Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Mark Radcliffe

Sort By: Newest firstOldest firstA-ZZ-A

  • mark radcliffe

    ‘The UK is hacking away at its appeal to overseas workers’Subscription

    11 May, 2018

    I realise that as a columnist I shouldn’t say this but I try to avoid the news as much as I can. I have for a couple of years now. I don’t really like it and I find it doesn’t help me to live my life.

  • mark radcliffe

    ‘We have seen a systematic and Orwellian assault on nursing’Subscription

    5 April, 2018

    I ’m not sure it has ever been harder to be a nurse. I may get a letter from someone reminding me how difficult those first few weeks of the Crimean War were, and there may even be a few romantics from the 1950s anxious to remind us that in the old days student nurses had to hand wash and iron the whole of Wolverhampton before they were allowed to speak. But let’s face it – it is harder today than ever and it’s probably worth wondering why we are letting that be the case.

  • mark radcliffe

    ‘Normalised violence against staff reflects a cultural crisis’Subscription

    9 March, 2018

    Call me unpatriotic but I have always been confused by the word “Great” in Great Britain. Ironically it may be that I am just very British in my coyness when it comes to self-praise? Or it may be that it never really felt earned? I don’t think all the other countries got together and said, “you know who’s Great? Britain, that’s who. With it’s quaint red pillar-boxes and its willingness to tolerate Richard Branson. Let’s call her Great Britain from now on”. And even though Australia, ...

    Comments (2)
  • mark radcliffe

    ‘Deep down, I knew she would never get off the ward’Subscription

    9 February, 2018

    I’m having coffee with a nurse friend. She has been doing what she does for 15 years and can’t remember the last time her feet didn’t hurt. She is on her fourth espresso and has the wide-eyed stare of a kitten that has just seen wool for the first time. She leans across the table and says; “I’m thinking of making a break for it.”

    Comments (3)
  • mark radcliffe

    ‘We are doing something very wrong to nurses’Subscription

    13 January, 2018

    If I have a responsibility to this page, it involves some sensitivity to the experiences of the people who may read it.

  • mark radcliffe

    ‘I hope you find a way to be compassionate to yourselves’Subscription

    7 December, 2017

    Call me crass and irresponsible but I hope you find a way to treat yourself at Christmas

    Comments (1)
  • mark radcliffe

    ‘A big problem is nursing’s perceived powerlessness’Subscription

    1 November, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    Some of you will be familiar with the slightly scary social psychology research known as the ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’. It investigated the psychological effects of perceived power and took place in 1971.

    Comments (2)
  • mark radcliffe

    ‘Nurses appear to have got used to solving their own problems’Subscription

    1 October, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    I spent today with a clutch of matrons, is “clutch” right? Better than “gaggle”? I don’t think “herd” works.

  • mark radcliffe

    ‘We should think of the NHS as precious but not unlimited’Subscription

    1 September, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    I am sitting outside a cafe in Brighton with a friend talking about life and watching the clouds.

  • mark radcliffe

    ‘Delivery of top-class care gets more challenging every week’Subscription

    1 August, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    I ’m chatting with a friend I haven’t seen for a while. Lovely man, works far too hard, last did exercise in 1989, likes Chardonnay and won’t leave it alone until it likes him back. 

Show  10 per page20 per page50 per page