and participation from delegates.
With no end in sight to the nurse recruitment crisis gripping the NHS, I was pleased to hear this week that national efforts to retain the current staff who are keeping the system afloat are being redoubled.
It’s freshers time at universities and across mainstream and social media we have been seeing the inevitable pictures of students lurching around city centres in a drunk and dishevelled state.
As the NHS continues to face workforce challenges, the attention this week has focused on how the recruitment of people from outside of the UK might look after the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The path leading to the Royal College of Nursing’s extraordinary general meeting is turning out to have more twists and turns than I, and probably others, had originally foreseen.