Issue : March 2018
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A “contentious” proposal by the nursing regulator to allow nurses and midwives to gain prescribing qualifications at earlier points in their careers is still due to go ahead under final plans, but registrants will need to provide evidence they are competent before beginning programmes.
An epilepsy drug has been approved for use in the NHS to treat children with the condition in Wales.
An extra 3,000 midwives will be trained over the next four years and a voluntary register set up for support staff, under a range of maternity care measures trailed over the weekend by the government.
Restrictions are set to be lifted on the quantity of simulation activities that universities can use, despite previous opposition to plans to remove a cap on the number of hours that students spent on this form of learning.
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The talking is seemingly now over and we have at last got a pay offer for NHS staff on the table. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve become sadly used each year to writing about the anger felt at yet another freeze or nominal inflation-chasing 1% rise.
Universities are set to be given more time by the regulator to introduce revised pre-registration nursing courses in line with new education standards.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has rowed back on its proposal to not set any competency standards for nurses and midwives who will assess students on practice placements.
Sarah-Jane Marsh, chair of the maternity transformation programme at NHS England, said earlier this week that the country currently lacked “sufficient midwives for the job”.
Specialist nurses in the Midlands have adopted a creative and unique approach to helping young patients cope with chronic pain via the use of arts and crafts.