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We have asked employers around the UK to make a pledge to support the Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign. Health and social care staffing agency Medacs Healthcare has made that pledge: Medacs Healthcare supports the principles of the Nursing Times Covid-19: Are You OK?  campaign.…

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Prestigious award recognises contribution of BAME nurses during Covid-19

A nurse leader and diversity champion has accepted a prestigious award on behalf of all NHS Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) nurses and midwives for their response in the coronavirus pandemic. The Baton Awards celebrates female trailblazers from diverse racial groups and this year…

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Elizabeth Dixon: Findings from baby death inquiry prompt NMC apology

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has apologised for the part it played in a wider web of systemic failures surrounding the death of a baby girl two decades ago. The regulator has vowed to make changes in response to findings outlined in a damning report…

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English NHS still short of more than 36,000 nurses

The number of nurse vacancies in the NHS in England “remains stubbornly high”, the Royal College of Nursing has warned, as latest figures reveal more than 36,000 registered nurse gaps. Published today, figures from NHS Digital showed that in the second quarter of 2020-21, 10%…

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Chancellor confirms NHS nurses will be spared from public sector pay freeze

Nurses in the NHS will be given a pay rise next year, the chancellor of the exchequer announced today in his latest spending review, though he did not specify how much they would receive. Rishi Sunak confirmed that NHS workers would be excluded from a…

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New national mental health nursing career framework published

A new England-wide career framework has been published that sets out the “unique selling point” of becoming a mental health nurse and the skills required for the job in modern health services. Health Education England has today launched the Mental Health Nursing Competence and Career…

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Welsh CNO Jean White to step down in Easter 2021

Welsh chief nursing officer Professor Jean White is set to retire next year after a decade in the role, it has been announced. The Welsh Government said Professor White would spend her remaining few months as CNO continuing to lead the nursing response to the…

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Free visa renewal scheme for overseas nurses extended until March 2021

Home secretary Priti Patel has announced that the free visa extension scheme for overseas nurses in the UK will continue for another six months, in recognition of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It comes after unions including the Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical…

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Nursing leaders issue letter to profession regarding second wave

The UK’s four chief nursing officers and the nursing regulator have today issued an open letter to the profession to offer their support to nurses as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic continues. The letter sets out that “temporary changes in practice” will be…

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Emergency meeting of RCN back on following council U-turn

The governing council of the Royal College of Nursing has gone back on its decision to postpone an upcoming extraordinary general meeting (EGM), following upset from some members. The announcement marks another twist in the ongoing fallout from the college’s 2020 presidential election and the…

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