Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions affect over 10 million people in the UK and are the leading cause of disability in England according to the Global Burden of Disease project.
For some people, the prospect of meeting with an MP can be quite daunting. You might think why would this person be interested in hearing from me? Will they ask me questions I don’t know the answer to? Will I just end up feeling intimidated and dejected?
Working in nursing, you never stand still. This is literally the case, as we know members are rushed off their feet caring for a growing number of patients while coping with limited resources and staff shortages.
Maria Trewern says nurse staffing for safe and effective care is her priority as Chair of RCN Council.
Christmas is the time of year where people start to wind down, take time off work to spend with their families and simply relax. But for those working in the NHS and independent sector, winter is often not a time for rest and relaxation. A&Es are busier than ever, hospital wards packed with patients and nursing homes under pressure to help relieve challenges in hospitals by taking in those who are taking up precious beds.
It seems a long time ago now that the RCN launched its #scrapthecap campaign to help remove the cap on nursing pay increases and give our members the pay rise they so need and deserve.
I decided to study nursing because when I was growing up I would often visit my younger sister in hospital. She has a rare gastro genetic disorder, called NF2, and learning difficulties. All my memories of these visits involve how amazing the nurses were and how they helped my sister and my family. These were very difficult times and they have helped inspire me to want to support other people through times like that.
It is now more than three months since members at RCN Congress voted for a “summer of protest” in response to the years of pay restraint suffered by nursing staff across our region and the whole of the UK.
Working in nursing is by no means an easy job. We work hard for our money, often under extreme stress in understaffed services and with rising demand.
In a profession such as nursing, getting your voice heard is vitally important – although not always easy.