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  1. Content Article
    All healthcare workers, from nurses to pharmacists, housekeepers to consultants, should be kept safe as they carry out their essential duties in caring for others. Not only is their physical safety important, but their psychological wellbeing is paramount too. Healthcare workers should be kept safe from all forms of physical occupational hazard, including infectious agents, chemical hazards, workplace violence and ergonomic problems.[1] Specific measures have been put in place to protect the occupational health and safety of health workers, and there are consequential duties, rights and r
  2. News Article
    The Royal College of Nursing has written to the Prime Minister demanding continued protective measures after the loosening of restrictions on July 19th. In a joint letter with the British Medical Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, British Dental Association and College of Optometrists, they ask for support and protection for healthcare staff. The letter says “The need to recognise health and care settings as unique environments for the care and safety of the most vulnerable is paramount. While you state that you would expect the public to continue wearing face coverings i
  3. News Article
    In November last year, Unison and RCN raised concerns with NHS Forth Valley chief executive Cathie Cowan amid bullying claims made by emergency department staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. In light of the reports of bullying, a review was commissioned and leaked details revealed junior doctors were left unsupervised on shifts, nurses and doctors had said they are 'battle-weary', and many senior staff members have resigned their posts. Karren Morrison, Unison Forth Valley health branch secretary has said: ‘Last year, concerns were being raised by our members who worked in, or wh
  4. News Article
    NHS staff have faced abuse by members of the public after demanding their second dose of the jab earlier than 8 weeks so they can go on holiday. A doctors has said covid-19 vaccinators are experiencing aggression and threats from people and after one incident, police had to be called over fears for safety. Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Martin Marshall has said: “It is understandable that people want to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible. But it is entirely unacceptable for anybody working on the Covid vaccination programme, be it in GP-led sites, mass vaccination
  5. News Article
    A frontline respiratory consultant has said, “Healthcare professionals are deeply anxious about the impact of relaxing restrictions further given the current surge in Covid cases. To do away with risk-mitigating measures like social distancing and wearing of masks is incomprehensible to many of us. I feel anxious and frustrated". Hospitals in Yorkshire and North of England may also be experiencing a fourth wave. Dr Nick Scriven has told The Guardian, “Us up north are experiencing a fourth wave in community cases, with an uptick in hospital cases. Although numbers are not massive it’s both
  6. Content Article
    Key takeaways A core strategy for organisational leaders to establish safe environments for both patients and staff members is taking responsibility for creating and nurturing a culture of safety. Leaders can strive to reach this goal in their facilities by implementing a just culture – a model and framework in which staff members are empowered to share concerns, near misses, or errors freely without fear of punishment. In a just culture, leaders focus not only on why a mistake occurs, but also on the individual’s intent, and then hold that individual accountable for the behaviour.
  7. News Article
    New FFP3 masks may reduce likelihood of infection rates, a new study finds. After healthcare workers used the masks when on Covid-19 wards, the rate of SARS-CoV-2 infections was found to be lowered by a significant amount. Since the study, Public Health England have updated its guidance which now requires NHS organisations to provide FFP3 respirators where appropriate. Read full story. Source: BMJ, 29 June 2021
  8. News Article
    The Royal College of Nursing has updated their Healthy Workplace toolkit to include the need for nurses to stay hydrated during their shifts and to take their at-work breaks. The toolkit was designed to improve health and wellbeing for nurses working in all areas of healthcare. It also includes pandemic-specific advice and an aim to improve working environments for nursing staff. Read full story. Source: Royal College of Nursing, 21 June 2021
  9. News Article
    New research shows a rise in sharps injuries among healthcare workers around Europe over the last year. Respondents of the research said the rise in sharps injuries may be due to staff shortages and higher pressures and stress on healthcare staff. The survey, which covered more than 300,000 healthcare workers, found workers were being put at unnecessary risk of contracting deadly diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, with nurses being the ones primarily affected by the sharps injuries. The article concludes that more interventions need to be done to protect healthc
  10. News Article
    A new survey by the BMA was conducted throughout the UK on moral distress from 18 March 2021 to 12 April 2021. It was found that those doctors who worked with Covid-19 patients and doctors who were from ethnic backgrounds, were more likely to say moral distress was a feeling they had experienced. It was also found doctors from ethnic backgrounds were also more likely to say moral injury resonated with their experiences. The results of the survey has raised concerns for staff wellbeing with the BMA asking that the government increase staffing to the NHS, and provide emotional and p
  11. News Article
    A regulator has warned a trust to take immediate action after it was found junior doctors were seeing acute inpatients alone. The warning comes after a serious safety concerns were raised when a doctor was stabbed by a patient. Health Education England has ordered Central and North West London Foundation Trust to ensure doctors are always accompanied by another member of staff with appropriate qualifications after safety concerns were raised regarding patient and staff. Read full story. (Paywalled) Source: HSJ, 15 June 2021
  12. Content Article
    Frontline healthcare staff have undoubtedly been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 infections.[4][5][6] Issues with PPE supplies at the start of pandemic and a failure to respond to the virus as airborne, meant that many were working without adequate protection. This left thousands of staff and patients vulnerable to hospital acquired infections, and increased the risk of the virus being transmitted to loved ones at home.[7][8] It is essential now that all measures are taken to prevent further avoidable harm. In this article, I talk about the dangerous holes that remain in current P
  13. News Article
    A new report commissioned by the House of Commons finds NHS staff and social care workers are suffering from burnout at 'emergency levels'. The report has said problems with burnout among the NHS and care staff already existed but was increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff shortages have been indicated as one of the causes of burnout as the work days became longer and the pressure on staff grew. It was also found that staff felt overwhelmed after lockdown ended as patients who had not been to see their GP during lockdown were now coming in with an array of health problems. NHS and
  14. Content Article
    The standards are grouped into three themes. They are: Responsibility and accountability – outlining where the responsibility and accountability lie within an organisation for setting, reviewing, and taking decisions and action on staffing levels and skill mix. Clinical leadership and safety – outlining the needs of nurse leaders with professional responsibility for teams, their role in workforce planning and the professional development of staff. Health, safety and wellbeing – outlining what’s needed to support nursing staff to provide the highest quality of care, including
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