NHS figures published this morning show that seven out of ten nursing vacancies remain unfilled in the North East.
The chair of the RCN Northern region board reflects on his five RCN roles, the benefits of getting active in the RCN, and the challenging times that lie ahead.
The RCN's longest-serving representative Gordon Lees chaired his last Northern region board meeting yesterday.
Director of Nursing and Patient Experience for City Hospitals Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust Melanie Johnson has been elected to represent the Northern region on the RCN’s newest national committee.
RCN pay champion and activist Claire Reynolds has written a poem to the prime minister on behalf of all those campaigning to #scrapthecap on nursing pay. "I wrote it late last night after I got home from work," she said. "I thought of all the hardship we all suffer: the lack of money and the inadequate staffing levels, and it just flowed from there."
The RCN Northern region has delivered two masterclasses on conducting professional investigations, focusing on how investigating officers can conduct effective investigations completed as quickly as possible to the highest standards.
The president of RCN County Durham and Darlington branch, Cate Woolley-Brown, has been appointed as her trust’s Freedom to Speak Up Guardian. Freedom to Speak Up Guardians are a new role that has been introduced nationally.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has come out of special measures after four years, following a report by the CQC on its visit last December. For the first time, the trust has been rated as ‘good’ overall for providing ‘effective’ services.
With 24,000 nursing vacancies across the country, record numbers of patients requiring care and additional financial pressure of the NHS, our members are increasingly concerned about the impact that low staffing levels and high demand are having on patient care and safety. In this issue we take you through how to raise any concerns you may have safely. We also report on the RCN lobby of MPs prior to a parliamentary debate on nursing pay, and Northern members representing the region at the recent 'It's our NHS' march in London.
Our members will be shocked by today’s reports that NHS England has told Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to underreport its financial situation by more than £35 million.