Opinion, analysis and debate
Nursing in primary care doesn’t always get the attention it deserves, despite the huge importance of the work of practice nurses. From vaccination to managing long-term conditions, they are at the core of services that are crucial to so many patients.
Dr Anant Sachdev highly values the HCAs he works with at a GP practice, however one HCA’s actions and initiative led to a patient receiving care that went above and beyond the call of duty
Universities and community education providers must work together to support newly qualified nurses, say Carmel Blackie and Julia Billington
Hunt needs to fix the NHS, not blame its staffSubscription
Jeremy Hunt has accused GPs of being part of the winter pressure problem, and insisted they open their doors for longer. But is that really the cause of the NHS’s troubles?
Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign launched by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in 2007, has achieved measurable attitudinal change in society, says Lisa Rodrigues
Jennifer Bird uses her personal experience to highlight the importance of after care and psychological dimensions of illnesses such as rectal cancer
David Parker-Radford calls on community nurses to take action in order to improve epilepsy care for the homeless
Helen Croft shares her enthusiasm for patient profiles as an alternative to standard care planning activity to increase service users’ engagement with their care
Ian Dove suggests that research and clinical nursing could be combined into one role, one that would be perfectly suited for clinical nurse specialists
Sally Bloomfield wonders how to restore confidence in hygiene, wrongly dismissed by some as an ’obsessive cleanliness’ responsible for a range of chronic diseases such as allergies and autoimmune conditions
It is no secret that the NHS is critically short of GPs. Yet obstacles to solving this problem appear to exist wherever you look.
Technology is now weaving its way into most clinical areas, says Jessica Ross, who warns against potential negative consequences for patients
Patient and public involvement groups ensure that carers and service users have their voices heard and become involved in research, says Liz Charalambous
Karen Shaw urges nurses and midwives to combat antimicrobial resistence by applying infection prevention and control measures while acting as patient advocates
The hidden value of the public health nurseSubscription
Do we take every opportunity to educate patients about how to use health services? Katrina Sealey appeals to NT readers to do just that
Could pharmacy staff become involved in medicines administration on the wards? The small print of Lord Carter’s independent report into operational productivity and performance suggests so, says Martin Shepherd
The scrapping of NHS bursaries will deter people from studying nursing, particularly people who already have a professional and family life, says Sophia Koumi
Anything new can make us feel anxious, particularly if we feel that the change is being imposed on us. This is how many nurses feel about revalidation, says Rami Jumnoodoo
The milk of human kindnessSubscription
Carol Stonham aims to emphasise kindness in every aspect of her nursing career
Community care is often not seen as a viable first nursing role, but senior lecturer Neesha Oozageer Gunowa argues this belief is unfounded.