Issue : 20 September 2011
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Overseas nurses bring valuable skills to the NHS but their standard of English must be adequate for the roles they fill, insists Dr Mike Milanovic
FTs flirt with diluting Agenda for ChangeSubscription
Foundation trusts have publicly signalled their intention to move away from nationally negotiated staff terms and conditions, which unions warn could increase “industrial disharmony”.
Chief nurse Katherine Fenton on why education needs to be much more responsive to the changing demographics of the population
NMC overspent £2.7m legal fees Subscription
An unexpected rise in fitness to practise referrals has caused the Nursing and Midwifery Council to overspend its budget for legal fees with six months of the financial year still to go.
Retired nurses and final year students could be called upon by NHS managers to shore up services in the event of industrial action by nurses and other healthcare workers, according to secret emails seen by Nursing Times.
Emerging clinical commissioning groups have sought Department of Health help to appoint the nurses who are required to sit on their boards, Nursing Times has been told.
Community nurse education 'must be developed'Subscription
Improving training for the community nursing workforce is the “most important issue in professional education”, according to senior nurses writing in next week’s Nursing Times.
Drive to improve inpatient prescription chartsSubscription
Hospitals have been told to review the design of drugs charts in a bid to reduce potentially harmful errors by nurses and doctors.
Are temporary ward staff cost effective?Subscription
Many wards employ temporary staff, costing the NHS up to £50m a year. Do they affect working styles or quality, and do they provide value for money?
More than 75% of nurses fear for their patients’ safety due to inadequate staffing levels, poor ward layout and the bad attitudes of colleagues, a Nursing Times survey has found.