Regional Director Jude Diggins reflects on RCN London's Staffing for Safe and Effective Care planning event held in April.
This week saw the publication of the latest NHS Staff Survey results. There are some things to celebrate. The proportion of people feeling satisfied with the support they receive from their manager has increased to nearly 70%. The number of people feeling supported to get the training they need has also increased to around 55%.
Since the NHS was born 70 years ago, it’s become increasingly easy to think about power as something that belongs in the hands of other people with leadership an activity done and controlled by those at the top of the organisational ladder.
Although the profile of non-binary and trans people has risen in recent years, there is still a lack of awareness and understanding of the spectrum of gender identity. Lucy Evans is using her position to educate within healthcare and advocate for patients who up until now have not had a voice.
Why, despite all the incredible work, the everyday kindness, the skill and the knowledge, are we too often silent about just how amazing and how utterly remarkable a career in nursing is? It’s a question that has been bouncing around my head for a while.
It’s now over a month since the NHS Pay deal was announced. In chatting with members both on and offline over the course of that time, it’s fair to say that there are strong opinions on both sides of the debate; those that want to accept because the deal is a historic, fully funded package in a time of sustained austerity, and those who believe very strongly that we can do better.
A report into London's STPs by the King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust adds weight to growing concerns that the plans could damage, rather than transform, patient care.