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5 minute news summary: 24 September 2016

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Nurse mentors are being threatened both physically and emotionally by students who receive negative feedback about their performance, new research has revealed this week.


The study, published in the Nurse Education in Practice journal, “highlights an ongoing problem within the practical assessment of nursing students” according to its authors, who also said mentors needed support to resist these “persuasive strategies”.

The full extent of cuts to continuing professional development funding for nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals this year was laid bare in a report this week which revealed regions had slashed training budgets by up to 45%. The Council of Deans of Health, which led the investigation, said the cuts would harm plans to improve and re-shape NHS services.

The chair of the Council of Deans also spoke out this week about the need to boost placements to support an expected increase in student nurse numbers under the move to loans next year. At the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s annual conference, she urged community nurses to help design new ways of increasing placements in out-of-hospital settings, which she said was “vital” for future models of care.

Elsewhere in the community sector, researchers suggested that the ability of schools nurses to provide support to children with long-term health conditions risked being undermined by high workloads and having to work across many schools.

A critical report by Unison, which found healthcare assistants are receiving inadequate training for their role and also sometimes being asked to carry out tasks beyond their competence, has led to union claims they are being used as  “nurses on the cheap”.

Meanwhile in Wales, first minister Carwyn Jones has made a commitment to extend the country’s pioneering nurse staffing levels legislation to other areas of care, as well as hospitals.

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