COMMUNITY SERVICES–Province Strengthening Programs for Personswith Disabilities The province of Nova Scotia reinforced its commitment tostrengthening programs for persons with disabilities in its firstannual report under the Multi-lateral Framework for Labour MarketAgreements for Persons with Disabilities. The report was releasedtoday, Dec. 3, the International Day of Disabled Persons. It reflects the province’s goal to improve accountability forlabour market programs and services for persons with disabilitiesand it will serve as a baseline for future reporting. “It’s important to be able to measure the effectiveness of ourprograms and services to ensure we are meeting the needs ofpersons with disabilities,” said David Morse, Minister ofCommunity Services. “The new framework offers us an opportunityto evaluate and strengthen these programs to better supportlabour market participation for persons with disabilities.” The departments of Community Services, Education and Health havedelivered labour market programs for persons with disabilitiesfor many years — including career counseling, campus-basedsupports, addiction treatments and mental health services. Theseprograms and services are supported by more than $15-million inannual cost-shared funding from the province and the federalgovernment. Following the signing of the labour market agreement in April,Nova Scotia received an additional $800,000 in federal fundingfor this fiscal year. The funding was distributed evenly amongthe three departments to support existing programs and services. The province also began the process of evaluating its programsand services in consultation with the disability community –work that will continue in the coming year. “We are committed to engaging in meaningful, ongoing consultationwith the disability community and will work closely with theDisabled Persons Commission to ensure this happens,” said Mr.Morse. “We’re pleased to see the province’s commitment to consult withthe disability community on programs and services that affectthem,” said Charlie Macdonald, executive director of the DisabledPersons Commission. “It’s a good fit with our mandate, as well asthe theme for this year’s International Day of Disabled Persons,which is Nothing about us without us.” Mr. Morse said the province’s goal is to achieve full inclusionfor people with disabilities. “By working together, the lives of people with disabilities willbe improved,” said Mr. Morse, “and Nova Scotia will reap thebenefits of the many skills and talents they have to offer.” The goal of the multilateral framework is to improve theemployment situation for people with disabilities in Nova Scotiaby enhancing their employability, increasing employmentopportunities available and building on the existing knowledgebase. The first annual report under the framework can be foundon the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/.
A Romanian nurse hired after being interviewed via Skype put patients’ health at risk because his English was so bad, a tribunal has heard.Jean Ruxanda did not know the difference between various dressings or drug doses and was forced to try and lip read colleagues in the operating theatre in a bid to understand what was being said.Consultants and other colleagues at Yeovil District Hospital raised concerns when they discovered Ruxanda could not understand a word they said.A nurse, identified as Ms 2, told the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that she met Ruxanda to discuss the problem a month after he began working there, in December 2015.She suggested he listen to the radio or watched television frequently to help improve his English and said he assured her that he had arranged to have English lessons.Ruxanda, a band five nurse, was employed as a scrub theatre practitioner after an interview conducted over Skype following completion of an induction course – normal practice for the hiring of nurses from abroad.He worked at the hospital until January 2016, when his employment was terminated at the end of his probationary period in January 2016 and he was referred to the NMC. New tests for NHS nursesLanguage tests for overseas nurses were introduced in 2007, but until last year, those who came to the UK from EU countries were exempt from them.New rules introduced in January 2016 required nurses and and midwives from Europe to prove they can speak English well enough to practise safely.However, the rules were subsequently relaxed, allowing nurses from overseas to take a set of language exams in two sittings, using the best scores from each, to achieve a pass.Senior managers and commercial recruitment have recently called for a further weakening of the rules, saying that too many are being turned away for poor English.Regulators are embarking on a “stocktake” of the standards to decide whether to take action.Patients’ groups and the Royal College of Nursing expressed alarm, warning that any drop in standards could jeopardise safety. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The NMC sent Ruxanda seven letters between August 2016 and April 2017 insisting that he complete an English language assessment.However, the regulator received no response. An attempt to contact him by telephone also failed when the number did not connect.Ruxanda was referred to face an NMC tribunal on the grounds that his fitness to practice may have been impaired.He did not attend the hearing having “failed to engage with the NMC” throughout the whole process.The panel concluded he did not have the necessary standard of English to work safely and suspended him for a year.Mary Thomas, for the NMC, said: “The evidence before the panel was that Mr Ruxanda had put patients at a potential risk of harm to his poor handovers and inadequate record keeping.“His working as a nurse whilst being unable to communicate effectively with other staff brought the profession into a disrepute.”“Mr Ruxanda has not engaged with the NMC since August 2016 and therefore there is no evidence before the panel of insight, remorse, or remediation.”If Ruxanda, who is believed to be in his native Romania, wishes to work in the UK again, he will have to complete a English language test, an assessment, and engage fully with the NMC, the panel ruled.
← Previous Story World Championship (W): Spain makes it to the semi-final! Next Story → Big loss for France: William Accambray will miss EHF EURO 2012! Handball-Planet.com Contest for the World’s Best Player in 2011 is coming to the last Stage. Almost 5000 Handball Fans Worldwide voted for the „Best Seven“ Players in this Year in our Poll Question at Facebook. We are still expecting some amount of votes in last 24 Hours of Competition, which are growing hour by hour. Thw Winner isn’t decided yet, so the last Day of Voting will be decisive.The number of votes show that our initiative got strong support from the Fans, Teams and Media around the Globe. The more fans we get to vote, the more Value will our Contest for the World’s Best Player have.Till Friday at 14:00 (2 P.M) all the Handball population will have opportunity to give their opinion. Don’t miss the chance: VOTECurrently, the Leader is the Danish Star, Mikkel Hansen with 27,92% of all votes. Hansen follow, Barcelona’s right back, Hungarian, Laszlo Nagy with 22,31% of votes….STANDINGS:Mikkel Hansen 27,92%Laszlo Nagy 22,31%Danijel Saric 17,71%Uwe Gensheimer 16,53%Hans Lindberg 11,34%Bertrand Gille 3,3%William Accambray 0,80%