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Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Staff shortage remains at Colchester as CQC demands urgent action

4-Sep-2015 | By Helen Mooney

Colchester General Hospital has been told it must make rapid improvements on its surgery and medical care inpatient wards after the Care Quality Commission found a series of problems including staffing shortages and poor record completion.

Staff not confident NHS will hit £22bn savings target, finds survey

4-Sep-2015 | By Helen Mooney

More than 95% of NHS staff do not feel confident the health service’s £22 billion efficiency savings target will be met by 2020, according to a survey.

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'We must all be confident using evidence to shape our practice'

'We must all be confident using evidence to shape our practice' Subscription Required


Reflecting on the term “evidence-based” can fill nurses with dread.

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Vital signs monitoring in hospitals at night Subscription Required


A review of vital signs monitoring through the night in hospitals found compliance with schedules was generally poor, with potentially serious consequences for patients

Assessing the pulse rate in adult patients

Assessing the pulse rate in adult patients Subscription Required


Pulse assessment is a vital component of good nursing care. Nurses must feel confident in their ability to accurately measure the pulse to assess patients’ health statuses

Setting standards for high-quality placements

Setting standards for high-quality placements Subscription Required


Standards were developed to help give organisations offering clinical placements confidence that their placements provide high-quality realistic learning opportunities

Using hospital at home to reduce admissions

Using hospital at home to reduce admissions Subscription Required


Two clinical commissioning groups aimed to improve the patient experience and reduce hospital admissions by devising a “hospital at home” community care service

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Reflecting on practice is useful for all staff

A new model of reflection for clinical practice Subscription Required


Reflecting on practice and critical incidents is valuable, but complex frameworks can be hard to remember. A new model has been created to simplify the process.

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Anaphylaxis management: Importance of better informed prescribing

It is estimated that one in 1,333 members of the English population has experienced a severe allergic reaction during their lives. Anaphylaxis affects the airway, breathing, circulation or a combination of the three.

Helen Rooke

Life outside the NHS

Helen Rooke, a qualified nurse for 18 years, shares how her nursing career has progressed since she joined the private sector

Katie Mansfield-Loynes

In praise of gerontology

Katie Mansfield-Loynes, Barchester Healthcare’s head of clinical learning and development, feels it’s time for a revolution in the care of older people

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Exclusive: Nurse education failing to keep up with new care models


Senior nurses have warned that nursing education is currently failing to ensure practitioners are fit for future models of care, which will require an increasing ability to move between care settings and harness a wider range of skills.

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Eileen Shepherd

The patients we choose not to touch


I recently read the novel Even the Dogs, which is a fascinating insight into the lives of homeless and vulnerable people.

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'Substance misuse nurses are becoming jaded'

Ishbel Straker has seen substance misuse nursing change during her career and believes services are undervaluing nurses and stunting their professional growth

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