UK warned of generational choice on NHS funding Think-tanks

The report published by the Institute for Fiscal studies and the Health Foundation clearly serves to show the challenge the UK NHS faces. This report is published at the same time as the current sharp focus on the rising costs of caring for patients suffering from degenerative conditions such as Alzheimers which brings a more human element to the issues we face. The forecast of £2000/ year extra needed per household in order to balance the needs of the current generation whilst being fair to the next generation is a stark figure and will surely cause concern amongst those who

Healthperm welcomes the proposal by the Royal College of Nursing

Healthperm welcomes the proposal by the Royal College of Nursing to look closely at nurse-to-patient ratios and supports Janet Davies in this new initiative. Over the last few years all parts of the NHS across the UK have recognized the importance of staffing ratios as a lead indicator to support patient safety initiatives.  The evidence from other countries use of such ratios supports the value they can bring.  This approach should be one of a number of measures which contribute to the development of a stable and  ‘patient matched’ workforce plan.  Healthperm firmly believes the deployment of a permanent workforce

Royal College of Nursing urges Government to lower additional charges for International Nurses

The recent comment by the Royal College of Nursing regarding Healthcare surcharges being levied on nurses from overseas is both well measured and correct. Under current immigration policy, people who come to work in the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) must pay a healthcare surcharge that has left some nurses facing bills of several thousand pounds. The current fee of £200 per family member per year is about to be doubled to £400 and that means a £1600 bill for a family of 4 per year. This fee is being charged against a backdrop of the most

Declining numbers of nurses practicing in the UK

The release of new figures by the Nursing and Midwifery Council clearly shows the continued decline in the number of nurses practicing in the UK compared to a year ago.  Whilst a decrease of 500 nurses across the country may not sound a lot it comes on top of a trend that has been evident for a number of months and, if you’re the patient who is impacted by such staff shortages, then the impact on your care could be considerable. Registrations in all fields of nursing have reduced in the last 2 years with only 1 exception.  The revised

Healthperm Supports 70 Days to End Pyjama Paralysis

 Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, launched the largest ever national campaign to get patients up, dressed in their own clothes, and moving to boost their recovery at her 2018 Chief Nursing Officer summit. For many, wearing pyjamas reinforces being sick and can prevent recovery. The #EndPJParalysis campaign aims to get older people back home to their loved ones living much happier and fuller lives. Making the most of valuable patient time is particularly important – as figures show nearly half of people aged over 85 die within one year of a hospital admission. Studies show that three-in-five immobile,

Rise in Number of Nurses and Midwives in Scotland Masks Increase in Vacancies

The Scottish Government has published quarterly statistics showing that the Scottish NHS workforce is at a record high. Overall, there were 60,037 whole-time equivalent (WTE) nursing and midwifery staff in post on 31 December 2017, which is 0.6% more than a year ago. However, while this news is to be welcomed, we cannot overlook a corresponding change in nursing and midwifery vacancy figures which shows that total vacancies increased by 0.6% in comparison to 31 December 2016 to 2,540.4 WTE – a vacancy rate of 4.1%. Of these vacancies, 852.9 WTE posts were vacant for more than three months. This represents an increase of

Nominations for Nurse & Midwife of the Year Awards Now Open

Do you know a nurse who deserves recognition for going above and beyond? This is a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding care that is provided by our wonderful nurses at our NHS hospitals. The awards aim to reward, recognise and celebrate NHS staff in the following categories: Adult Nurse of the Year Award Midwife of the Year Award Children’s Nurse of the Year Award Student Nurse of the Year Award International Nurse of the Year Award Healthcare Assistant of the Year Award At Healthperm we are very proud of our wonderful nurses and the work they do. They are all winners in

“Stark” Variations In The Standard Of Breast Cancer Care Across England

Women face “unacceptable differences” in breast cancer care across England caused by variations in screening, the availability of drugs and a staffing crisis, a new report has concluded. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Breast Cancer has published the final report of its inquiry into geographical inequalities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care across England and found “stark” variations in the standard and availability of care. Based on where they live in England, a woman with breast cancer may be: More than twice as likely to die from breast cancer under the age of 75 than a woman treated

Short Staffing Exacerbates Medication Errors in NHS

A new study commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care has estimated that over 237 million medication errors are made each year in England with 66 million potentially significant clinical mistakes. A medication error is a preventable event that may lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm. The study reported error rates in primary care, care homes and secondary care, and at the various stages of the medication pathway, ranging from 0.2% to 90.6%. Errors were more likely in older people, or in the presence of co-morbidity and polypharmacy. Responding to the report, the Royal College of

NHS ‘dangerously’ short of staff

Over 35,000 nurse posts in the health service in England are currently vacant, according to data published for the first time by NHS Improvement as part of its latest quarterly update. The high number of unfilled posts has coincided with the NHS coming under immense pressure, with 250,000 more people visiting A&E than in the equivalent three-month period in 2016. The regulator’s latest report puts official figures on nurse shortages in the public domain for the first time. “All the evidence shows that standards of patient care rise and fall as nurse numbers do.” – Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary