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This week's Nursing Times

Jenni Middleton

'Students should not be propping up the NHS'Subscription

We’ve heard concerns about the proposed removal of the bursary expressed by student nurses, university deans and nursing unions. 

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Using a CBT approach to manage low back painSubscription

Low back pain is a major cause of disability and a financial burden on healthcare. A training programme was developed to treat it with a cognitive behavioural approach


Designing services in partnership with patientsSubscription

Through experience-based co-design, patients’ views about their care and treatment can be explored so that simple but effective changes can be made to improve services

healthcare staff

Improving staff retention and career progressionSubscription

One trust developed a job transfer programme to improve job satisfaction, promote staff progression and reduce the number of skilled staff leaving the organisation

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How mindfulness can benefit nursing practiceSubscription

Mindfulness can positively affect how nurses feel and cope with the pressures of their work, thereby resulting in better self-care and improved patient outcomes

Marie Curie

'Arranging care for my family laid bare the information gaps'Subscription

My immediate and wider family is getting older and I am increasingly being asked to help them make important decisions about care.

District community nurse home visit carer

PNs taking on home visits due to community pressuresSubscription

Workload pressures are increasingly forcing a change in dynamic between the traditional roles of community and practice nurses, suggests report that paints a picture of a system in “crisis”.

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Influential MP calls for phased approach to bursary cutsSubscription

The chair of the Commons health select committee has suggested that the government’s plans to remove bursaries for student nurses should be phased in rather than completely abolished.

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

NE trust tops sickness absence table for third yearSubscription

An acute trust has topped the hospital trust sickness absence table for three years in a row, new data reveals.

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NICE provisionally backs drugs for cholesterol disordersSubscription

Final draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended two new treatment options for patients with cholesterol conditions that up cardiovascular risk.

Labour Party

Labour MPs attack ending of bursary but lose voteSubscription

Government plans to remove student bursaries for nurses and other healthcare students in England are “riddled with risk” and are a gamble on NHS staff numbers needed for patient safety, Labour MPs have warned.

People with dementia may reactivate distressing memories from the past

Care homes residents ‘abandoned’ by primary careSubscription

Elderly care home residents with dementia are being left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated because they have been “all but abandoned by primary care”, claim providers.

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No heart benefit from pre- and post-op statinsSubscription

Short-term treatment with statins before and after heart surgery does more harm than good, suggests major new research that casts doubt on current guidance.

Jane Cummings

CNO highlights ‘positive contribution’ of midwivesSubscription

The maternity transformation plan represents an “exciting opportunity” for the midwives, the chief nursing officer for England has said in a blog to mark the International Day of the Midwife.

Hexham general hospital

'Remarkable' trust given regulator’s top ratingSubscription

Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust has become the fourth in the country to be rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

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Two-thirds believe UK spends too little on NHSSubscription

Almost two-thirds of people in the UK believe too little public money is spent on health care, according to a new poll.