Top 2017 Nursing Headlines: Interesting, eventful and sad.

We take a look at the nursing headlines from the past twelve months - looking at both the highs and the lows.

It has been an interesting eventful and sad year for nurses and healthcare professionals in the UK.

2017 has seen the scrapping of the public sector pay cap, the announcement of severe staff shortages, nurses showing pure selflessness in a time of crisis and a crippling cyber attack on the NHS.

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But, throughout all of this, the hard work and dedication of millions of healthcare workers have ensured millions of patients have been cared for and tens of thousands of lives have been saved.

NHS short of more than 100,000 staff

New research estimates that the NHS is short of 42,855 Nurses, 11,187 Doctors and 12,219 Healthcare Support Workers.

Freedom of Information requests by the Labour Party has revealed that the NHS is short of nearly 100,000 Doctors, Nurses and Healthcare Support Workers. These figures show a significant rise over the last year and come only a month after NHS Employers said staff shortages in the NHS pose a fundamental risk to patient safety. Continue reading...

Government announces a review and ‘modernisation’ of the Agenda for Change pay structure

The Chancellor has announced that the Government plans to review the current agenda for change pay structure in the coming months.

During today’s budget speech, Phillip Hammond failed to announce a pay rise for a million nurses and other ‘dedicated NHS staff’ but instead announced a review and ‘modernisation’ of the Agenda for Change pay structure. Continue reading...

Public could be offered £1,000 to host NHS patients in spare rooms

The NHS is planning to pilot an ‘Airbnb-type’ system where untrained members of the public rent out their spare rooms to patients recovering from surgery.

The pilot scheme aims to offer an alternative to hospitals and care homes for patients who have had minimally invasive procedures. Continue reading...

NMC ‘alarmed’ by significant rise in nurses quitting the profession

Figures published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council today show there continues to be an increase in nurses and midwives leaving its register.

The report by the nursing regulator reveals that over the last year the total number of UK nurses and midwives leaving the profession has increased by 9% while the number of EU registrants leaving has increased by an astounding 67%. Continue reading...

Hunt tells parliament the 1% pay cap for nurses has officially been scrapped

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Parliament today that the 1% public sector pay cap has been officially scrapped.

Mr Hunt told Parliament today; “I can give you good news. The pay cap has been scrapped”, but refused to reveal how any pay award would be funded. However, unions say that any pay award must be fully funded. Continue reading...

NMC releases draft standards of proficiency for Nursing Associates

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have released the draft standards of proficiency for Nursing Associates.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has publically released the working draft of the standards of proficiency for the new Nursing Associate role. Continue reading...

RCN says the NHS is Supplementing Nurses with Unregistered Staff

The Royal College of Nursing says that 90% of England’s largest NHS Hospitals are short of Nursing staff and supplementing them with unregistered staff.

The analysis of data on the NHS Choices website by the Royal College of Nursing had confirmed that a large proportion of NHS hospitals are short of Nurses. Continue reading...

Trainee Nursing Associates claim their training is ‘inconsistent’

Trainee Nursing Associates claim their training is ‘inconsistent’ and their call for the role to be further defined.

Trainee nursing associates are claiming that their education is ‘inconsistent’ and training opportunities can differ greatly between educational establishments and NHS trusts. Continue reading...

Three Conservative Nurses Voted Against Scrapping the Pay Cap

In yesterday’s vote, three of the five Nurses elected to the House of Commons voted against scrapping the 1% pay cap for public sector workers.

Three ex-nurses turned Conservative MPs; Maria Cauldfield, Anne Milton and Nadine Dorries alongside multiple Doctors voted against giving their own profession a pay rise in yesterday’s vote on public sector pay. Continue reading...

NMC Chief gets £20,000 pay rise to bring pay into “alignment”

Jackie Smith, the chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council received a £20,000 pay rise this year.

The Nursing and Midwifery Councils financial reports reveal that its CEO and Registrar, Jackie Smith, received a pay rise of around £20,000 bringing her total basic salary to £192,850 for 2016-2017. Continue reading...

Five Nurses take seats in the House of Commons

Five Nurses will be taking up seats in the House of Commons following this months snap general election results.

The amount of nurses in parliament has nearly doubled following this months snap general election. Five Nurses will take their seats in the House of Commons and have said they will fight for the rights of Nurses and follows a call for nurses to become reengaged with politics. Continue reading...

Educational changes could results in only 1150 hours of placement for Students Nurses

Controversial new educational guidelines reveal that students could only complete 1150 hours of clinical placement before qualifying.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched a formal consultation process on a proposed new set of educational standards. Part of the new educational standards state that students could complete up to 50% of the required 2300 hours of clinical practice using simulation. Continue reading...

Nurse Kirsty Boden died after she ran to help victims of London attack

Kirsty Boden, a 28 year old Nurse, died after she ran to help victims of the London attack in an act of pure selflessness.

In an act of pure selflessness, Kirsty sadly died after she ran to administer live-saving treatment to others who had been injured when a van ploughed into people on London Bridge. Continue reading...

Off-duty Nurses offer to help in wake of Manchester bombing

Hundreds of off-duty Nurses and Doctors have offered to help at Manchester’s Hospitals following last nights bombings.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) have been inundated with offers of assistance from off-duty Nurses and Doctors. Continue reading...

NHS hospitals in England hit by massive crippling cyber-attack

NHS hospitals in England are having to redirect patients following a large-scale crippling cyber-attack which has taken control of IT systems.

The IT systems of numerous NHS sites across England have been simultaneously hit with a large-scale cyber attack leaving medical staff without access to essential patient records. Continue reading...

NHS Pay Review Body Recommends 1% Pay Cap is Extended

Healthcare workers are set to endure further pay restraint as the NHS Pay Review Body confirms the 1% pay cap is extended for another year.

In a report issued today the National Health Service Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) made a formal recommendation to the government that the 1% pay cap be extended for another financial year, until April 2018. Continue reading...

NHS Staff set to be banned from ‘extra’ Agency Work

NHS trusts will soon be prevented from engaging agency staff for additional shifts if they are already employed as substantive staff within the NHS elsewhere.

According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, wrote to all trust Chief Executives on 27th February 2017 outlining the new rules to be brought in concerning the supply of agency staff to the NHS from the 1st of April 2017. Continue reading...

Overweight Nurses Should Wear a Badge says, Expert

“Expert Hypnotist” Steve Miller has said that overweight NHS staff should carry a ‘I’m fat, but I’m losing it’ badge.

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

Nursing Associate Job Description Finally Revealed

Recruitment for the new Trainee Nursing Associates begins and the job description reveals a lot about the new role.

NHS Trusts around England have started to recruit their Trainee Nursing Associates and have revealed the job description for the new role. Continue reading...

NMC Spent £240,000 on Lawyers to Redact Information

The Nursing and Midwifery Council spent £240,000 on lawyers to redact information from documents it held regarding an NMC Investigation.

It has been revealed that the NMC spent the huge sum of money on legal fees to redact information inside documents before it would release them to a grieving family member under the Data Protection Act. Continue reading...

NMC Formally Agrees to Regulate Nursing Associates

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today formally agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role.

The announcement appeared on the NMC page only minutes ago following todays council meeting. This post has been taken directly from the NMC site. Continue reading...

Student Nurse’s Defence of Vital HCAs Goes Viral

A Facebook post written by a Student Nurse has gone viral after she defended the vital role of healthcare support staff.

Charmaine Briggs, a 23 year old Student Nurse from Somerset, used Facebook to explain her feeling after a stranger on the site belittled healthcare support workers. Continue reading...

Half of NHS Trusts Declared a Major Alert Status in January

Sixty-six out of 152 trusts declared a major alert status as mounting bed shortages and large numbers of patients are leading to long trolley waits and delays in A&E.

The number of major alerts, which used to be known as red and black alerts, is at the highest ever recorded with no end in sight with just under half of all hospital declaring an incident. Continue reading...

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