On several occasions over recent weeks I have found myself explaining to people what sepsis is, its symptoms and why it’s something that needs tackling. These conversations have taken place both in the office and also among friends.
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It is still very early days for the new health and social care secretary to fully reveal his approach and ideas for the NHS, but so far Matt Hancock seems to be saying at least some of the right things.
Conversations about health and social care almost inevitably include some discussion of the financial pressures they are under. But this month, we reveal their personal impact on nurses, which can also translate into problems for services.
Virtually everyone who has ever had a job has experience of being managed and many will also have experience of being managers in their own right.
Monday’s announcement that yet another of the country’s nursing leaders was exiting the stage at the end of August was not wholly unexpected.
The case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, who has won her appeal against being struck off the medical register, is legally, emotionally and practically complex.
The group of nurses, therapists and care home managers who have been harnessing the power of social media to draw attention to the negative impact of plastic spouted beakers should be applauded. As those behind the #endplasticspoutedbeakers campaign point out, these often-unnecessary vessels “infantilise” older people.
'How difficult can it be to take a glass of water, put it to a patient’s lips and get them to drink?'Subscription
Most readers of Nursing Times know just how difficult it can be to get patients to drink.
'No cure is imminent, but dementia research and practice offer other reasons for optimism'Subscription
Dementia is increasingly something that touches us all, both professionally and in our personal circle of friends and family.
Some patients and groups are always going to be hard to reach in terms of providing care.
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It’s not often these days that I read a headline that I am genuinely surprised by. But this was certainly the case last week.
A new broom suddenly looks set to sweep through the corridors of the Department of Health and Social Care.
This month, like the rest of the country, Nursing Times will be helping the NHS celebrate its 70th birthday.
I was on holiday last week and it was with an element of dread that I started to see the name Gosport War Memorial Hospital mentioned in the national media and then, on checking my emails, a wave of press releases coming through about it.
The threat to school nursing seems to be growing. This is something that surely must be fought at all costs by anyone with a stake in public health or the wellbeing of children – which is basically all of us in one way or another.
Union members have now spoken, with the majority voting in favour of the pay offer that will see Agenda for Change staff receive 6.5% over three years.
NHS staff have displayed “incredible resilience” in meeting unprecedented patient demand this winter, according to a report from NHS Improvement last week.
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The news last week that the chief nursing officer for England role could be realigned to sit across both NHS Improvement and NHS England when Jane Cummings departs her role could weaken nursing’s voice further at a senior level.
Nurses don’t get paid much, they work long hours with often unpaid overtime, and it’s a job with few freebies.
When I talk to members of the public about nursing, I know what mental images they have got in their heads - nurses in uniforms, working on wards and helping (usually older) people in and out of bed.