Disuse of muscles due to short periods of inactivity caused, for example, by time spent in hospital can “dramatically enhance” decline in muscle mass in patients as they age, warn researchers.
Senior community nurses are to be sent as “first responders” to some 999 calls in part of the North East, after problems with long waits for ambulances over the winter that have left older people lying on the floor in pain.
Independent health visitors and vaccination clinics are among a range of new service providers set to be given performance ratings by the Care Quality Commission.
A national recruitment campaign to attract nurses and other professionals into social care, as well as further testing of a Dutch community nursing model, are among some of the key elements of the latest workforce plans in Scotland.
Researchers are exploring whether technology could be the key to tackling the UK’s “loneliness epidemic” by better connecting older adults with their communities.
“Standstill period” agreed with creditors
The charity Dementia UK has recognised the achievements of three of its Admiral nurses for people living with dementia, whose work it described as “pioneering”.
There will be a 10% increase in the number of nurse training places available in Wales next year and also a pilot scheme for a Dutch-style community nursing service, ministers have announced today.
Concerns that too few public health and community nurses are being trained in England are growing, as new figures indicate a number of universities have seen reductions in the amount of funded course places they are able to offer this year.
An innovative scheme that sees nurses visit patients where they live improves care for people with lung disease, frees up hospital beds and saves health service resources, according to researchers.