Open day for qualified and
soon to be qualified nurses
QUALIFIED or soon to be qualified
nurses in Lancashire and surrounding areas are invited to find out about the
opportunities on offer at Preston's secure mental health hospital, Guild Lodge.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust's Guild Lodge is one of the countries
secure mental health services and is offering people the chance to attend an
open day to gain an insight into what it's like working there. The event is
taking place, on Saturday, 4 March 2017, from 10am to 3pm and will allow people the
opportunity to learn about the training and development opportunities on offer,
tour the different areas of Guild Lodge and chat to existing nursing staff about
their experiences. The open day is a great opportunity for nurses to come along
and see for themselves what it's like to work in a mental health environment
such as Guild Lodge before they apply for the roles on offer. "Guild Lodge is like a little community and it's so rewarding to see a
patient move through the different levels of care provided here from medium
secure right through to low secure, step down and eventually help them out into
the community and it's really nice to be a part of that journey. Since working
here I've had chance to work with people from lots of different backgrounds and
it's really changed my view on working in a mental health hospital, I can't
imagine ever wanting to work anywhere else!" said Josie Shaw, Health Care
Assistant, Forest Beck ward (women's step down).
"I've learnt a lot about myself since I've been working here and have
benefitted from the expertise of the people around me. There is always someone
to offer help and support if you need it. We work really closely together within
our wards and I'm confident that there are so many people I can pick up the
phone or go and see if I need any help or advice. It's great to know that we're
helping people on their journey towards recovery and making a difference to
their lives." added Tinashe Ncube, Ward Manager, Langden ward (men's
Acquired Brain Injury low secure).
Guild Lodge provides a diverse range of services which each offer a wide range
of career opportunities including medium secure, low secure and step down
services, acquired brain injury (ABI) services and occupational therapy. If you
are interested in attending the open day and would like to find out more, please
contact the Employment Services Team on:- 01772 520200 or send an
NHS sustainability plans
unlikely to work without greater government commitment
LOCAL sustainability and transformation
plans (STPs); designed to transform the way health and social care services are
organised, delivered, and used across England; are unlikely to work without a
much greater commitment from government, warns an expert in The BMJ.
Kieran Walshe, Professor of health policy and management at the University of
Manchester, argues that while STPs aim to keep people well and help them to care
for themselves, and use health and care services more appropriately, there are
four main problems, which if not resolved make it unlikely that these plans will
1st, he warns that they are being launched at a time of huge, unprecedented
levels of financial constraint and challenge in the NHS, which will require
2nd, he argues that the plans have been written in a rush, and professional and
public consultation and engagement have been largely neglected, resulting in
and opposition" from the medical profession, the public, and the media.
3rd, he says these plans have no statutory force or authority, adding that the
Health and Social Care Act 2012 "contains a host of provisions on
competition and market access that make these changes open to legal challenge
and difficult to implement."
Finally, these plans are founded on the sound idea that we should bring health
and social care services together, but he points out that:- "social care
services are funded separately by local authorities, whose funding has been cut
by 37% in real terms over the last 6 years."
Fixing these problems and giving STPs a real chance to succeed requires action
from government, writes Walshe..
He therefore calls for government action to provide realistic transitional
funding for the changes and to give political backing to the changes and allow
for proper consultation at a national and a local level.
He also calls for legislation to remove the competition and market access
provisions of the Health and Social Care Act and to allow for statutory bodies
to be created to lead STPs.
Finally, he suggests the government tackle the health and social care divide by
implementing the recommendations of the Barker commission for a single system of
funding to commission health and social care.
"The NHS and its leaders have done what they can to map out a sustainable
future health and social care system for England. But without a much greater
commitment from government, it seems very unlikely that these plans will work,"
Charity welcomes tougher
penalties for mobile phone use behind the wheel
THE government has introduced, on 1 March
tougher penalties for those caught using mobile phones when driving. Points on a
driving licence have doubled, from 3 to 6 and the penalty fine has increased
from £100, to £200.
The move has been generally welcomed by road safety charity, Brake, but it warns
that the fine is still too low, and it remains concerned about the Police having
enough resources to enforce the new law.
Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, said:- "The increase in the points
is very welcome. However, when you realise that you can be fined £1,000 for not
having a TV Licence, then the £200 fine for illegally using a mobile looks
We're also very concerned about the ever dwindling number of roads Traffic Police. Their numbers have fallen by almost a
3rd since 2010. There are now
approximately 3,700 specialist Traffic Officers in England and Wales. We want
the UK Government to look again at this, and make roads policing a national