4 Biggest Nursing and Social Care Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (26/09/2016)...
Adult social care staff from Europe may have to leave the country following Brexit, and funding cuts to nursing post-registration training has sparked concern at universities. Read on for these stories, and more.
4. 'Culture Change' Needed to Curb Anti-Psychotic Use in Dementia Care
A new study looking into the use of anti-psychotic medications on dementia sufferers has argued that a culture change regarding treating patients must occur if their use is to be curbed.
The report from the study found that despite pledges made to reduce the use of anti-psychotic medications - otherwise known as the 'chemical cosh' - in the Government's 2009 National Dementia Strategy (NDS), very little had changed in the following four years.
It also doubts that, when faced with the NDS's lack of impact - whether the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020 targets, including a 67% reduction in inappropriate prescription in inappropriate anti-psychotic medication prescriptions, could be achieved.
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3. Unison: Healthcare Assistants Working as Nurses 'On The Cheap'
A new report from the union Unison says that healthcare assistants (HCAs) are doing the jobs of nurses throughout the NHS despite a lack of training, and are doing so for less pay.
Entitled 'Care on the Cheap,' Union's report found that only 45% of HCAs found tasks they do on a daily basis - such as giving patients medication - matches up with their level of competence.
It dubs HCAs 'glorified skivvies' in that they are being used to plug gaps in NHS care in the wake of nursing shortages, despite 68% of those surveyed not being given sufficient access to learning and development opportunities.
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2. Universities Concerned About Nursing and Midwifery CPD Funding Cuts
Universities have declared that the government's financial cuts to nurses' post-registration continuous professional development cuts are 'short-sighted' and in need of an urgent review.
According to a report from the Council of Deans for Health, 12 of the 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) in England have cut CPD budgets, and by as much as 45% in certain areas.
The move follows Health Education England reducing workforce development funding by nearly half, something the report report says will harm plans to re-shape and improve the NHS.
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1. European Social Care Staff May Lose Right to Remain During Brexit