Opinion, analysis and debate
Claire Read reports on a roundtable discussion about how technology can support community nurses.
Unlike in many other European countries, responsibility for laundering uniforms in the UK has mainly been handed to nurses themselves. Gone are the days when at the end of your shift you could go to your locker, change out of your dirty uniform, put it into a laundry basket and then collect it crisp and neatly folded from the hospital laundry a few days later.
Nursing on the critical listSubscription
Professor Ann Marie Rafferty has her say on the importance of the health select committee report into nursing, and why it’s crucial in the fight to save the profession.
There are not enough nurses, the ones we have got are being demoralised because the NHS is not providing them with enough training, and many are working in dreadful conditions that means they cannot possibly provide care to the standard that is required and that they want to.
Nurses and doctors learning togetherSubscription
One of the things that Helen Christodoulides cares passionately about is the health and wellbeing of colleagues, not just nurses but that of any professional or member of staff working in the delivery of healthcare.
Once again, I have just listened to a well thought out, intellectually advanced, clinically forward-thinking presentation by a nurse.
In April, the House of Commons health select committee stated: “The government’s plan for our post-Brexit future should both ensure that health and social care providers can retain and recruit the brightest and best from all parts of the globe, and that the value of the contribution of lower-paid health and social care workers is recognised.”
Reflecting back on my years in the NHS, I believe there has never been a more important time to develop long-term opportunities for people to enter our workforce.
One of the seasonal messages I received, which was from the European Federation of Nurses Associations, really resonated: “Enjoy the break and accumulate new strength and enthusiasm for next year.”
Who, in the UK health system, can honestly say that they have a clear understanding of the different job titles used in the nursing professions? Surely no more than a handful of people.