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Cavell Trust announces new ‘safety net’ for nurses

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'Working with' aims to create a nurses safety net 'Working with' aims to create a nurses safety net

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust is seeking to establish a ‘safety net’ for struggling nurses by calling on hospital trusts, private health companies and health care recruiters to get involved with its new ‘Working with’ programme.

The charity, which provides support for nurses suffering hardship, is struggling with increasing demand for its services. In 2016 roughly 2000 nurses (a 36% rise from 2015) contacted the Trust because they were experiencing either financial, physical or mental distress. So far this year, the number of calls for help has increased by a further 32% as the effects of low pay, longer hours and staffing pressures mount.

Chief Executive at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, John Orchard, said: ‘At some point in our lives we’ll all need care. This is true for our proud caring professionals too and you can’t read the news without hearing mention of the struggles nursing professionals are facing.

‘Working with members are standing together to get nurses back on their feet. This is vital to organisations which rely on nurses to function and because nurses do so much for us all it’s vital for society too.’

The need for the ‘Working with’ to programme was starkly illustrated recently as new statistics revealed that nurses are twice as likely as the national average to experience financial hardship (despite being in-work) and are three times more likely to suffer domestic abuse.

With the recent calls to healthcare providers to join the ‘Working with’ programme, the Cavell Nurses’ Trust is hoping to incorporate more and more organisations so that nurses can receive the help and support that they routinely, without second-thought, offer to those in their care.

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