You’ll be unsurprised to hear that Brexit has dominated the NT news team’s workload this week. The news that the UK has voted to leave the EU has led to questions about how the nursing profession will be affected, but very few concrete answers.
The chief nursing officer for England was quick to offer reassurance that overseas nurses are “valued and hugely appreciated”. Jeremy Hunt followed suit, telling the 110,000 EU staff working in the UK health sector “You do a brilliant job for your patients, you are a crucial part of our NHS, and as a country we value you”.
However the care sector warned of the “serious consequences” it could feel from leaving the EU if healthcare staff from the EU felt unwelcome and moved out of the UK.
- EU staff are ‘crucial part of our NHS’, says Hunt
- CNO tells EU nurses they are ‘valued by NHS’
- ‘Don’t forget’ Brexit impact on social care sector
It’s not the only time concerns have been raised this week about losing healthcare staff who completed their training overseas. The NMC has announced it will be amending its English language test to make it “more flexible” in response to concerns that the difficulty of the test was proving a barrier to recruitment at a time of nurse staffing shortages.
Meanwhile, the new regulator NHS Improvement has said it will be targeting trusts with large or growing staff paybills in a move to get a grip on the health service’s struggling finances.
Staffing pressures again made the headlines this week. They were cited as a major factor in why some patients received poor care when attending children’s cardiac services in Bristol by an independent review.
New research into community care has added weight to the argument that more treatment is needed in community settings to take the pressure off hospitals. The research concluded older patients with both acute and long-term conditions can be treated safely and effectively in a “hospital at home” style setting that avoids full admission.
Finally, our good news story of the week: