Issue : 3 December 2014
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Most nurses continue to work an eight hour shift, despite the growing popularity of extended working periods in recent years, our annual survey suggests.
“Britain almost the worst in the world for obesity-fuelled cancer,” reports The Daily Telegraph.
The prime minister and his cabinet are among MPs trained to be “dementia friends” by Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Primary care clinicians should use a “simple blood test” if it is unclear whether a patient has pneumonia and needs to be treated with antibiotics, according to the National Institute for Health Care Excellence.
Researchers from one of the country’s largest hospital trusts have begun recruiting patients to a study that is seeking to find alternative antibiotics to treat drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea.
Children born prematurely are at an increased risk of flu-related complications and should be a priority group for the seasonal influenza vaccination, claim researchers.
The University of the West of Scotland has announced the appointment of Karen Wilson as dean of its school of health, nursing and midwifery.
The Royal College of Nursing has signalled its intension to launch an extra hours campaign in early 2015.
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“Eating a small portion of yoghurt every day may reduce diabetes risk,” The Independent reports.
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“Talk therapy sessions can help reduce the risk of suicide among high-risk groups,” BBC News reports.
“Vegetable diet will beat diabetes: Meat-free lifestyle cures killer disease,” is the typically overblown headline in the Daily Express.
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust has recruited over 60 extra health visitors after a recruitment campaign.
All nurses and allied health professionals at a Devon trust are to be provided with a pocket mirror to aid them with the identification of pressure ulcers on patients’ heels.
Jamie Hepburn has been made the first Scottish Government minister to have mental health in his or her job title.
A mental health hospital in Sussex has stopped accepting new routine patients following concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission during a recent inspection
“Serious issues” around low numbers of nursing staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary have been revealed as part of report by the healthcare regulation body for Scotland.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has warned it would be forced to increase its member registration fees again if changes are made to funding for the regulatory body that oversees its work.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has approved a new professional code for its registrants, which it says will tackle behavioural issues as well as building on existing standards around practice.
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“Initial results of a controversial scheme offering shopping vouchers to persuade mothers to breastfeed have shown promise,” BBC News reports.
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An emerging, “terrible” divide between what patients expect and the services nurses and doctors are able to provide threatens to “unravel the NHS from the bottom upwards”, an organisation representing primary care groups has warned.
Latest figures show there has been a high uptake of the new shingles vaccine during the first year since it was launched, with public health officials highlighting the contribution of practice nurses.
A new urine test could help ensure children with asthma receive the level of medication they need to manage their illness better and prevent future exacerbations, according to researchers.
Dr Sally Lawton has been appointed as a visiting professor of palliative care nursing at Robert Gordon University’s school of nursing and midwifery.
Pay restraint for public sector staff including NHS workers will continue into the next parliament, chancellor George Osborne told MPs yesterday.
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“Doctors to get more help to spot cancer early,” The Guardian reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced new revised draft guidelines that may help GPs pick up on possible early warning signs of cancer
A panel of senior nursing figures welcomed the five year plan for the NHS in England, particularly praising its focus on collaboration between disciplines and sectors, during a debate at this year’s chief nursing officer for England’s summit.
Treating all staff equally will not only improve the culture of the NHS but will also improve quality of care, delegates at the CNO Summit heard.
After 32 years as a paediatric nurse committed to improving healthcare for our young people, it was concerning last year to read in the Why Children Die report, by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and National Children’s Bureau, that the UK has one of the worst child mortality rates in western Europe.
The chancellor is due to announce an extra £2bn is to be made available to spend on health services across the UK, as part of his autumn statement.
Health visitors and midwives should advise parents or carers with a child under the age of one about the risk of co-sleeping and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to new guidelines.
The health secretary has called on nurse leaders to thank their staff for their work under the current pressures faced by the NHS, but also warned of a tough winter ahead.
More patients than ever say the care they receive from nurses is compassionate but there is more work to do to make the 6Cs truly universal values, England’s chief nursing officer has said.
“The global surge in ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder] diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine, according to experts,” the Mail Online reports.
Another 13 trial schemes are to be launched next April in which mental health professionals will be placed in police stations and courts, according to NHS England.
The number of nurses and midwives working in the NHS in Scotland has risen to a record high but nearly 4% of posts are also now vacant.
Midwife-led units are a safer option than hospitals for pregnant women with low risk pregnancies to give birth in, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has stated.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told the assembled audience of nurse leaders at last week’s chief nursing officer for England’s summit in Manchester that nursing, and in particular community nursing, was vital to the success of the Five-Year Forward View for the NHS.
The death of a baby is undoubtedly one of the most traumatic events parents could ever face.
Accident and emergency staff offered a good overall experience for the majority of people attending their services in 2014, but failed to provide reassurance to distressed patients in around a quarter of cases, a report by the hospital regulator has found.
A moving speech from a paralysed patient has underscored the power of nursing to change lives through the smallest actions.
The director of nursing at the Department of Health and Public Health England has argued that “a radical upgrade” is needed in prevention and public health.
Nurses and other frontline staff across England will soon be able to use a “landmark” nationwide data sharing system that will alert them to children who may be at risk of abuse or neglect.
“Being overweight raises risk of men developing aggressive prostate cancer,” The Guardian reports.
Nurses are among the winners of the inaugural Frances Jaye Care and Compassion Awards, set up to recognise and celebrate compassion and good care.
A major shake-up of nurse education could see students spend more years learning general nursing skills than at present but be able to choose from a larger pool of areas to specialise in afterwards.