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Fitness to practise proceedings launched following CQC inspections

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I couldn't agree more with the comments being made here. I'm a senior nursing lead who has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. Watching the effects of "cost improvement" programmes in my Trust has left me with the feeling that senior managers are completely out of touch with the realities of day to day nursing. The complexity of patients needs has increased on my wards, and we still work to a staffing complement that is years out of date. The stock answer is there is no money, despite safeguarding issues (yes they have been reported). I spend most of my time doing audits, providing assurance and attending meetings when I should be out there educating and supporting staff. Whilst there may be many truths in the CQC reports I have seen so far, it appears that some of the assessors are not clinicians, and often don't contextualize their criticisms. They need to find out why something is happening, rather than making sweeping generalisations that nursing staff are incompetent, or that nursing leaders are ineffective. Sometimes when reporting concerns up the ladder, there does exist a very real "ceiling" that prevents you from going any further. Clinicians become frustrated, disenfranchised, and sometimes, cynical. And today, I hear that the pension age is to rise yet again? Bad timing Mr Cameron.

Posted date

14 October, 2011

Posted time

11:28 am

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