Despite the recent extreme cold snap, we hope spring is just around the corner. It feels like a good time to look ahead to brighter days and reflect on the amazing achievements of our profession, in particular since the beginning of the NHS, which celebrates its 70th birthday this July.
Call me unpatriotic but I have always been confused by the word “Great” in Great Britain. Ironically it may be that I am just very British in my coyness when it comes to self-praise? Or it may be that it never really felt earned? I don’t think all the other countries got together and said, “you know who’s Great? Britain, that’s who. With it’s quaint red pillar-boxes and its willingness to tolerate Richard Branson. Let’s call her Great Britain from now on”. And even though Australia, ...
As we head into nutrition and hydration week (12-18th March), Sarah Moppett questions where more can be done to prevent malnutrition in hospitals.
The road to life saving stomach surgery for some obese patients is blocked - research can help clear a pathSubscription
Obese patients have as much right to be offered effective treatment as those with other serious diseases such as cancer, yet for some patients the road to life saving stomach surgery is blocked. Research can help clear a path, writes Prof John Wilding, the national specialty lead for metabolic and endocrine disorders at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust is supporting more flexible working for nurses, and will monitor and support those who are interested in working nights, whether permanently or in longer blocks. Allowing staff this flexibility will benefit patients and staff, says Jayne Tague
In a previous article, Kate Upton reported that, in her recent study, nearly 50% of a sample of acute medical care hospital nurses were identified as suffering from compassion fatigue (CF), and today askes, how can it be combated?
Despite taking a new role and an inevitable increase in responsibility, Beck Sherrington is still dedicated to working on the front line.
Time to implement the lessons learnedSubscription
Dr Ben Thomas looks at the case of Richard Handley and how important it is for the system to learn from its mistakes.
Clearing up the confusion over 'frailty'Subscription
Frailty has become a focus for many clinicians and policy makers in recent years but the word is often poorly understood by both healthcare staff and people living with frailty, explains Dawne Garrett.
Recruiting the right nurses can be a tricky task, so Carly Huish and colleagues came up with a new way to do it.