4 Biggest Nursing and Social Care Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (19/09/2016)...
Two major charity organisations have implored the government to address the shortage in adult social care, and the NHS is contemplating creating a new categories for trusts with low-performing A&Es. Read on for these stories, and more.
Source: National Health Service
4. 'Special Measures' Category Considered for Trusts with Failing A&Es
The NHS Regulator, NHS Improvement, may create a new 'special measures' category to identify trusts with low performance rates on high profile access targets, including accident and emergency.
NHS Improvement is expected to come to a decision over introducing the new category over the next fortnight, which will apply to trusts who continually fail to hit the target of seeing 95% of attendances within four hours.
What the new category consists of is unclear, but clues may be found in the fact five trusts were put under a new 'financial special measures' regime.
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3. Expert: Physiotherapy Services Absolutely Vital to First Contact Care
Physiotherapy is an 'absolutely vital' part of first contact care, according to the president of the National Association of Primary Care, Dr. James Kingsland.
Dr. Kingsland made the remarks at the Westminster Health Forum during a talk on potential new models for delivering care, vanguard sites and the state of Primary Care Home.
He implored the government to go beyond mooted plans to put physiotherapy services into general practice, and instead introduce a multi-specialty, multi-screening team designed to cater to local populations.
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2. Pauline Cafferkey Not Guilty of Professional Misconduct
The British nurse who survived ebola has been cleared of all professional misconduct charges.
Pauline Cafferkey had been accused of professional misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, who argued that she allowed a wrong temperature to be recorded upon arrival from Africa at Heatlhrow, and left a screening area without flagging up her elevated temperature.
But the hearing's panel found that her actions were not malicious or dishonest. but instead a result of the illness and exhaustion caused by ebola.
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1. Urgent Action Must Be Taken Over Social Care Worker Shortage, Says Experts