I can see how this works in hospitals... but wonder for mental health nurse students. Many hospitals have closed and nurses are mainly trained in community teams and cannot really carry a caseload or care coordinate alone, until their 3rd year and under tight mentorship due to clinical risks.
We are actively looking at grading... as posts are vacated they are redesigned in the name of skill mix to a grade lower...same job...a grade lower.
Skill mix........the new word for downgrade!
We will never have the required skills and abilities in our teams without really robust quality impact assessments/ conversations alongside the STP's I can honestly say these are rarely happening...it's a simple cost improvement exercise. Hack down the wages bill as quick as you can!!!
Our Nurse leaders need to wake up and take a leaf out of the medic professions book. Their leaders fight like Giants for their profession and their professionals always stand right behind them with a passion. Our leaders are the people we look to to bat for us in the political and National arenas and they shoul have batted hard on this issue. They need to be strong, principled and persuasive leaders a force to be reckoned with..... not Mamby pamby yes men, willing to do the bidding of the politicians. I want to feel like my profession has a leadership that understands the impact of decisions on the frontline, one that has opinions I can really get behind and support.
Yet the government say they have provided the requested projected funding that the CEOs asked for? How did they get the projection so wrong, surely it's a fundamental part the job to do this for their respective Trusts? Believe me if a lowly nurse underperformed to such a disastrous degree there would be disciplinary and fitness to practice hearings. How will these CEOs be brought to account? Such a poor show I say
Mr Hunt needs to accept there is a recruitment/staffing crisis across all health professions in the NHS. Why no apprentice scheme for allied professions e.g. OT, Physio's, Dieticians, Speech Therapists, Radiographer etc? Is it because Nursing is STILL not given the professional recognition, respect and parity when set against our colleagues?