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Sandy Beech

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  • Comment on: Is anyone standing up for nursing?

    Sandy Beech's comment 30 July, 2016 9:40 am

    When people are raising these issues but appear not to be heard / ignored by policy makers and do not feel widely supported by other stakeholders, then how long would you feel motivated to continue.

    It is widely reported that lack of safe staffing levels, skills, training, etc all lead to poorer quality care of patients. Its on the news all too regularly that we hear about poor care and feels like the nursing profession is under constant attack. This if anything will not aid recruitment + retention.

    With baby boomers + generation x retiring and more people needing ongoing care the NHS will struggle. More nurses leaving than entering profession. Fewer home grown nurses, and some will leave abroad while others may leave nursing. Some EU + overseas nurses will move on to where they feel more welcome / treated better.

    Only when those who have been silent for so long need the care of nurses + the NHS, but are not going to receive it, then the penny might drop about how poorly treated carers + nurses leads to poorer quality care not due to staff dedication but due to being stretched so thin to the point of being transparent and where people burn out.

  • Comment on: Department of Health confirms 1% pay rise for NHS staff

    Sandy Beech's comment 9 March, 2016 6:08 pm

    1% rise for the next few years... that's what this government thinks we're worth. We should get same rises as MPs for dedication + quality of care to our patients.

    The other way of getting pay rises is to change jobs. There's enough vacancies to try something new and still improve patients care.

  • Comment on: Exclusive: Trusts breach agency cap on 60,000 occasions

    Sandy Beech's comment 9 March, 2016 5:56 pm

    The year is young + will be interesting to see how things progress for the year.
    Too many vacancies + too many shifts still remaining open far too long.
    Staff are very much underpaid when working over a full 37.5 hr week, especially on bank.
    Agency staff sacrifice certain conditions to increase take home pay + flexibility.
    Trusts need to significantly improve staff retention, in order to keep skilled + experienced staff, and reduce costs of ongoing recruitment just to plug gaps.

  • Comment on: Exclusive: New nurses in London set to get job guarantees

    Sandy Beech's comment 16 January, 2016 9:03 am

    Vacancy rates high and yet posts are difficult to fill, leaving staff to struggle to deliver quality care.
    Inadequate remuneration + lack of appropriate support are a couple of many causes of failing to retain staff.
    To get development + promotion staff have to apply for jobs, even internally (in some cases their own jobs), so most will also apply externally to where talent will be recognised and rewarded.
    London like most large cities is very expensive place to live. But surrounding it are more opportunities to work and some are offering HCA, recruitment premia + development packages to be competitive.

  • Comment on: Hospital trust admits rotas denied nurses sufficient rest

    Sandy Beech's comment 16 January, 2016 8:45 am

    Looks like eroster safeguards not set up, removed or overridden by senior managers.

    Most of us can't afford private care. Pray our caring colleagues aren't on the edge of burnout when we all need care at some point.
    Though some people could get karma returned to them in some form, for not looking after healthcare staff years earlier.

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