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  1. News Article
    The number of Covid patients in hospitals in England and Scotland has continued to rise this week, as NHS England reached a deal with private hospitals to free up beds amid the outbreak of Omicron cases. Meanwhile, Covid staff absences in England rose to their highest level since the introduction of the vaccine. The number of NHS workers in England off sick because of Covid was up by 41% in the week to 2 January, according to the latest figures. Five health workers describe some of the challenges they are facing, including understaffing, waiting times and bed-blocking. Read full
  2. Content Article
    Key recommendations of the report include: The Department of Health and Social Care should work with NHS England to produce a broader national health and care recovery plan that goes beyond the elective backlog to emergency care, mental health, primary care, community care and social care. This should be completed by April 2022 and must also set out a clear vision for what ‘success’ in tackling the backlog will look like to patients. In setting those metrics for success, the plan must take account of the risk that a reliance on numerical targets alone will deprioritise key services and
  3. Content Article
    The Royal College of Physicians calls for the NHS to take the opportunity to address the consultant shortage as the UK begins to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Key findings of the census Only 52% of posts advertised were filled. For the past eight years, barely half of advertised consultant posts were filled, mostly due to a lack of suitable applicants. 36% of consultants described being in control of their workload only ‘sometimes’ or ‘almost never’. 38% said that they worked excessive hours or had an excessive workload ‘almost always’ or ‘most of the time’. 35% o
  4. Content Article
    Training gaps which already existed due to chronic underfunding and staff shortages have become worse due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this report makes recommendations to improve local and national training at a critical time for maternity. Mind the Gap 2021 identifies and makes recommendations for workforce training in five priority areas: There needs to be a significant increase in funding to allow professionals to develop and maintain skills and to retain staff within maternity. This funding needs to properly support the expansion of the maternity workforce, attendance and ba
  5. Content Article
    This report outlines ten unsustainable pressures currently affecting the NHS, and details the reasons for these pressures: NHS bed occupancy rate Sickness absence in nurses working in the NHS and social care NHS nursing workforce vacancy rate High Covid-19 infection rates NHS hospital waiting times NHS elective/community waiting times Social care workforce vacancies International recruitment in the NHS and social care Insufficient domestic NHS and social care nursing supply Increase demand for social care services
  6. Content Article
    The report makes recommendations to address issues in the five areas covered by the CARES campaign. It highlights that overcrowding and challenging working conditions can result in an environment where errors are more likely to happen and makes the following recommendations to improve patient safety. Governments should: increase NHS multiyear funding to recover the healthcare service. ensure that the upcoming public inquiry examines the resilience and capacity of the urgent and emergency care system in the run up to the pandemic, as well as the performance of the system, to
  7. News Article
    Patient safety in the NHS in England is being put at “unacceptably high” risk, with severe staff shortages leaving hospitals, GP surgeries and A&E units struggling to cope with soaring demand, health chiefs have warned. The health service has hit “breaking point”, the leaders say, with record numbers of patients seeking care. Nine in 10 NHS chief executives, chairs and directors have reported this week that the pressures on their organisation have become unsustainable. The same proportion is sounding “alarm bells” over staffing, with the lack of doctors, nurses and other health w
  8. Content Article
    Mrs Hazel Fleur Wiltshire was admitted to the Princess Royal University Hospital on 14 January 2021 following a fall at home. Although she had a number of factors indicating a risk of further falls, no risk assessments were completed on three wards and there was no evidence that measures that could mitigate the risk of falls were considered. Mrs Wiltshire's toileting care plan indicated that she was to be assisted with her toileting needs and she had access to a call bell. However, there were lengthy delays in responding to the call bell and on the night of 22 January 2021 she tried to re
  9. News Article
    Logan Giesbrecht left his dream job as an emergency room nurse when the mental health strain of an understaffed department became unbearable, even before the pandemic's fourth wave hit and anti-vaccination protesters began gathering outside hospitals. “The biggest frustration, and what I'm taking home from work, was basically doing the job of more than one nurse,” said Giesbrecht, who feared low staffing levels would risk patient safety. He quit working at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, Canada, last April. Representatives for nurses around the country are calling on the fede
  10. News Article
    Labour is to push for key changes to the government’s NHS reforms, with new laws on transparency in the NHS and a demand for safe staffing levels on hospital wards, following a series of scandals relating to failures in patient care. Amendments to the government’s Health and Care Bill will also include plans for the investigation of stillbirths by medical examiners, and for limits on the power of the health secretary to interfere in investigations. Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth believes the changes – which also include giving local NHS regions the ability to obje
  11. News Article
    NHS trusts in London are looking to dilute their intensive care nurse-to-patient ratios due to workforce shortages, according to a leading critical care nurse. Nicki Credland, chair of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses, told HSJ’s Patient Safety Congress that trust leaders in London have discussed relaxing the ratios from one nurse per patient, to one nurse per 1.75 patients. ICU staffing ratios have been intermittently diluted throughout the covid pandemic, but this has previously been used as a temporary measure. Ms Credland, a keynote speaker at the event on Tue
  12. Content Article
    Without wishing to state the obvious, we have an overwhelming demand for services, both emergency and planned. It was already there, but then Covid landed and it has all being exacerbated by the loss of experienced practitioners who have either retired earlier than originally planned or decided to pursue a career elsewhere. There are very comprehensive reports on the numbers if you need details on the size of the challenge.[1] We know the link between anxiety, stress, burnout of staff and poorer patient safety. So here are some thoughts on what we can do: 1. Do be 100% clear
  13. Content Article
    Emergency Department Safer Nursing Care Tool makes an innovative and valuable contribution by providing the following: Establishment set by Annual Attendance as well as Acuity and Dependency Care Hours to Contact metrics on the current and recommended establishments A Deployment arm showing the hourly staffing requirement aligned to the acuity & dependency. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tool has been further developed to consider the implications of COVID-19 on staffing. From major trauma centres to district general hospitals with emergency departments
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