Research Shows that Number of Mental Health Nurses Diminishing

Figures from the NHS' health and social care information centre indicate that the number of specialist mental health nurses in the UK has plummeted by more than 10% in just five years. This recession of mental health staff is particularly serious considering the fact that it has occurred mainly in hospitals and mental health units treating some of the sickest patients. And this fact has been confirmed by official NHS data. The number of qualified nurses working in psychiatry slid from 41,320 in 2010... Readmore

Hiring Midwives via Agencies Causing Unnecessary Expenditure According to RCM

Figures relating to health trusts in Yorkshire suggest that the county has spent over £70 million on agency midwives in just 12 months. This number has been dubbed extremely wasteful, particularly as it would be enough to employ over 500 staff. These latest findings were obtained by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) through Freedom of Information requests, and indicate that spending increased extremely rapidly over the last year. Indeed, in just two years, the amount of agency spending by NHS trusts... Readmore

EU Nurses and Midwives to Take NHS English Language Tests

New regulations will ensure that Eurozone nurses and midwives travelling to Britain will need to prove that they are fluent in the English language. Previously such checks have only been applicable to nurses from countries outside of the European Union. This new initiative means that any nurses who are unable to show that they possess sufficient language skills will need to have an English language assessment. The decision has been made by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and is intended to ensure... Readmore

Nurse and Midwives March Receives Strong Support

Marches of midwives and nurses have taken place in London today as NHS workers oppose plans to scrap the bursary for students. The decision was announced during the spending review in November. As a result of the decision announced by George Osborne, bursaries for nursing students and other healthcare undergraduate professions will be replaced with loans. It is a generally considered that this will lead to financial hardship for many students entering the nursing profession. Additionally,... Readmore

Research Indicates that Tories have Slashed NHS Matron Numbers

Leading doctors suggest that the loss of over 1,200 NHS matrons in less than half a decade could seriously impact on patient safety in the health service. It is equally also feared that hospitals across the UK now lack the experience that these critical individuals provided previously. Despite government pledges to invest in the NHS, an investigation conducted by the Daily Mirror newspaper indicates that the number of matrons in the National Health Service has fallen by one-fifth. Community matrons... Readmore

Royal College of Midwives Critical of Existing Scottish System

One of the top midwives in Scotland has suggested that every health board in the NHS should feature a maternal mental health midwife. Gillian Smith, director of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), highlighted the issue as a key area for progress as part of a series of suggestions to improve maternity care in Scotland. Smith believes that instigating such a mental health system would enable the NHS to provide superior care for vulnerable women all over Britain. It is notable that 10 per cent of Scottish... Readmore

Whistleblowers Cast Aspersions on Foreign Nursing Issues in NHS

Whistleblowers have suggested that unqualified foreign nurses are putting NHS patients in danger. These individuals are often being inappropriately left in charge of hospital wards, and this is causing significant difficulties for NHS customers. Overseas-trained nurses who have come to Britain to work are being asked to carry out critical duties they are not trained for. This is an issue reflecting both NHS and private wards according to a concerned group of British nurses. The nurses in question... Readmore

Student Nurses Plan Industrial Action over Fees and Contracts

Trainee nurses and midwives are planning a major campaign against government plans to make them pay for their own training with student loans. The industrial action comes in the context of learning that their earnings will be cut by nearly £1,000 annually. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced this measure in the Autumn Statement, and after consultation with union representatives, trainee nurses are ready to take action. Osborne had announced that NHS bursaries, which... Readmore

NHS Employers Asserts Home Office Rules Putting Patient Safety at Risk

NHS Employers has expressed concern about recruitment policies in the NHS related to the European Union. According to figures provided by NHS Employers, around 1000 nurses from outside of the European Union have been rejected to date by the Home Office due to immigration rules. The organisation was keen to emphasise that legislation is compromising patient safety, with a shortage of nurses potentially crippling the NHS. It is believed that the reluctance to recruit NHS nurses will be particularly... Readmore

New revalidation guidance for nurses and midwives now available

New guidance for nurses and midwives is now available ahead of the introduction of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) new rules on revalidation which come into force from April 2016. The new rules will affect all nurses and midwives working in the UK. Nurses and midwives can discover how the process is changing, and why, by downloading a set of FAQs from the NMC website. The FAQs are designed to answer concerns you may have, such as: (i) why is the NMC introducing revalidation?;... Readmore

New report suggests changes to immigration rules could result in chaos and cost NHS millions

New research which suggests that changes to immigration rules could intensify the severe shortage of nurses in the UK, compromise patient safety and cost the health service millions has been published by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) today. According to the new rules, people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) must be earning £35,000 or more before they are allowed to stay in the UK after six years. These rules will force many nurses to return to their home countries, leaving hospitals... Readmore
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