For All Our Members,
It’s almost that time of year again and the long wait for the yearly pantomime is nearly over.
If you need a reminder of what to look forward to, here’s last years entry and what a cracker it was…… Click here to view & read
Oh no it wasn’t, oh yes it was!
The Independent Federation of Nursing has lodged a complaint regarding not only one, but two, breaches of Data Protection Legislation involving two IFON members. A significant dossier has been compiled detailing the facts of these breaches and has been sent for the attention of the Professional Standards Authority. We will update members regarding the outcome of our complaint in due course.
It is pertinent to note The Nursing and Midwifery Council was fined £15,000 for a breach of the same Legislation in 2014…….Lessons should have been learned!
NMC REGISTRATION RENEWAL
Members should be aware of the new method when making payment and renewing registration. Members should ensure they have registered for an online NMC account. This will activate your registration reminder emails and allow you to make payment securely. It is important to ensure your personal details are updated each year. If these are inaccurate renewal of registration could be delayed.
If you are due for Revalidation, ensure all evidence has been collated. Information and tools to assist with your evidence of practise are available. Eportfolio is one tool which provides templates, allowing you to document and save your evidence online.
EQUAL PAY UPDATE
Following tireless effort and extensive negotiations a positive result has been achieved. All members who intimated they were happy for IFON to proceed on their behalf with an equal pay claim have now been notified of the details of the outcome of their claim. All successful members will receive their due amounts by the end of 2016.
As you may know The Independent Federation of Nursing is in it’s 21st year this year. We continue to support and represent our members efficiently as we have since 1995.
We will endeavour to continue this support and are always willing to welcome new members to the Union, which represents nurses and nursing assistants all over Scotland.
We are now advertising within the Evening Times and would ask that you raise awareness of this to any nursing staff, and and newly qualified staff, who are looking for the best of service and representation. We would also welcome feedback at any time.
The union is delighted that the negotiations on behalf of IFON members for their Equal Pay Claim has now reached a satisfactory conclusion. The members, on whose behalf IFON was dealing, can now look forward to the monies, won in their claim, to be paid to them. The Chair of IFON Executive Committee, Elaine Shephard, said “we are delighted that we have been successful on behalf of IFON members”.
Mrs O’Neill (General Secretary),myself (Kevin MacIver) and Mr. Patrick McQuillan attended The Nurses Day Event at the Fife the Campus of the University of Dundee.
We were invited along by the President of the Student Association to promote the work of The Independent Federation of Nursing.
The day was considered a great success and it was a pleasure to meet with nursing students at various stages of their training and development.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would especially like to thank Gary Lawson and the University for showing us hospitality at their Campus We look forward to welcoming any new members to IFON.
REMINDER TO ALL Members – Our AGM is being held at the Ifon office this Tuesday 24th May at 6pm. All members welcome. Hope to see you there.
IFON News / Info Update
Our Nursing Scotland magazine has been in circulation for a number of years now. We always have spare copies for prospective members so feel free to contact us if you would like a copy. Our Winter edition 2014/15 content list includes:
- Seasonal Messages from the Archbishop St. Andrews and Edinburgh and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
- Our ongoing ‘Panto’ which is now a regular feature….purely fictitious of course!
- A message from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Support.
The National Autistic Society, Jill Stevenson
Energy Action Scotland, Norman Kerr
New Health Secretary, Shona Robison MSP
Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, Lilian Smith
Health and Care Services and Reforms by RCOP Communications Officer, Euan Duguid
Intermediate Care by Robert Murray of Greenfield Park Care Home
Ensure you are ‘Mesh Aware’ by Guest writer Marion Scott.
…and much more
We also have a regular Soapbox letters where our members and other can ‘offload’ about those things that really ‘get under their skin’! And on that note….
Our readers will be aware of the soapbox letter entitled ‘Dick Turpin NMC’ where the NMC registration fee increase is the subject of the letter and the lack of ‘value for money’ perceived by registrants. This edition has indeed stirred a response from the NMC who now wish to respond to the points raised therein. Our editorial team is dealing with this request and I am sure our Spring edition will include interesting content associated with the NMC response and/ or our members’ views.
NMC – New Code of Conduct for all nurses from 31/03/2015
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has approved a new professional code for registrants which it says will address behavioural issues as well as building on existing standards around practice. The nursing profession’s new practice and behavioural standards ‘bible’ has been refreshed, reinvigorated and modernised to reflect current issues in contemporary practice.
The new code is centred around four main topic areas – prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism. It includes ‘new instructions’ to treat people with compassion and to ensure the physical, social and psychological needs of people are assessed and to exercise candour when any errors or harm have occurred. The brave new world of social media is also referenced as well the critical arena of raising concerns.
Of particular interest is the fact that the ‘Samaritan Acts’ (the provision that nurses and midwives intervene if an emergency occurs outside of their place of work) has been reinserted and after the NMC acknowledged it currently has no public policy on this area.
The NMC have also commited to publish a ‘public facing’ document about the Code that will support public expectation in the application of the contents for patients.
The NMC’s revision of its existing code – last updated in 2008 – is part of its response to the Francis report, which detailed the findings of the public inquiry into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
Equal Pay Update:
Around 100 IFON members submitted a claim for equal pay late 2006. Our Solicitor, with Council’s input have been pursuing this matter with the central legal office on behalf of our paying members. Only recently an agreement has been reached in principle that a positive outcome in terms of compensation payments may be forth coming for the period between 01/04/2006 and 30/09/2006. We will update members as more information is confirmed.