New fitness to practice workshops

The NMC is inviting nurses and midwives to a series of workshops on its new approach to fitness to practise.

Northern Ireland: Unite demands reduction in health worker pay gap

Unite has called for action on health workers’ pay after a new bill puts civil servants in the driving seat at deadlocked Stormont.

England: more HV checks for at-risk families, says Commissioner

15,800 babies under the age of one are considered by local authorities to be vulnerable and at risk from harm, but still living at home

Scotland: retirees will mentor newly qualified nurses

Up to 100 retired nurses will be trained as ‘professional practice advisers’ to mentor new NHS recruits.

Rights at work: pension review at critical point

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, looks through the impending NHS pension review and what trade unions are asking for.

It’s your turn…

The CPHVA Education and Development Trust is pleased to announce the MacQueen Bursaries for 2018-19 are open. There are currently two categories of bursary for Unite-CPHVA members:

The big story: slipping through the net

With the number of health visitors falling and those that remain carrying ever greater caseloads, there is a real risk of missing contact with vulnerable children. But what can be done to mitigate that risk?

Nursing and midwifery numbers rising

In the past year the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK has increased by almost 4000, the NMC reports.

Delegates told of ‘savage’ cuts to services

Cuts made to health visitors, school nurses and community nursery nurses were described as ‘savage’ and ‘another betrayal of our children’ by shadow health and social care secretary Jonathan Ashworth at the Unite/CPHVA conference last week.

NHS pay – one step at a time

The basic pay journey of NHS staff has had a reset. Sarah Carpenter, Unite’s head of health, asks how the new framework for pay progression affects you.

Big story: power to the people?

Five years after local authorities in England took on responsibility for commissioning public health services, journalist Juliette Astrup asks how councils are reaching out to their communities to shape the local health agenda.

Northern Ireland: NHS job vacancies could be double number reported

The true number of empty posts in the health system could be nearly double the number previously reported by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).

Scotland: make nursing gender-neutral, report recommends

Nursing should be rebranded as gender-neutral to attract more men into the profession, according to a report commissioned by NHS Scotland.

NMC says revalidation is still having a positive impact

Revalidation is continuing to have a positive impact on the attitudes and behaviours of nurses and midwives, according to findings from an independent evaluation.

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