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NurChat 28/03/17 – World Health Day: Let’s talk depression

World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7th April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation. Each year, a particular area of focus is chosen that is in need of increased awareness and is of concern around the world.

This year, we’re talking about depression. And that short phrase encompasses so much about the aims of this year’s World Health Day. Depression – and crucially – talking about it.

It’s thought that around 3 in every 100 people have depression with even more experiencing a combination of mental health issues (Ref: Mind). Depression doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anyone in any part of the world and at any time. Debilitating and sometimes deadly, it can remove a person’s ability to function independently, destroy relationships and cause feelings of hopelessness to such an extent that someone takes their own life. An estimated 90% of people who attempt or die by suicide have one or more mental health issues. (Ref: NHS Choices) and over 6,000 people committed suicide in the UK in 2015 (Ref: ONS).

Some years ago, depression was labelled ‘a major health problem’ for some residents in nursing home settings (ref: Nursing Times). Residents without cognitive impairment and younger residents were prone to depression, so is this is still a common health risk?

It’s not just our patients and service users who can suffer with depression, what about our own mental wellbeing? Working in healthcare, whether in a nursing, care or medical role can mean extended periods of stress and pressure, coping with competing priorities and changing workloads. In recent months, the news that at least four junior doctors have taken their own lives in Australia reminds us that workplace difficulties can be a key influence in our mental wellbeing (Ref: The Guardian).

Join in with #NurChat on 28 March at 8pm when we’ll be talking about everything to do with depression.

If you’re a #NurChat newbie and taking part in a twitter chat is completely alien to you, why not check out our simple how to join #NurChat guide here. If you’re new to twitter and want to test it out, just tweet us @NurChat and we can chat!

From 2016, all nurses going through the 3 year registration renewal with the NMC will need to evidence that they are working in adherence to The Code.

According to the NMC, “Revalidation is the process that all nurses and midwives will need to engage with to demonstrate that they practise safely and effectively throughout their career.” Currently being piloted in several organisations, it’s expected that the requirements will be finalised by October 2015 with the first group to revalidate going through in April 2016.

The aim of the scheme is to improve public protection by ensuring registrants are up to date with current practise. The (provisional) requirements are:

  • 450 practice hours
  • 40 hours of CPD
  • 5 pieces of practice-related feedback
  • 5 reflections and discussion
  • Health and character declaration
  • Professional indemnity arrangement
  • Confirmation from a third party (poss. line manager)

Nurses and Midwives will need to produce evidence to meet each of these requirements, however it’s anticipated that some will struggle. Appraisals may not always happen on an annual basis, and leave to attend the participatory learning is likely to be difficult to obtain.

For all nurses and midwives, revalidation is something we need to be thinking about now. So in this #NurChat, we’ll be asking how prepared are you?

  • Have you ever had your portfolio requested?
  • What does a portfolio look like and how do you maintain it?
  • Has your employer stated how they will be supporting you?
  • Do you think you will struggle to get leave to attend CPD activities?
  • Does feedback happen regularly for you?
  • Do you have a support network of other nurses to discussion your written reflections with?

We are excited to be joined by Dr Katerina Kolyva (@KaterinaKolyva), Director of Continued Practice from the NMC for this chat.

Join in this #NurChat from 8pm UK time on Tuesday 7th July 2015.

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Further reading:

Revalidation The NMC

Revalidation: what nursing staff need to know The RCN