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This week's Nursing Times

Jenni Middleton

'Nursing directors have a tough but crucial job'Subscription

I doubt many jobs in nursing can be called easy but there has probably never been a more difficult time to be a director of nursing. 

Osteoporosis: the clinical nurse specialist role

Osteoporosis: the clinical nurse specialist roleSubscription

Nurses need to be aware of when to refer a patient for specialist treatment

Transparency in drug industry relationships

Transparency in drug industry relationshipsSubscription

A database available from next month aims to make the relationships between health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry more transparent

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Tracheostomy 3: Care of patients with permanent tracheostomySubscription

Patients who have a permanent tracheostomy have complex needs that require specialised care after they have been discharged from hospital

The main barriers to accessing healthcare services in prison are cost and time

Developing a sleep apnoea clinic for prisonersSubscription

Prisoners cannot always access the health services available to the general public, so one nurse set up a clinic to help diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnoea

'Small changes can have a large impact on hospital discharge'

'Small changes can have a large impact on hospital discharge'Subscription

The recent Health Service Ombudsman’s report into unsafe discharge from hospital demonstrates some serious failings into discharge planning from hospital for older patients

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Exclusive: Trusts struggling to stick to agency capsSubscription

Trusts have found it increasingly difficult to comply with caps on the hourly rates paid to agency nurses, as the government-enforced rules have been ratcheted down in the past few months, reveals official data shared with Nursing Times.


Bursary scrapping will spark '6% drop in student numbers' Subscription

Economists have estimated that demand for healthcare courses will drop by at least 6% following the removal of bursaries next year, leading to thousands fewer nurses being trained in 2017.

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Firms given ultimatum amid clash over agency pay capSubscription

Nurse staffing agencies that do not comply with salary caps introduced last month could be ejected from the marketplace, the regulator overseeing the new rules has indicated.


NICE approves three drugs for type 2 diabetesSubscription

Clinicians now have more choice when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes after three drugs were given the official stamp of approval for use by the NHS in England and Wales.

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Student nurses lobby MPs over bursary reformsSubscription

Student nurses and midwives from across the country are to gather at Westminster in London today to lobby members of parliament over the government’s plans to remove bursaries next year.

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Antibiotic scripts fall by 2.6 million in one yearSubscription

The number of prescriptions for antibiotics has fallen by over 2.6 million in one year alone, according to figures revealed by NHS Improvement.


ICU nurse increase helps boost Basildon’s CQC ratingSubscription

Better staffing levels have contributed to an improved critical care rating being awarded to Basildon Hospital by the Care Quality Commission.

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First practice nurse placements start in SurreySubscription

The first student nurse has begun a placement with a general practice, under a new scheme set up by commissioners in Surrey.

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NHS still failing to comply with sharps safety lawsSubscription

A sample of NHS organisations has found more than 80% to be breaching sharps regulations, according to the national watchdog for work-related health and safety.


Scale of NHS staff transfer to private sector revealedSubscription

The scale of the transfer of NHS nursing staff to independent sector providers in recent years has been revealed in new figures.

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