Medical News Checkup - October


Medical, Industry News

Welcome to the October Medical News Checkup, we appreciate how hard you are working in any capacity to help protect the NHS and fight the spread of Covid-19 and deliver the vaccines.

We're going to continue to bring you some positive and informative news from the medical industry, and if you are available for sessions, or know someone that is, please check our latest medical jobs below.

Chancellor promises nurses a further pay rise in 2022

Nurses have been promised a pay rise next year after the chancellor ended the public sector pay freeze – but any increase must be meaningful, unions have warned. The year-long pay freeze will come to an end in April 2022, paving the way for a possible wage increase for an estimated 5.6 million public sector staff. Ending pay freeze is acknowledgement that nursing staff have been underpaid.

Read more here (RCNI)


CMO praises GP pandemic response

England’s chief medical officer has thanked GPs for their 'outstanding' efforts during the pandemic - warning that the current situation would be ‘catastrophically worse’ without their hard work. Speaking at this year’s RCGP annual conference in Liverpool, Professor Chris Whitty said he was ‘massively admiring’ of the work carried out by GPs during the pandemic, including the success of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Read more here (GP Online)


Covid-19: Valneva’s vaccine produces stronger immune response than AstraZeneca’s, company reports

Valneva’s covid-19 vaccine produces significantly higher concentrations of neutralising antibodies than the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine does, preliminary trial results show. The phase III trial included just over 4000 adult volunteers across 26 sites in the UK, of whom 1040 under 30s and 1977 over 30s received Valneva’s vaccine and 995 over 30s were given AstraZeneca’s.

Read more here (BMJ)

London university celebrates nursing with two new murals

A London university has celebrated nursing with two new murals depicting the day-to-day life of nurses and other health workers during Covid-19. The artworks have gone on display at the newly refurbished nursing simulated learning and clinical skills centre at Kingston University with the aim to show the multitude of roles a nurse could have “inside and outside the clinical setting”, including in community, research and military nursing.

Read more here (Nursing Times)

RCN launches #winterwellbeing campaign to support members to stay healthy this winter

A campaign run by the Royal College of Nursing will encourage members to prioritise their own physical and mental health this winter. It comes as nursing staff face a difficult few months, treating the backlog of care, administering an expanded annual influenza programme alongside an ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme and seasonal pressures made worse by a predicted surge in flu and other infections.  

Read more here (RCN)

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.

Read more about burnout and tips to manage it here

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