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Leading NHS light appointed to RCN in the North West

Published: 12 March 2014

The RCN is delighted to announce that Estephanie Dunn has been appointed as the new Regional Director for the RCN North West region. Estephanie, a nurse for over 30 years, brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Lots to celebrate, but lots more to do

Published: 07 March 2014

RCN North West today responded to the publication of the latest NHS Staff Survey, which showed that the region has much to celebrate about the local NHS, but also areas where progress is still urgently needed. Steve Flanagan, RCN North West Regional Director said: "There is much to celebrate here. Many of our regionís trusts are doing well and that is reflected in the attitudes of staff. It is particularly heartening to see a number of trusts whose staff would recommend their employer as a place to receive treatment to friends and family.  "There are pockets of concern too.  Where trusts are under significant pressure from increasing demands, the survey shows that staff are working hard to ensure that patient care is delivered, with high numbers of nurses continuing to work extra hours.  "However, it is simply not sustainable to have staff stretched too thinly and working beyond breaking point. Most concerning of all, nurses continue to be subject to unacceptable levels of physical violence and verbal abuse. "We want to see all of our trusts performing as well as the very best. It is vitally important that management teams across the NHS listen to front-line nurses, and health care assistants, as they seek to improve on their scores from last year. Where trusts are performing well, we would like to see more direct partnership working with other trusts in the region, to share best practice. NHS England and the local NHS Commissioners also need to co-ordinate the sharing of best practice across all of our trusts in the region, and to build appropriate performance measures into the contracting of services."

East Lancashire NHS Trust - NHS staff survey

Published: 07 March 2014

In response to the results of the NHS staff survey results for the East Lancashire NHS Trust, which indicate that 33% of staff are suffering work-related stress in the last 12 months compared with the national figure of 37%, Regional Director for the RCN in the North West Steve Flanagan said : "Many of our regionís trusts are doing well but there are pockets of concern too.  East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is under significant pressure from increasing demands.  The survey shows that staff are working hard to ensure that patient care is delivered. Worryingly, 33% of staff report experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from patients, relatives or the public.  This could explain why so many staff report suffering work-related stress.  The trust must get to grips with this problem and do more to protect their staff to ensure that they can provide patient care without fear of abuse. "Most concerning of all, only 3.54 staff out of 5 recommend it as a place to work or receive treatment.  This is a drop from their 2012 survey results and well below the average score for trusts nationally.  "We want to see all of our trusts performing as well as the very best. It is vitally important that management teams across the NHS listen to front-line nurses, and health care assistants, as they seek to improve on their scores from last year. Where trusts are performing well, we would like to see more direct partnership working with other trusts in the region, to share best practice. NHS England and the local NHS Commissioners also need to co-ordinate the sharing of best practice across all of our trusts in the region, and to build appropriate performance measures into the contracting of services."

RCN Eastern voices concerns about Papworth Hospital's future

Published: 20 February 2014

Concerns about Papworth Hospital.

Latest edition of the Northern region e-newsletter now live

Published: 05 March 2014

The latest edition of the Northern region's monthly e-newsletter is now live on our website.

London Members Discuss the Essence of Nursing at Board Conference

Published: 04 March 2014

A successful first RCN London Board regional conference took place at Cowdray Hall on 4 March, attended by over 100 members representing branches across London. Regional Director Bernell Bussue opened the day, which had the theme of the Essence of Nursing.

London Representatives February Development Day

Published: 19 February 2014

A very well attended representativesí development day took place at the RCN London office in Grays Inn Road on Tuesday 18 February with around forty members present.

London Staff Volunteering in Kampala

Published: 17 February 2014

Last summer Philip Anderson and Sam Littlejohns, staff at RCN London, decided to put their advocacy skills to good use and volunteer with the African Prisons Project (APP) in Kampala. APP focuses on three main areas of prisoner welfare: health, education and legal.

RCN ďdeeply concernedĒ about Kent and Medway staff survey

Published: 26 February 2014

The Royal College of Nursing today (26 February) expressed its concerns about the staff survey results from Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, which have proved to be among the worst in England.

Become an RCN activist!

Published: 20 January 2014

Now recruiting RCN activists The RCN Northern Region currently has a number of opportunities for members who would like to develop their careers further by becoming RCN representatives. The role of an RCN representative is very rewarding. As well as being able to provide help, support and advice to colleagues who may be in difficulty, there are opportunities to build closer relationships with your employer's senior staff and management, and work towards other professional development goals.

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