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Associate Nurse Director, Mental Health, NHS Ayrshire & Arran - Lead Nurses, North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership - Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Abertay. Chair, Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland.

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  • Comment on: Game aims to prepare new nurses for life on the ward

    dtbarron's comment 5 January, 2017 10:30 pm

    Why would anyone despair? We happily embrace simulation as a powerful learning tool, and there's a sound evidence base behind it - so what is so different here?

    Good innovation to support safe learning - may those that despair should be retiring if novel thinking/approaches beyond them to embrace. If you always do what you've always done etc etc

  • Comment on: New role will 'reduce reliance on nurses', says CNO

    dtbarron's comment 17 October, 2016 8:02 pm

    As was predicted when the role was first mooted - this is 'care' on the cheap, not nursing as they won't be nurses. This will leave nurses to do the admin tasks and supervise because we know that's what every nurse has been clamouring to do, to be dressed up to do more paperwork! #not!

    Wondering how they do their degree in nursing in less than the required three years, since the number of hours are set by the NMC and they're regulated by EU mandate - gosh, wonder if Brexit might mean we abandon that as well ...

  • Comment on: 'Patients need properly trained nursing staff'

    dtbarron's comment 3 February, 2016 11:16 pm

    I wish I believed the underpinning hope and belief in your article - that this would lead to better trained HCAs - but it won't - it will lead to a diminution of the registered nurse numbers across clinical areas.

    To do what you hope for does not require any new role, it simply requires investment in our current workforce, so let's ask why that isn't happening?

    Today in NHS Ayrshire & Arran I got an email which is offering five NAs to undertake their RN training. The ward they come from will need to release them for 600hrs per year - the NA will continue to earn their current salary - the ward will get £10k to backfill them.

    The OU is the HEI involved and funding comes from the Scottish Government.

    It seems to me that we will have achieved everything the HEE/DoH are proposing (apprenticeship) without the need to invent a new role with no competency framework, no standards and no regulatory framework.

    In terms of full disclosure this is five for the whole of the Health Board, so it's still challenging for us - however it is a massively positive step without undermining the registered nurses role or numbers.


  • Comment on: Exclusive: Nurse directors support new assistant ‘bridging’ role

    dtbarron's comment 28 January, 2016 9:13 pm

    Anonymous 12:16 - you are absolutely right; I am astounded that nurses cannot see this 'new' role will be a replacement for the registered nurse.

    Even reading the words of the senior (Directors) nurses quoted, they are clear this is a workforce issue, not quality, not care - it's simply feet on the ground.

    In Scotland we have many band 2&3 HCAs delivering high quality care as directed by a registrant, the registrant remains accountable and they work as a team.

    This proposal is ill conceived and we will regret selling off our profession for (possible) short term gain of feet on the ground - care will not be enhanced.

  • Comment on: NHS to face chronic nurse shortage by 2016

    dtbarron's comment 10 January, 2016 3:42 pm

    Dear anonymous (18 JUNE, 2013 8:48) - there is no chance that NT will balance their coverage of nursing issue across the four nations; I've given up asking/commenting on this.

    Just look at their review of 2015 - did they mention the appointment of CNOScot in the review ??? Let me save you the trouble of looking, they didn't. Let think - if NHSE had had a new CNO appointed, would they have mentioned that in their yearly review?

    I find NT both useful and annoying in almost equal measure regarding their coverage. #disappointing


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