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.
A disciplinary hearing in which a nurse has been accused of misconduct after the temperature of Pauline Cafferkey was wrongly recorded shortly before she was diagnosed with ebola has revealed a volunteer doctor will also go before a tribunal in a related case next year.
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.
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.
A nationally renowned specialist trust has been rated outstanding following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
The body tasked with assessing whether nursing associates should be regulated has said it cannot yet make a decision due to the role still being in development, but has recommended it should be registered as an interim measure.
Leaders at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust are “starting to get to grips” with underlying issues putting patients at risk, according to inspectors.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s review of pre-registration standards for education will look at whether the amount of time students spend on placements should be reduced to include more time for simulation, the regulator’s head of policy has said.
Four nursing homes in Cornwall have been placed into the special measures regime for struggling health and social care providers, two of which were recently featured in a television documentary.
Managers have been told to make further improvements to maternity services at Darlington Memorial Hospital although inspectors have praised the “drive” of new midwifery leaders.