Nursing associates will not legally be able to give drugs under agreements, known as patient group directions (PGDs), that allow staff to administer medicines to patients without a prescription, senior nurses have stressed as they released guidance for the new role.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has unveiled a list of over 90 procedures and communication skills that nursing associates should be trained in, as part of draft proposals published yesterday.
A new Nursing and Midwifery Council competence test centre for overseas nurses who want to work in the UK has opened in Northern Ireland.
Lord Phil Willis of Knaresborough has been appointed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council as one of two new members of its midwifery panel.
The head of the Royal College of Nursing has questioned whether additional regulation for nurses wanting to work at an advanced level on top of that required to be on the register is necessary, stating that a professional body is better suited to setting voluntary standards for such roles.
There is to be an urgent review of clinical malpractice cases, after concerns that workforce pressures were not taken into account in a recent high profile case involving a paediatrician.
A total of 65 universities are expected to apply for approval to run nursing associate programmes over the course of the next academic year, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The nursing regulator’s council members will see their annual allowances rise to £14,724, while its chair will receive a one-off payment to reflect additional hours worked in the past year, and at a higher rate.
Nurses who go through fitness to practise procedures should get the equivalent of a speed awareness course for drivers to help them get back on track and prevent their loss to the profession, according to new campaign group.
The Care Quality Commission has warned trusts not to try and “play the system” to improve their inspection ratings at the expense of dealing with concerns, following an email from a chief nurse.