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NHS nurses gain more flexible working rights under new agreement
A range of restrictions on NHS flexible working requests are to be scrapped, following an agreement between health service employers and unions aimed at boosting work-life balance and staff retention.
- Under the deal, nurses working in the health service will be able to make an unlimited number of applications for flexible working per year, instead of the current one.
- They will also be able to submit applications without having to justify requests or provide specific reasons.
Read more here (Nursing Times)
Petition calling for legal protection of ‘nurse’ title passes key milestone
A new petition calling on the government to protect the job title "nurse" in UK law has gained more than 10,000 signatures already, meaning ministers must respond with a statement.
- The petition was launched just five days ago on Monday and calls for the title of “nurse” to be protected in UK law so that only those qualified and registered can use it.
- Currently, the title “registered nurse” is protected but “nurse” alone is not, meaning anyone can legally call themselves a nurse.
Read more here (Nursing Times)
GP referral technology cuts hospital appointments by just under two thirds
Data has revealed that GPs who use specialist referral technology to manage patients are able to cut the number of hospital appointments they make by just under two-thirds.
- The data, from Kinesis Advice & Guidance (A&G), involved 3,086 GPs and 850 consultants using its technology and revealed it cut the number of hospital appointments by 63%.
- Kinesis Advice & Guidance’s technology works by facilitating GPs to request information directly from consultants, if they’re unsure of how to treat a patient.
England’s top nurse says NHS should continue to recruit staff from overseas
England’s chief nurse has said international recruitment to help fill NHS staff shortages should continue just days after reports suggested Baroness Dido Harding wanted to end the practice as part of her pitch to take over the NHS.
- Posting on twitter NHS England’s top nurse Ruth May said the health service was at its best when its workforce reflected the community it serves.
- England’s chief nurse said since it was founded in 1948, the NHS and its patients “have benefitted from the skills of health and care professionals drawn from more than 200 nationalities.
CQC plans to carry out remote checks on GP practices ‘every month’
The CQC is planning to carry out remote checks on each GP practice every month to assess its risk to patients and publish an update on its website if the practice is deemed as a low risk, starting from next month.
The CQC said it is ‘moving on’ from its transitional monitoring approach – that was brought in during the Covid pandemic – to a new system that includes a ‘monthly check of the information and data’ it holds on GP practices.
The new monitoring approach has been piloted in the Midlands and East of England since 15 June, but will extend to the rest of the country from July.
Read more here (BMJ)
How to manage burnout as a nurse or doctor
Working as a nurse or doctor can be a rewarding career, but it can also be notoriously stressful especially during these times. On-going stress and constant pressure in the workplace can often lead nurses and doctors to suffer from exhaustion and in some cases, burnout. Mental health is equally as important as physical health and as a doctor, nurse, or medical professional it can be hard to self-diagnose burnout.
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