The government recently published its response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry into the nursing workforce. Front and centre of the response, understandably, was workforce retention.
On the same day that Jeremy Hunt was reappointed I gave an interview on LBC radio regarding the staggering drop in the number of applicants for nursing jobs from the EU since the result of the referendum.
The bright lights of the new year celebrations have faded and as people get down to brass tacks, my thoughts are directed to the coming challenges facing the health and social care system across the four countries of the UK.
I was taken aback last week when a furore erupted over the possibility of nursing associates being able to administer medication.
Peter Carter: 'The time has come to get to work'Subscription
Peter Carter blogs on the Government’s flagship proposal on nurse education, and what the RCN will do to influence the plans.
Our This is Nursing initiative is being launched to show the public the impressive work that we do, says the RCN’s Peter Carter
It was the biggest set of changes to the NHS in England since its inception in 1948. First unveiled in a white paper back in July 2010, then turning into the Health and Social Care Bill at the beginning of this year, the planned NHS reforms have gone through more twists and turns than the plot of a Hollywood film.
'You can help us stop dangerous frontline cuts'Subscription
Peter Carter on the government’s proposed ‘efficiency savings’ and how you can get involved in the RCN’s new campaign, Frontline First.
Peter Carter on the government’s recent green paper on social care.