I've 2 people to thank for my extra hour in bed this morning. The first is Judith S who at 12.15 last night reminded me I had an extra hour to write my blog and of course William Willett. Now Willett, (like Judith, was a member of the #EarlyRisersClub - that is people who start their day around 05.00) liked to get a round of golf in first thing in the morning. He didn't understand why so many people stayed in bed while the sun was shining. Willett lobbied the British Government to introduce Daylight Saving Time (DST). He died in 1915 before this was introduced in May of the following year. We have been putting our clocks forward in the Spring and back by 1 hour in the Autumn ever since.
However, human interventions did feature in my reading last week. I read the recently published report The Use of Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in England. IAPT services are NHS approved brief intervention therapies for people with depression or anxiety. Last year there were 1,399,088 new referrals of which 953,522 resulted in people entering treatment. Just over 50% completed their course of treatment, with 55% of patients from the least deprived areas recovering whereas only 35% from the most deprived areas did. Challenging socio-economic factors and the stigmatisation of mental health problems continue to be contributing factors that result in these disappointing outcomes.
Demonstrating reliability and generalisablity in research is critical. I'm not sure the claims made in the Cavell Nurses Trust report 'Skint, shaken, yet still caring'. published last week really demonstrated this. Edith Cavell was a British nurse who during the First World War saved the lives of soldiers from both sides without distinction or favour. The charity provides support and help to the 2152000 nurses, midwives and health care assistants who work in the NHS. Last year they helped some 1400 individuals who for various reasons found themselves in difficult circumstances last year as well as providing £500,000 in financial support.
According to the Office of National Statistics the average UK salary is £27,600. The average nurse salary is £26,252, which compares well to the average salaries of some other employment groups; Occupational Therapists £26,037; Dispensing Opticians, £23,458; Bus Drivers £22,176; Teachers £18,604; and Care Workers £12,650. For others groups the comparisons are not so good; Pilots £90,146; Doctors £69,463; Professors £49,679; Quantity Surveyors £41,086; and Midwives £29,448. Its not clear to me as to why such differences might mean that nurses have greater financial problems than the rest of us.