Former NHS/Army nurse
Hear hear, Anonymous at 6:43pm!
And am I missing something? I read in the above article: "...in a letter signed by nurse academics, patient representatives and former NHS directors of nursing, it was claimed the plans wrongly suggested hands-on care could be delivered by someone with less knowledge than a nurse."
Surely hands-on care has been delivered by unqualified people for some years now? In 2006 my mother spent several weeks in a hospital in the South-East where virtually all the care assistants appeared to be agency staff - and different ones every day too. When I eventually managed to find one who understood sufficient English to hold a conversation, I asked her about their training. She told me she hadn't had any. She'd spent half a day working with another care assistant and had then been left to get on with it. She said the agency she worked for had a rule that all care assistants had to do a two-day training course... but only in their first six months, and most didn't stay that long!
The sooner we bring back the SEN role, the better!
We were all skinny back in the 60s and 70s. Wonder why...?
Well, well - who'd 'a thunk it?!
Absolutely! And why on earth do they start dementia patients on maximum dose then reduce, rather than do it the other way round? My friend, who has vascular dementia - admittedly with an overlying psychosis - has nearly died twice in the past year following prescription of massive doses of antipsychotics which were then withdrawn when everyone panicked about the appalling side effects.
By dint of making a complete nuisance of myself with her GP and the staff of the psychogeriatric unit where she's currently detained, I've now succeeded in getting two small reductions of the latest antipsychotic in the past six months. It breaks my heart to see her going through such agonising physical symptoms after each reduction, but this terrible drug has already deprived her of the use of one hand and both legs, and I feel we're in a race against time to save her dominant hand.
I fail to understand why a frail 80-year-old woman with a BMI of 16 and relatively minor behavioural problems should be put straight onto a dose that would be prescribed for a powerfully-built man with acute schizophrenia.
Nakedphil, maybe you and I could apply for a grant?