Nursing Applications Plummet by 23% Following Bursary Decision

The first figures on nursing and midwifery since the government decided to abolish bursaries for NHS applicants indicate that the number of students apply has fallen by nearly one-quarter. The 23% slump revealed by university application data indicates the impact of student nurses being forced to pay annual tuition fees in excess of £9,000. Janet Davies, the general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, is under no illusions regarding the gloomy future for the profession. “These... Readmore

Research Indicates EU Nurse Migration Slowing Down

Official data indicates that the rate at which EU nurses are migrating to the British healthcare system has declined. And the rate of descent in this statistic has increased significantly since the Brexit referendum. Figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council indicate that the number of EU nurses being admitted on to its register fell from 1,304 in July to 761 in August. And underlining the extent of the decline, only 100 nurses joined the NHS from EU nations in December. This meant... Readmore

Health Boards Forced to Pay £1,500 for Solitary Nursing Shift

New data indicates that two health boards were forced to pay in excess of £1,500 for agency nurses in order to recover solitary hospital shifts. NHS Lanarkshire spent £1,565 on a single shift in 2015-16, while the largest amount paid by NHS Lothian in the past three years was £1,528. Defending spending on nursing in the Scottish healthcare system, Health Secretary Shona Robison pointed to the fact that agency bills were down 11% in 10 years. Other health boards forced to pay more than... Readmore

NHS Acute Hospitals Failing to Meet Nursing Staff Targets

A major investigation into nursing has indicated that almost every acute hospital in England is currently failing to meet staffing targets. 96% of the 214 acute hospitals that responded to the survey are currently failing to achieve their nursing staff targets. While 85% missed their target for nurses working at night in the same month. This decline in nurses can be considered particularly worrying, as it comes in a climate in which there are record numbers of nurses recruited to the acute... Readmore

Senior Nurse Speaks Out on NHS Pressures

One of England’s most senior nurses has said the pressures facing the health service, including nurse shortages, are the worst she has ever seen. Ruth May, executive director of nursing at NHS Improvement, believes that the situation is extremely serious, and not enough is being done to retain staff. The nursing director also indicated that it is difficult to recruit nurses and staff from India and other non-EU countries under existing British legislation. The Royal College of Nursing... Readmore

Royal College of Nursing Believes NHS Conditions are at a New Low

The Royal College of Nursing has indicated that its members believed that conditions in the NHS are currently the worst that they have ever experienced. This clearly meshes with the experience of doctors, as 50 leading individuals in the profession have penned an open letter to the Prime Minister warning that lives are currently being put at risk due to mounting pressures. Janet Davies, chief executive at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), indicated that frontline of nurses have been consulted... Readmore

NHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer Calls for Investment in Home Care

NHS England's chief nursing officer has advocated treating as many patients as possible in their homes to cut pressure on hospital bed numbers. Prof Jane Cummings believes that cramming people into "old and expensive buildings" is detrimental to the health service. Cummings penned the article as a direct response to the ongoing STP plans, responsible for splitting England into 44 regions. This major efficiency drive has prompted a mixed response thus far. Commenting on an NHS organisation... Readmore

Draft Guidance Published by NHS Improvement Addresses Nursing Numbers

NHS Improvement has published guidance indicating outlines for how many nurses should work on hospital ward. The regulator instead asserts that such decisions should not be left to individual judgements, and should instead be evidence-based. With this in mind, this latest guidance for acute adult inpatients outlines how trusts should “triangulate” information such as the rate of falls, pressure ulcers and other ward data. Complaints and staff sickness should form part of this process,... Readmore

Patients at Risk Due to Reliance on Nursing Assistants

Government plans to tackle NHS understaffing by putting thousands of “nursing assistants” on to wards are under scrutiny after research found deploying them could raise patients’ risk of dying. The study, published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, found that replacing one fully qualified nurse with a nursing assistant on a ward of 25 patients increased the risk of a patient dying by 21%. It has sparked fresh fears that the introduction of nursing assistants, who are intended to help... Readmore

Mental Health Nurse Numbers Retracting According to Data

Figures indicate that the number of mental health nurses within the NHS system has tumbled by in excess of 15% since the Conservative government came to power back in 2010. This revelation has once more underlined the evident gulf inherent in mental health services within the NHS. While there were 45,384 mental health nurses working in England in 2010, there were just 38,774 in July this year. Labour MP Luciana Berger, the ex-shadow health minister who obtained the data, is very concerned... Readmore

Mental Health Nurse Numbers Tumble Under Conservative Government

The number of mental health nurses working in the NHS has dropped by almost a sixth since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, figures show. The revelation has sparked fresh doubt that government pledges to improve mental health services are being matched by progress at the NHS frontline. Philip Dunne, the health minister, has admitted in a written parliamentary answer that while there were 45,384 mental health nurses working in England in 2010, there were just 38,774 in July this year. That... Readmore

Regional Chief Nurse Appointments Made by NHS England and NHS Improvement

The first two joint regional chief nurse appointments have been made by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSI). In a move to provide “clear joint leadership” and greater collaboration across both organisations to deliver improved patient care. Sue Doheny, a board-level director in the NHS for nine years, has been appointed to the South role, and Professor Oliver Shanley, OBE - who has most recently been deputy CEO and director of quality and safety (Chief Nurse) at Hertfordshire Partnership... Readmore
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