We end 2015 with the comprehensive spending review. That was a bit of a clanger.
Obi Amadi, Unite
I guess the most talked about aspect of it was the NHS bursary ending for student nurses, who will have to take out loans instead.
I really hope that the Government’s New Year consultation on student funding will be open to listening and hearing views on how it may be applied in reality.
We do not want to see a reduction of entrants coming into the profession as a result of this change, and need to work hard to minimise that risk. We also need to maximise the numbers coming into this great profession who are enjoying the best support and a high-quality experience and education.
”I really am not joking when I say: ’Your health service needs you’”
The Nursing and Midwifery Council revalidation process will be up and running from April 2016. I hope that we find the majority of registrants are engaged in the process and will revalidate. I really am not joking when I say: “Your health service needs you” so you need to be ready for that process.
In 2016 I hope to really feel that we all as nurses and midwives will be prepared to stand up and fight for the issues that are important. The junior doctors’ dispute has taught us some things that are not too dissimilar to the 6Cs that the chief nursing officer for England champions.
To name just three – care, commitment and courage were all demonstrated by the junior docs.
In England, the health visitor service joined school nursing as services that will be commissioned by local authorities. I really hope they are allowed to really show the difference they can make to the health of children and young people. They are willing, let them lead the way.
”You are the ones working with people and populations, your actions will prevent illness and promote health”
We have commitment to public health for the UK and ROI. Public Health England recognises the value of nursing and midwifery as vital resources for health and has put out a call for action. You are the ones working with people and populations, your actions will prevent illness and promote health.
We all survived the health visitor implementation plan, and the health visiting workforce is now the largest it has been for over a decade. It is now time for us to really show what we can deliver on in terms of improving the lives of children and families. In addition, the 1001 critical days manifesto has been relaunched, so let’s see what we can do to improve support for maternal mental health.
To all of you who are working hard over the holiday period, I doff my cap and raise a toast to you. You are the spine of the NHS, keeping it all going, it wouldn’t work without you.
Obi Amadi, Unite the Union