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Trust forced to hire more band 6 nurses due to staff shortages

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Trust forced to hire more band 6 nurses due to staff shortages

A Derbyshire mental health trust is being forced to recruit band 6 nurses to fill roles due to a chronic shortage of band 5 nurses.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust stated that it did not see the need to employ band 6 nurses where band 5s could be in post, but indicated that it was having to do so due to staff shortages.

This information was released via the trusts board papers.

The strategy of recruiting more band 6 nurses goes against its skill mix policy of having equal numbers of band 5 and band 6 nurses, the trust admitted in its papers, which said a “band 5 skill set is important within the neighbourhood teams”.

But the trust warned that this type of substitution may continue due to fewer nurses training in the area, following the removal of student bursaries.

The papers go on to say that “The lack of availability of band 5 nurses has led to translation of band 5 resource into band 6 in order to support recruitment”.

Executive director of Nursing for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Carolyn Green, said; “Similar to colleagues working nationwide, the trust has recently experienced difficulties in recruiting appropriately trained staff to some of our clinical posts”.

“We are committed to empowering our managers to staff their teams effectively, within an agreed framework,” and ”In order to achieve this, we are on occasion flexible with the level of post we appoint to, according to an individual’s skills and experience.

“For example, this can include recruiting more band 6s at periods when we have a high number of appointable applicants and more band 5s during periods when recruiting newly qualified members of staff. This approach enables the trust to ensure it has a range of appropriately qualified staff and reduces any unnecessary agency expenditure,” added Ms Green.

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NHS wants to send patients to France for treatment

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Calais Hospital has a partnered with NHS South Kent Clinical Commissioning Group to provide elective treatment to NHS patients.

The Centre Hospitalier de Calais is prepared to take on NHS patients for elective treatment from and its website says it is “part of the UK NHS system”.

The Calais hospital. built in 2012, has state of the art equipment, no waiting list and patients can be seen within weeks.

The hospital has even installed English signage, designed part of its website in English and trained doctors and nurses in English medical terminology.

On its website the hospital says;

“Just five minutes from the Eurotunnel and ferry terminals, Calais Hospital opened in 2012 and offers state-of-the-art facilities to rival the best private healthcare provision in east Kent”.

Rob Hustwayte, the commissioning groups’ spokesman, says patients have a right to choose where they receive NHS treatment. He said;

“We would encourage local people to consider the options of using hospitals in France and England when discussing treatment with their GP”.

Despite the promise of state-of-the-art facilities and no waiting lists the French hospital says it has only received two referrals – one last year and one this year as many patients opt to wait for an appointment in their home country.

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Northumbria trust urges people to talk about organ donation

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Northumbria trust urges people to talk about organ donation

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people to talk to their families about organ donation as part of their end of life care wishes.

To mark Organ Donation Week which runs until Sunday 10 September, the trust is urging people to tell their families they want to become donors to ensure more life-saving transplants can take place.

Figures released by NHS Blood and Transplant this week show 275 people in the North East have died waiting for an organ transplant over the past 10 years.

This means that hundreds of life-saving transplants are being missed every year because families do not know what their relative wanted. Left to make the decision for someone they love, families often decide it is safer to say no.

The reluctance to talk about the issue is contributing to a deadly shortage of organs. In the North East alone, there are currently 264 people waiting for a transplant. They will only receive that life-changing call if people make sure their families know they want to be a donor.

In 2016/17 the trust had the highest number of families consent to organ donation.

Tracey Carrott, Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said;

“To have 20 families consenting to organ donation last year is excellent and when you consider each donation has the potential to save up to nine lives – it brings home the scale of this. When you think that we had one family consenting to organ donation in 2010, it really does show how far we’ve come in the last seven years.

“Whereas nowadays many people are more aware of their relatives’ end of life care wishes, there are still many families who do not have that conversation and simply do not know what to do when that time comes.

“While we’ve made great strides in this area in recent years, we’re pleased to support this year’s Organ Donation Week and encourage people to make their family aware of their views.”

NHS Blood and Transplant surveys show more than 80% of people support organ donation but only around 49% of people have ever talked about it. Research shows that women are 30% more likely to start a conversation about organ donation than men.

Families who agree to donate say it helps with their grief and that they feel an enormous sense of pride at knowing their relative gave others the chance of a new beginning.

NHS Blood and Transplant wants everyone to be able to save lives through organ donation and not be prevented from doing so because they have not told a relative their decision.

For more information about organ donation, visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

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