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Challenge: Getting the basics right

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We know that across the health and care system, employers do not always get the basics right. Employers need to:

  • provide for basic physical needs of their staff, such as access to healthy food at work – especially out of hours
  • provide access to support to help staff deal with the emotional strain of caring jobs
  • promote a positive work–life balance and predictable working patterns
  • pay staff fairly and provide benefits that recognise the important jobs they do
  • support staff in keeping fit and healthy, and when recovering from illness or injury
  • provide access to equipment and technology that helps staff do their job and managers run the organisations well

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At RCPsych we've done a lot of work to attract medical students to our specialty, but we know loads of junior doctors are taking time out of their career. Its thought to be as high as 50%, some come back, but we don't always know when and where. It would be good to have a better understanding of this and design a better programme to keep in touch. The same also happens later on training, so surely we should learn from this.

Bex Couper
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This covers it:  https://www.ted.com/talks/christine_porath_why_being_nice_to_your_coworkers_is_good_for_business

Genevieve Hibbs
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Genevieve Hibbs

In 1999 I was overpayed £2000 due to 'Finance' not being informed of my change in employment for two months! I left the NHS in 2000, and returned in 2014. 2018- again overpayed due to 'Finance' not being informed of my leaving and I received a letter three months later  that I had been overpayed.  I would like to know why there has not been a system/software/staff created in the last 20 years since I was overpayed to prevent this predictable financially wasteful regular occurrence  in...

PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

Employers could make the biggest difference to the health staff working life by implementing mandatory " Bank" flexible working nationwide, instead of the current financially wasteful recruitment and retention system that all NHS and Social Care have to undergo. Labelling health and social care employeess with Band 2-9 is divisive and dehumanising -  a well- intentioned idea in  theory, but an appalling way to treat healthcare employees in practice. "Off with its head!" Instead allow a...

PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

"The Five ADLs - "How to keep (yourself) out of nursing Home.' David Fisher MD Healthy people usually take for granted their ability to get out of bed in the morning, use the bathroom, perform some level of hygiene, dress themselves and feed themselves. Once a person starts to lose the ability to perform any one of them, his or her likelihood of moving to a nursing home will skyrocket, therefore it is crucial that these  five skills  are maintained. The government should therefore...

PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

Here is an idea...Ban the current 'Dickensian workhouse hours' of the mandatory 12.5hr shifts for nursing staff (who by they way never ever leave on time) to the humane self-rostering system of the 21st Century. The majority of nursing staff are middle-aged, with the inevitable wear and tear on the body that comes with it. For the sake of providing quality care and experience for service users, and for the health and well-being of middle-aged healthcare professionals, implement self -...

PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

Workforce and prevention... Primary care is essential for a large proportion of care delivery and prevention work, yet there is next to nothing about Primary care in the current Nurse curriculum, this should be an essential component to the training programs in the UK - is it time the HEI’s updated course content and placement tariffs to encourage student nurses into Primary Care? 

Danielle Harding
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Danielle Harding

  provide access to equipment and technology that helps staff do their job and managers run the organisations well. Four years ago, I returned to the NHS to work as a nurse.  I was offered the position in August and did not start til December. Four years later, at another NHS Employer I applied to and offered the nurse position in September and  yet am still waiting to start work.  Thirty years ago, the recruitment process for nurses took a mere four weeks, regardless of seniority....

PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

My niece worked in the accounting dept of a large hospital. I was horrified to hear that budgets had to be spent in order to claim more for the following year. To achieve this, equipment that was not really needed was purchased and kept in a room, unused, which  is a complete waste of NHS funds!! Has this system  since been changed? More support for Domiciliary Care would help free up beds in hospitals, but we need support with recruiting   

Rebecca Roberts
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Rebecca Roberts

More productivity with less cost ?  Find the 20% of the most productive sector of the NHS that creates the 80% cost effectiveness, efficiency and good patient experience. A win/win situation. I would humbly suggest that the 20% comprise of the health staff, so would it not make sense to put only clinical staff back in overall control of the NHS?  Would the banking sector allow non- banking managers be in charge of their organisation after the 2008 financial crisis. It would not work would...

PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE
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