Issue : 2 November 2016
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Nicolette Peel talks about motherhood, midwifery, and her charity Mummy’s Star
“Worried well ‘make themselves sick’,” reports The Daily Telegraph.
Plans to develop the forthcoming nursing associate role have been drawn up at a “helter skelter” pace and have been “rushed”, leaving insufficient time for the profession to scrutinise what the new role will be able to do and how it will be trained, it has been claimed.
MHRA urges nurses to report drug side effectsSubscription
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has launched a social media campaign to promote reporting of suspected side effects, as part of an European Union-wide awareness week.
Revelations that nursing associates will be trained to calculate drug doses, administer controlled medications and work independently have sparked concerns about the future role of nurses and prompted further calls for those trained in the new position to be regulated.
A full investigation into the death of a baby that led to the exposure of a major NHS care scandal has been carried out by the trust responsible for his care eight years after his death.
Health Education England’s chief executive has warned that it would be up to trusts and universities to fund any expansion of nurse training places in 2018.
Patients’ lives could be put at risk if pharmaceutical companies stray away from the widely recognised colour coding of inhalers used to treat asthma, respiratory experts have warned.
A South East London hospital has been criticised by inspectors over “instances of poor care” on medial wards and long waits in its accident and emergency department.
A review is underway of public health nursing posts and other roles in Nottinghamshire, with around 40 redundancies expected, as part of a major service redesign.
Weekly news summary: 5 November 2016Subscription
Details of what the forthcoming nursing associate role in England will be trained to do have emerged this week, including the ability to calculate drug doses and independently administer controlled medications.
Can you advise this student nurse?
The latest rise in the prevalence of obesity among primary school children is “no surprise”, because “vital” public health nursing roles are under threat, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
Cumbria nurses defend radical public health plans Subscription
A radical shake-up of public health services for children in Cumbria will ensure better support for families, despite reduced funding, according to nurses leading and delivering the new model.
Local authorities across England are consulting on plans to revamp public health services for children and young people that could affect nursing roles and jobs.
Almost half of women with epilepsy are unaware of the risks of taking epilepsy medicine sodium valproate, according to a new survey by three leading UK epilepsy charities.
I hated school with a passion.
Gail Adams: Changing of the ‘red’ guardSubscription
On 19 October I received an email that I really wasn’t expecting. It was the news that Gail Adams, the well-known and long-serving head of nursing at Unison, was stepping down.
The Royal College of Midwives will not take legal action against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust after it revealed details of an “irregular” redundancy deal for a former midwife involved in a care scandal at the trust.
MPs call for improvements in A&E staffing levelsSubscription
Government agencies must do more to ensure accident and emergency departments are properly staffed this coming winter, according to an influential group of MPs.
Public Health England has published a new integrated 4-5-6 model for health visitors and school nurses.
Around 5,000 UK nurses have left the register in three months by choosing not to go through the revalidation process or by failing to meet its requirements, suggests latest data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Avoiding A&E breaches is central to staff nurse, Ben Mullin’s, every shift. He questions if the target shifts focus to the wrong priority.
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has accepted that it was at fault following the death of a patient who was administered a drug by an unsupervised healthcare assistant during a home visit.
A simple tool developed by pulmonary care experts could help practice nurses and GPs to identify many more patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to research from the US.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will no longer pursue a merger with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the trusts have announced.
A small acute trust in Herefordshire with long-standing financial and performance problems is to come out of the ”special measures” regime, following significant improvements in care.
My Life in EnglandSubscription
’This is a truly inspiring book by this author’
A new non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) for Down’s syndrome, which is deemed safer for women and their babies, has been approved for use in England by the government.
A Funny Old WorldSubscription
’This book is perfect for anyone of any age, sure to raise a smile and offer simple comfort and some time out to enjoy the pictures and thought-provoking text.’
A top nursing charity has appointed an academic to push forward a new programme to develop community nurse leaders.
’The author writes in his preface that this book is the culmination of many years of research into the mechanisms involved in smoking related illnesses and smoking cessation techniques.’
An Army nurse is among current service personnel to feature in a Royal British Legion campaign urging the public to “rethink remembrance”.
Building a Values – Driven Organisation; A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation.Subscription
’This book is an absolute must for all CEO’s, directors and leaders; particularly those working in healthcare.’
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has been told it must improve child and adolescent mental health services, following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
’It gives the reader an excellent step by step insightful guide to doing a literature review.
It is exactly a week since the winners of the 2016 Nursing Times Awards were revealed at a ceremony on London, but I am still feeling a euphoric glow from the event – or more accurately, from the nurses I met that day.
Two foundation trusts in the East Midlands have announced plans to merge and create a single organisation.
Nurses and other NHS staff can play a key role in tackling the hidden problem of modern slavery in the UK, but many do not realise it exists, according to one of England’s most senior nurses.
The ratio of trained nurses to patients is a key factor in whether or not people survive in the immediate aftermath of a stroke, according to a new UK study.
All GP surgeries in Northern Ireland will have a named district nurse and health visitor by Spring next year, under a new 10-year vision for health and social care.
’This book would definitely benefit student nurses, but I also think for newly qualified registrants, this book would be a handy guide to understand how different organisations work and where their role fits in to such a huge team.’
Palliative care in nursing and healthcareSubscription
’This book is aimed at student nurses and student allied health professionals’
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - second editionSubscription
’ It could certainly be recommended to patients and their relations who have encountered life limiting or life changing events in their lives.’
Before and After Cancer TreatmentSubscription
’This book would be sutiable to all nursing and medical staff who will at some point look after a cancer patient in varying stages of their diseaser’
It seems as if there is an awareness day for everything now. My favourite, which is coincidentally on my birthday, is National Lumpy Rug Awareness Day. However, this blog is about a day that is close to my heart: World Suicide Prevention Day, which this year was on 10 September.
A simple question about a resident’s picture gave Rachel new understanding of her resident’s life and helped her learn how to support his wife and family.
’This book would have a broad appeal to anyone who has questioned their own confidence (or even over confidence) at any time and would like some positive actions to do something about it.’
’This is a must for both the registered and student nurse. These needs to be kept on a shelf for all practitioners to use as guide at all times when caring for the child or young person.’
Macmillan’s web directory of resources for people affected by cancer has been reorganised. It is now updated daily and features nearly 2,000 publications and multimedia resources.