Breastfeeding Celebration and Awareness Week
Set every August for the first seven days of the month, World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security. Read More
Robo-docs and AI could save healthcare companies £12.5bn a year!
NHS could achieve cost savings of £12.5bn a year by fully automating repetitive and administrative tasks, such as communicating medical notes, booking appointments and processing prescriptions. Read More
Medics to assess 999 callers by video before ambulance gets sent!
A new app which allows air ambulance services to view patients before they arrive to treat them is being trialed in two areas of England. Read More
UK’s longest serving nurse has retired after 66 years in NHS.
An 84-year-old nurse has just retired from her job in Devon, after clocking up a 66 years’ service for the NHS – thought to make her the country’s oldest and longest serving member of the profession. Read More
Interested in working in healthcare? Get your apprenticeship now!
The health and care sectors offer a wide range of apprenticeships spanning careers such as nursing, working in a pharmacy, dental nursing, healthcare technician or clinical healthcare support worker. Read More
Public Health England releases collection of health apps for mobile!
Public Health England has released a number of apps for your mobile and tablets to help tackle problems like smoking and obesity. Read More
Delivering top Service to Medical Professionals
For medical professionals starting out in a new role, feeling confident and supported is absolutely paramount. Whether taking on shift work or entering in to full-time employment, it is vital that there is a clear structure to work to at all times. At TNA medical we understand the importance of providing a full support system, so that our staff feel assured in their roles and can carry out their work to the best of their ability.
Having worked with medical professionals and organisations for a number of years now, we know that efficiency and precision is key to an effective working environment. We understand the need for flexibility when it comes to agency work so we ensure that our medical staff are given the shifts that work for them, and never mess around with timings.
We offer guidance in all areas of the medical world and make our nurses the top priority. Each person employed through TNA medical is provided with a one on one consultant who will be there every step of the way, from first point of contact right through to the end of the contract. We always provide our staff with all the information they need before they enter into a new role and make them aware of any changes happening in the medical world.
TNA are dedicated to matching the right person, with the right skills, to the right roles every time, maintaining the highest standard and service throughout.
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week a number of organisations, influential individuals and medical services have come together to shed light on the issue of mental health, to support those suffering with the illness and to help break down the stigma attached to it. With the theme of ‘thriving or surviving’ it calls for greater awareness of the issue and hopes to highlight how to spot whether someone you know is struggling with their mental health.
Around 1 in 4 people now experience negative mental health issues at some point in their life and it is becoming increasingly prominent in both males and females of all ages within the UK. Recent surveys found that many people still do not understand or appreciate the problems of mental health and believe that the number one cause of the illness is lack of willpower. This week aims to alter the perceptions on mental health, shed light on the real issues and change the culture surrounding it.
Fortunately, greater awareness is now being raised with campaigns taking to social media and in the news. Stronger measures are in place to help support those in need, by encouraging them to seek help and raising awareness in others. The campaign hopes to drive the UK to become a thriving nation and promote positive mental health.
Doctors and nurses of all levels are essential for providing the necessary support for those suffering with mental health and play a critical role in offering advice and awareness about the issue within the UK.
Where will the NHS Stand in June’s Election?
The snap election called by Theresa May last week is likely to be a turning point for the NHS as attention steers towards how the crisis will be handled by the future government.
The Prime Ministers decision to call the election was influenced by the need to create a more stable and durable government for Britain in light of the changes that it will face in the coming years. A victory for the Conservative party would give Ms May longer in power, with a solid foundation on which to take the country forward.
Whilst Brexit agreements will be at the top of the list for politicians in lead up to June, the NHS will also play an extremely important part in the result. The government has received constant pressure from the Labour party about its handling of the NHS crisis, with Corbyn consistently questioning the decisions made by the current health secretary.
With the NHS at breaking point from increasingly higher demand and ever-dwindling resources, it is more important than ever that the UK health service takes a central role in the election process.
Nurses consider strike action
A recent announcement concerning nurses pay, along with pay freezes and caps on pay rises since 2010 has led the RCN to take a vote on whether nurses should take strike action this year. The latest review of public sector pay announced a 1% rise, leading to complaints that nurses are being taken for granted.
This news comes as nursing shortages hit UK hospitals following brexit and increased fees for nursing students. It is likely that these figures will work to further damage nursing recruitment, as more individuals leave the profession in the UK.
Officials are attacking the review, stating that nurses should not be paying for the deficit out of their own wages, as well as shedding light on the fact that these pay cuts cause significant demoralisation and stress for nurses working within the NHS.
Nurses are essential within the health care industry and a shortage will lead to worsened patient care and reduced efficiency within hospitals. Flexible working hours, increased training and elevated support for nurses is absolutely essential to protect nurses and their positions within the NHS.
The poll of RCN members will end on May 7, with results announced at the union’s annual conference later in the month.