Progress in fight against staff shortages.
Subject: Registered nurses (Supply and demand)
Labor unions (United Kingdom)
Labor unions (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Trade and professional associations (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Work hours (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
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: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 10
Topic: Event Code: 600 Market information - general Canadian Subject Form: Labour unions; Labour unions; Hours of labour
Product: Product Code: 8043110 Nurses, Registered; 8630000 Labor Unions; 8620000 Professional Membership Assns; 9918150 Work Schedules NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners; 81393 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations; 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8631 Labor organizations; 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Government Agency: United Kingdom. National Health Service
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 209163229
Full Text: NHS London has agreed to meet with Unite/CPHVA in order to discuss how it will increase health visitor numbers.

Unite/CPHVA London region chair Norma Dudley stated: 'We have requested this meeting to find out what has been put in place to address the serious health visitor shortages in London. We want to identify the direction at local level. Lord Laming has recommended that strategic health authorities commit to increasing health visitor numbers, and the Department of Health together with Unite/CPHVA has launched the Action on Health Visiting programme. However, the reality for NHS trusts is that they must make year-on-year efficiency savings, which could mean that their priority may not be to increase health visitor numbers. Already, NHS London has refused requests from NHS trusts for retention and recruitment premia.'

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She added: 'We will be recommending a ring-fenced budget, that will be unaffected by the year-on-year efficiency savings, for the training of new health visitors and community practice teacher-training for experienced health visitors. NHS London should also provide trusts with annual student health visitor recruitment targets.'

As part of the Action on Health Visiting programme, Unite/CPHVA will be publishing a report for frontline staff to help them make a case for health visiting to commissioners.

Unite/CPHVA lead professional officer Cheryll Adams stated: 'The new document will also confirm the roles of the health visitor in a modern NHS, and where these can not be delivered, it is hoped they will be better able to make the case for additional resources.'

Meanwhile, concerns have been raised that practice nurses are not being paid for working extended hours. A poll of 301 GPs by GP newspaper found that more than one-fifth of GP practices employ practice nurses to work extended hours, however only 8% of these practices are funded to pay for this service.

Unite Health Sector lead officer for nursing Barrie Brown stated: 'Extended hours in primary care are a welcome development, but this needs proper financing and resourcing, which is recognised in Scotland and Wales but not in England.'

He added: 'Practice nurses and their colleagues cannot be expected to contribute to extended hours working unless they are willing to do this and receive the appropriate remuneration.'
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