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2013: The nursing year in headlines

Nursing has rarely been out of the headlines over the last 12 months. Fran Entwistle reviews the key stories affecting the profession during 2013

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England

January 2013

“Care makers”, Agenda for Change and burnout

Robert Francis QC

February 2013

Francis report and the workforce crisis


March 2013

Government response to Francis and further talk on nurses’ pay

April 2013

12 hour shifts, HCA apprentices and more solid plans for HCA year for potential student nurses

May 2013

Francis responds to Francis response, NHS Direct’s future is uncertain

June 2013

Pensions, staff shortages and Hunt’s “name above the bed” scheme

July 2013

Care certificate for HCAs and the phasing out of the LCP

Older couple sorting out bills

August 2013

Should NHS staff face prison for neglect? Further changes to NHS pensions.

September 2013

NMC rulings and proposal for re-validation

October 2013

Nurse shortages, pressure ulcers and why NMC can no longer strike nurses off for “incompentency”

November 2013

Cancer breakthrough, more nurses leaving and the private health provider who asked NHS for staff

December 2013

A&E targets, good news for nurse training and more pension headlines

End of Year Poll

The Francis Report


In February 2013 and again in October 2013, The Francis Report dominated the nursing headlines.

Speak out Safely


In March 2013, we launched our Speak Out Safely campaign to make it easier for nurses to raise legitimate patient saftey concerns without fear of retribution.

2013 Nursing Times Awards


A glittering night honoured nursing excellence in October 2013, at the prestigious 2013 Nursing Times Awards.

CNO Summit 2013


A positive dawn for nursing transpired at the CNO for England's summit in November 2013. The event was organised in partnership with Nursing Times.


Job of the week

Metropolitan Police

Custody Nurse Practitioners

Starting salary will be between £36,375 and £37,974


Registered General Nurses - Accident & Emergency - Croydon

£21.00 - £30.00 per hour + Limited Company Nurses up to £30 hour

Accident and Emergency Nurse (RGN)-Manchester

£17.09 - £23.93 per hour + Limited Company Nurses welcome

Healthcare Assistant (HCA)- Manchester

£7.20 - £11.52 per hour

Theatre Nurses (RGN), ODP,Recovery,Srcub

£21.50 - £30.10 per hour + Limited Company nurses welcome

Registered General Nurse (RGN), Stockport

£15.00 - £21.00 per hour + Limited Company Nurses welcome