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The Scottish Government has promised that NHS staff in Scotland will not be disadvantaged following a pay deal for English workers. Health Secretary Shona Robison said nurses, midwives, ambulance drivers, porters and other staff would be paid “at least as much” as their counterparts elsewhere in the UK. Ms Robison…
Over a million hospital porters, 999 call handlers, healthcare assistants, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff across England are being offered pay rises of between 6.5 and 29% over the next three years. Under the proposed agreement – reached after months of negotiation between unions, NHS employers and the government…
Nurses and midwives could avoid public hearings into misconduct and escape sanction if they admit errors under controversial new plans by the industry watchdog. The proposals by the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) council would see the vast majority of fitness to practice hearings being held behind closed doors. Speaking to…
Student nurses at nine universities have had their loans and grants cut off or reduced after administrative errors meant they were previously paid too much, according to nursing leaders. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said it has written to the Student Loans Company (SLC) urging it to write off…
The Prince of Wales has praised the "unsung and unseen" hard work of Britain's nurses at a special event at Buckingham Palace. Accompanied by the Countess of Wessex, Charles met over 350 frontline nursing staff from across the country, including first responders to last year's terror attacks and Grenfell Tower…
Today’s healthcare professionals are in the vanguard of the much needed change in how patient care is undertaken and evaluated. Between 1 April 2016 and 31 January 2017, there were 365 reported perioperative incidents. Of these 351 were categorised as Never Events; preventable incidents that can include such things as…
There is "still work to do to improve safety" for patients with diabetes in hospital, a charity has warned. The comments from Diabetes UK come after an audit examined the state of care of diabetes patients in hospital in England and Wales. It found that 18% of hospital beds in…
NHS staff in England are reporting lower satisfaction with the quality of work and care they are able to deliver, a major new survey has found. The 2017 NHS staff survey - the largest workforce survey in the world - found that 66.8% of staff "agree" or "strongly agree" that…
Women face "unacceptable differences" in breast cancer care across England, a new report has concluded. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Breast Cancer said women face a postcode lottery in the care they receive across the country. Some women are being diagnosed at an earlier stage of their breast…
Three quarters of NHS nurses believe that winter pressures on the NHS have hampered their ability to care for dying patients. A new poll found that 77% of nurses said that strain on the system over the colder months has had a negative effect on the quality of care they…
A Postgraduate Diploma programme in Adult Nursing introduced by Bangor University is the first course of its kind in North Wales. It offers recent graduates of life and social science a fast-track two-year route to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The new postgraduate course meets a growing need.…
Government plans to boost the number of trainee nurses are failing - with Ucas figures revealing a second decline in applications this year, nursing leaders have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that five years after the Francis Report blamed unsafe nurse levels for poor care at Mid…