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Improving nursing image ‘crucial’ to attracting and retaining staff

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:01:00 +0100

How the nursing and midwifery professions are perceived needs to be improved in schools, among the public and the media, and also within the current workforce itself, according to a nurse leader. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Now, Safer Deliveries for Women in Tajikistan

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:46:16 +0100

January 16, 2018In just a year, home births in Bokhtar District have been cut in half.“I delivered my oldest daughter at home,” says Gulrukhsor Talbieva. “I’d never heard about the maternity hospital.”  Gulrukhsor Talbieva, now a 26-year-old mother of five, lives in Lohuti village in Tajikistan ’s remote Bokhtar district.She also delivered her second baby, a son, at home and had a terrible headache that lasted for days. She didn ’t know it at the time, but she had eclampsia, a life-threatening condition." I'd never heard about the maternity hospital. "  “I thought that it is only natural to deliver at home,” she says. “Also, in my village it‘s not good to tell about difficulties during the delivery. So, I put up with the pain.”Today, thanks to the USAID-fundedFeed...



Verbal abuse and mobbing in pre-hospital care services in Chile - Campo VR, Klijn TP.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:39:22 +0100

OBJECTIVE: to determine the perception of verbal abuse and mobbing and the associated factors of paramedic technicians (nursing assistants) and professionals (nurses, midwives, kinesiologists) in the pre-hospital care areas of three regions in the south of... (Source: SafetyLit)



'Nurses and midwives are at the front line in preventing flu'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:11:00 +0100

You will no doubt have seen media coverage in recent days about the increase in flu levels, and so-called “Aussie flu” in particular. (Source: Nursing Times)



Built on the Basics, Tutorat Is Quietly Revolutionizing Health Care in Senegal

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:16:05 +0100

January 11, 2018Mentoring and coaching are the stars of this training and performance-improvement approach.Tutorat —the French word for “tutoring.”  Even the name of this training approach shirks the limelight. But it’s hard to argue with results, which are exactly what Tutorat has been delivering for health care in Senegal.When I sat down with one of the pioneers of this approach,Dr. Boniface Sebikali, IntraHealth International ’s senior clinical advisor, it became clear that Tutorat is something special. It’s quietly revolutionizing health care in Senegal and making higher quality services available to more communities than ever.Mentoring and coaching are the stars of the Tutorat approach. It combines training with a performance-improvement methodology that focuses on proble...



Status of violence in a selected faculty: the students' experience - Fathi M, Fallahi A, Sharifi S, Dehghani S, Olyaei N, Valiee S.

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:38:50 +0100

The present study is aimed at examining the status of violence among the students of nursing, midwifery, and operating room. A self-reporting questionnaire with two sections of demographic characteristics and experience of violence was used. The data obtai... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Integration of Frontline Health Workforce Will Determine Success of SDGs, Universal Health Coverage in 2018 and Beyond

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:47:52 +0100

January 08, 2018What will it take to offer true  patient-centered care?As 2018 begins with the clock already ticking on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) targets, the heroic, sometimes harrowing, and heartwarming stories of six frontline health workers from four continents delivered on a crisp November evening in Dublin reflect both the promise and the tangled reality of the policy planning and program implementation needed to fulfill the promise of unprecedented global consensus on health and development.What I hope stuck in the minds of thousands of the top global health experts that had gathered in Dublin for the  Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health was not the geographic diversity of these health workers’ stories, but rather their diversity of skills.I...



Zambia Expands Leadership Training Nationwide for Rural Nurses and Midwives

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:59:37 +0100

January 04, 2018Last month, the Board of Education in Zambia approved a nationwide scale-up of the Primary Health Care to Communities (PHC2C) Certification in Leadership and Management Practice for all nurses and midwives who lead frontline teams in rural health facilities. This cross-cadre, continuing professional development program is designed to help facility heads manage effectively through team-based approaches that help them deliver high-quality, people-centered primary health care.Improving primary health care at the community level is crucial to achieving Zambia ’s goal of universal health coverage, and the country has made significant investments in developing its community health workforce. In about 60% of rural facilities, a nurse or midwife functions as the facility head and...



Africa:Global Advocacy & Frontline Action - 2017 End of Year Newsletter

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:53:37 +0100

[Wellbeing Foundation] Abuja -"Midwives, and the mothers they care for, are heroines of global health" -- H.E. Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:36:14 +0100

The National Maternity Review, set out a clear recommendation that the NHS should roll out continuity of carer, to ensure safer care based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect between women and their midwives. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))



Workforce Race Equality Standard data reporting December 2017

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:07:43 +0100

The report shows that an increasing proportion of senior nursing and midwifery posts is being filled by people from BME backgrounds, and that there has been a rise in senior BME leaders. It also confirms that an increasing number of trusts has more than one board member from a BME background, with 25 trusts being represented at board level by three or more people from BME communities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

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More midwives needed in N.L., says mom who gave birth in Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:33:33 +0100

A new mother says her child's parking-lot birth could have been avoided if the province had been quicker making midwives available in Newfoundland and Labrador. (Source: CBC | Health)



Leading nurses and midwives made dames in 2018 honours list

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:39:00 +0100

Nearly 20 members of the nursing and midwifery professions have been recognised for their achievements in the 2018 new year ’s honours list, including three new dames. (Source: Nursing Times)



Nurses recognised in New Year ’s Honours

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100

England ’s most senior nurse has congratulated nursing and midwifery staff whose leadership, dedication and hard work have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. (Source: NHS Networks)



Sexual Violence Against Rohingya Refugees

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:07:30 +0100

VideoSexual Violence Against Rohingya RefugeesDecember 28, 2017MSF teams in Bangladesh are treating survivors of sexual violence as part of their response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Midwife Aerlyn Pfeil helped set up the program. Here, she answers questions about the challenges to treating these patients, MSF's approach, and what she will remember about the survivors she met in Bangladesh. (Source: MSF News)



Standards published for ‘continuity of carer’ in maternity services

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:27:00 +0100

NHS England has published new maternity guidance to help local areas to provide women with more consistent care and support, including a named midwife, before, during and after birth. (Source: Nursing Times)



NHS commits to higher standards of care for mums to be

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

NHS England has published new guidance to provide women with more consistent care and support, including a named midwife, before, during and after birth. (Source: NHS Networks)



400 maternity errors a day at NHS hospitals, figures show

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:41:22 +0100

A rise in the UK birth rate due to migration coupled with a shortage in midwives, an increase in overweight mothers and women having children later in life all contributed, doctors said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Maternity unit closures cited in call for more pay for midwives

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:45:00 +0100

Unit closures, fears for safety and major financial constraints are all impacting on the quality of maternity care, warn heads of midwifery in a survey. (Source: Nursing Times)



New collaborative website launched by UoM Cochrane Review Groups

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:20:01 +0100

A  new website has been launched to highlight the work and impact of the three Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) hosted by the University of Manchester (UoM).Cochrane is an international organisation that produces high quality evidence summaries to inform decisions about health and health care interventions. CRGs support Cochrane’s primary function: the preparation and maintenance of systematic reviews. There are more than 50 CRGs, based in research inst itutions worldwide, each focused on a specific topic of health research. The University of Manchester ’s Faculty of Biological, medical and health proudly hosts the following three CRGs:Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma, based in the School of Biological Sciences ’ Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences;...

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Nigeria:'FCT Nursing, Midwifery School Lacks Infrastructure'

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:16:39 +0100

[Daily Trust] The Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Mrs Amanda Pam, has said that the FCT School of Nursing and Midwifery lacks necessary infrastructure to "improve the quality of its graduands." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Living on a knife-edge – survey reveals what a pay rise would mean to NHS employees

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:01:48 +0100

Being able to feed their families, afford dental treatment, repair their cars or pay off debts are some of the things that health workers could afford if the government gave them a decent pay rise, according to a survey released today (Sunday) by UNISON. UNISON says the findings expose the financial hardship suffered by NHS staff as a result of the government imposing limits on their pay. They form part of the union’s evidence to the NHS pay review body, which is due in tomorrow (Monday). Since the 1% pay cap was imposed seven years ago, NHS employees have seen their pay lose value as the gap between wage increases and the rising cost of living has grown. This fall in income has had a significant impact on the service and the workforce, as overworked staff leave for higher paid jobs else...



Nigeria:Canada, Others Empower Bauchi College of Nursing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:35:56 +0100

[This Day] Bauchi -The Canadian government through Global Affairs Canada and its implementing partners World Health Organisation and Population Council have donated three 32-seater buses and learning materials to Bauchi state College of Nursing and Midwifery as part of efforts to ensure adequate human resource for the health sector in the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Health unions react to NHS workforce strategy draft plans

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:35:53 +0100

Health unions are today (Wednesday) renewing their call for a coherent strategy to improve recruitment and retention, equality and diversity, workloads, well-being and career prospects as the government publishes its workforce plans.  Over the last three years unions representing cleaners, nurses, doctors, radiographers, pharmacists, midwives, medical secretaries, paramedics, caterers, dental technicians, as well as porters, managers, and allied health professionals have identified areas of improvement that would give the NHS a more flexible positive workplace culture. Chair of the NHS unions and UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Although the strategy is welcome it needs more work to become the solid, comprehensive plan that unions have been pursuing for years.  “Unions want ...



Democratic Republic of the Congo Tackles Ghost Workers, Mobilizes Resources for Real Health Workers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:06:22 +0100

Photo by Morgana Wingard for USAID (CC BY-NC 2.0)December 13, 2017Thanks to the power of data, government officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) discovered that 27% of health workers receiving government salaries and 42% of those receiving risk allowances in two large provinces —Kasaï Central and Kasaï—were ghost workers. In response, the Ministry of Public Health rapidly reallocated funds to cover 781 salaries and 2,613 risk allowances for real health workers, such as nurses and midwives who had previously been underpaid or uncompensated.Scarce resources make it challenging for the DRC to pay its public-sector health workers regular salaries. About half receive monthly stipends called “risk allowances” instead. And some subsist on informal means of compensation....

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Review backs campaign to diversify Scottish nurse workforce

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:54:00 +0100

A range of measures to encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds into nursing and midwifery have been recommended, following the publication of a major workforce and education review that was commissioned by the chief nursing officer for Scotland. (Source: Nursing Times)



Developing nursing and midwifery students' capacity for coping with bullying and aggression in clinical settings: Students' evaluation of a learning resource - Hogan R, Orr F, Fox D, Cummins A, Foureur M.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:23:29 +0100

An innovative blended learning resource for undergraduate nursing and midwifery students was developed in a large urban Australian university, following a number of concerning reports by students on their experiences of bullying and aggression in clinical ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Independent midwives lose legal challenge over indemnity

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:17:00 +0100

The High Court has today upheld the Nursing and Midwifery Council ’s position in a long-running dispute over indemnity arrangements for independent midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)



NHS workforce strategy

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Will it address the challenges facing nursing? Related items fromOnMedica Action plan to revive general practice nursing Plans to scrap nurse bursaries will lead to staff shortages Nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in droves NHS pay cap contributed to workforce crisis, says think tank Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ (Source: OnMedica Views)



Uganda:Sweden Awards 11 Midwives for Exceptional Service

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:01:39 +0100

[Observer] Eleven midwives from 11 Ugandan sub-regions have been recognized by the Swedish government for their contribution towards the health sector by helping reduce maternal mortalities. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women (Part Two)

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:43 +0100

A Rohingya woman and her child at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Kamrul Hasan/IPSBy Sohara Mehroze ShachiCOX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 8 2017 (IPS)Under pouring rain, hundreds of young and expectant mothers stand in line. With her bare feet and the bottom of her dress covered in mud, Rashida is one of them, clutching her emaciated infant. She lost her husband on the treacherous trek from Myanmar to Bangladesh, and with nowhere to go and her resources exhausted, rain-drenched and standing in this long, muddy line for food and medicine for her child is her only hope.Rohingya women line up for aid. Credit: Sohara Mehroze Shachi/IPSFollowing the recent brutal campaign unleashed against the Rohingyas by the Myanmar military, over half a million refugees came to Bangladesh since August 201...



Fall in numbers of pregnant smokers may have stalled

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Huge variations in CCG performance across England Related items fromOnMedica Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth New report calls for UK to become ‘tobacco-free’ by 2035 Drinking alcohol while pregnant common in UK, Ireland, Australasia Shopping vouchers boost quit rates in pregnant smokers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Health unions welcome moves on pay but warn against making staff foot the bill

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:08:24 +0100

  Commenting on the news that the health secretary has today (Thursday) written to the chair of the NHS pay review body to begin the process around the pay award for health staff in 2018/19, UNISON head of health and chair of the NHS unions Sara Gorton said: “It’s good that at long last the wheels have started to move. Exasperated the government seemed to be ignoring NHS pay, health unions took the initiative earlier in the autumn and submitted their own pay claim. Something they’d not needed to do in years. “But today’s letter means that talks can now begin to discuss the much-needed review of the NHS pay structure and the decent wage rise that hard-pressed health staff have waited seven long years for. “But those talks won’t last long if the government is expecting NHS...



Nigeria:Foundation Partners GE Healthcare to Train Nigerian Nurses

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:16:30 +0100

[This Day] General Electric (GE) in partnership with the Gamaliel and Susan Onosode Foundation (GAMSU) has announced the completion of a training programme to improve the skills of Nigerian nurses and midwives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Rise in number of vacant nurse and midwife posts in Scotland

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:05:00 +0100

There has been an increase in the number of nurses and midwife posts that are vacant in Scotland, including those that have been empty for a long period, according to latest official workforce figures. (Source: Nursing Times)

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‘Degree of concern’ over nursing associate fee expected by NMC

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:21:00 +0100

There will be “a degree” of concern over proposals for nursing associates to pay the same yearly registration fee as nurses for regulation, the head of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has said as the body launches a consultation on the plans. (Source: Nursing Times)



To Build a Stronger Global Health Workforce, We Must Be Good Stewards

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:06:21 +0100

December 05, 2017To all frontline health workers without a voice:  We are listening.It may seem that we are losing ground. From celebrity tax havens to Black Friday bargain brawls, it may seem that the great divide between the 2% and the 98% has swallowed our moral compass. That we have lost our direction, and our human north is pointing toward despair.But many of us are still working to build a healthier, safer world. And we can ’t do it without health workers, particularly those working on the front lines of care in areas around the world most in need.For those frontline health workers without a voice, and for those on whom the world may seem to have turned a deaf ear: we are listening.We recognize your value.In the 2016  UN Secretary-General ’s High-Level Commission on Health Empl...



NMC starts consultation on registration fee for nursing associates

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:47:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today launched a consultation on its proposal to charge nursing associates the same registration fee as it does for nurses and midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)



University honours lifelong commitment of Midlands midwife

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:10:00 +0100

A celebrated midwife who has dedicated more than 30 years to helping expectant mothers and students across the Midlands has received an honorary degree. (Source: Nursing Times)



Nursing associates set to pay same annual NMC fee as nurses

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:08:00 +0100

Nursing associates should pay the same annual registration fee as nurses and midwives, according to proposals drawn up by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Obstetricians and midwives welcome expansion of Each Baby Counts programme Related items fromOnMedica Stillbirth risk doubled in women sleeping on their back Poor teamwork and monitoring contributed to neonatal deaths ‘Suggestive evidence’ for air pollution link to stillbirth risk New drive to cut stillbirths Monitor women better to cut stillbirth rates (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Revalidation date ‘confusion’ risks nurses falling off register

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:21:00 +0100

Nurses have been potentially put at risk of falling off the Nursing and Midwifery Council ’s register due to confusing information about revalidation dates provided by the regulator, Nursing Times has learnt. (Source: Nursing Times)



How will the Budget 2017 affect people with arthritis?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

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New nursing director for national Scottish training agency

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:14:00 +0100

Karen Wilson has been appointed director for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions at NHS Education for Scotland (NES). (Source: Nursing Times)



Nursing and midwifery unions give cautious welcome on pay

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:40:00 +0100

Unions representing nurses and midwives have largely welcomed the chancellor ’s commitment to provide extra money for NHS staff pay rises, but also warned they must be “meaningful”. (Source: Nursing Times)

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' Sleep on Side' Advice to Cut Stillbirth Risk'Sleep on Side' Advice to Cut Stillbirth Risk

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:14:34 +0100

Women should sleep on their sides during the last 3 months of pregnancy to help avoid the risk of stillbirths, say midwives.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Feature Review: What factors influence the provision of care by skilled birth attendants in low- and middle-income countries?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:46:04 +0100

New Cochrane evidence synthesis highlights the many factors that influence the care provided by skilled birth attendantsIn low- and middle-income countries, many mothers still die during childbirth. Women are encouraged to give birth in health facilities rather than at home so they can receive care from skilled birth attendants. A skilled birth attendant is a health worker such as a midwife, doctor, or nurse who is trained to manage a normal pregnancy and childbirth, and refer the mother and newborn when complications arise.A team of Cochrane authors based in Norway, South Africa,and Uganda worked withCochrane Effective Practice and Organization of Care to identify factors that can influence skilled birth attendant ’s ability to provide quality maternity care. 31 qualitative studies cond...



Featured Review: What factors influence the provision of care by skilled birth attendants in low- and middle-income countries?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:46:04 +0100

New Cochrane evidence synthesis highlights the many factors that influence the care provided by skilled birth attendantsIn low- and middle-income countries, many mothers still die during childbirth. Women are encouraged to give birth in health facilities rather than at home so they can receive care from skilled birth attendants. A skilled birth attendant is a health worker such as a midwife, doctor, or nurse who is trained to manage a normal pregnancy and childbirth, and refer the mother and newborn when complications arise.A team of Cochrane authors based in Norway, South Africa,and Uganda worked withCochrane Effective Practice and Organization of Care to identify factors that can influence skilled birth attendant ’s ability to provide quality maternity care. 31 qualitative studies cond...



In Pakistan, empowering midwives to empower women

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:58:33 +0100

TANDO MOHAMMAD KHAN/NAUSHAHARO FEROZE, Pakistan –Aashu Tresa, 32, remembers when becoming a mother was a life-or-death proposition.When she was growing up, no one in her rural village, Misree Kolhi, gave birth under the care of a trained health worker. “Unskilled, untrained birth attendants were doing deliveries in our community. Some of the newborns died and some of the women had infections during deliveries,” she recounted.Even now, thejourney to motherhood remains a dangerous one in Pakistan. (Source: UNFPA News)



Howard University Hospital, Unity Health Care ink obstetrics partnership

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:58:17 +0100

Howard University Hospital and its faculty practice have signed a partnership agreement with Unity Health Care in a move to expand obstetrics access to underserved areas of the District. As part of the deal announced Monday, Howard will reopen a previously closed wing to bring 11 new ante- and post-partum inpatient rooms, as well as an operating and delivery room. Howard hospital has also hired about 35 new nurses and will extend admitting privileges to Unity's OB/GYN physicians a nd midwives, said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Blog: Tax cuts for the rich have cost the country dear

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:56:34 +0100

When it comes to austerity, the Conservatives have often argued that “there is no alternative”. When he was Chancellor, George Osborne inflicted painful spending cuts on our country, our communities and our public services. Now, of course, George Osborne has sought to reinvent himself as a small ‘l’ liberal and a newspaper editor. Yet the choices he made – and they were choices – still have a lasting impact. The prime advocate of the “no alternative” doctrine may have left Parliament, but the effect of his cuts will be felt for generations. Yet the brutal approach to public spending of the Conservative years needn’t have happened, and it needn’t continue. As many of us have been saying in the decade since the global financial crisis, there is an alternative. One...



Liberia:UMU Midwifery Dep. Holds Scientific Session

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:59:31 +0100

[NEWS] Liberia last Friday joined the world to celebrate World Prematurity Day with the Post Basic Midwifery Program of the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences at the United Methodist University (UMU) holding a scientific session for senior students of the program. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)



NHS trusts are STILL promoting natural births

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:20:21 +0100

The NHS is paying a controversial author to persuade midwives to promote ‘natural birth’ despite a series of baby deaths associated with it, campaigners have claimed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Tax cut for rich means billions lost to Exchequer

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:48 +0100

Cutting the income tax for people earning more than £1m per year has deprived the Exchequer of more than £8.6bn over the past five years, according to new analysis by UNISON published today (Sunday). The April 2013 decision to cut the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p has also saved the richest people in the country hundreds of thousands of pounds in that time, while public sector workers haven’t had a decent pay rise in years, says the union. An examination of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) statistics by UNISON shows that in the five years since the then Chancellor, George Osborne, introduced the tax cut, there have been between 15,000 and 17,000 taxpayers with annual incomes in excess of £1m. UNISON’s analysis finds that the government’s tax cut has meant £8.6bn less in t...



Choices opening temporary center and midwifery

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:19:17 +0100

While a local health care provider completes a capital campaign and construction for its new facility, it will also offer care at a temporary satellite site. Choices, also known as Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, will offer perinatal care and gynecology at 144 N. Bellevue Blvd. beginning January 2, 2018, while it works on its new Comprehensive Reproductive Health Center at 1203 Poplar Ave. Choices is trying to raise $4.2 million to cover land a nd capital costs for the 16,000-square-foot… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:23:30 +0100

Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean  delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)



Uganda:Government Should Negotiate With Striking Doctors

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:21:57 +0100

[Monitor] On Tuesday, the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU), the Uganda Medical Workers Union (UMWU) and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union filed a suit in the High Court in Kampala challenging government's decision to enter into negotiations with the Uganda Medical Association (UMA). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



UNISON comments on RCN story on NHS pay

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:53:02 +0100

Commenting on the Royal College of Nursing survey about nursing staff being at breaking point, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These findings echo what staff across the entire NHS have been telling us. NHS employees as a whole are struggling to survive on just their basic pay. “Cleaners, porters, paramedics, midwives, administrators and healthcare assistants have all gone without a proper pay rise for far too long. They work hard to deliver the best care for patients and their families in tough circumstances, and with limited resources. “With inflation and interest rates on the rise, all health employees want is to be able to pay their bills, feed their families and live without constant financial worries. “The NHS is already facing recruitment challenges. Giving all N...

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Notts maternity staff create own ‘Call the Midwife’ calendar

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:32:00 +0100

Maternity staff from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have created their own calendar themed on the hit BBC TV show Call the midwife. (Source: Nursing Times)



Effectiveness of training to promote routine enquiry for domestic violence by midwives and nurses: a pre-post evaluation study - Baird KM, Saito AS, Eustace J, Creedy DK.

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:18:22 +0100

BACKGROUND: Asking women about experiences of domestic violence in the perinatal period is accepted best practice. However, midwives and nurses may be reluctant to engage with, or effectively respond to disclosures of domestic violence due a lack of knowle... (Source: SafetyLit)



Landmark maternity audit reveals 'extreme' variation in NHS care

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:06:00 +0100

Midwives should make “every effort possible” to ensure mothers and babies have skin-to-skin contact within one hour of birth, according to a major new report on maternity care that shows not all are experiencing this important bonding process. (Source: Nursing Times)



Analysis: Urgent need for action on staffing ‘perfect storm’

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:02:00 +0100

A further fall in the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK was revealed this month, setting alarm bells ringing among employers, nursing leaders and unions. (Source: Nursing Times)



Doctors 'get off more lightly' than nurses in misconduct cases

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:49:00 +0100

Doctors found guilty of sexual offences, theft and fraud tend to get off more lightly than nurses and midwives, suggests the first in-depth report into professional misconduct cases across health and social care. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Regulator adds to winter warning for nurses to ‘get flu jab’

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:36:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has added its voice to calls for all registered nurses and midwives to get their flu jab ahead of the coming winter period, which is predicted to be tougher than normal. (Source: Nursing Times)



Agency, bank and overtime spending in UK maternity units in 2016

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

This report finds that NHS spending on temporary staffing in midwifery reached more than £97 million in 2016. (Source: NHS Networks)



International studies prove what midwives have known for eons: Don't cut umbilical cords right after birth

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:26:30 +0100

(Natural News) Waiting 30 to 60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord after the birth of the baby instead of doing so right after the birth happened can save thousands of pre-term babies’ lives, according to international studies coordinated by the University of Sydney’s National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Centre. The review,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Continuity of care 'boosts quality of midwife provision'

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:53:00 +0100

The quality of maternity care for women is greatly enhanced by seeing the same midwife or group of midwives but many still do not get continuity of care, says a report by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)



Heartless midwives 'giving new mothers PTSD'

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:41:43 +0100

Women with PTSD told researchers that they had felt 'abandoned, humiliated, ignored, dismissed or violated' by midwives, whom they often perceived as 'hostile' or 'incompetent'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Nursing number fall will have a huge impact on the NHS

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:01:19 +0100

Commenting on the latest figures from the National Midwifery Council published today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The latest drop in the number of nurses and midwives is more than worrying. Although the reduction in the number of UK nurses may not be huge, the overall figures will have a major impact on the NHS and patients. “This is because EU nurses are leaving en masse, creating a huge gap in the workforce. Brexit has left many feeling uncertain about their future in the UK. It’s vital for the NHS that the government now secures the right to stay for European nationals. “At a time when the NHS is struggling to cope with a rising number of patients, the last thing the service needs is a chronic fall in the number of nurses and midwives. “St...



'Alarming' rise in number of nurses leaving NMC register continues

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:01:00 +0100

Nurses and midwives are continuing to leave the profession at a greater rate than they are joining, highlighting “major” staffing challenges facing the health and care sectors, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has warned as it released new figures today. (Source: Nursing Times)



Nurses and midwives are leaving the profession in droves

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

New figures reveals recruitment and retention crisis Related items fromOnMedica PM indicates overseas trained doctors can stay in UK post Brexit ‘Brexit poses major risks to almost every part of the NHS’ Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ NHS pay cap contributed to workforce crisis, says think tank (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Ontario midwives urge government to allow them to perform abortions

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:21:04 +0100

The association representing more than 800 midwives in Ontario has told the provincial government there is a "burgeoning interest" in allowing midwives to offer abortion services. (Source: CBC | Health)



Changes to NMC language test requirements ‘come in force’

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:19:00 +0100

Changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council ’s language testing requirements for nurses and midwives trained outside the UK have come into force today. (Source: Nursing Times)

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New RCM leader targets boosting senior midwife profile

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:41:00 +0100

A new union chief executive has used her first major speech to pledge to “strengthen” the profile of midwifery leadership in trusts and other service providers. (Source: Nursing Times)



Midwife shortages driving 'reliance' on temporary staff

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:39:00 +0100

Temporary staffing costs in UK maternity units rose to almost £100m last year, according to figures obtained by the Royal College of Midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)



Government asks whether NMC should get more powers

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:40:00 +0100

The Nursing and Midwifery Council could be given much greater freedom to set its own its procedures without the need for legislative changes, under a new UK-wide consultation. (Source: Nursing Times)



The £97m bill for 'midwife shortage'

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 01:23:21 +0100

Maternity services are relying on expensive overtime and agency staff to fill rotas in the UK, union leaders say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Nearly £100m spent on temp staffing for midwifery

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

RCM accuses government of ‘short-termism’ Related items fromOnMedica Anger as government axes nurse and midwife bursaries BME nurses and midwives more likely to be referred to regulator Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Midwives and doctors need more training on tackling smoking in pregnancy Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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'Nosy' midwife struck off for viewing friends' records

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:02:20 +0100

Vicky Anne Bloxham was sacked by University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Number of NHS managers rises as nursing recruitment falls

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:36:45 +0100

In the past three years the number of managers employed in England has increased 11 per cent, while the number of nurses and midwives has risen by just 1.6 per cent, new research has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Policy and planning for NHS workforce - ‘not fit for purpose’

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

Report describes recruitment problems and instability Related items fromOnMedica Will removing bursaries for student nurses actually lead to more nursing staff? College welcomes plans for overseas GP recruitment GP recruitment numbers rise slowly Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Shortages are compromising patient care, new report warns (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



An Advocate for Health Workers

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:42:11 +0100

October 23, 2017There's a looming global shortage of 18 million health workers. Can advocacy help fix it?Health workers are the backbone of strong health systems and thriving communities. Yet by 2030, the world will face a shortage of up to 18 million providers —hurting primarily those in low- and middle-income countries.That means mothers will go without necessary care, newborns will go without the assistance often needed to take their first breath of life, and countless patients will forgo the quality nursing and medical care they need and deserve.Advocacy can make a difference in every single community, in every single country.Vince Blaser is the director of the  Frontline Health Workers Coalition (FHWC), an alliance of organizations working together to urge greater and more strateg...



Africa:Sudden Loss of Advocacy & Midwifery Head Felicity Ukoko Mourned by Wellbeing Founder Toyin Saraki

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:42:44 +0100

[Wellbeing Foundation] Lagos -With a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) regrets to announce the sudden loss of our colleague and friend Mrs. Felicity Aliana? Ukoko (nee Mapuvire). Who passed away on Sunday the 15th of October 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Trust strengthens midwifery leadership in wake of ‘tragic case’

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:49:00 +0100

One of the largest trusts in the country has strengthened leadership in maternity in response to the death of a baby whose parents claim a series of errors by midwives were to blame for the “completely avoidable” tragedy, it has told Nursing Times. (Source: Nursing Times)



NMC confirms new ways overseas nurses can prove English skills

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:01:00 +0100

From next month, the Nursing and Midwifery Council is to expand the range options that overseas nurses can use to prove their English language credentials are sufficient to join the UK register. (Source: Nursing Times)



Unions keep up pressure over NHS pay with latest warning

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:43:00 +0100

Nurses and midwives could still be thousands of pounds worse off each year by 2022, despite the government scrapping the cap on public sector pay, according to a new trade union analysis. (Source: Nursing Times)



Regulation of nursing associates in England

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The Department of Health is seeking views on amendments to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001, to regulate nursing associates in England. (Source: NHS Networks)



Nursing associate regulation takes ‘vital step’ forwards

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:22:00 +0100

A government consultation has been launched today on the legal changes required to allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council to bring nursing associates onto its register and has been described as a “vital step” towards the new role becoming regulated. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Heartbeat Labs Launches Teleconsultation for Mother and Child Health and Invests in Health-Startups Heallo.ai, Daatrics and Aurora Health

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0100

Heartbeat Labs has announced its first digital health company, Kinderheldin - an online service for pregnant women and parents of babies that seek the advice of professional midwives. At the same time, the startup platform discloses three investments: Heallo.ai from India, the UK company Daatrics, as well as the Berlin-based startup Aurora Health. (Source: eHealth News EU)



Lib Dems call for incontinence prevention training in Scotland

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:07:00 +0100

Midwives, health visitors and other health professionals should get specific training on incontinence prevention, as part of a new nationwide continence strategy in Scotland, according to the Liberal Democrats. (Source: Nursing Times)



Regulator promotes Royal London ’s maternity service rating

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:53:00 +0100

The Royal London Hospital ’s maternity department has improved but could still do with more senior midwives, according to the Care Quality Commission. (Source: Nursing Times)



Fall in nurse numbers could threaten patient safety

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

NHS even less equipped to cope with demands of a winter already set to stretch it to the limit Related items fromOnMedica Number of EU nurses registering drops by 96% Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing Poor admin support hampering respiratory nurses ’ time with patients Unrelenting NHS pressure affecting cancer care, say GPs and nurses (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Hunt confirms scrapping of public sector 1% pay cap

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

But additional cash will now be needed for NHS salaries, warns NHS Employers Related items fromOnMedica Nurses welcome hint of shift on pay freeze Number of UK nurses and midwives falling Action plan to revive general practice nursing NHS launches drive to improve 'e-nursing' Nurses 'unable to afford basic necessities' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

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Draft nursing associate standards released 'to adjust training'

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:09:00 +0100

The minimum standards that nursing associates will need to achieve have been revealed in draft plans by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, but do not confirm the extent to which those in the new role will be able to administer medication or how far they will be accountable for delegated activities. (Source: Nursing Times)



Concerns over NMC plans to change student assessment and mentor training

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:29:00 +0100

Mental health nursing professors have raised concerns about plans by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to no longer require mentors to train on an approved course, claiming student learning could be negatively affected. (Source: Nursing Times)



Searching for a Doctor at 3,000 Metres High

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:15:17 +0100

Celestina of Porcón Alto, a rural region high in the Andes, whose family has lived on the same plot of land for generations. Credit: Andrea Vale/IPSBy Andrea ValePORCÓN, Peru, Oct 6 2017 (IPS)Good healthcare can be hard to get – particularly when one lives on top of a mountain. The road to Porcón in the Cajamarca region of Peru, therefore, is as breathtaking as it is sobering. With every step further into its isolated natural beauty, a group of volunteers sent to deliver healthcare essentials are reminded how long the trek would be in an emergency.After a bus has taken the volunteers as far as it can, to the rim of a sweeping valley dipping into the basin of a ring of mountains, they start their hike.“We have a lot of fear,” Celestina says. “The doctors are always telling us tha...



Being a male midwife

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:46:34 +0100

When a teenage boy in Birmingham said he wanted to become a midwife, he found himself swimming against the tide. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Safe and Effective Staffing: Nursing Against the Odds

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:14:10 +0100

Following on from the publication of Safe and effective staffing: the real picture in May 2017, the RCN launched a survey of nursing and midwifery staff in the UK. The survey asked people about their last shift or day worked in health or social care. More than 30,000 responses were received in just two weeks, providing insight into staff experiences and staffing levels across the UK. The findings provide a strong voice from nursing staff, clearly describing the impact that poor staffing has on both patient care and their own wellbeing. Some of the experiences and stories shared via the survey have been included throughout the report. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))

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Safe and effective staffing: nursing against the odds

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

The Royal College of Nursing has launched the results of a survey of nursing and midwifery staff in the UK. (Source: NHS Networks)



Parliamentary debate on lifting the cap must happen

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:05:32 +0100

Over 100,000 people have now signed UNISON’s petition on the parliamentary website calling for an end to the public sector pay cap, making a debate in Westminster look increasingly likely, says the union. The petition urges the government to lift the one per cent cap, and give everyone who works in the UK’s schools, hospitals, local councils, government departments and police forces a decent wage rise now. After seven years of wage freezes and pay increases way below the rate of inflation, UNISON says the time has come for teaching assistants, midwives, care workers, civil servants, police clerks and all other public servants to receive a significant income boost. The petition says that any pay rise must be backed with extra resources, or jobs and services will have to be cut, ...