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Hospital porters, caterers, doctors and trust chief executives will be asked to embrace the “6Cs,” under plans to extend the set of core nursing values to all staff working in the NHS in England, Nursing Times can reveal.
Government plans to introduce a new nursing role designed to bridge the gap between registered nurses and senior healthcare assistants are to be launched in the coming weeks, Nursing Times has learnt.
Concerns have been raised that a new post at the Department of Health created in the wake of the disbanding of its entire nursing and midwifery policy unit will not be able to provide the high-level advice required for future government decisions.
Revelations that nursing associates will be trained to calculate drug doses, administer controlled medications and work independently have sparked concerns about the future role of nurses and prompted further calls for those trained in the new position to be regulated.
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Uncertainty over Brexit is already hitting recruitment of health and social care staff in Scotland, according to the country’s health secretary.
The four most senior nurses in England have confirmed their support for nursing associates to be regulated, in the wake of question marks over the new role and how it will be used.
Diluting nursing skill mix in hospitals is “not in the public interest”, say researchers who found replacing qualified nurses with nursing assistants was linked to an increased risk of patients dying.
NHS Improvement’s most senior nurse has said she will intervene to back directors of nursing where they are feeling pressured to make bad decisions about staffing.