Who is providing Care in the NHS?

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My sister and I both trained in the NHS some years ago. At that time all nurses looked after their patients in a holistic way. This meant that you dealt with everything from cutting their toenails and emptying their bedpans to sitting with them and going through any concerns they might have. As a senior staff nurse or ward sister in charge of the ward you would ensure that the nurses were doing this.

I cannot agree with the changes to training involving University based learning. Nurses should spend the majority of their time in hospitals looking after patients and not sat at a desk. I have had personal experience of a nurse who completed her training asking me what observations she should perform on a woman coming in to the ward. On another occasion I was asked how to attach a bag of intravenous fluid to the drip. I was horrified. These are things that I was taught on my first ward.

Nurses appear to be trained to manage and not to care. This is evidenced by the wide press in Staffordshire and other hospitals. The problem is – who is providing the care? In some cases it appears to be untrained (in relation to nursing) health care assistants. This is unacceptable. If nurses are not caring for their patient how will they know if something changes? It is very unfair to leave this to untrained staff and also raises the possibility of increasing negligence claims.

Please bring back proper nursing training that is mainly hospital based. Patients would get better care and the nurses would not feel that changing a bed pan was a health care assistant's job rather than part of their overall role of caring for their patient.



Patricia Wakeford

Solicitor - Clinical Negligence Team

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