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Nursing Associate Job Description Finally Revealed

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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.

Inside the adverts you can find insight into intended the role of the Nursing Associate. The job description seems to have been standardised between each trust currently advertising the role – with many using near identical wording.

The documents reveal a comprehensive list of entry requirements including the ability to study at Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education Level and have GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English.

Many NHS Trusts have marked the adverts as ‘Internal Posts Only’ requiring applicants to have works for the trust for more than 12 months.

During their training nursing associates will be paid agenda for change band 3 and once qualified will be a band 4 and following recent negations registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

According to the advert Nursing Associates will be required to;

  • Support individuals with all aspects of care including daily living, providing person-centred care and promoting health and independence through awareness raising and care navigation to other professionals as appropriate
  • Perform and record clinical observations including blood pressure, temperature, respirations, pulse.
  • Undertake clinical tasks including cannulation, venepuncture, ECGs
  • Accurately record nutritional and fluid intake.
  • Ensure the privacy, dignity and safety of individuals is maintained at all times.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognise changing priorities seeking advice and guidance from the Registered Nurse or other registered care professionals as appropriate.
  • Report back and share information with the registered nurses on the condition, behaviour, activity and responses of individuals.
  • Assist in the implementation of appropriate action to meet the specific physical, emotional and psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs of individuals and carers.
  • Assist in the delivery of complex care as prescribed by the registered nurse.
  • Develop understanding of caring for individuals with particular conditions for example dementia, mental illness, learning disabilities.
  • Develop skills in relation to coaching/teaching individuals/carers/other staff.
  • Assist with the implementation and monitoring of clinical standards and outcomes.
  • Develop a working knowledge of other providers’ resources and referral systems to ensure individual’s needs are met, within parameters of practice.
  • Engage in reflective practice including management of self and reflection on own reactions, asking questions and reflecting on answers given.
  • Demonstrate good understanding of principles of consent and ensure valid consent is obtained prior to undertaking nursing and care procedures.
  • Demonstrate good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act / Deprivation of Liberties and applies principles to everyday practice seeking advice / guidance from the Registered Nurse or registered care professional as required.

It also states that Nursing Associates can deliver complex care, defined as patients with complex care needs with a combination of multiple chronic conditions, mental health issues, medication-related problems, and social vulnerability.

The job description goes into further detail with many topics including; communication, judgement skills, physical skills, working conditions and training requirements.

You can download and view a full copy of several job descriptions for nursing associates; South Tees Hospitals, Humber Partnership & Worcestershire Acute Hospitals

Are you looking to apply for the Nursing Associate role? You should take a look at the NHS Jobs website. You can view the Department of Health: Routes into Nursing infographic. 

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£13 million funding to help hospital A&Es prepare for winter

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The Department of Health has announced 19 hospitals in England will benefit from extra funding for emergency care over winter.

Following a plea for funding from NHS Providers, the association that represents healthcare trusts, the Department of Health (DoH) has announced it will provide additional funding to nineteen NHS hospitals in England.

The 19 hospitals across England will be given a cash injection of over £13 million for emergency care, in the latest wave of winter funding announced today by Health Minister Philip Dunne.

Around £13 million has been awarded to improve patient flow through A&E, ensuring departments are prepared for busy times during winter. The additional funding brings the total given to hospitals since April to over £90 million, part of the dedicated funding announced in the Spring Budget.

Minister of State for Health Philip Dunne said:

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff, the NHS has put in place strong plans ahead of winter – ensuring patients continue to receive safe and efficient care as demand rises over the coming months.

This funding will give more hospitals the boost they need to streamline patient flow in A&E, freeing up A&Es to care for the sickest patients and helping make sure all patients get the right treatment in the right place as quickly as possible”.

The funding will be used to help hospitals finalise preparations ahead of winter, particularly to handle the large volumes of patients attending A&E. By investing in the necessary equipment or infrastructure, hospitals will be able to target improvements to patient flow and relieve pressure on A&E.

The funding supports NHS England’s wider plans to improve A&E performance in England by 2018. In particular, it will help hospitals hit the target of admitting, transferring or discharging 95% of patients within 4 hours.

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New guidance for ‘acid attack’ victims following recent rise in attacks

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The NHS and leading burns surgeons are today issuing new first aid guidance to help ensure victims of acid attacks get the right help fast.

The assistance for victims comes as new data from NHS England show the number of people requiring specialist medical help for this type of assault is on the rise. In 2014, 16 people required specialist medical advice, rising to 25 in 2015 and increasing further to 32 last year. The level of demand for specialist burns help so far in 2017 suggests there will be another rise in patient numbers this year.

So-called ‘acid attacks’, where corrosive substances are used as part of a violent assault or robbery, have become increasingly prominent, with a series of high-profile incidents this year. As well as the significant harm caused to individuals, the NHS estimates that the average cost of care for a victim requiring specialist burns treatment, eye care, rehabilitation and mental health treatment is £34,500.

NHS England, in partnership with the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) is today publishing new advice for anyone falling victim to acid attacks, including new online guidance and support to victims as well as friends or family of people affected by burns. The guidance – Report, Remove, Rinse – has been developed with specialist BAPRAS burns and trauma surgeons, who have treated victims of these attacks.

Whilst the overall number of people impacted by this type of attack remains low, people are advised to take three simple steps in the event they witness or are victim of an attack:

  • Report the attack: dial 999.
  • Remove contaminated clothing carefully.
  • Rinse skin immediately in running water.

A burns unit serving patients from London and the South East, has seen a substantial increase in the number of people it has helped this year who have been affected by this type of assault. In 2016 the St Andrew’s Burns Centre saw 20 people who required admission because of the most serious effects of acid or corrosive burns, a similar number who were treated there over the previous 15 years. The Centre is on course to deliver help to over 30 people in 2017.

People assaulted with corrosive substances like acid are likely to need a range of different care after the emergency response. This could include therapy, specialist burns treatment, and in some instances eye or plastic and reconstructive surgery. This new guidance for victims published today is designed to help people to understand easily what help is available from the NHS. The guidance also offers help to victims’ relatives, who can help people cope with the trauma which can follow an attack.

Professor Chris Moran, National Clinical Director for Trauma at NHS England, said:

“Whilst this type of criminal assault remains rare, the NHS is caring for an increasing number of people who have fallen victim to these cowardly attacks.

“One moment of thoughtless violence can result in serious physical pain and mental trauma, which can involve months if not years of costly and specialist NHS treatment.

“So-called acid attacks are medical emergencies and people should immediately dial 999. We are issuing guidance today that sets out clearly and simply how people can help themselves and others in response to attacks. Our guidance will outline what first steps to take in the event of an attack in those crucial minutes before professional clinical help arrives on the scene.”

Whilst making this advice available to the public, NHS England have also partnered with a number of organisations, including police forces, ambulance services and the Royal College of Surgeons to ensure this advice is shared with front-line public service people who are often first on the scene.

Guidance is also available on the NHS Choices website.

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