Issue : 31 July 2013
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I’ve been shocked to observe the contrast in safety culture between the NHS and the nuclear industry, says James Titcombe
“Two cups of coffee a day can halve risk of suicide,” The Daily Telegraph reports, while the Daily Mail suggests that coffee may also help prevent depression.
Staff reported problems raising patient safety concerns at half of the 14 acute trusts investigated in a major review, analysis by Nursing Times has revealed.
“Mentally ill people hit hard by recession,” BBC News reports.
“Blood pressure drugs may boost brainpower,” the Daily Mail reports and “may slow the onset of Alzheimer’s”.
The government body that advises the NHS on vaccine policy, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), has decided that the new meningitis B vaccine (Bexsero) will not be added to the routine childhood vaccination schedule.
Job losses and cuts to NHS services will be the “inevitable” result of a government attempt to raid public sector pensions, according to a joint wanting from health service employers and unions.
How to communicate that you care Subscription
Offering your patients companionship will help them feel safe and supported
A consultation on minimum care standards for independent hospitals, clinics and hospices has been launched by Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
Nursing Times Learning has launched its latest FREE online learning unit to educate nurses how to manage and assess diarrhoea .
The LCP Review heard terrible tales of poor care delivered by professionals to those who were dying. I have worked in palliative and end of life care for over 20 years and cannot condone such poor care.
A new award, recognising the importance of compassion in nursing, has been presented to a graduate nurse for the first time by a university in Scotland.
Proton beam cancer therapy coming to UKSubscription
Cancer patients who currently travel abroad for a special type of radiotherapy will be able to get it in the UK from 2018.
A screening tool used for detecting suicide risk in general hospital patients who have self-harmed is ineffective and should no longer be used, new research suggests.
People with diabetes are facing serious illness because the number of blood test strips available on the NHS are being rationed to cut costs, a charity has warned.
Welsh government hands palliative care £6.5m boost Subscription
Wales is investing £6.5m in its palliative care services as part of the Delivering End of Life Care Plan, published in April.
Fungal infection drug banned due to liver riskSubscription
The European Medicines Agency has banned oral medicines containing ketoconazole – sold under the brand name Nizoral – for treating fungal infections.
Latest nursing research has found that wards should have seven patients or fewer per registered nurse to avoid missing vital care.
Staffing levels: who’s counting?Subscription
With news of growing staff shortages and cuts to training places, nursing feels increasingly understaffed and under pressure. How are nurses faring on the wards, and is anybody listening?
High Court quashes Lewisham downgrade decisionSubscription
The decision to downgrade services at Lewisham Hospital has been quashed in the High Court.
The special administrators appointed to Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust have recommended the organisation is dissolved and its maternity service closed.
The Patient Information Forum recently published research from over 300 studies which found good business reasons to justify the investment of more time, money and training in health information provision and support.
Stoma care nurses win special patient awardSubscription
The stoma care department at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in London has received a special award for its dedication and support to its patients.
Campaigners fighting to save a scandal-hit hospital will learn administrators’ recommendations about the future of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
Judge to rule on Lewisham hospital downgradeSubscription
A High Court judge who has been urged to overturn an “unlawful” decision to reduce services at a major hospital is set to announce his decision.
NHS leaflets branded 'confusing'Subscription
The NHS’s patient information leaflets are “inaccurate, inconsistent, and confusing”, according to an editorial in a leading medical journal.
Top online health searches revealedSubscription
Pregnancy, skin care and fitness are the most commonly searched for health issues online, figures suggest.
Many people are attending NHS accident and emergency departments unnecessarily because “they don’t know where else to go”, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.
A group of senior nurses are calling on the Care Quality Commission to monitor nurse staffing levels as an “early warning” of where poor care is likely to happen, Nursing Times has been told.
The top hospital trusts in England have agreed to use a toolkit that details exactly what nursing establishment they need for safe hospital wards.
Some students have been allowed to do all sorts on placement, others have only observed.
Planning ahead is important, regardless of whether someone has an illness or not, in case they ever become unable to make choices for themselves.
The majority of patients would recommend accident and emergency, and inpatient wards to their nearest and dearest based on their own experience, suggests data released today.
Guide to help people cope with dementiaSubscription
Dementia sufferers and their carers can now seek help from a new booklet that aims to guide them through their journey with the condition.
Last week, I read in The Daily Mail that health secretary Jeremy Hunt had been rolling up his sleeves and getting involved with providing frontline care.
NICE launches new ADHD guidelinesSubscription
New guidelines for the treatment and support of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are “a real advance” in the standard of care for those affected, it has been claimed.
Mothers have been urged to breastfeed for longer after new research indicated that it improves child intelligence and language ability.
Mid Staffs nursing director to join new trustSubscription
The director of nursing and midwifery at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust is to join another acute trust in the Midlands, it has been announced.
All Nursing Times readers who answered a snap poll last week think the Care Quality Commission’s new chief inspector of hospitals should directly monitor ward staffing levels.
Wards should have seven patients or less per registered nurse to avoid missing vital care, according to latest UK nursing research by leading academics.
How easy is it to get your first job in nursing?Subscription
What do you think? How easy is it for newly qualified nurses to find their first job?
NHS Direct has announced it is seeking to pull out of all 11 of its contracts to provide NHS 111, as they have proved “financially unsustainable”.
Problems with the new NHS 111 urgent care hotline, including shortages of staff and lack of training, are the focus of claims in an undercover television investigation due to be broadcast this evening.
Real cuts in the number of NHS nurses – almost 1,000 in a month – have continued to emerge as more than 140 hospital foundation trusts plan to slash their workforce by 30,000 by 2016.
MPS Healthcare has become the first nursing agency to support our Speak Out Safely campaign.
The nursing regulator has revealed details of its decision last week to strike off two former accident and emergency nurses who altered patient discharge times to meet waiting time targets at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
Testicular cancer survival rates up 30%Subscription
Almost every man in the UK diagnosed with testicular cancer is now beating the disease, according to new figures.
Unemployment is hitting the mentally ill twice as hard as it is the general population, a study has found.
The health and wellbeing of older hospital patients is being put at risk when they are shipped from ward to ward, experts have said.
On Friday we were joined by NT Jobs to give advice and support to students looking for their first job in nursing. Read the transcript back here.