Comment on: HCAs could be policed with 'blacklist'
Have the Nursing Times and RCN Howard Catton heard of Wales?
Please Nursing Times when you talk about "Government" please remember that Health and Social Care are devolved so you are only talking about ENGLAND.
In this instance England is behind thentimes as Wales already have a code of conduct for support workers working in care homes and also a code of conduct for employers too.
This is undertaken via the Care Council for Wales. The Care Council for Wales (Care Council) is the regulatory body for the workforce in social work and social care. The Care Council has the statutory remit to register and regulate the social workers and social care managers and workers and regulates their education and training. It is also has the remit for workforce development and planning.
Please get your facts right.
Comment on: NMC chief exec resigns
I don't think that there should be a vacant post. The NMC has changed CEOs, completely changed the Council twice in 3 years. It needs to end as it has presided over an appalling negligence of overseeing nurse education that was appropriate for the users of the nursing service.
It has been a very weak voice in its inconsistency of nursing strategy, fitness for practice activities and communication.
It has already had two appalling reports of its formal activities by CHRE.
There should be one regulator for all health care professions, including doctors, and then satellite National bodies who regulate nurses and education in the devolved nations.
Bringing regulation closer to practice (in Nations) is much better.
The Care Council for Wales is a good example of a new and dynamic regulator.
They only regulate social work and social care at the moment but I would not mind at all if they regulated me. At least they understand the integrated nature of care - look at some of the work they have done over the past two years. They do understand that care of the older person is mainstream to the NHS and social care.
Social workers are educated to a generic standard and then specialise post qualifying.
Maybe nurses need to do this - they might get better education in practice if there was a stronger focus throughout their education on the fundamentals of care and nursing skills.
Only some thoughts - willing to read more.
Comment on: Movers and shakers in nursing?
Could I remind the Nursing Times that it is a UK professional nursing journal and should therefore always reflect all of the UK devolved Nations where appropriate; noting their differences as well as any similarities.
So this article above should include that it is about Health Policy in England only.
Policy around the UK in the other Nations is incredibly different - notably a pre-reg nursing degree only in Wales and a Health service that has no internal market and is about citizen-led services, partnership and collaboration.
I have great respect for the QNI but with respect I am not sure that hospital nursing takes any notice of the QNI.
We really do need nurses to actually use evidence-based practice that is availabe and supported by good research.
Every NHS organisation's Director of Nursing should have all the decent EBP nursing models at their fingertips and insist that they are used in the workplace, monitor and evaluate their use. I am not sure that this is the case so far.
Sorry - but there is innovation in nursing - it exists in research and developing models of practice and it is the profession that often choose either not use these or do not know that these exist. Neither do the NMC enforce using EBP despite it being a requirement of the code of conduct.
Sometimes innovation hits the headlines but it is often about a clinical task rather than a nursing model - which an 'ethos' of assessment, practice and evaluation.
Nurses are not that good at evaluation - they tend to concentrate on practice.
I hope this statement above stimulates some debate please!!