4 Biggest Nursing and Social Care Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (17/10/2016)...
A new shadow health minister has been appointed in the Labour cabinet reshuffle, and Health Education England have unveiled plans to train 2000 nursing associates in a two-year period. Read on for these stories, and more...
4. RCN: NHS Failing to Meet Needs of Transgender Patients
The Royal College of Nursing has published a report suggesting that transgender patients experience prejudice, lack of understanding and a comparative disadvantage when it comes to accessing appropriate NHS medical care.
Despite numbers of transgender patients accessing care rocketing - gender identity clinic footfall has risen several hundred percent - a recent RCN survey of 1200 nursing staff suggests quality of care has not kept pace.
Despite 75 percent of staff surveyed having come into contact with transgender people during their work and 56 percent treating them directly, only 13 percent of the sample felt they had adequately prepared to meet their patient's needs due to insufficient training opportunities.
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3. Annual CQC Report Identifies Staffing Level and Skill Mix Concerns
The Care Quality Commission has published its annual report on NHS services, citing staffing levels and available staff skill mixes as key concerns.
Titled 'The 2015-16 State of Care Report,' the document showed that providing consistently safe care remains the biggest challenge for hosptial providers attempting tho provide quality care, and staffing levels are a key factor behind this.
The report's inspectors found that in trusts rated 'inadequate' or 'requires improvement' - 6 percent and 52 percent respectively - often had insufficient staff to meet patient needs, or an inadequate range of skill needs among that staff.
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2. New Shadow Health Secretary Appointed in Labour Cabinet Reshuffle
Jonathan Ashworth MP has been appointed shadow secretary of state for health following a shadow cabinet reshuffle by newly re-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Ashworth had previously been a shadow minister without portfolio before taking up his new post, and had served as an advisor to Gordon Brown and head of party relations for Ed Miliband prior to this.
According to the Guardian, Ashworth had been appointed to the front bench position in return for giving up his seat on the National Executive Committee - Labour's ruling body.
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1. HEE: 2,000 Nursing Associates to Be Trained Over Two Years