Over 35,000 nurse posts in the health service in England are currently vacant, according to data published for the first time by NHS Improvement as part of its latest quarterly update.
Nursing associates will not legally be able to give drugs under agreements, known as patient group directions (PGDs), that allow staff to administer medicines to patients without a prescription, senior nurses have stressed as they released guidance for the new role.
There is still more work to do to encourage women in Scotland to improve their health before they become pregnant, a major report on maternal and infant nutrition has indicated.
Patient falls and pressure ulcers have been reduced since two hospital nurses successfully lobbied for an administrative assistant to be appointed to support them, they have told Nursing Times.
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Patients with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, could one day benefit from new types of sensor technology that are being developed by UK researchers.
A broader focus on the range of high risk medicines that nursing associates will be expected to give, rather than just controlled drugs, will “calm the waters” among the profession, according to senior nurses behind new guidance on medication.
A small group of specialist nurses have been the driving force behind the creation of a new multi-disciplinary organisation dedicated to improving care for germ cell cancers that affect the testicles and the ovaries.
London leaders have warned that the capital is “haemorrhaging clinically qualified European Union citizens” and there should be a sector-specific guarantee for their right to stay in the UK post-Brexit.
Care providers are hoping to overturn a tribunal ruling, which they say has plunged the sector into deeper financial crisis by forcing services to pay more for sleep-in shifts.
An influential group of MPs has written to the government calling for clarity on the transitional period after Brexit, warning that NHS services may be put at risk without sufficient planning.