NI review now under consultation.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Labor unions (Beliefs, opinions and attitudes)
Community health services (Management)
School nursing (Management)
|Publication:||Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815|
|Issue:||Date: August, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 8|
|Topic:||Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Canadian Subject Form: Labour unions; Labour unions Computer Subject: Company business management|
|Product:||Product Code: 8630000 Labor Unions NAICS Code: 81393 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations SIC Code: 8631 Labor organizations; 8399 Social services, not elsewhere classified|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: Northern Ireland Geographic Name: Northern Ireland Geographic Code: 4EUUN Northern Ireland|
Unite/CPHVA has welcomed consultation on the review of health
visiting and school nursing in Northern Ireland (NI), but questioned
whether staff numbers will be increased to implement its proposals.
University of Ulster professor of community health nursing Brenda Poulton stated: 'While the report expands the role of school nurses, there is a capacity issue. The NMC identified only 60 qualified school nurses on its register for NI. There are less than 100 school nurses working in NI and there is no incentive for the unqualified ones to do the specialist community public health nurse programme.'
Unite/CPHVA professional officer Gavin Fergie stated: 'In the present economic climate, it is a challenge to increase the numbers of staff. We hope that the ultimate outcome of the consultation will not be to increase the pressures on members highlighted in our annual omnibus survey.'
He added: 'This is an opportunity for members to take ownership of the document and to provide a solution. We are encouraging them to engage fully with us in order to form member-led responses.'
The association welcomed proposals such as integrating health visiting and school nursing services, focusing on children aged nought to 19 years, and defining health visitor and school nurse roles within skill-mix teams.
To take part in the consultation, please see: www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/consultations/current_consultations.htm
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