I was on holiday last week and it was with an element of dread that I started to see the name Gosport War Memorial Hospital mentioned in the national media and then, on checking my emails, a wave of press releases coming through about it.
The threat to school nursing seems to be growing. This is something that surely must be fought at all costs by anyone with a stake in public health or the wellbeing of children – which is basically all of us in one way or another.
Union members have now spoken, with the majority voting in favour of the pay offer that will see Agenda for Change staff receive 6.5% over three years.
NHS staff have displayed “incredible resilience” in meeting unprecedented patient demand this winter, according to a report from NHS Improvement last week.
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The news last week that the chief nursing officer for England role could be realigned to sit across both NHS Improvement and NHS England when Jane Cummings departs her role could weaken nursing’s voice further at a senior level.
Nurses don’t get paid much, they work long hours with often unpaid overtime, and it’s a job with few freebies.
When I talk to members of the public about nursing, I know what mental images they have got in their heads - nurses in uniforms, working on wards and helping (usually older) people in and out of bed.
Learning disability nurses are a pretty vocal bunch. They have to be. Often regarded as the Cinderellas of the profession, they have learnt to stand up for their service users and themselves. And they’re pretty good at it.
National workforce planning is the most important item on anyone’s agenda at the moment. In fact, it is pretty much the only item on the agenda that anyone should be talking about.
May is always a busy time for Nursing Times. There is RCN congress and, at the start of the month, a flurry of requests for us to speak at trusts’ International Nurses Day celebrations.