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PNA WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF NEW ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER POSTS AS IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO ADDRESSING ONGOING CRISIS IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (P NA)  today  (Thursday ,5 th July ) welcomed the announcement of ten new Advanced Nurse Practitioner posts to work specifically in the Child and Adolescent Mental  Health Services (CAMHS)  nationally. PNA has consistently called for the appointment of ANPs  to carry out initial  assessments of children and  thereby relieve the current waiting lists for access to CAMHS services  which have built up throughout the country.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said:

‘Today's announcement is a positive step in addressing the current CAMHS crisis in our mental health services.  It is vital now that the appointment of these highly skilled ANPs, as insisted on by PNA and recommended by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care, is accompanied by the investment of significant extra resources in CAMHS nationally.' 

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ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND NOT ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE KEY TO MEETING SOARING DEMANDS FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Sunday, 24 th June) recent comments by the Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly T.D. that online psychiatric consultations  are the answer to meeting the soaring demanding for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)  are misguided and completely ignore the potential role for Advanced Nurse Practitioners in assessing children for admission to CAMHS.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said Minister Daly appears to have adopted a defeatist attitude to the prospect of recruiting consultant psychiatrists and nurses into our mental health services, and instead has declared that he is to be a champion for online delivery of psychiatric assessment and referrals for services.

‘The Minister seems to be in denial as to the extent of the recruitment and retention crisis in our mental health services despite the clear evidence such as the exodus of consultant psychiatrists from the South East  and six months of industrial action by psychiatric nurses in Waterford and Kilkenny in protest at under staffing and lack of services. Instead he is now to champion remote video and online delivery of complex mental health services.'

'Both the PNA and  Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care in its Interim Report  last December  have  proposed that in order to reduce waiting lists that Advanced Nurse Practitioners should be able to provide the initial assessment for access to CAMHS services.'

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PNA WELCOMES HSE DECISION TO REVERSE PLANS TO REDUCE NUMBER OF BEDS IN NEW ACUTE UNIT AT UCHG

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Weds. 13 th June)welcomed the decision by the HSE not to go ahead with a reduction in the number of beds in the new Acute Mental Health Admission Unit at University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) which will be officially opened on June 30 th .  This followed conciliation under auspices of WRC on 29/05/18 and acceptance of same by West Galway PNA Branch.

The PNA said the Unit will now comprise of 50 beds as originally planned instead of 45 beds as announced by the HSE earlier this year. The PNA had strongly opposed the proposed reduction in beds which was in violation of commitments given by the HSE following the closure of 22 beds in Ballinasloe.

PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Rory Kavanagh said:

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Opening Statement from PNA General Secretary , Peter Hughes to the Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care Recruiting Clinicians for Mental Health Services -13th June 2018

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Opening Statement - Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care

Recruiting Clinicians for Mental Health Services

June 13, 2018 - Mr Peter Hughes - Psychiatric Nurses Association

Introduction

Thank you for your invitation to address the Joint Committee on the Future of Mental on the topic of the processes involved in recruiting clinicians for Mental Health Services.

As you are aware there is a major crisis in the Recruitment and Retention of Nurses in the Mental Health Services. This has had a significant impact on the delivery of services resulting in for example:

•  Inadequate Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services.

•  Lack of properly resourced Community Teams

•  No 24-7 Community Crisis Teams.

•  120% bed capacity in Admission Units resulting in the indignity of Service Users sleeping on chairs and mattresses in Kilkenny and Waterford Services.

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PNA SAYS APPOINTMENT OF ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND OPENING OF DAY HOSPITALS ARE KEY TO ADDRESSING GROWING WAITING LISTS FOR ADMISSION TO CAMHS SERVICES

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA)  today (Tuesday 22nd May) called for the introduction of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and the opening of a number of Day Hospitals throughout the country as a means of tackling the worsening crisis in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes, said a meeting of psychiatric nurses working in CAMHS from around the country has unanimously agreed that the HSE must introduce new measures to allow faster access to child and adolescent psychiatric services.  The nurses met in response to new figures released last week   which showed that the number of children and young people waiting over a year to access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services increased by 10% between February and March with the overall waiting list for the service predicted to exceed 3,000 before the year's end if the current trend continues.

Mr Hughes said the figures confirm the experience of psychiatric nurses throughout the country that CAMHS are in chaos as a result of a under-staffing and under – resourcing.

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  1. LATEST INCREASE IN CAMHS WAITING LIST EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND DEMAND ROLE FOR ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN PROVIDING INITIAL ASSESSMENT FOR SERVICES
  2. PNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TOLD PAY COMMISSION MUST DELIVER SIGNIFICANT PAY MEASURES TO ADDRESS NURSING RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  3. INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES COMMENCES IN WATERFORD, AND ESCALATES IN KILKENNY, IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  4. INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES COMMENCES IN WATERFORD, AND ESCALATES IN KILKENNY, IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  5. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES IN WATERFORD REGION BALLOT TO COMMENCE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  6. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES PROTEST IN WATERFORD AND KILKENNY OVER LACK OF SERVICES, UNDERSTAFFING AND OVERCROWDING
  7. LATEST HIQA ARAS ATTRACTA REPORT CONFIRMS EXTENT OF HSE FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT VITAL MANAGEMENT REFORMS
  8. PNA SAYS SEANAD REPORT HIGHLIGHTS AGAIN THE SERIOUS DEFICIENCIES IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO IMPLEMENT REPORT'S RECOMMENDATIONS
  9. UNACCEPTABLE FOR TWO ADULT ADMISSIONS TO SPEND THE NIGHT ON CHAIRS AT WATERFORD PSYCHIATRIC UNIT - PNA
  10. PNA DEMANDS HSE ACTION IN FOLLOW UP TO DAMNING REVIEW OF ROSCOMMON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  11. PNA DESCRIBES LONG AWAITED REVIEW OF ROSCOMMON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AS SHOCKING AND QUESTIONS ROLE OF MANAGEMENT IN IMPLEMENTATION OF REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
  12. PNA DEMANDS NURSING POSTS ARE FILLED URGENTLY TO ADDRESS SAFETY CONCERNS FOR STAFF AND PATIENTS AT KILKENNY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  13. PNA SAYS ATTEMPT BY MINISTER OF STATE JIM DALY TO BLAME UNIONS FOR LACK OF PROGRESS IN HEALTH REFORM AT ODDS WITH REALITY
  14. HSE FIGURES REVEAL UNACCEPTABLE SLOW PACE OF RECRUITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO MEET GROWING DEMAND ACROSS ALL SERVICES
  15. MINSTER McENTEE MUST PROTECT CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES AFTER TALKS FAIL TO AVERT CLOSURE OF 11 CAMHS BEDS AT LINN DARA
  16. PNA CALLS ON MINISTER McENTEE TO INTERVENE TO PREVENT CLOSURE OF LINN DARA CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE BEDS
  17. STATEMENT FOLLOWING MEETING OF IRISH MEDICAL ORGANISATION, IRISH NURSES AND MIDWIVES ORGANISATION AND PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION
  18. ADMISSION OF CHILD TO CHAIR IN ADULT PSYCHIATRIC UNIT UNACCEPTABLE AND HIGHLIGHTS CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SOUTH EAST- PNA
  19. DISCHARGE OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS WITHOUT FULL FAMILY INVOLVEMENT RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE SAYS KAVANAGH
  20. NURSES AT ST. PATRICK'S HOSPITAL TO BALLOT ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION FOLLOWING DECISION TO CLOSE DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SCHEME FROM JUNE
  21. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES LOSE OUT AGAIN IN CONFUSION ON €35 MILLION BUDGET SPENDING COMMITMENT
  22. PNA SAYS RESTORATION OF 2011-2015 GRADUATE INCREMENT POSITIVE FOR EFFORTS TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN NURSING STAFF
  23. MINISTER FOR HEALTH ACCEPTS PAY ANOMALY FOR 2011-2015 GRADUATE NURSES IN MEETING FOLLOWING NURSES PROTEST
  24. PNA IN JOINT CAMPAIGN CALLING FOR END TO PAY ANOMALY FOR 2011-2015 NURSING GRADUATES
  25. ISSUE OF POSTS FOR 2016 PSYCHIATRIC NURSE GRADUATES IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE NORTH WEST RESOLVED
  26. PNA SETTLES DISPUTE AND LIFTS INDUSTRIAL ACTION AFTER AGREEMENT AT WORKPLACE RELATIONS COMMISSION
  27. Industrial Action Update No: 5
  28. Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP's)
  29. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES TO ESCALATE INDUSTRIAL ACTION FOLLOWING LACK OF CONCRETE PROPOSALS FROM HSE ON NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
  30. PNA EXPRESSES ‘DEEP CONCERN’ AT REPORTS INTO GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE NMBI
  31. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES TO BEGIN INDUSTRIAL ACTION TOMORROW (29th June) ON STAFFING CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  32. 'VISION FOR CHANGE' STRATEGY HAS RESULTED IN REDUCED STAFFING, SERVICES AND INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SAYS PNA
  33. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES VOTE TO COMMENCE INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON UNDERSTAFFING AND HSE INACTION ON NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
  34. PNA SUSPENDS THREATENED INDUSTRIAL IN LAOIS/OFFALY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  35. PNA TO BALLOT MEMBERS FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON STAFFING SHORTAGES THROUGHOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  36. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES IN LAOIS OFFALY TO BALLOT ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON UNDERSTAFFING WITH 20% OF POSTS VACANT IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  37. PNA CALLS FOR REVERSAL OF DECISION TO DIVERT MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TO FILL DEFICIT IN HEALTH SPENDING
  38. NEW MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH TO TACKLE DYSFUNCTIONAL SERVICES AND CHAMPION MENTAL HEALTH MUST BE CENTRAL IN GOVERNMENT FORMATION
  39. PNA/RCSI STUDY FINDS 10 YEAR GOVERNMENT MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY NOT IMPLEMENTED AND TRANSFORMATION OF SERVICES NOT ACHIEVED
  40. PNA SAYS 1000 NEW NURSES NEEDED TO MAINTAIN CURRENT LEVELS OF STAFFING IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  41. PNA SAYS MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION REPORT ON CARLOW/KILKENNY/SOUTH TIPP MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WELCOME BUT ISSUES REMAIN WITH REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
  42. PNA WELCOMES ‘CONNECTING FOR LIFE' NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY
  43. PNA AND RCSI TO COLLABORATE ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOR PSYCHIATRIC NURSES
  44. Risk assessment is not clear cut
  45. Vision for Change

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