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Social care sector struggling with nurse ‘churn’, finds report

Around 12,500 nurses in adult social care in England left their jobs in 2019-20, representing a turnover rate of 41.3%, new workforce analysis reveals. The rate of leaving was much higher than that in the NHS, which stood at 9.4% among registered nurses and health…

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NMC vows to become ‘driving force’ in stamping out discrimination in nursing

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has pledged to take action to help drive out discrimination and enforce “positive, long-lasting change” across the nursing profession, in the wake of new research. The nursing regulator has today published a new report exploring the impact of its processes…

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‘No stigma’ in nurses seeking mental health support, CNOs urge

The most senior nurses in the UK today spoke out to acknowledge the huge psychological stress placed on the profession by Covid-19 and assured staff they will face “no stigma” for asking for help. Speaking at a nursing conference, Ruth May, Professor Jean White, and…

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‘Our social care nursing workforce are the jewels in the crown of social care reform’

It is timely, exciting and welcome news that as part of the winter plan, the Department of Health and Social Care in England has announced the new chief nursing officer (CNO) for social care. Reporting into the director general for adult social care and being…

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CQC findings on state of care ‘wake-up call’ for nurse investment

The coronavirus pandemic is “magnifying inequalities” in mental health, learning disabilities and social care services, which all continue to be burdened with issues around nurse staffing, inspectors have found. The findings from the Care Quality Commission’s latest annual State of Care report for 2019-20 “should…

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Care home nursing ‘must be made more attractive’, says CQC head

Until the social care sector is made more attractive to nurses the most vulnerable adults including those with dementia will continue to face problems accessing the support they need, a regulation chief warned today. Speaking at the first-ever Nursing Times Patient Flow Forum, Carolyn Jenkinson,…

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ICU nurses ‘will struggle to cope’ in second wave without redeployment support

Critical care nurses are facing an “impossible” task going into the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic during the winter without the support of redeployed staff, a nursing leader has warned. British Association of Critical Care Nurses chair Nicki Credland said the only reason intensive…

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‘Ministers must make the social care chief nurse role permanent’

Amid the often-confusing stream of messages on how it intended to tackle the alarming rise in cases of coronavirus, the government made one announcement on health and social care last month that could be expected to receive a near-unanimous positive response. It revealed that a…

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Nurse-led study will evaluate end-of-life care before and after Covid-19

A new research project has been launched to assess the effectiveness of the “Swan” model of end-of-life and bereavement care and the related “Cygnet” role created in response to Covid-19. The study has received funding of £100,000 from the Burdett Trust for Nursing and will…

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Revival of Nightingale hospitals prompts nurse staffing warnings

Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate have been placed on stand-by in response to rising cases of Covid-19 – but questions have been raised about where nurses will be found to staff them. In a briefing at Downing Street today, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy…

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