Almost half of Welsh nurses considered leaving posts over past year

Ed Jacobs writes about the crisis forming in Welsh Nursing - half have considered leaving - and covers the work Cafcass Cymru faces to improve its performance.

Almost half of all nurses in Wales have considered leaving their posts in the last year, according to new figures out today.

In its annual survey of members, the Royal College of Nursing in Wales reports nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of its members felt under more stress than they did a year ago and one in three were looking for a new job.

The survey also found:

• Thirty seven per cent reported they work excess hours several times a week with 34% of these not being paid for the extra work;

• Twenty eight per cent have experienced harassment or bullying from patients or their family.

The figures mirror similar findings in Scotland, published earlier this year.

Publishing the results on the day Welsh health minister Lesley Griffiths revealed the Welsh government’s plans for the NHS, Tina Donnelly, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, commented:

“Safety and wellbeing of the patient is paramount and a decline in registered nurses and healthcare support workers in the workplace has a direct impact on patient safety. I am worried by the figures that show 64 per cent of nurses in Wales feel more under stress and nearly half have considered leaving their job.

“It is not acceptable that nurses are being pushed to breaking point due to low staffing levels and extremely high workloads.”

Responding, a spokesman for the Welsh government sought to emphasise the importance of nurses to patient care, explaining:

“There are more nurses working in the NHS in Wales and more in training. We have set clear career paths for nurses, including advanced nurse practitioners and hospital ward sisters, and are improving training for healthcare support workers to ease pressure on nurses.

“NHS organisations have invested in programmes to support wellbeing of the workforce including responding proactively to violence and aggression, including verbal assaults by patients and families.

“It is for NHS organisations to ensure that they have the appropriate skill mix of staff to meet fluctuating demand.”

Wales Online, meanwhile, today reports the chief executive of Cafcass Cymru, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in Wales, has pledged to improve its performance after a report by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) said its work was merely “satisfactory”.

The CSSIW went on, it is reported, to conclude the service’s capacity to improve was “inadequate” and called on it to review the structure of the organisation to improve its leadership, management oversight and accountability. It also called for it to conduct a complete review of its complaints processes, procedures and practice, and improve complaints handling across the organisation.

Responding to the report, Cafcass Cymru’s chief executive Gillian Baranski said:

“2010-11 was a challenging year for the service and we were pleased that the outcome of the CSSIW inspection was a satisfactory one, but we are determined to improve upon that and have already started to implement the recommendations of the inspection.

“All of the organisation’s staff remain very committed to working hard to improve outcomes for children, young people and families involved in court proceedings, and we will continue to work together to address the challenges we face over the coming year.”

See also:

Wales to see increase in health spending as Lansley accused of dismantling NHSEd Jacobs, October 5th 2011

Tory Welsh secretary’s speech a demonstration of selective amnesiaEd Jacobs, October 3rd 2011

Welsh government outlines vision for “fairer and more prosperous country” – Ed Jacobs, September 28th 2011

King’s Fund apologise for “error” in figures on health spending in Wales – Ed Jacobs, May 27th 2011

Warnings over impact of poor housing on Welsh NHSEd Jacobs, April 13th 2011

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  9. Rob the crip

    Yesterday we are hearing more patients will be seen at home as more money is taken from the NHS to help out god knows what, Labour Wales is slowly becoming Labour England and people will soon get fed up with it.

    For example now it can take a month to see your GP, if you want to see your own GP it can take sixteen weeks, to see a consultant if you pay three weeks if not a year to eighteen months and then your likely to be told sorry apply again, I saw a consultant who gave me an appointment to come back it was then cancelled three times before I ended up forgetting about it.

    But the Labour party needs money for anything now it goes to the NHS we are told hospital are to close and we are told the elderly will be treated at home if they are ill, problem with this are you going to put a nurse in twenty four hours a doctor on call, of course not that’s why people go into hospital for twenty four hour care when your ill.

    Wales will go back to becoming a second rate country again, we already know Cardiff has the same problem as London it’s becoming a protected bubble.

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