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rutherfordp

Newcastle Upon Tyne

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  • Comment on: Managers back nurse pay freeze deal: have your say

    rutherfordp's comment 24 December, 2010 12:26 pm

    I just wanted to voice my opinion on the proposed incremental pay freeze. I agree with the RCN sentiment that compulsory redundancies are unlikely to have an impact upon the majority of nurses and that the real impact upon nurses and patient care is likely to come from recruitment freezes, natural wastage and service re-evaluation. I am also concerned with the plans for nurses like myself who are on a band 7 or above, who are not included in the proposal.



    However, for me the biggest issue for nurses, therapists, pharmacists, technicians etc. is that the incremental rise is an incentive for professional staff to develop and gain financial reward for this development. As a band 5 staff nurse in my first job I was a completely different nurse to the one I was 5 years later as I had developed my knowledge and skills base. I was a mentor and preceptor to junior staff and student’s; I had a degree in cardiology and was able to work in many different areas of the cardiology department. Again as a band 7 specialist nurse I have developed considerably within the 18 months of my current post. I have a specialist qualification at masters level, have a clinical skills qualification and have a place on a nurse prescribing course next year.



    Although we need porters, domestic staff, admin staff and technical staff and they are an important part of the MDT they do not and are not expected to develop as professionals are and as such you can see the argument for stopping the increments for these posts. Unfortunately, agenda for change lumped us all together on a pay scale that did not recognise the completely different roles and expectations from our professional status.



    My feeling is that if this proposed incremental rise goes ahead then our unions should ensure that we agree as part of it not to develop for the time of the proposed freeze. This will ensure that the trusts have to fill vacancies with suitably qualified staff as the newly qualified will just purely be able to carry out the basics, will be unable to mentor and unable to carry out enhanced nursing skills (ie IV drug administration, phlebotomy and cannulation). Any preceptorship will obviously be kept to a minimum as this would be to develop as a professional. Wards would need to have adequate skill mix as a nurse qualified for 2 years under the proposal would not be able to carry out the role that a previous nurse qualified for the same period of time before the freeze could have done.



    To let this proposed incremental freeze go ahead without a fight is to completely devalue our professional role and development and would make a sham of the whole agenda for change remit! I will be extremely disappointed if our unions do not fight this especially as we will be expected to be at the forefront in developing services under the new White Paper!

  • Comment on: NHS managers asked to declare support for freeze on staff pay increments

    rutherfordp's comment 24 December, 2010 12:16 pm

    I just wanted to voice my opinion on the proposed incremental pay freeze. I agree with the RCN sentiment that compulsory redundancies are unlikely to have an impact upon the majority of nurses and that the real impact upon nurses and patient care is likely to come from recruitment freezes, natural wastage and service re-evaluation. I am also concerned with the plans for nurses like myself who are on a band 7 or above, who are not included in the proposal.



    However, for me the biggest issue for nurses, therapists, pharmacists, technicians etc. is that the incremental rise is an incentive for professional staff to develop and gain financial reward for this development. As a band 5 staff nurse in my first job I was a completely different nurse to the one I was 5 years later as I had developed my knowledge and skills base. I was a mentor and preceptor to junior staff and student’s; I had a degree in cardiology and was able to work in many different areas of the cardiology department. Again as a band 7 specialist nurse I have developed considerably within the 18 months of my current post. I have a specialist qualification at masters level, have a clinical skills qualification and have a place on a nurse prescribing course next year.



    Although we need porters, domestic staff, admin staff and technical staff and they are an important part of the MDT they do not and are not expected to develop as professionals are and as such you can see the argument for stopping the increments for these posts. Unfortunately, agenda for change lumped us all together on a pay scale that did not recognise the completely different roles and expectations from our professional status.



    My feeling is that if this proposed incremental rise goes ahead then our unions should ensure that we agree as part of it not to develop for the time of the proposed freeze. This will ensure that the trusts have to fill vacancies with suitably qualified staff as the newly qualified will just purely be able to carry out the basics, will be unable to mentor and unable to carry out enhanced nursing skills (ie IV drug administration, phlebotomy and cannulation). Any preceptorship will obviously be kept to a minimum as this would be to develop as a professional. Wards would need to have adequate skill mix as a nurse qualified for 2 years under the proposal would not be able to carry out the role that a previous nurse qualified for the same period of time before the freeze could have done.



    To let this proposed incremental freeze go ahead without a fight is to completely devalue our professional role and development and would make a sham of the whole agenda for change remit! I will be extremely disappointed if our unions do not fight this especially as we will be expected to be at the forefront in developing services under the new White Paper!

  • Comment on: Britain leads in robotic heart surgery

    rutherfordp's comment 30 April, 2010 10:49 am

    Really? Is this not just the Hansen Sensei X robotic catheter ablation system that has beenn used for a number of years in a different guise?