Issue : 18 December 2012
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Nurse leads hospital out of A&E breachSubscription
Getting all hospital staff – from porters to managers – involved was the key to improving accident and emergency performance at a trust which had been failing the target for years, according to the nurse who led the work.
Scottish nurses are to have their registration fees for a criminal records disclosure service paid for by the NHS.
The threat of care home inspections by regulators over the festive period has been criticised.
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Redundancy threat for 750 staff at Yorkshire trust Subscription
Up to 750 jobs could be axed at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust as it looks to save £50m by 2015.
Anthrax infected drug user diesSubscription
A drug user has died after being infected with anthrax, public health experts have said.
Voluntary regulation of HCAs 'inherently weak'Subscription
The voluntary regulation of healthcare assistants is an “inherently weak” idea that would leave patients at risk, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
Hormonal changes that occur during childbirth may enable women to develop natural barriers against the onset of chronic pain after delivery, two separate studies from the US have confirmed.
Older cancer patients may be missing out on the best treatment as the easier met needs of younger people are prioritised, a survey involving specialist nurses has suggested.
Two nurses and a former nurse have been named as the best in their field at this year’s NHS Leadership Recognition Awards.
Long serving RCN regional director retiresSubscription
The Royal College of Nursing’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber has retired after 30 years with the union.
New nurse led ‘holistic’ lung cancer clinicSubscription
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is piloting a holistic nursing assessment clinic for patients with lung cancer, looking at their psychological and social needs.
Norovirus cases may have hit 880,000Subscription
Almost 880,000 people could have been affected by an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, health officials said.
A new study has found that amoxicillin, an antibiotic typically used to treat coughs and bronchitis, is no more effective than using no medication at all.
'Half of men to get cancer by 2027'Subscription
Half of all British men are likely to be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime by the year 2027, experts predict.
Nurses pay increases, but less than NHS managersSubscription
Nurses have seen their average basic pay increase by just 0.7% while NHS managers have seen their pay rocket by 2%.
Four ambulance staff and a hospital worker have been arrested by police in connection with the death of a man outside an accident and emergency department earlier this year.
'I find it really hard to say no to patients' Subscription
Before I started my training, I imagined I would sweep around the wards, being at my patients every beck and call.
Extra whiplash treatment 'not cost-effective'Subscription
Normal care for whiplash is as effective as more expensive and thorough treatment, a new study has suggested
Squeezing breasts 'can stop cancer'Subscription
A little squeeze may be all that it takes to prevent malignant breast cells triggering cancer, research has shown
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No NHS availability for cancer drugsSubscription
A drug which can delay the growth of advanced ovarian cancer should not be widely available on the NHS, NICE has said
Hospitals face a “zero-tolerance” approach to MRSA and long waits for treatment, as well as new fines, under the NHS Commissioning Board’s planning guidance.
Routine NHS services should be available seven days a week, the NHS Commissioning Board has announced.
Gifts for sick children stolenSubscription
Christmas presents destined for sick youngsters at Great Ormond Street Hospital have stolen by thieves.
Monday blues may increase likelihood of DNAsSubscription
Patients are more likely to skip primary care appointments at the start of the week, possibly because they feel unhappier, according to Scottish researchers.
The idea that university education erodes the compassion out of student nurses is ludicrous, argues Sarah Kendal
England is one of the few countries in the EU where a major cause of preventable death is on the increase. We need to take action to tackle this issue, says Sally Davies
Directors of nursing will have to rubber stamp the safety of plans to make efficiency savings in hospitals and community services in future, under the latest operating instructions for the NHS.
All NHS staff told to embrace nursing's '6Cs'Subscription
All NHS staff – not just nurses and midwives – have been told they must “embrace” the values of patient care set out in the national nursing strategy for England.
The 18 December was an important day for the NHS. The new NHS Commissioning Board set out its guidance on how the health service will be run when it takes over from the Department of Health in April.
Five of the 34 new clinical commissioning groups that were approved this week do not have a nurse in place on their board yet, despite it being mandatory, Nursing Times has learnt.
Brief intervention for alcohol misuseSubscription
Brief interventions - ’having a word’ at the right time - can be effective in making people reconsider their drinking behaviour and cut their alcohol intake significantly
Nurse specialists can support patients through the gender dysphoria care pathway
Developing mental health services in Rwanda Subscription
After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the need to educate people and establish mental health services were identified as vital aspects of rebuilding the country
A new head of children’s nursing has been appointed at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Too many cleft palates 'found late'Subscription
A high number of babies with a cleft palate are being diagnosed late, a report has found.
Doctors must be more sympathetic to pregnant women in danger of losing their babies, according to a new report.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland is to recruit up to 1,000 graduate nurses and midwives in the new year.