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Nurses in Britain are Buried by Paperwork

Nurses in Britain are Buried by Paperwork

Nurses in Britain buried in paperwork planningforcare.co.ukNurses in Britain spend an estimated 2.5 million hours a week on “non-essential” paperwork that’s where Planning for Care can help

The Royal College of Nursing believes nurses are burdened with too much paperwork and too many targets.

I think every nurse would support that belief.

The view adopted by the inspectors and auditors appears to be ‘if it’s not written down, it’s not happening.’

In reality, there can be a well written Care Plan but the quality of care might bear no resemblance to what is set out within the Care Plan.

Nurses would much rather spend their time caring for patients or residents than completing paperwork such as care plans.

Unless nurses are producing excellent Care Plans, Care Home grades will suffer.

30 years ago written Care Plans did not exist, but the care delivered was, in the main, very good or excellent.

Perhaps this was because nurses did not have to spend much of their time producing the volume of paperwork that is necessary today.

I do very much believe in the benefit of care plans today.

It is the way forward and if written well, can really have the capacity to have a substantial effect and improve the quality of care.

Documentation is a crucial aspect of care, which facilitates the continuity of care and it forms an accurate record of care provided. It is now vitally important that the quality of resident’s care and nursing documentation is of the highest standard.

How Our Care Plans Can Help

A good system of Care Planning undoubtedly can help the nurses and carers complete the paperwork far quicker and more comprehensively.

A system of personalising care planning for the elderly, which Planning for Care provides, can vastly improve the delivery of care and help Care Homes improve the grading they are awarded by the Care Inspectorate by helping them meet their regulatory requirements.

“The challenges facing everyone in the care sector are growing exponentially with constant changes in law, increased regulation and the potential threat of litigation.”

The focus on nursing appears to have changed and, instead of it being a wonderful, satisfying and fulfilling occupation, it is now very much a race against time.

It is in everyone’s interest that the standards of care improve.

The National Health Service, and nurses in Britain are wonderful institutions which have to survive and flourish.

Progress is a great thing, but there needs to be a balance to ensure there is no deterioration in the very core standards and values of nursing. We need to rethink the path we are taking.

The days of placing massive importance on positioning each pillow case with the closed end facing the entrance door of the ward have gone!

But was it really such a pointless exercise?

In those days every nurse knew every detail about every patient, and every aspect of patient care was delivered with precision and thought.

Patient care may have been delivered in a task orientated way, but attention to detail was everything.

The pride nurses had in their job was tangible.

A mixture of the nursing cultures of yesteryear and today is, I think, needed to help elevate nursing to the high standard of profession it should be.

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Nurses in Britain spend an estimated 2.5 million hours a week on “non-essential” paperwork – Planning for Care Can Help

Britain’s nurses spend an estimated 2.5 million hours a week on ‘non-essential’ paperwork and clerical tasks, according to research.

The Royal College of Nursing believes nurses are burdened with too much paperwork and too many targets.

I think every nurse would support that belief.

The view adopted by the inspectors and auditors appears to be ‘if it’s not written down, it’s not happening.’

In reality, there can be a well written Care Plan but the quality of care might bear no resemblance to what is set out within the Care Plan.

Nurses would much rather spend their time caring for patients or residents than completing paperwork such as care plans.

Unless nurses are producing excellent Care Plans, Care Home grades will suffer.

30 years ago written Care Plans did not exist, but the care delivered was, in the main, excellent.

Perhaps this was because nurses did not have to spend much of their time producing the volume of paperwork that is necessary today.

I do very much believe in the benefit of care plans today.

It is the way forward and if written well, can really have the capacity to have a substantial effect and improve the quality of care.

Documentation is a crucial aspect of care, which facilitates the continuity of care and it forms an accurate record of care provided. It is now vitally important that the quality of resident’s care and nursing documentation is of the highest standard.

A good system of Care Planning undoubtedly can help the nurses and carers complete the paperwork far quicker and more comprehensively.

A system of personalising care planning for the elderly, which Planning for Care provides, can vastly improve the delivery of care and help Care Homes improve the grading they are awarded by the Care Inspectorate by helping them meet their regulatory requirements.

“The challenges facing everyone in the care sector are growing exponentially with constant changes in law, increased regulation and the potential threat of litigation.”

The focus on nursing appears to have changed and, instead of it being a wonderful, satisfying and fulfilling occupation, it is now very much a race against time.

It is in everyone’s interest that the standards of care improve.

The National Health Service is such a wonderful institution and it has to survive and flourish.

Progress is a great thing, but there needs to be a balance to ensure there is no deterioration in the very core standards and values of nursing. We need to rethink the path we are taking.

The days of placing massive importance on positioning each pillow case with the closed end facing the entrance door of the ward have gone!

But was it really such a pointless exercise?

In those days every nurse knew every detail about every patient, and every aspect of patient care was delivered with precision and thought.

Patient care may have been delivered in a task orientated way, but attention to detail was everything.

The pride nurses had in their job was tangible.

A mixture of the nursing cultures of yesteryear and today is, I think, needed to help elevate nursing to the high standard of profession it should be.

Survey of cancer patients: 89% say treatment excellent or very good

A major survey of cancer patients in Wales suggests the vast majority thought their care was excellent or very good.

But the study of over 7,000 patients found there were variations between hospitals and some cancer types.

Those with rarer conditions, and lung cancer, were less likely to be positive than those with common cancers.

Macmillan Cancer Support said the figures were “fantastic” but showed areas where improvements were needed.

This included patients needing to be offered more support when their treatment had ended.

The Cancer Patient Experience Survey, a partnership of the Welsh government and Macmillan Cancer Support, is the first such study to be carried out in Wales.

It aims to improve standards for cancer services across the country.

Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales general manager Susan Morris said: “It is fantastic that 89% of the cancer patients who completed the survey said their care was either excellent or very good.

“The survey also highlights areas where improvements are needed including variations between local health boards and the experiences of people with different cancer types.

“It is clear from the survey that health boards have some way to go in fully meeting people’s needs, for example, patients need to be offered more support when their treatment has ended, which is increasingly important as more people are living with or beyond cancer.”

The most positive scores at hospital level were at Velindre in Cardiff, Llandough in the Vale of Glamorgan, and Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, Gwynedd.

Swansea’s Singleton and Morriston hospitals, Glangwili in Carmarthenshire, and the Royal Glamorgan in Rhondda Cynon Taf were least positive.

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Singleton Hospital in Swansea had the lowest overall score compared to the Welsh average.

It failed to score significantly higher than the average in any one of the survey’s 85 questions, and scored significantly lower in 34.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board, which runs Singleton and Morriston hospitals, said the survey was an important reminder that there was more to cancer treatment than surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

“We welcome the results of the survey, which clearly demonstrate there is room for improvement in providing information and support for cancer patients, particularly those who are admitted to hospital,” said the health board.

“We recognise this is an important issue and have been working hard to improve this aspect of our service.”

In the survey generally, a number of the poorer scores given by patients were related to information given to them about key aspects of their condition, treatment and care.

Results suggested two-thirds of patients were not receiving written information about their cancer, and 78% were not being provided with a written care plan to help them manage their illness.

These are both commitments made in the Welsh government’s cancer delivery plan.

Half of respondents were not given information by hospital staff about how to get financial help or benefits they may have been entitled to.

A third of patients were not given the name and contact details of a key worker, whose role is to provide continuity of care and support, offer referral to psychological services if required and liaise with other healthcare professionals.

The survey suggested 30% of patients were not told they could bring a friend or family member along with them to get their diagnosis.

But Health Minister Mark Drakeford said he was pleased with the overall results.

“I am heartened to see so many patients had a positive experience, and the evidence of effective systems being in place alongside support to individuals is very clear,” he said.

“The NHS as a whole will need to listen to and act upon the voices of patients.”

Source BBC News