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January 2013

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“Care makers”, Agenda for Change and burnout

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England

With the New Year came another scheme from those in charge in nursing policy. Inspired by the “games makers” from the 2012 London Olympics, NHS England chief nursing officer Jane Cummings and the prime minister introduced us to the term “care maker”. This initiative saw newly-qualified nurses going in to hospitals and care homes to promote core nursing values.
Cameron calls on new nurses to be ‘care makers’

 

Concerns were raised over the viability of the student mentorship system – with research showing that trust mergers and changes in education contracts have left mentors worried that they are unable to teach effectively.
Mentorship system only just holding together

 

The Royal College of Nursing hit the headlines with the news that it planned to accept a deal to reduce staff terms and conditions. It followed extensive negotiations over the future of the Agenda for Change contract between unions and the NHS Employers organisation.
RCN accepts Agenda for Change proposals

 

January saw the “revelation” that giving staff time to reflect reduces stress and burnout. Researchers also revealed to Nursing Times that stress levels among nursing staff are often higher than serving members of the armed forces.
Nurses more stressed than combat troops

 

A study by the Alzheimer’s Society showed a 3% increase in the number of people diagnosed with dementia. Worryingly, the research also predicted that over 400,000 people are living with dementia without having been formerly diagnosed.
Figures show increase in dementia diagnosis

 

 

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