The Need For Employers To Commit To The Development Of Higher Quality Roles For Support Staff
Skills for Health has outlined steps to enable the creation of quality support workforce in the UK’s health sector. The paper, ‘How we can act now to create a high quality workforce in the UK’s health sector?’, recommends that employers create higher quality roles with better career progression opportunities, which will help develop productivity. The paper argues that providing training is not enough, and that staff should be give regular opportunities to fill higher roles.
Chancellor George Osbourne has been urged by Doctors, Nurses and senior health professionals to stop carrying out £200 million worth of healthcare cuts. The letter, signed by 11 groups, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Nursing, NHS Confederation and Faculty of Public Health, have put their names to a letter asking George Osbourne to reconsider cuts. The money is held by councils and therefore, not included in the government’s promise to preserve the NHS’ budget.
The UK’s first dementia friendly checkout has opened in a Tesco branch in Chester. The checkout is clutter free and includes staff who are trained to handle patients with dementia. Dementia nurse Andy Tysoe declared “Why should you be embarrassed or ashamed or stigmatised for a brain disease you didn’t get into the queue to accept.”
Detentions under Mental Health Act have risen by nearly 10% in a year. Mental health charities blame the lack of early intervention for the increase.