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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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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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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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  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

The ability to pay our care workers fairly is obstructed by how home care is commissioned.  We do not ask our police or fire service to be at work for 12 hours but only actually pay them when they have to respond to a crime or fire.  We do not ask our nurses to be at work for 12 hours and only pay them for the time they actually deliver care to patients.  Yet it seems to be acceptable that this is how we pay our care workers in homecare,  it is a nonsense.  It is time to change, it is time...

Hayley Quinn
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Hayley Quinn

Discounts for the gym/ swimming/ fitness classes to keep staff fit and healthy.

Agnieszka F
by Agnieszka F
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Agnieszka F

After around 45 years in adult social care I've learnt an important and rewarding lesson - listen to your service users. The best training I have ever learnt is form the service users themselves, as they know what they need to be able to function. Years ago money was thrown at services and the outcome were not always positive ones. From my experience people will tell you what they need, and my job has always been to find that support or find the relivant help or advice. I've always been...

Lloyd Coombes
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Lloyd Coombes

My suggestion is to listen to the ideas being offered by staff. I’ve been trying to get someone at a national level to look at what we are doing at our trust with seemingly zero interest. We have used the existing system we have to go paperless for all agency bookings from booking to payment. Bookings are live and payments are made the same week. Any payment issues are able to be identified and corrected immediately. I have shown this to a few other trusts who conservatively expect it to...

Chris Pope
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Chris Pope

Agenda for change should be the same no matter which part of the UK you are in...... Yet Northern Ireland and Scotland have different bandings. Northern Ireland is not keeping in line with the 5 year forward view on agenda for change. It doesn't bode well for staff happiness across the UK.

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