Many NHS trusts in England are failing to log, track, or disclose information on conflicts of interest for their staff, so potentially undermining public trust in health professionals, suggests research.
A “contentious” proposal by the nursing regulator to allow nurses and midwives to gain prescribing qualifications at earlier points in their careers is still due to go ahead under final plans, but registrants will need to provide evidence they are competent before beginning programmes.
Restrictions are set to be lifted on the quantity of simulation activities that universities can use, despite previous opposition to plans to remove a cap on the number of hours that students spent on this form of learning.
Universities are set to be given more time by the regulator to introduce revised pre-registration nursing courses in line with new education standards.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has rowed back on its proposal to not set any competency standards for nurses and midwives who will assess students on practice placements.
Fewer fitness to practise hearings will be held in public in the future under a series of plans drawn up by the Nursing and Midwifery Council that will see most cases resolved in private, as well as a greater emphasis on the context surrounding an incident.
Regulators have removed the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in west Essex from the “special measures” regime for struggling providers following improvements in care, particularly in the children and young people’s service.
Too many children and young people reach “crisis point” because services are not working effectively together so that they receive timely mental health support, according to regulators.
South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has been told it still requires improvement, including on nurse staffing levels and training, after the Care Quality Commission inspected its core acute services and mental health services.
Former newspaper chief executive Philip Graf has been appointed as the next chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.