Issue : 24 February 2016
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This month saw the publication of our latest research on nurse staffing levels in the BMJ Open.
An acute trust in the West Country has launched an innovative recruitment scheme aimed at overseas nurses already in the UK, but currently working in non-registered jobs.
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Midwives experience psychological distress because of their work or working culture. Initiatives must tackle this to optimise the wellbeing of staff and patients
“Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK,” BBC News reports.
My Wednesday started with a radio interview on an issue I thought the NHS had seen the back of, namely breaches of the rules on mixed-sex wards.
A midwife who retrospectively altered the clinical notes of a dead baby girl has claimed she was told to do so by the supervisor responsible for investigating the death, a new investigation has revealed.
Older people are increasingly using antidepressants after the death of a partner, according to UK researchers.
“Facebook has a similar effect on your brain as cocaine,” the Daily Mail reports.
A national review of maternity services has called for a “more radical” approach to staffing models, in which small groups of midwives take responsibility for a caseload between them to ensure women are looked after by professionals they know.
Practice nurses and GPs should no longer recommend steam inhalation as a remedy for children with colds, because of the risk of burns, according to a UK study.