It’s been nearly five months since I became regional director of RCN South West and it’s been a bit like being in a whirlwind. While I’ve been a member of the RCN for years it’s become clear that I haven’t previously understood the organisational complexities and the breadth of work being undertaken at any one time in the RCN.
Michael Lawton received the postgraduate NHS bursary and is currently practising as a registered nurse within the NHS and training to be an RCN steward.
Somerset STP footprint is currently in financial turnaround due to a forecast deficit of £30 million.
At a recent meeting there was a presentation from Helen Wilding, Deputy Director of HR and OD at Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, who is leading on workforce and who has done a great deal of work on collating data on staff demographics and facilitated network meetings for clinicians with a specific focus on engaging with primary care.
The Dorset STP is one of the front runners in the region because it had already begun a comprehensive clinical services review and an acute vanguard.
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) continues to work on the draft of its STP workforce priorities and Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB) work programme 2017/18.
It cannot have slipped your notice that a number of new roles are being introduced into nursing. So you might be wondering what they are and how they fit in.
Devon STP is in some ways further into transformation work because it was a success regime and therefore was already committed to change and saving money due to its excessive deficit.
Like many STPs, Gloucestershire has made reference to an accountable care organisation approach and we are awaiting further details.
You may have heard that Jeremy Hunt announced in the House of Commons on 10 October that the cap on NHS pay has been scrapped. This is brilliant news for all our members, many of who have worked so hard over the summer months campaigning on this issue.