Those of us who trained in the early 1980s spent a lot of time as 18 year olds moving 20+ stone patients using now proscribed cradle and Australian lifts. We shifted greater weight per shift than builders and coal merchants. We had no slide sheets, pat slides or hoists! The outcome was damage to our backs and joints. Many of us live with arthritis and long term conditions and 12 hour shifts at frenetic pace in short staffed community teams or hospital wards performing complex nursing procedures, excercising clinical judgements upon which the lives of our patients depend will not be appropriate for many. It should be for individuals to decide whether in their opinion they are fit to work within their code of conduct. If not then they should be entitled to retire without loss. The government consistently wants to have its cake and eat it as far as nurses and HCAs are concerned. Nursing is a physical as well as intellectual and social profession and we cannot all be protected by “light duties”. Enough is enough for goodness sake!
This is terrible! So many of the patients funded by NHS continuing healthcare live with Parkinson’s Disease! We very much need specialist nurses for this group (and also PSP) and value the expertise they can bring to patients and nursing staff. We should have MORE, not fewer specialist nurses - experts in their area of nursing practice
How can we stop the awful practice of moving frail patients, often already suffering delirium around hospitals sometimes 6 times in an admission. The service, Consultants and staff should move around the patient, not the patient around the clinicians.
Excellent! So pleased to see that Buckinghamshire value diversity in their nursing leadership. This should make big positive difference to retention of staff, but they will need to support this nurse leader and focus on building a wider cohort so that he is not isolated and left with the burden of expectations that he has “solved” the challenge of creating, nurturing and maintaining a diverse thriving workforce.