Four health service trusts in Essex have joined forces with a local university to launch one of the UK’s first two-year registered nurse apprenticeship programmes.
Helen Phelan tells Josie Le Vay about her role, the work her team does, and one man’s incredible story.
A “contentious” proposal by the nursing regulator to allow nurses and midwives to gain prescribing qualifications at earlier points in their careers is still due to go ahead under final plans, but registrants will need to provide evidence they are competent before beginning programmes.
The current “staffing crisis” in the NHS has been a major driver behind the new pay deal, with hopes it will boost recruitment and retention of nurses, say those involved in devising the framework.
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The arrival of winter has become synonymous with missed waiting time targets, cancelled operations and efforts to redirect people away from accident and emergency departments.
NHS nurses and other staff in the health service could be set to receive a 6.5% pay increase over a period of three years if they sacrifice a day of holiday, according to reports.
Jocelyn Cornwell points out that, in order for patients to receive the best possible care, nurses need to be taken care of themselves.
The Commons’ health select committee released a major report on the nursing workforce on Friday, advising leaders that they needed to recruit nurses “at scale and pace”.
Calls for student nurses to be paid the living wage for the work they do on placements have been made by union members at Unison’s annual healthcare conference.
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