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Challenge: Feeling included and valued

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Health and care staff belong to organisations that should respect and value their contribution in the same way that the people they serve are respected and valued. We know that staff do not always feel included and valued in work.

People need to feel involved in their organisation and that they have a voice. This means that staff need to:

  • work in an environment where there is a culture of trust and they are treated fairly and with respect
  • feel they have a positive contribution to make and that their team and employer give clear feedback on how well they do their job
  • belong to a professional group or team that they identify with, but also identify with something greater – an employer, the NHS, the social care sector
  • work for employers who recognise the importance of engaging with staff and demonstrate this through their actions
  • be able to progress in their career, regardless of their background

 

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"...healthcare assistants, who have often been ignored in past research. We found that low assistant staffing levels were linked to an increased risk of death. However, when patients spent days on wards with above-average assistant staffing the risk of death was also increased. While affirming the vital importance of healthcare assistants, this research also makes it abundantly clear that increasing their numbers is not going to help alleviate the shortage of registered nurses."

PATRICIA CLARKE
by PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

For all home care workers to feel valued and included , Local authority commissioning must change. As providers we works tirelessly in valuing our staff but if the terms and conditions arent right , its a constant uphill battle. I have been in the industry for over 20 years (as a care worker , manager ) and the same practice has continued which is very demoralising for everyone working with local authorities. No wonder care worker turnover figures are as high as 38%.  Local authority...

Sally Graham
by Sally Graham
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Sally Graham

In all places of work it is important for team members to feel valued within their role. We all like reassurance to some extent that the daily responsibilities we carry out are appreciated within our team and that our opinion and voice matters. This of course applies to working in care. Care workers want to feel valued and trusted not only in the care and support they provide to people, but they also want to be listened to when it comes to making decisions within the care setting that will...

Fay Gibbin
by Fay Gibbin
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Fay Gibbin

"Cost repels care" Why do the Government find it so impossible to simply redirect the financial resources that appear to be available to fund private 'care' companies profit margins to please their shareholders, instead of the Carers who would prefer to provide loving tender expert care to the members of their families who have long-term chronic illnesses? I suggest that compassion and care that are meted out by family members is subjective, so it can not and will not be valued as a valid...

PATRICIA CLARKE
by PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

Here is a novel idea...The Government should  pass a Law immediately  that would proclaim that  all Registered nurses at Band 5 would  be paid the current "Bank Rates" of £17 - 23/hr instead of the current objectionable 'McDonalds' rate of £11.00/hr that a Permanent Registered Nurse member of Staff with an Honours Degree after three years training is expected to be thankful for. This bold revolutionary action by any Government in power, allowing this appreciative remuneration, would turn...

PATRICIA CLARKE
by PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

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PATRICIA CLARKE
by PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

The Government must mandate that NHS Trusts would be legally accountable if their staff do not take their 'unpaid breaks.' Staff should be disciplined if they do not take their break as they will be at a higher risk of making a fatal mistake, for example, a drug error. Also they will be more prone to take 'sick days' due to the lack of recovery from not taking their breaks. There should be a daily audit on whether staff had taken their breaks, and why not, and implement immediate changes to...

PATRICIA CLARKE
by PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

I'm husband to my wife who needs support due to Advanced MS. I work full time to keep our home and children. We're supported through NHS CHC funded private care company delivering regular weekday paid carers whilst I'm at work. We've looked at Personalisation (PHB) to improve this but to much risk and onus on the individual.    We just want the funding to be in the right place to do the best job. Ideally I'd be paid a wage (high enough) which enables me to care for my wife, I'm best...

Mark Brightburn
by Mark Brightburn
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Mark Brightburn

We should have parity with regards to prescribing rights. I am a registered Podiatrist and I am doing the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice working in Acute Medicine. Currently I am not entitled to prescribe off licence medicines or most controlled drugs. This means that whilst I am doing the same job as my nursing colleagues I am unable to deliver the same quality of care. This leads to a disadvantage in employability I.e. if I go for a job but can't prescribe the medication my patients...

Karl Guttormsen
by Karl Guttormsen
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Karl Guttormsen

Social Care Providers should celebrate the success of staff. Structures for feedback, involvement, surveys and suggestions from all tiers within the organisation should be place and used by directors/senior management to influence shaping the business/the service plan. Simply showing interest in people's thoughts, ideas and suggestions.

Registered Manager
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