4 Biggest Nursing and Social Care Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (06/06/2016)...
Physiotherapists are being given professional parity with doctors, two-thirds of nurses declare they would not have studied without bursaries and MPs are to investigate changes to maternity services. Read on for more...
4. NHS Over-Prescribing Prevention Toolkit for Learning Disability Patients Launched
NHS England has released a new toolkit for prescribing professionals to help patients with autism or learning disabilities review their child's prescription.
Titled 'Stopping Over-Medication of People with Learning Disabilities,' the report states that between 30,000 to 35,000 adults with learning disabilities are being prescribed anti-depressants, anti-psychotics or both despite not showing clinical indications.
The report goes on to say the long-term effect of these unnecessary prescriptions include significant weight gain, organ failure and death, with patients first falling into drug use at a specialist level before prescriptions are passed on to primary care for long-term management.
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3. MPs to Investigate Maternity Improvement Plans
The House of Commons' health select committee are investigating plans to improve maternity services in England after a national review earlier in the year.
The short inquiry was launched after considering findings in February's 'Better Births: Improving Outcomes of Maternity Services in England' report, which pointed out problems with communication, handovers and disagreements on handling situations between healthcare professionals.
A total of 28 recommendations were made by the report over seven themes, calling for action on topics including safer, personalised care, better postnatal; and perinatal mental health, preserving carer continuity and a reforming payment systems.
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2. Two Thirds of Nurses Would Not Have Studied Nursing Without Bursary Assistance, Says Survey
Two thirds of nurses would not have taken up their studies if it were not for the assistance of bursaries, according to a survey from the Royal College of Nursing.
The RCN warned that the findings - taken from a survey of its 17,000 members - showed that the government's plans to scrap the nursing bursaries could discourage many potential nurses from joining the profession.
The survey also showed that 90% of respondents either 'disagreed' or 'seriously disagreed' with the government's plans to scrap grants and bursaries for nurses, allied health professionals and midwives in favour of loans from August 2017.
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1. Physiotherapists and Doctors Given Professional Parity by European Body