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YOUR OPINION

'Every day I speak to highly professional colleagues at the end of their tether'

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Your opinions on the latest revalidation news and the importance of proper meal breaks to maintain nurses’ wellbeing

HEE: ‘bridging’ roles are not a new development

I was surprised and disheartened at the lack of reference to, and understanding of, developments and roles when reading “Senior HCA ‘bridging’ role will be piloted next year”.

The North West region was the first to develop the assistant practitioner role in 2002. It was designed to be generic but multi-skilled, providing direct therapy and social care – a bridge between support workers and registered practitioners. APs are well-educated; those wanting to progress to registered practitioner can. The roles have been evaluated and shown to be effective and well accepted by patients and carers.

This proposal indicates a lack of insight into successful developments of the past and the current AP role. More importantly, it has the potential to delay the continuing development of support staff by not building on what is already in place.

Chris Mullen MBE, via email

 

Substandard staff will successfully revalidate

Every day I speak to highly professional colleagues at the end of their tether because they are not well supported and are unable to deliver the care they would wish (“CNO confirms England ready to go ahead with revalidation”).

Many will leave and it will be a great loss to the profession. I also see others who are less committed but just as likely to satisfactorily submit all that is asked in the revalidation process.

When I trained as a nurse decades ago, a high standard was expected and overseen by senior nurses in their locality. If you weren’t up to standard you were well supported but, ultimately, out of a job if you didn’t improve. The NMC needs to listen to what a huge number of nurses are saying before it’s too late. Its record is pretty poor to date with the historic large backlogs of misconduct cases and their failure to properly oversee PREP.

Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

 

Learning disabilities must stay on radar

Reading your story, “Learning disability inpatient beds to be reduced by 50% in three years” reminded me that when care in the community was first introduced it was reported that many people who had a learning disability simply disappeared off the register. They are a highly vulnerable group – we must ensure that this is never allowed to happen again.

Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

 

It’s easy to work out why nurses are obese

In response to “‘Urgent’ action needed to tackle Scottish nurse obesity”, all I can say is proper meal breaks might help rather than stuffing in chocolate towards the end of the day as glucose levels fall.

Having time to exercise would definitely help, as would having a decent wage so we didn’t have to work two jobs and, instead, had both the time and energy to cook proper meals instead of grabbing less-nutritious convenience food.

We don’t need to spend money on research – I already know the reasons for my weight gain.

Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

 

Flagging up low staff-patient ratios is vital

Jack Adcock’s death shows why we must all take action to ensure a good staff-patient ratio now (“Nurse found guilty of manslaughter after Leicester child death”). We can refuse a patient load at handover if we feel we’ll be put in an unsafe situation.

Michael Winrow, via nursingtimes.net

 

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