On the pulse
We need a credible workforce plan to ensure commitments to mental health care don’t become another set of broken promisesSubscription
The NHS Long Term Plan, published last month, reasserted the government’s commitment to improving mental health services both for adults and for children and young people.
The sunshine we’ve enjoyed over the last few days suggests spring is on the way at last, but winter seems reluctant to loosen its icy grip on the health service.
Attending a conference on reducing restrictive practice earlier this week, I found it difficult to hear stories of patient deaths and injuries as a result of restraint.
Monday this week was the first day that nursing associates were able to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council register – around 1,800 are expected to qualify and come on board over the next few months.
Health professionals must recognise emerging challenges affecting their public health roleSubscription
Viral and bacterial infections have historically been one of the major causes of illness and death.
The lack of quotes from nurses in health stories written by national media journalists was an issue that gained the profession’s attention on social media earlier this week.
Monday morning started early, with one shiny new 136-page plan for the NHS in England and two Mays at Alder Hey.
If healthcare assistants are the eyes and ears of a ward, they should also have a voice in the teamSubscription
The first wave of nursing associates will take up their posts this year, and there has been much discussion around their roles and responsibilities and how they will fit into nursing teams.
As Nursing Times reported earlier this week, the NHS is to be banned from buying fax machines.
With its tendency to grab leaders’ attention to the extent that they can do little else, the workforce shortage is starting to feel like the nursing profession’s very own Brexit.
Nurses need meaningful support to prevent burnout and reignite their passion for nursingSubscription
This week Nursing Times reported on a trust identified by the Care Quality Commission as requiring improvement. The report authors described several ward teams at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust as “burnt out”.
Does an outbreak of cross-party MP harmony signal a change of tune over student bursaries?Subscription
Wednesday was a day of firsts for me.
“We cannot continue to invest in the same service models of the past. We need a radical shift in how the NHS sees itself, from a hospital service for the ill, to a nationwide service to keep us healthy.”
As a health journalist, grappling with statistics is a routine part of my job.
When I was asked to undertake mouthcare at the start of my nurse training back in 1981 I was taught to put on a pair of gloves, wrap a piece of gauze soaked in bicarbonate solution around my index finger, put it in my patient’s mouth and hope they did not bite.
When you park, do you turn the motor off as soon as your car is neatly lodged in its space?
When I looked out of the window last Saturday it was raining. Actually it wasn’t just raining, it was pouring. It was the sort of autumn day when staying inside seems like the sensible option.
Statistics are useful, but leaders need to hear real nurses’ stories if they are to fix the NHSSubscription
Besides the unexpected candour from speakers, what struck me most at our inaugural Nursing Times Workforce Summit last week was the level of engagement and participation from delegates.
With no end in sight to the nurse recruitment crisis gripping the NHS, I was pleased to hear this week that national efforts to retain the current staff who are keeping the system afloat are being redoubled.
It’s freshers time at universities and across mainstream and social media we have been seeing the inevitable pictures of students lurching around city centres in a drunk and dishevelled state.