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UK sees over 90 per cent drop in EU nurses since Brexit

Reported in Care Home (14 June 2017): Since the referendum on Brexit last year, the number of nurses from the EU registering to practise in the UK has dropped by 96 per cent.
The Health Foundation obtained figures from a Freedom of Information request to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It found that 1,100 EU nurses came to work in the UK last April, but this fell to just 46 EU nurse registrants in April this year.

Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, said: "The recruitment and retention of nurses is one of the biggest challenges facing health and social care, with a shortage of 30,000 nurses in England alone.

"The drop in EU nurses registering to work in the UK could not be more stark – just 46 registered to work in the UK in April. Without EU nurses it will be even harder for the NHS and other employers to find the staff they need to provide safe patient care. The findings should be a wake-up call to politicians and health service leaders.

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BGS manifesto for the 2017 General Election

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The British Geriatrics Society's vision is for a society where all older people receive high quality, patient-centred care when and where they need it.  

In its 70th anniversary year the BGS has seven calls for action. We call on the incoming Government to take action to ensure:

  1. Sufficient investment in the NHS and social care

  2. Full integration of services

  3. A lasting solution to the current crisis in social care

  4. Greater capacity in intermediate care

  5. Access to comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and personalised care plans for all older people with frailty, dementia and complex and multiple long-term conditions

  6. All who care for older people have the right skills

  7. The commitment and expertise of the current workforce is better recognised

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The Second Cultural Revolution in Geriatric Medicine

There is general agreement that the distinction between leadership and management is that leadership creates the culture of an organisation and that management works within that culture.

There are many different definitions of culture but the most highly respected writer in the field is Edgar Schein who says: “Culture is the shared tacit assumptions of a group that it has learned in coping with external tasks and dealing with internal relationships.” (Source: Schein, E.H. (1999) The Corporate Culture Survival Guide. John Wiley & Sons (p.186)).

The leadership has to determine the correct belief and assumptions that it wishes to permeate the organisation, and the whole population, if one of the jobs of the leadership is to think of the health of populations as well as the health of individuals.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) can be proud of the culture change that it has achieved by providing leadership in the last seventy years. When the BGS was founded, the prevailing beliefs and assumptions of not only the public, but also the medical profession, were that the problems of older people were due to the ageing process and not to treatable disease, and therefore that older people needed “care” rather than accurate diagnosis and effective treatment and rehabilitation.

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Nominations invited for the BGS Special Medal 2017

Please help us celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting the health and wellbeing of older people.

Download pdf flyer here, with details of the award.

Our BGS Special Medal 2017 recognises a non-medical professional who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting the health and wellbeing of older people. We are now seeking nominations for worthy candidates from our partners in the not-for-profit and public sectors including charities, voluntary organisations and support agencies.

The British Geriatrics Society is the professional membership association for doctors, nurses and other health professionals engaged in the specialist health care of older people across the UK. Each year we award a small number of prize medals to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals towards better health in old age. One of these prizes, our BGS Special Medal, is an external award “for individuals whose work to promote the health and wellbeing of older people throughout society has been outstanding”.

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