Sir David Alexander Warren Appointed Nursing and Midwifery Council Chair

Sir David Warren has today (Monday 21 June) been appointed as Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This follows the departure of Philip Graf who stepped down in December due to ill health. Sir David takes over from Acting Chair, Karen Cox.

As Chair, Sir David will lead the NMC’s governing Council in realising our vision – of safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery that improves everyone’s health and wellbeing – and working collaboratively with the Executive Team on our key priorities. These include reducing our fitness to practice caseload, delivering new post registration standards and working with Government to deliver better, safer regulation across the UK.

Sir David was previously British Ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, after a career in the British Diplomatic Service focused on East Asian affairs, and a period on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Board of Management (2004 to 2007). He was Chair of the Council at the University of Kent from 2014 to 2020, and is a non-executive Director of Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust.

In 2012, Sir David was made Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Commenting on his appointment, Sir David Warren, Chair of the NMC’s Council, said:

“I’m delighted to have been appointed Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

“In recent times, nursing and midwifery professionals have inspired people across the UK with their hard work and determination. I’m looking forward to being part of the NMC’s journey, transforming what we do, how we do it and supporting professionals to deliver high quality care for those who need it.

“I’m particularly excited about working with our partners in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Together we can better understand how we can continue to improve the way we regulate and protect the public.”

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Sir David as our new Chair. His considerable experience and expertise will help the NMC go from strength to strength in embedding our values and achieving our ambitions of becoming a better, fairer regulator. I’m looking forward to us working together and I know I will benefit from his wise counsel and advice.

“On behalf of everyone, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Karen. She has been fantastic leading, supporting and challenging us over the past nine months in her role as Acting Chair. And I pay tribute to Philip’s previous excellent leadership and the legacy he left which Sir David will undoubtedly build on.”

Karen Cox, Deputy Chair of the Council, said:

“It’s been a fantastic experience chairing the Council but I’m pleased to hand over the reins and to welcome Sir David into his new role. His experience and dedication to public service will undoubtedly help the NMC as we continue our journey, improving the way we regulate, supporting the public, our professionals and our partners and positively influencing the context for learning and care.”

ENDS

Borno State College of Nursing and Midwifery Suspends 30 Students for Not Welcoming Buhari

At least 30 students have been suspended by the management of the Borno State College of Nursing and Midwifery for refusing to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari when he visited the state on June 17.

A letter of suspension from the college to one of the students obtained by SaharaReporters showed that they were suspended for one week from June 21 to June 28 over the action.

The letter reads, “You are hereby suspended from the college for one week with effect from today 21st June 2021 for disobedience of executive order to welcome the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, GCON (on the 17th of June 2021).

“You are expected to report back to college on the 28th of June 2021 along with your parent or guardian.”

Speaking to SaharaReporters, a staff member of the school said about 30 students were affected.

“Thirty of the students were suspended, not one. I don’t know when it now became compulsory to go and greet the President in the sun. Even we staff members were forced to go and welcome him,” he said.

SaharaReporters had on June 17 reported that the state governor, Babagana Zulum, paid N350 million to mobilise the crowd for the visit of Buhari to the state.

It had been exposed that the governor considered the spending necessary to ensure that the Nigerian leader was not booed during his official visit to the state on Thursday. 

SaharaReporters had reported that there were fears ahead of the President’s visit that he would be greeted by protesters or booed because of the insecurity in the state. 

“It cost Zulum N350 million to mobilise the crowd they touted as Buhari’s supporters,” a source in Borno State government had told SaharaReporters. 

“When President Buhari visited Lagos last week, they had to fly him over the city in a chopper because of a hostile crowd,” another source had added. 

Governor Zulum had earlier urged residents to show appreciation to President Buhari during his visit.

The governor in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday gave reasons the people of the state should honour the President when he arrived in Maiduguri.

Borno is the epicentre of insurgency war in Nigeria. 

The state has been at the end of incessant deadly attacks by terrorist groups–Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), and many residents have grown frustrated with the Buhari government. 

Ahead of his election in 2015, Buhari promised to defeat Boko Haram but six years into his government, that promise has not been fulfilled.

In February 2020, residents of the state booed the President as his convoy drove in and when it was leaving Maiduguri, Borno State, during a condolence visit.

The residents were heard shouting in Hausa “Bama so, ka samu a kunya.” Meaning “We don’t want you, because you have disappointed us.”

Buhari, during his recent visit to Borno, however, said he was committed to serving Nigerians as a result of the love shown to him.

http://saharareporters.com/2021/06/24/update-how-borno-school-suspended-30-nursing-students-not-welcoming-buhari-during

National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna Admission into Post Basic ENT Nursing 2021/2022

The School Invites Applications from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the 2021/2022 academic session. The course is being run by the School of Post Basic Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Nursing for a period of Twelve (12) Months 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT 

Candidates seeking for admission into the Programme must 

  1. Possess SSCE/WAEC/NECO/NABTEB Certificate with minimum of Five (5) Credit Passes in not more than two sittings which should include: Mathematics. English Language. Physics. Chemistry and Biology. 
  2. Be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria as a Registered General Nurse with a current practicing license 
  3. Have approval of one year release from employer 
  4. Haying Degree in Nursing and Two or More years of experience in the clinical setting especially ORL Clinic will be an added advantage 

METHOD OF APPLICATION 

Interested candidates are to obtain application forms online obtainable at www.schoolnecckaduna.com.ng on payment of a non-refundable sum of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000) only through remita (RRR)

DURATION OF SALES OF FORMS 

All application forms are to be filled and submitted online on or before end of 30th July, 2021, for further processing. 

For further Enquiries, Please Contact:

The School Coordinator 

Mrs. Faleke Sarah Apeabu

08062460996, 08150732527

(NB: Calls are only entertained within working hours – 9:00am to 5:00pm) email: spbentkaduna@gmail.comorlnursing@necckaduna.gov.ng

Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Renal Nursing Admission 2021/2022

This is to inform the general public, that applications are invited from suitably and qualified candidates into AKTH School of Post Basic Nephrology Nursing leading to the award of diploma in Renal Nursing for the 2021/2022 Academic session.

Duration of Training: 1 full year

Cost of Application form: N11,000

Entry Requirements

i) RN with current practicing license from Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

ii) Minimum of one year post registration experience 

iii) SSCE (WAEC /NECO/NABTEB) Certificate with minimum of five (5) credits in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics obtained in not more than two (2) sittings.

Screening

Shortlisted Candidates that meet the requirements will be invited for interview.

Please note that, application is online and will be closed two weeks from the date of this advertisement.

How To Apply

1. PAY THE REQUIRED AMOUNT THROUGH REMITA

Steps to make REMITA payment:

  1.  Select (select Bills & Purchases)
  2. Select (Pay Billers)
  3. Who do you want to pay? (Type Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital)
  4. Name of Services/Purposes (Select :SHIM TRAINING SERVICES/CHO/Post Basic Nephrology Nursing Services/Post Basic Pediatric Nursing Service)
  5. Amount To Pay (Put the Amount)

 Fill in all necessary details and print REMITA Form

2.ATTACH THE PAYMENT RECEIPT WITH RRR AND SEND TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL

info@akthschools.com

you can add your name and state in the email

3.REGISTER ON THE SITE WITH YOUR SELECTED USERNAME AND PASSWORD

Your Account will be approved if your payment is verified Mostly within 24 hours. click here to register

For more information please contact these numbers: 08027142257, 08039744155 and 08061625642.

SIGNED:

ASSOCIATE PROF. AUWAL UMAR GAJIDA

CHAIRMAN, MEDICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Changes On How to Book UK NMC Computer Based Test

We are making some small changes to the way CBTs are booked to accommodate the new two part test launching in August.

At the moment when candidates book their CBT, they’re automatically presented with the test they need to take to complete their application. As we move from the current test to the new test, candidates will need to carefully select the right CBT for their application from a drop-down menu.

From tomorrow, candidates booking or rescheduling an existing appointment for the current test will only be able to select a delivery date up to 1 August. Booking for a nursing associate CBT stays the same.

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more information about how these changes may affect you, including the launch date for the new ToC.

CBT fees

We’ve met our commitment to keep the fee for sitting both parts of the new CBT at £83, following our earlier fee reductions from £120.  

If candidates are required to re-sit the test, the following test fees will apply:

  • Part A and Part B: £83
  • Part A only: £50
  • Part B only: £70

The fee for the OSCE stays the same at £794, down from £992 in 2019.

How to Apply for Nigeria NMCN Online Verification for Nurses

Nigeria Nursing regulatory body otherwise called the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has begin online verification application for applicants going to the United Kingdom. Although the body earlier released a circular and promised to begin accepting online application for verification from 25th of May, 2021, the verification link was just released this morning. Below is the verification application link:

https://portal.nmcn.gov.ng/verification_requests/start

To begin your application simply pick your registration type Registered Nurse, Registered Midwives or Registered Mental Health Nurse. This process is for only those who have done their PUF.

Input your registration number in the next box and then your email.

Proceed and you will taken to the next stage which will show online your name and Gender.

Click on next and you will see your full name, verification number, the fees which is N18725 and then the payment method. Select the payment method and continue

The next page will be a page to enter your payment information. Total amount to pay is N19099.50. Enter your card details and make the payment.

Immediately after the payment you will receive an email from NMCN, click on the email and you will be taken to the NMCN verification page where you will need to upload your license and other documents. Then complete the form with the following:

Organizational Name: Nursing and Midwifery Council UK

Email Address: Overseas.enquiries@nmc-uk.org

Phone Number: +442073339333

Address: 23 Portland Place W18 1PZ

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

NMC PRN: The number on your UK NMC Page

NMC UK Application Ref: The number in the email sent to you by UK NMC after the payment of £140

You can track your verification by using this site https://portal.nmcn.gov.ng/ConfirmVerification

Note: This is only for those going to UK. Those going to other countries are to use the paper application

2021 Shielding End Date in England and Wales Announced

Extremely vulnerable people who have been shielding can now come off as shielding is officially coming to an end from today March, 31st in both England and Wales according to News reports.

The change is coming due to the decline in the number of new cases and hospital admissions from Covid. Letters have been dispatched to affected people estimated to be about 4 million.

Who is considered clinically extremely vulnerable?

According to the NHS Website, clinically vulnerable people are people who have:

  • Have had an organ transplant
  • Are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy
  • Are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer
  • Are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)
  • Have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)
  • Have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • Have been told by a doctor you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)
  • Have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)
  • Are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppressant medicine)
  • Have a serious heart condition and are pregnant
  • Have a problem with your spleen or your spleen has been removed (splenectomy)
  • Are an adult with Down’s syndrome
  • Are an adult who is having dialysis or has severe (stage 5) long-term kidney disease
  • Have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of your needs

How To Create CGFNS Account For New Zealand Nursing Board

This is a part of New Zealand Board of Nursing Registration series. The first step is registration with CGFNS for verification of foreign credentials. Below is a Step-by-Step guide to creating an account with CGFNS.

Step 1: First complete the application here Register (force.com) . After signing up, you should receive an email from CGFNS, just click on the link inside the email in order to activate your account.

Step 2: Logi into your CGFNS account for New Zealand registration using this link Login (force.com)

Step 3: Click on Service Selector then select the Licensure for New Zealand Board of Nursing and then Select Registered Nurse and click on the submit button.

Step 4: Click on My Profile on the top right hand corner of your CGFNS homepage.

Step 5: Click on Personal Information on the right side and then complete your personal information and click on submit after completing the information. Once the submit button is clicked, the information will be registered. Without clicking the submit button, the information you entered won’t be saved.

Step 6: Repeat the same for Contact Information

Step 7: For Identity document first click on Add New Identity Document and then complete the information and click submit. Repeat the same for your second identity document and click submit to make the information registered.

Step 8: For Education, click Add New Education History and complete each form. Do this for your Primary School, Secondary School and Nursing Education while clicking on the submit button each time you complete the educational history. You won’t be asked to send your primary or secondary school results or transcripts, you only need transcripts from your tertiary or nursing education.

Step 9: Complete the Employment history by adding new employment and don’t forget to click the submit button in order for it to be updated.

Step 10: For licensure repeat the process by including all the jurisdictions where you are registered. Include the dates you write the qualifying exams and click on submit for each licensure. Repeat the same thing for language proficiency, Continuing Education among others and click on submit.

Finally if you haven’t picked your profession before pick Registered Nurse and proceed to make the application fees payment of $300.

Note: After making the payment, you would receive email from CGFNS confirming the payment and asking you to wait for 3 days to receive approval for the download of the forms.

At this point you can proceed to notarize your identity documents. You can do so by making a photocopy of the documents and go with both the original to either police station, post office or court to notarize the photocopy. You will be required to upload the notarized copy later.

If you have current documents with CGFNS USA before now, you can ask CGFNS New Zealand to retrieve the documents so you won’t need to send it to them again.

After like few minutes to three days, you will receive approval from CGFNS to proceed to download your forms and proceed to sending your transcript from your Nursing school, verification from Nursing Boards and employment verification.

You should read How To Request For Verification With UK NMC

COVID Vaccine: Nurses Fault FG as Alleged Vaccine Sale Surfaces

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was satisfied with the turnout of Nigerians for COVID-19 vaccination as the number of vaccinated persons rose to 325,514.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuiab, who stated this in a text message to one of our correspondents, said the progress recorded was better than what government envisaged.

The NPHCDA boss said this as the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives said it was not carried along in the exercise.

Also on Thursday, as allegations of the sale of the vaccine surfaced in Lagos, the state government challenged anybody with proof of the illegal act to present it.

Recall that Shuaib on Wednesday accused Lagos State of jettisoning the vaccination guidelines of the NPHCDA.

In response to an enquiry by The PUNCH on Thursday, Shuaib wrote, “We have obtained information from Lagos State Honourable Commissioner of Health that they don’t have a parallel system. They explained that it’s the same district health immunisation system 2.”

Asked if he was satisfied with the turnout for the vaccination, he stated, ‘Yes I am. The progress is better than what we anticipated.”

We are not carried along, say nurses

But the National President of the NANNM, Mike Nnachi, in an interview with one of our correspondents, faulted the exercise.

He said he had thought that government would seek the association’s audience in the administration of the vaccine on nurses across the country.

He said, “The thing is that I thought the association would be involved to mobilise our people, but up till now, we have not heard anything.

“Even when it started, I thought the association would be approached. We are ever willing because we are part of government so but when such was not forthcoming, there was nothing I could do.”

When asked if the association was satisfied with the vaccination, Nnachi said, “I thought that we should have been involved because our members are frontline health workers. There is no way the vaccine can be given without a nurse. Everyone knows that it is our core area; administration of injection, but we cannot fight anybody because government is our own. We are part of government.”

E-registration mandatory – Lagos

On his part, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement on Thursday, urged residents of the state, who were qualified for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination, to register at registration portal before visiting any of the 88 vaccination sites.

He stated, “We encourage all Lagosians hoping to be vaccinated according to the qualification criteria for phase one to strictly utilise the pre-registration portal provided by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and get a schedule vaccination appointment before visiting the vaccination site as scheduled.”

The commissioner explained that after a successful pre-registration, a vaccination ID would be generated by the portal with a confirmation text message and email sent to each enrollee.

“The generated pre-registration ID, confirmation text message and a valid means of identification are the guarantees that an eligible person who fits into phase one of vaccination would be attended to when he visits any of the 88 vaccination sites as scheduled, to get the COVID vaccine”, he said.

Lagos demands proof as residents decry vaccine sales at centres

Meanwhile, some Twitter users on Thursday alleged that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was being sold in Lagos.

A twitter user, @irizzzy alleged that the vaccine was being sold for N100,000, while @ulxma said she witnessed the vaccine being sold at Ikate Primary Health Centre.

@irizzzy wrote, “100k for vaccine? Nigeria is gone.”

Also, @ulxma, wrote, “I think the people who dragged that lady for saying that Nigerian health centres are selling the vaccine owe her a huge apology. I’m presently at a health centre in Ikate and people are coming with SUVs and having vaccine sold to them before our very eyes. I’m pissed!”

But the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, challenged anyone with the proof that the COVID-19 vaccine was being sold to come forward.

Omotoso, in an interview with one of our correspondents, also said it was not true that the state had a separate portal for the registration.

“Lagos is still leading other states in the vaccination drive. We have vaccinated over 88,000 people now. Many other states have yet to start. There are hitches here and there, but not the type that cannot be surmounted. Most of the problems we have come from the slowness of the server of the portal and the network issues. Such problems have been causing congestion at the vaccination centres.

“The people that are entitled to it are well spelt out; frontline workers, who could even be drivers of ambulances, doctors, nurses, laboratory attendants, policemen, journalists and the military people. People have said that foreigners are being given preferential treatment because they have been able to bribe officials. That is wrong. You can be a foreigner and be a frontline worker.

“Lagos has no portal apart from the one that the Federal Government has created and we are not ready to follow any other protocol apart from the one from the Federal Government. It could be a kind of misunderstanding that must have been sorted out now.

“Anybody with a proof of where COVID-19 vaccine is being sold in Lagos should bring the proof. I can assure the person that the Lagos State Government is going to punish whoever is involved. That was what they said about the Police Clinic in Falomo and we made an unscheduled visit to the place today (Thursday). We saw what was going on there and it was in order. The only problem they have is that they don’t have enough cards and people were complaining that they have been there for long.”

Also reacting to the allegation, the National President of NANNM, Nnachi, warned members of the association against involving in the illegal act.

He said “I am not aware of that. Government has said that it must not be sold. If anybody does that, that person is working against the government.”

The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Adetunji Adenekan, said he was not aware that COVID-19 vaccine was being sold in the state.

He said, “The NMA Lagos is satisfied with the way the vaccination is being carried out in the state so far. What we are trying to do is to encourage all our members to go for the vaccination.

“An appreciable number of our members have been vaccinated, but we want more of them to go for the vaccination.

“Whatever hiccups that have been noticed are just mild administrative lapses and they are usually corrected immediately.”

Adenekan said a total of 33,672 health workers have been vaccinated so far in Lagos State.

Out of 325,514 Nigerians that took the vaccine as of Wednesday, 30,704 people were vaccinated in Ogun State, Bauchi, 30, 538, Kaduna, 24,745 and Jigawa, 22,265.

As of Tuesday, Nigeria had vaccinated 215,277 persons.

Credit: Lagos kicks, nurses fault FG as alleged vaccine sale surfaces (msn.com)

You Can Now Book Your Day 2 & Day 8 Covid Testing Package for £170

International arrivals to the United Kingdom who are aged 5 years and above are mandated to purchase the Day 2 and Day 8 COVID Testing package before their arrival. The reference which serves as evidence of purchase must be entered into the Passenger locator form which must be filled within 2 days before your travel. This is in addition to providing a negative COVID result for those who are aged 11years and above.

Many international travellers tend to use only CTM because the direct link to the test provider is located on the passenger locator form. However, many travelllers are not aware that there are cheaper alternatives approved by the UK government to carry out the Day 2 and Day 8 COVID test. You can save as much as £40 by ordering your test package from another service provider rather than paying £210.

Below are the list of providers where you can order Day 2 and Day 8 COVID Testing Kits at a Cheaper rate:

DON’T FORGET TO ALWAYS PICK DAY 2 AND DAY 8 TESTING PACKAGE BEFORE YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER

Click on the name in the first column to go to the homepage of the lab, don’t forget to share with others

Now Test, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England)info.form@nowtest.com+44 (0)20 3488 7870£170.00 
Nationwide Pathology Limited, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England)covid@nationwidepathology.co.uk+44 (0)1858 571 322£175.00 
Latus Health, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England)covidtesting@latushealth.co.uk+44 (0)844 351 0378£175.00 
001 Doctor UK, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England)tests@001doctor.uk+44 (0)20 8087 2469£170.00 
Expert Medicals, partnered with OncologicaNationwide (England)mail@expert-medicals.co.uk+44 (0)1274 397 650£190.00