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Issue : 5 August 2008

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  • Chance to improve learning disability care must be takenSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    A government-commissioned report has called for all nurses to be trained in caring for patients with learning disabilities.

  • A model for joint workingSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    A private healthcare provider has taken over a floor at London’s University College Hospital. Jo Hartley finds out how nurses from the two sectors are sharing their skills

  • Counting on core skillsSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    With the spotlight falling more frequently on poor language and maths standards in nursing, Kathy Oxtoby looks at what is being done to tackle this dangerous deficit.

  • ‘Protocols don’t have to dehumanise healthcare’Subscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    You may recall me mentioning my poorly knee once or twice? Too much yoga, football and hopping over the years. So, after far more visits to protocol-laden clinicians than such a simple problem required, a pleasant if tired-looking surgeon took out some meniscus and rearranged some ligament at a pleasant day surgery venue with attached shopping facilities.

  • Nursing traditions are a mixed blessingSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    Every morning, as I enter my hospital, I pass a portrait of one of the old matrons. She’s rather fabulously turned out – a white bonnet, ruffled collar and blue cape.

  • A tough test of our skillsSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    I feel tired. My feet ache. I’ve had a busy shift. What’s new? Nothing, I suppose. It is just that today I’ve had another diarrhoea day. Of late I seem to spend a lot of my time dealing with patients suffering from diarrhoea.

  • Do relatives have legal powers regarding continuation or withdrawal of treatment for patients in ICU?Subscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    Since last October, a statutory framework for making decisions on behalf of adults who lack the mental capacity to make decisions themselves has been in place.

  • The obesity timebomb needs to be defusedSubscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    The NHS is facing a major public health dilemma. Failure to act will have serious adverse financial and healthcare consequences in the near future for our profession. It is possibly the most significant challenge for our industry.

  • ‘Simulated practice is the way forward for training’Subscription

    Opinion6 August, 2008

    Conferences are great occasions for immersing yourself in your specialist subject. The ‘Striving for Excellence’ conference at Cardiff University last month was such an occasion.

  • Analysis: Targeting nurse careSubscription

    Analysis6 August, 2008

    A new nurse-led model of care for vulnerable mothers is being piloted across England. Louise Tweddell reports on its progress.

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