The holiday season is nearly with us, and the heatwave we experienced in the UK this summer seems like a very long time ago already.
I’ve been a respiratory nurse for 18 years. I just love it. Recently I was shortlisted for the RCNi Nurse Awards in the Learning Disabilities Category for my work reducing emergency admissions among respiratory patients with a learning disability in Sunderland.
I became a member of the RCN a year ago after attending an RCN conference for HCAs that included non-members which I heard about through my manager.
The creation of two separate committees to steer the RCN’s professional and trade union work is a landmark moment for the College, and one I was keen to throw my support behind by standing for election. I was delighted to be elected as Chair of the new Professional Nursing Committee, and to be given the opportunity to work alongside a diverse and experienced group of RCN members with such passion for nursing.
I attended my first Student Committee meeting last week. It was a bit nerve-racking because I didn’t know anyone or what to expect, but it’s actually really exciting to be part of the future of the profession and to see what we can influence.
Whatever sector you work in, you will have seen first hand the increasing pressures on services this winter.
Regional health leaders are deep in discussions over merging the three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) into a single partnership.
Last year we highlighted our fears that plans to bring together and improve local health and care provision through the three sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) in Cumbria and the North East were being developed in secret behind closed doors.
To some, sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) bring together local NHS and council leaders to confront the choices needed to improve local health and care provision across England over the next five years. To others, they are secret backdoor plans to save money by cutting patient services.