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Staff shortages spark warning for mental health trust


This could be replicated in many areas of the country. I worked for many years in community CAMHS: we never met NSF recommended staffing levels; mat leave was never covered; long term sickness (which was predominantly work-related stress and depression) was never covered; we were always down at least one consultant psychiatrist, which meant we lost junior medics also, and psychologists... And then it got worse: in 2011 - oddly just after the coalition started messing around with the money available, y'know "efficiency savings" of up to 20% of clinical budgets - there was a "re-structuring" which removed most of the senior clinical nursing staff, who have not been replaced... The red and green button thing mentioned in the article is just laughable: I would not have thanked my trust for contacting me personally to "offer support" as we spent more than enough time telling our managers that there were not enough staff which is why people were stressed. If there is no intention to sort out adequate, let alone good, staffing levels, then this sort of "initiative" is useless, patronising nonsense of the most cynical sort.

Posted date

24 March, 2016

Posted time

8:33 am