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5 minute news summary: 15 October 2016

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Following recent calls from unions for the government’s average 1% pay rise cap to be broken, this week NHS Employers has revealed it wants the 1% pay rise to be applied across the board to all workers instead of only some, which was suggested would help address staffing problems.

The organisation told the independent NHS pay review body that the level of increase is “not enough to make any significant targeting worthwhile”.

Health Education England has unveiled the host of NHS trusts, care home providers, GP practices, universities and other organisations that will test the upcoming nursing associate role from the end of the year. The workforce body confirmed 2,000 people - double the number than originally expected – will be trained, noting this was due to demand from providers.

A major report from the Care Quality Commission this week has analysed its inspections of health and social care services in England, laying out the standard of care across the country.

The State of Care Report reiterated last year’s warnings that staffing levels and skill mix were a concern in acute hospitals.

In mental health services, safety was pinpointed as the “biggest concern” due to the regulator assessing 9% of both NHS and independent mental health services as being “inadequate” in terms of safety.

Meanwhile the regulator issued a warning that adult social care services were reaching a “tipping point” due to trying to balance funding constraints with an increase in demand. It noted a number of re-inspections had uncovered failures to improve or in some cases a deterioration in standards.

Nurses’ use of a national patient safety tool has led to a rise in harm-free care, according to data shared with Nursing Times. The introduction of the NHS Safety Thermometer has helped nurses reduce the number of patient falls, ulcers, urinary tract infections, and venous thromboembolisms.

The majority of people taking part in a government survey that questioned whether or not carrying out five checks on young children should remain a statutory requirement for health visitors have called for the legislation to continue, it has been indicated to Nursing Times. It is also understood that there was support for more than five checks to be mandated in the future, although Public Health England, which ran the survey, was unable to comment on the findings.

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