More than just a hearty hand clap!
Thursday 23rd July 2020
I'm not quite sure where to start with this blog post but it's
safe to say the current government stance on the NHS in general and Nurses in
particular stings a bit. It's really not
about the money, in the current state of national debt I'm really not sure that
anyone warrants a pay rise (although I really wish we could adopt Jacinda). It's about the perception, recognition and appreciation
of all of those who have worked their socks off throughout Covid only to be
thrown back to the bottom of the pile after a little appreciative clapping (and
saving a few lives of course).
In many ways, within my NHS role, throughout Covid I really
feel I have just been doing my job (albeit doing an exceptionally large number
of hours in particularly difficult circumstances). I have really felt for those in retail, cleaning,
teaching and all the related disciplines who absolutely did not sign up to
working during a global pandemic but carried on anyway.
What I really object to though, is the absolute negligence
of our government to acknowledge the professionalism and specialist knowledge of
the Nurses who have truly grafted throughout the Covid crisis and will continue
to do so as the fall-out continues and will last for literally years to come;
as a nation we prepared for a pandemic, what we absolutely did not prepare for
was the mental health crisis which has accompanied it and will (I am sure) last
well beyond the pandemic itself.
It has been during the pandemic that many Dr's and Nurses
have stepped out of their private practice to either increase their hours in
the NHS or joined the NHS to support patient care. Sadly, because Nurses are 'the caring
profession', because we traditionally do not blow our own trumpet and because
we take our duty of care very seriously the government absolutely counts on us
to 'keep calm and carry on' grateful for the weekly claps and erm ... well that'll
do won't it?!
- We are professional people.
- We are educated to a minimum of degree level but
many of us have Masters degrees, some have PhD's.
- We are Registered with a governing body who regulates
our practice and with whom we pay annually to stay Registered, without this
registration we cannot practice.
- We are required to be insured to practice to
protect our patients, to ensure safe care and provide a safety net for our patients when things
- We are reviewed and revalidated on a very regular
basis to maintain our registration and are required to continually update our
practice and develop our education throughout our working career.
- We have a duty of care to our patients; a legal
responsibility to do no harm and always work in our patients' best interest.
- We have a duty of candour to ensure you have
full engagement with your treatment and care and are aware if mistakes are made
and actions taken to manage the same.
- We are trained to provide treatment and to be
able to manage complications of the same.
There are risks with Aesthetic treatments; potential anaphylaxis,
impending necrosis and blindness just to name a few. It takes medical intervention and skill to
manage these swiftly and efficiently.
- We work to standards, policies and procedures
and are guided by research based evidence (which we also undertake).
- We are medically trained to understand issues
around health and illness and are able to recognise health issues, a
deteriorating patient, mental health issues and many, many medical conditions.
- Were we cannot manage a health condition we have
the ability to refer on to the correct professional to support our patient's
health and well-being.
This is why we have value as a profession; this is why we should
be respected by the government both in the NHS and private practice.
This is why my patients respect my clinical practice;
because they know I'll provide a safe, quality driven service backed by
My message from this blog; please understand why Dr's,
Nurses and Dentists take your health seriously, why those in Medical Aesthetics
are passionate about injectable treatments being in the domain of medically
qualified hands and why it's so vitally important to value this.
It's really not about the money; but it's very much about
understanding what you are getting when you go to a medical professional. It's
understanding, appreciating and valuing the medical services you receive and
ensuring you are fully assessed and properly managed throughout your treatment
and aftercare. It's about appreciating
and valuing us before we have to rescue you.