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  1. News Article
    Last year the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report warning of a “ticking time bomb” threatening health systems in Europe and Central Asia: a growing shortage of health workers. With quickly ageing populations and an ageing health workforce—40% of doctors in Europe are close to retirement in a third of countries—along with a surge in chronic illnesses and the ongoing effects of the covid pandemic, WHO warned that many countries could soon see their healthcare systems collapse unless they take urgent action. Six months on, the situation has worsened, as healthcare workers throughout Europe increasingly resort to industrial action over pay and conditions. Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe, said, “The health workforce crisis in Europe is no longer a looming threat—it is here and now. Health providers and workers across our region are clamouring for help and support... “We cannot wait any longer to address the pressing challenges facing our health workforce. The health and wellbeing of our societies are at stake—there is simply no time to lose.” Read full story (paywalled) Source: BMJ, 24 March 2023
  2. News Article
    Nurses will start voting on Thursday on whether to strike over pay amid warnings that record numbers are leaving the profession. Around 300,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are being asked if they want to mount a campaign of industrial action in the union’s first UK-wide ballot. The RCN said new analysis by London Economics to coincide with the ballot launch showed that pay for nurses has declined at twice the rate of the private sector in the last decade. It is the first time in its 106-year history that the RCN has balloted members across the UK on strike action and it is urging them to vote in favour. RCN general secretary Pat Cullen said in a message to those being balloted: “This is a once-in-a-generation chance to improve your pay and combat the staff shortages that put patients at risk. “Governments have repeatedly neglected the NHS and the value of nursing. We can change this if together we say ‘enough is enough’. “Record numbers are feeling no alternative but to quit and patients pay a heavy price. We are doing this for them too." Read full story Source: The Independent, 6 October 2022
  3. Community Post
    This year's theme for World Patient Safety Day (17 September) is Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety. We know that staff safety is intrinsically linked to patient safety but we need your insight to help us understand what matters most when it comes to feeling safe at work. So we're asking you to tell us: What is most needed for health and care staff to feel physically or mentally safe at work? In this short video, Claire Cox (Patient Safety Learning's Associate Director of Patient Safety and a Nurse) shares her top three. What do you think is most needed? Please join the conversation and help us speak up for health worker safety! Nb: You'll need to sign in to the hub to comment (click on the icon in the top right of your screen). If you're not a member yet, you can sign up here for free.
  4. Content Article
    As an agency scrub nurse, I was booked to work out of London in a private clinic. This was to work two nights and two days in theatres. It was my very first agency shift. On the way to the theatres, escorted by a porter, I slipped on the stairs whilst holding on to the rails and fell, sustaining a right dislocated shoulder. I had it relocated in A&E in a local NHS hospital and was given entonox and morphine. I returned to London the next morning – the taxi fare of £220 was not covered by the clinic. I have now been unemployed for many weeks due to the injury. The Agency left it to me to handle the compensation with the hospital and the Union could not help as I did not have a photo of the stairs or other evidence of steps being wet, etc. Therefore, I will get zero compensation. Health and Safety at the hospital said I tripped over my own feet and I should have held on to the rails. When I told them that I had actually gripped the rails as it is my habit to do this anyway – they said I "should have gripped the rails tighter"! My argument is if everyone using the stairs is required to grip tightly to the rails, where are the signs to tell them to do this? The hospital said a Riddor (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) was unnecessary. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) accepted my Riddor report online and promised to tell the hospital of their responsibility to report my injury. So I urge my Agency colleagues, to be careful. If you are badly injured, ensure you or someone on your behalf takes photos so your Union can help you. Also ask your Agency about injury compensation before you accept shifts. If you are on a permanent contract in the NHS or a private clinic and just doing the odd agency shift, you can get quick treatment and sick leave pay for your injury. However, if like me, you are on bank shifts, you get no sick leave and NHS treatment for your injury is painfully slow. I suggest investing in health insurance – I will be doing that now. Above all, please be safe wherever you work, and extra vigilant when using steep stairs and also stairs with edges that are not non-slip covered. And most importantly, always remember to "HOLD TIGHTLY TO THE RAILS"!
  5. News Article
    Doctors have thrown down the gauntlet to the government by calling for a pay rise of up to 30% over the next five years, in a move that increases the chances of strike action. Delegates at the British Medical Association’s (BMA) annual conference voted to press ministers to agree to the increase to make up for real-terms cuts to their salaries over the last 14 years. Frontline doctors said years of pay freezes and annual salary uplifts of 1% had caused the real value of their take-home pay to fall by almost a third since 2008. They now want “full pay restoration” to return the value of their pay to 2008 levels, and have instructed the BMA to pursue that goal with a government that has made clear it will not hand public sector workers sizeable salary increases in case it fuels already rampant inflation. The motion noted “with horror that all doctors’ pay has fallen against RPI [the retail prices index] since 2008 to the tune of up to 30%”. It said the BMA’s leadership should “achieve pay restoration to 2008 for its members within the next five years” and report back annually on progress. Proposing the motion, Dr Emma Runswick, a member of the BMA’s ruling council, said: “We should not wait for things to get worse. All of us deserve comfort and pleasure in our lives. Pay restoration is the right, just and moral thing to do. But it is a significant demand and it won’t be easy to win. Every part of the BMA needs to plan for how to achieve this.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 27 June 2022
  6. Content Article
    As I write this, I am one of the lucky people who can stay at home today, coach NHS colleagues, notice a storm raging and write this blog. Yes, it’s 18 February 2022, the day when many records of wind speed are being broken and our services stand tall against the odds (again). So how are you as we continue our march into March? We have an overwhelming demand for services, but you are still the brilliant you. Here’s four things that may help you continue to stand tall: 1. Take a moment to reflect on your contributions The last 2 years have been tough, exhausting, but you have offered your best under the most challenging of circumstances. Take a step back, just for a moment. Take a proper look at your contributions. There will be things you say you could have done better (we are often our own harshest critics) but you have made a real difference. Allow yourself the opportunity to appreciate your contribution, how you kept your patients safe. Talk to your colleagues about this. Individually and collectively, you can feel very proud. 2. Seek out feedback Sometimes people say they don’t receive feedback; it maybe they are too overwhelmed to receive it, others may be too busy to offer it. Whatever the reason, seek it out. Appraisal meetings are a good starting point. Prepare for it, ask that all important question "How am I doing?". Check in in with colleagues – how did that go, what else could I be doing? The Healthcare Leadership Model also offers a great structured 360 opportunity. 3. What’s next? As a coach, I often reference the magic triangle, especially when I work with people who have lost their mojo or are just secretly wondering whether it’s time for a new opportunity. A great job will give you: Enjoyment – you can’t wait to get to work. Challenge – you may have this daily, weekly. It can be exhausting but it’s also exhilarating. Supporting your team through the tough stuff, problem solving, enabling the right response. It’s what you do best. Learning – in the right role for you, there will be learning. If these three things are still very much in balance, great. If not it may be time to be thinking about your next role. No rush but it may be a consideration. 4. Look after yourself and each other As I have said before in earlier blogs, seeking support is a sign of strength not weakness. There are services both internally and outside your organisation. In terms of external support, in the South East, the NHS Leadership Academy offers a ‘crisis coaching’ service: Coaching in a Crisis – South East Leadership Academy. Across the country, coaching and mentoring support is available via the NHS Leadership Academy: Coaching and Mentoring – Leadership Academy – just click on local coaching and mentoring offers. Thanks for reading this. With my best wishes for the months ahead. "She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails" Elizabeth Edwards Read some of Sally's other blogs: Swimming with the tide Getting to grips with your imposter syndrome Keep your light shining bright – three tips I think you’re on mute… The art of wobbling: Part 1 The art of wobbling: Part 2
  7. Event
    The Nursing Times awards are free to attend and will give you the chance to highlight and reward innovation in workforce planning and management that will contribute to sustaining a workforce fit for the future. The summit will take place over two days, connecting nurses responsible for the recruitment, retention and development of the workforce to meet with solution providers and workforce experts. Book tickets
  8. Content Article
    This regulation 28 is around testing of patient call bells in care homes. Questions: Have you got a system for checking call bells where you work? Are the call bells always in reach of the patient?
  9. Content Article
    RESTORE2 was co-produced by West Hampshire CCG and Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative. It is designed to support homes and health professionals to: Recognise when a resident may be deteriorating or at risk of physical deterioration Act appropriately according to the residents care plan to protect and manage the resident Obtain a complete set of physical observations to inform escalation and conversations with health professionals Speak with the most appropriate health professional in a timely way to get the right support Provide a concise escalation history to health professionals to support their professional decision making. The full series of six videos about implementing and using RESTORE2 in care home settings, together with some case study based scenarios can be viewed below.
  10. Content Article
    To use the tool, you just need to enter your height and weight into the online calculator, along with your height and weight 3-6 months ago. You will be given a rating that will tell you if you are at high, medium or low risk of malnutrition. You will then be able to download a dietary advice sheet that gives basic information and suggestions for improving nutritional intake. If you are worried about your weight or having difficulty eating, make sure you talk to your GP or a healthcare professional. The dietary advice sheet was developed in partnership with a number of professional organisations. NB this site is intended for adult self-screening only.
  11. Content Article
    These are the recommendations following the review of current VTE standards in UK Care homes. 1.Further academic research should be conducted to clinically establish the extent to which care home residents in England are at an increased risk of preventable blood clots, and what the appropriate threshold for thromboprophylaxis should be. 2. The CQC should develop national guidance on prevention and management of VTE in the care home setting, closely informed by the latest academic research on the risk of VTE in care homes in England. 3. All hospitals should include a mandatory section on VTE risk in their discharge summaries, indicating instructions on the steps that should be taken to manage the patient’s risk. 4. CCGs should work with local secondary, primary and social care providers to develop local transfer of care protocols to facilitate smooth transfer of care between hospitals and care homes and clarify procedures for managing patients’ VTE risk post-discharge. 5. CCGs should develop community-based VTE treatment pathways for occurrences and recurrences of VTE in the care home setting to relieve capacity pressure on hospitals and ensure timely treatment.
  12. Content Article
    The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) framework supports improvements in the quality of services and the creation of new, improved patterns of care. 2022/23 CQUIN scheme 2020/21 CQUIN scheme 2019/20 CQUIN scheme 2017/19 CQUIN scheme 2016/17 CQUIN scheme 2017/19 Prescribed Services CQUIN Schemes 2016/17 Prescribed Specialised Services CQUIN schemes