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Dedicated RAF Nurses fundraise for local Hospital and Museum

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RAF nurses ready and raring to go for a day of fundraising

A group of Military nurses from East Grinstead, Birmingham and Oxford donned their combats for a day of fundraising on Tuesday 18 July in aid of the QVH Charity and the East Grinstead Museum.

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In the space of six hours, the 12 nurses who based themselves at the Queen Victoria Hospital for the day, washed 34 cars, sold hundreds of homemade cakes and encouraged staff across the hospital to buy raffle tickets to win an array of prizes. The activities were arranged by a group of RAF nurses who work at the hospital and have gained specialist training in the areas of burns and plastic surgery, essential skills when on active duty on the front line.

Their efforts raised an amazing £700 which will be split equally between the QVH Charity and the East Grinstead Museum.

The QVH Charity helps the Queen Victoria Hospital provide even better care, and a better quality of life, for patients and their families. The charity also helps fund research and educational work, enabling the hospital to continue to develop new and innovative treatments for patients, and much more.

The East Grinstead Museum, houses the Rebuilding Bodies and Souls exhibition which celebrates the story of Sir Archibald McIndoe, reconstructive surgery at the Queen Victoria Hospital and the Guinea Pig Club. The museum catalogues and preserves artefacts and memorabilia relating to Sir Archibald McIndoe’s pioneering surgery at the Queen Victoria Hospital, and will use its donation to continue managing this collection.

Sgt Caroline Maynard-Burrows, an RAF nurse at the Queen Victoria Hospital, said: “As members of the RAF it’s important that we support the local community and what better charities to support than the QVH Charity and the East Grinstead Museum. Being based at the Queen Victoria Hospital enables nurses like myself to update our training and develop highly relevant skills for RAF duty. It’s a pleasure to be able to support the hospital’s charity.

Jo Thomas, Director of Nursing at the Queen Victoria Hospital, said: “We are proud of our military heritage and the RAF and army clinicians that work with us here at the hospital. We’re delighted that our nurses, and their colleagues who travelled down specially from Birmingham and Oxford, chose to support the QVH Charity and East Grinstead Museum through their fundraising. We’d like to thank them for their hard work and dedication.”

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NMC says regulation for nursing associates moves a step closer

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council say regulation for nursing associates is getting closer and is expected by July 2018.

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has welcomed the Department of Health’s consultation on proposed changes to its legislation to enable the regulation of nursing associates.

The consultation follows the decision of the NMC’s Council to agree to regulate the new role, following a request from the Secretary of State for Health in January 2017.

Earlier this month the NMC released it’s draft standards of proficiency for Nursing Associates.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“This consultation is a vital step towards the NMC becoming the regulator of nursing associates.

“It’s always been our ambition to open the register to nursing associates in January 2019, when the first trainees qualify. But in order to do so, it’s critical that Government drives through the necessary changes to our legislation, to ensure that we’re able to protect the public from the moment the first qualified nursing associates begin to practise.”

The NMC expects the necessary changes to its legislation to come into force by July 2018. This will give the regulator six months until the first trainees qualify to complete the activities that need to be in place in order to open the register. This includes approving the NMC’s Rules and fees, approval of the final nursing associate standards and approval of nursing associates programme providers.

The consultation, Regulation of Nursing Associates in England, will run from 16 October to 26 December.

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Snacks sold in hospital shops should be under 250 calories

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NHS England says snacks sold in hospitals canteens or shops should all be under 250 calories.

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NHS Hospitals will be given cash incentives to comply with a new ‘healthy eating’ campaign which will see a significant reduction in the number of sugary snacks, drinks and confectionary inside hospital shops and canteens.

The proposals will also extend to sandwiches, which must be under 400 calories, and all other pre-packed savoury meals, which should contain no more than 5g of saturated fat per 100g. Cans and bottles of sugary soft drinks are also covered by the ban, as well as sugary drinks made in cafes and canteens such as coffees with sugar syrup.

Hospital chiefs will need to ensure that 80% of items sold do not exceed the 250-calorie limit in order to receive the cash bonus.

It is unknown if this ban will extend to third-party organisations such as Costa Coffee and Starbucks.

Research has suggested that almost 700,000 of 1.3 million NHS employees are overweight or obese.

Last year, controversial expert hypnotist Steve Miller said healthcare professionals should lead the fight against the fat and wants overweight NHS staff to carry ‘I’m fat, but I’m losing it’ badges to inspire patients and colleagues.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said:

“The NHS is now stepping up action to combat the super-size snack culture which is causing an epidemic of obesity, preventable diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer. “In place of calorie-laden, sugary snacks we want to make healthier food an easy option for hospital staff, patients and visitors.”

NHS England has pledged to boost the sale of healthy foods and end promotions of sugary and fatty or salty foods at checkouts.

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