The leaders of the nursing profession have been criticised by Robert Francis QC, who told HSJ he has seen little to “give him cause for optimism”.
Health and care employers should be required to record the training of their healthcare assistants, an influential member of the Lords has said.
Rising pressure in accident and emergency departments across the UK is leaving patients queuing on trolleys in corridors for hours or getting “lost” in hospitals due to repeated moves, senior nurses from the Royal College of Nursing have warned.
Nurses are to be asked to give feedback about the performance of their colleagues and seniors to contribute to appraisals, as part of a series of initiatives announced to improve nursing care quality.
Ministers are considering whether to require aspiring nurses to complete a year’s caring experience before they are accepted onto a degree course.
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Ministers have been challenged to make urgent changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s powers in order to improve public protection – as it emerged just 13 nurses are currently facing sanctions in relation to the high profile care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
Health minister Dan Poulter appeared yesterday to reject the Francis Report’s call for nationally recognised minimum nurse staffing levels.
A government-commissioned report has revealed the NHS could be crippled by a shortage of nearly 200,000 nurses in just three years’ time.
The Sunday Times journalist Camilla Cavendish has been asked by the government to conduct a study of healthcare assistants to ensure they have the necessary training standards, HSJ has learned.
Every potential student nurse or qualified healthcare worker entering training will in future be interviewed and tested to make sure they have the right values and skills to provide good care, HSJ can reveal.
Nurses who “demonstrate a commitment to patient care” could receive more pay under recommendations made by Robert Francis QC.
Regulating healthcare assistants would be simple and would not “cost too much money”, according to Robert Francis QC.
The prime minister has told the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council it must outline the steps they will take to strengthen their systems of accountability in the light of the Francis report.
The government’s splitting of the chief nursing officer role in England into two positions should be “kept under review”, according to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry report.
A former director of nursing at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been cleared of any wrong-doing by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Nearly a quarter of nurses say their trust is at risk of a Mid Staffordshire-style care breakdown
Reductions to NHS workers’ terms and conditions have moved a step closer after one of the largest health unions gave its backing to the plans.
The prime minister has given his backing to plans to roll out the friends and family test to primary care, as part of a package of measures to be unveiled today to improve the quality of services.
Senior managers working in the NHS have enjoyed the largest increase in average basic pay of any NHS employees in the past year – with a rise of 2 per cent - it has emerged.
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