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The NMC has released its official figures for the first three months of revalidation, and there has been a significant drop-off in the number of adult nursing student places filled. Read on for these stories, and more...
4. Significantly Less Adult Nursing Student Places Filled
University recruitment for adult nurse training places has been 'significantly less' than planned over the last few months, according to Health Education England.
As designated in its workforce plan, HEE expected to fill 14,160 adult nursing training places for the new academic year - however, based on data from March, around 299 (or 2%) of places will remain vacant,
Alongside student shortages, recruitment problems have continued when filling district nursing and health visiting courses.
3. Trade Union: Government Should Establish Homecare Worker Minimum Wage
The trade union UNISON has implored the Government to ensure homecare companies are being given the minimum wage by changing the regulations concerning calculating their pay.
According to UNISON, many homecare workers currently slip under the minimum wage barrier as homecare companies are not paying them while they travel between home visits - an activity that can take up as much as a fifth of their day.
The union are also encouraging the Government to publish report findings from a commission set up last year looking into six major care companies and their potential breaches of minimum wage laws.
2. 90% of Nurses Complete Revalidation in First Phase
The Nursing and Midwifery Council have published data showed that 35,000 of 38,000 nurses and midwives completed revalidation in the three months since its April introduction.
The regulator says that its findings show that the drop-off in nursing numbers that was originally feared before the system was introduced has not occurred.
It also said the numbers shown were in line with expectations and represent a normal trend - 300 workers are still waiting for their revalidation application to be processed, due to document verification, conviction declaration or complaint-based reasons.
1. Nurse Safe Staffing Act to Be Consulted in Welsh Assembly
A new Nurse Staffing Levels Act making it mandatory for local health boards and NHS Trusts to maintain staffing levels in adult acute medical and surgical inpatient wards has been given a commencement schedule in Wales.
The legislation in question also gives broader consideration to the requisite number of nurses needed to provide high-quality care for patients across all settings.
Guidance for the bill will now be developed via consultations at the Welsh Assembly with nursing experts, followed by public consultations on how the bill can support LHBs and NHS Trusts.