4 Biggest Nursing and Social Care Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (03/10/2016)...
The NHS needs new funding to avoid paying staff below the minimum wage, and the Treasury is due to substantially cut redundancy payments for all public sector workers. Read on for these stories, and more...
4. RCN: NHS Needs £280m Cash Injection or Government Could Break Minimum Wage Laws
The Royal College of Nursing has joined multiple unions representing healthcare employees in the UK in advocating that the NHS pay review body give employees an above-average pay rise to avoid paying staff below minimum wage in the future.
Both the RCN and unions are warning that the current one percent public sector pay cap is not sufficient and sustainable, as it makes the profession less attractive and leads to workforce shortages and recruitment struggles at trusts.
Their joint submission to the body says that if the government continues under current pay plans, a cash injection of £280m will be required for ministers not to break their own rules regarding minimum wage.
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3. Super-Regulator to Assess Regulation Requirements for New Nursing Associate Role
The Professional Standards Authority is currently assessing whether the new nursing associate role requires regulation following requests by Government officials.
The PSA oversees the Nursing and Midwifery Council alongside other organisations, and was asked to carry out assessments over the new role and its scope of practice by the Department of Health.
Its analysis will involve an as-yet unrevealed new risk assessment approach developed by the body and will inform a ministerial decision about the regulation of nursing associates that will be made later in the year.
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2. CQC: Healthcare's Child Protection Against Sexual Abuse Provision Is 'Inadequate'
The Care Quality Commission has published a new report demanding healthcare services do more to protect against from possible sexual exploitation child sexual exploitation (CSE)
Joint inspections between multiple bodies - including the CQC, Ofsted, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary - resolved that services need to better recognise and act upon their safeguarding responsibilities regarding CSE.
Entitled 'Time to Listen,' the report argued that children were currently being seen by multiple uncoordinated frontline professionals, who, in certain cases, did not have the sufficient skills required to identifying sexual exploitation.
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1. Government to Substantially Cut NHS Redundancy Payments