Nursing and Midwifery Council responds to announcement that nurses are to be added to Shortage Occupation List

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Responding to today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, that nurses will temporarily be included on the Shortage Occupation List, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith, said: “As the regulator for the nursing and midwifery professions, the NMC ensures that everyone on our register is capable of practising safely and effectively. Our processes for admitting nurses and midwives who have trained outside the...

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NHS Confederation response to CQC report emphasises the need for a fundamental shift in the way we regulate care

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Features, NHS | 0 comments

In response to the CQC State of Care report released today, Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “This is an important report that shows the majority of services across health and care are rated as good, with some outstanding. The report shows the pressure our members are under during the toughest times of a generation and that variation still exists in care quality and delivery. This alone is important – but there...

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NSPCC: One in five children referred to local mental health services are rejected for treatment

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in NHS, Public Health | 0 comments

Those rejected include abused and neglected children. Charity warns of a ‘time bomb’ of serious mental health conditions if vulnerable victims don’t get early help More than a fifth of all children referred to local specialist NHS mental health services, including children whose problems stem from abuse, are rejected for treatment, the NSPCC reveals today. New statistics from 35 Mental Health Trusts across England show that of a total of...

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Historic decision boosts professional standards for nurses and midwives

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Features, NHS | 0 comments

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today made the decision to introduce a process of revalidation for all nurses and midwives in the UK, fulfilling a key recommendation from the Francis report into the failings at Mid–Staffordshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The introduction of revalidation is the most significant change to the regulation of nurses and midwives in a generation and will mean that everyone on the NMC’s register will...

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What’s up Doc? BMA withdraws from negotiations

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

The junior doctors’ dispute caught many of us by surprise, but it should not have done. The British Medical Association’s (BMA) withdrawal from negotiations about a new contract last year was a warning, but perhaps even the BMA did not anticipate the anger of junior staff about a contract that has been neither presented in detail nor costed. Tory MP Dan Poulter – a member of the Coalition health team until 2015 – told The Guardian that...

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