Issue : 22 July 2008
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Why hospitals are becoming cleanerSubscription
Latest ratings on hospital cleanliness and food suggest things are getting better. From modern matrons to the ‘deep clean’, Lisa Hitchen examines the driving forces behind the changes
HIV screening should be routine advises HPASubscription
Testing for HIV should become a routine part of sexual health screening in GUM clinics across the UK, according to the Health Protection Agency.
Nurses crucial in pre-op checksSubscription
Nurses will play a crucial role in ensuring there is a safety ‘time-out’ before operations, under guidelines recommended by the government last week.
Staff morale ‘overrated’Subscription
Senior nurses should prioritise care quality over staff happiness, according to a leading NHS manager at the conference.
Junior health minister Ann Keen has reiterated her promise to make training for NHS staff a key priority.
Bureaucracy blamed for KSF failureSubscription
A leading NHS manager last week suggested that the Knowledge and Skills Framework was failing to work because it was too bureaucratic to implement.
Gender guidance in mental healthSubscription
Women with acute mental illness should be involved in nurse training on gender issues, according to latest guidance.
Supercentres hit by green fearsSubscription
Plans to transport surgical instruments across the south-west of England to decontamination supercentres have been criticised for posing a threat to the environment.
Regulator urged to start CEO huntSubscription
The NMC has still to set out the process for appointing a new chief executive to replace outgoing incumbent Sarah Thewlis, after she announced her intention to resign last month.
All nurses are to be offered free training in adolescent health as part of a new initiative to improve NHS care of young people.