Opinion, analysis and debate
Nurses and other frontline medical staff do a tremendous job of looking after those in need in the aftermath of a major incident, such as a traffic accident, fire or even a terrorist attack.
The four UK chief nursing officers (CNOs) for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have produced a framework, Enabling Professionalism, to support nurses and midwives across the UK to reflect on their practice and demonstrate how they are the hallmark of excellence in nursing and midwifery.
In April, the House of Commons health select committee stated: “The government’s plan for our post-Brexit future should both ensure that health and social care providers can retain and recruit the brightest and best from all parts of the globe, and that the value of the contribution of lower-paid health and social care workers is recognised.”
In a world where technology is changing at an exceptional rate and the landscape of the health and social care system is constantly developing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council faces a great challenge in preparing nurses and midwives for practice in 2030 and beyond.
A letter to NHS HR directors has revealed it would be possible for the rules on joining the UK register for overseas nurses and midwives to be changed pretty quickly.
Jackie Smith thinks we need to agree on the real purpose of regulation and achieve meaningful reform, while Peter Carter says regulation will never be an alternative to effective performance management
After a long gestation, the NMC revalidation process has been launched
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s decision to go full steam ahead with revalidation, despite England not stating it is ready for implementation, is a brave one.
'A misdirected media frenzy over killer nurse'Subscription
There has been a focus on nurse revalidation in the last week following the conviction of Stepping Hill Hospital nurse Victorino Chua for murdering two patients and poisoning 19 others.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has said it will monitor the impact of its fee rise on the size of the nursing workforce.
We want a relationship with our registrants that is based on trust, not checklists, says the Health and Care Professions Council’s Anna van der Gaag
There is more we can do to prove our commitment to public protection, and revalidation is one way in which we can detect problems earlier, says Jackie Smith
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Do you know how to report adverse drug reactions?
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It’s worth persevering to get your concerns heard, says Amanda Pollard
I’ve been shocked to observe the contrast in safety culture between the NHS and the nuclear industry, says James Titcombe
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The Francis report can only go so far, the real test will be what we do when nobody is looking, says Anne Marie Rafferty
Sarah Calkin looks at why the report into failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust will have implications for all nurses, as well as for the entire health and social care system.
We must address a number of profound challenges to improve care, says Lord Willis
Bob Gates on why we may see another Winterbourne View scandal
Should herbal medicines sit alongside conventional medicines? What are your thoughts?
A consultation has been launched on ‘three-parent’ IVF.
How can nurses’ compassion and values be measured at interview? What are your thoughts?
Ensure you are up to date with the latest guidance from the NMC on cosmetic injectables, says Sally Taber
'Empty promises from the NMC will not suffice'Subscription
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has failed the public and failed registrants and is deeply sorry.
Make your feelings known on the proposed NMC fee increase, urges the RCN’s Peter Carter
Healthcare assistants are a vital part of the team and they must have clear roles, says Stephen Dorrell
Every nurse I meet is fearful of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
A foundation trust implemented a pilot project using ambulatory emergency care pathways to reduce its increasing admissions and improve the patient experience. Will using ambulatory A&E care cut admissions? What do you think?
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Follow a few simple tips to show a prospective employer why you are the best person for the job, says Sarah Snow.
#NurChat - Bring back the enrolled nurse?Subscription
Did you miss the latest #NurChat twitter debate about the enrolled nurse? Let us sum it up for you …
Face up to doing the dreaded appraisalsSubscription
Well-designed discussions about performance benefit care and can be positive and constructive experiences.
Part six of Peter Nolan’s series on the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry looks at the lessons that should be learnt for the future
Patients with a common type of metal hip implant should have annual health checks for as long as they have the implant, according to the UK body for regulating medical devices.
Unison’s Gail Adams urges nurses to make their voices heard during the Nursing and Midwifery Council review
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We’ve probably all got a few wardrobes that are a little bit cluttered and we wouldn’t want people to peer into for too long.
Many newspapers and TV stations have reported that medical regulators have launched an investigation into a type of hip replacement called a metal-on-metal (MoM) device (DePuy ASR hip replacement implant).
As the editors of Nursing Times, Health Service Journal and the BMJ, we have divergent views on the government’s NHS reforms and its beleaguered Health and Social Care Bill.
In the recent strong winds the large buddleia tree on our allotment was blown over. I have never “owned” a fallen tree before and, in a strange way, it rather affected me.
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Want the lowdown on the latest in nursing politics? Our student nurse Lorna Mclean talks the talk.
Part 5 of Peter Nolan’s six-part series on the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry reveals how there was much confusion concerning the roles and responsibilities of regulating agencies and professional bodies
Try to nip problems in the bud before they get serious, says the CQC’s Cynthia Bower
The news of chief executive and registrar Dickon Weir-Hughes’ sudden exit from the Nursing and Midwifery Council couldn’t have come at a worse time for nursing.
Mental health: the straight and narrow?Subscription
What happens to mentally ill ex-offenders when they are released back into a community that often views them with suspicion and fear? Community psychiatric nurse Ruth White talks about keeping patients on the straight and narrow and the importance of understanding their view of reality.
I think we need to talk about money.
Ministers need to put patient safety first when considering healthcare assistant regulation, says Baroness Masham
Is the doctor-nurse game still being played?Subscription
Each week we pick out a practice article and pose some topics for you to debate and pose your own questions on…What do you think?
Childcare available, my wife and I decide to go out on “a date”.
We already have a comprehensive system of checks in place for support workers, argues Christine Braithwaite
“Splitting pills could lead to patients taking the wrong doses,” according to the Daily Express.