“We urge Dorset members and their friends and family to comment on the proposals as Dorset health care service users when the public consultation is launched,” said senior RCN officer Julie Connolly. “This proposal is not finalised or agreed. The suggested reconfiguration is the preferred option that is being presented to the public but there are other options. If the public consultation highlights alternatives with evidence to support them, the final outcome can be influenced.”
Change will not happen immediately; this is a five-year plan. The final structure and systems will not be fully operational for another four years. Crucially, what has been presented is the acute hospital configuration, but it is important to keep in mind that community care will also change.
There will be change - the status quo is not an option; as with the rest of England, the health service cannot continue as it is and change will have an impact on everyone across Dorset - not least our members. There will be opportunities as well as challenges and the RCN wants nursing staff to be involved in identifying opportunities to improve the patient experience. Our members in Dorset are the experts so it is important that they influence this important process.
There is no plan to make nursing staff redundant. There are not enough nurses currently and all nursing staff will be needed in the future, no matter what change is decided upon.
“We ask that RCN members in Dorset seek further information and take opportunities to engage or challenge with factual information,” continued Julie. “We also encourage you to share knowledge with the wider public so that they can also make an informed response. Share your knowledge, be confident that you are an expert and encourage discussion.”
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At this time of great change the RCN representatives and staff are here to support you and we all need to work together to influence positive change to ensure that the future health care system in Dorset provides the best care possible for all of our community.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further advice and support by contacting RCN Direct on 0354 7726100.