I can't think of many situations where nurses will be able to keep working until they're 70, that's madness!! I'm 56, and have significant damage to my back from physical moving & handling, and am now finding my feet and knees are hurting after 12 hours on a ward. The pace is too much; much more patient throughput and intensive work then 30 years ago, and this is likely to continue to increase. I can't wait to retire, and am looking at ways to finish early. No one can do this job until they're 70 - it would be seriously detrimental to nurses physical and mental health; and so would be putting patients at risk of below standard care & increased risk of errors causing harm. Surely this can't be a serious contender to solve a staffing crisis??!
Social care really is in trouble so I hope this helps. I work in a rural community, & we have terrible problems discharging patients due to unavailability of care packages or care placements. We've had patients waiting 4 weeks or more for care, when they were medically fit for discharge; then the poor patients are at risk of developing further problems (like infection ) from staying in close proximity to new admissions who are sick. Rural communities really struggle to find enough carers, especially when the staff aren't paid travelling time over big distances. If social care doesn't get more long term money, it will definitely impact NHS provision.
This is good, but surely leadership support should begin at band 6? This is when leadership behaviours will be learned. I've seen some good nurses promoted to band 6, & end up terrible leaders, because they had no support or education on leadership skills. These days you can get a ward sister post after being qualified for only a year, then left to get on with it. Not a recipie for good future ward managers.
All very well training extra people (assuming people actually apply for the places), but if experienced registrants continue to leave then the situation will still not improve. Nurses urgently need a pay rise, and more flexibility over working conditions in order to retain good staff, or it will be like pouring water into a huge leaking vessel.
So; still no real action or decision then. This is going on too long; with just 'words' from all sides. I qualified as a nurse in 1985; and have never participated in industrial action, but I really feel the time has come now. We cannot continue with these rubbish wages, despite working flat out all the time. Our ward is currently working with only 2 trained nurses per shift, we've had to close 5 beds due to lack of staff, but we still have 21 beds open (and constantly full). We are having trouble recruiting staff for the first time in years, and I'm sure a lot of that is down to poor pay. NHS staff need to feel more valued; or more people will leave / retire early, or just go work in Aldi!! The nursing unions need to step up the campaign and increase pressure by consulting members on strike action.