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Behind the Rituals

Why do you do the things you do? How much of nursing practice is based on ritual and myth and how much on sound evidence? If you have a ritual you’d like to discuss here, email

All posts from: August 2013

Do we meet the sexual health needs of people with learning disabilities?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 26 Aug 2013

The man already had a son but the judge ruled that a vasectomy could take place after hearing that another child could cause the man “psychological harm”.

When should you use Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 19 Aug 2013

Dols aim to make sure that people in care homes and hospitals are looked after in a way that does not inappropriately restrict their freedom.

Should the Berwick report have suggested a minimum staff:patient ratio?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 12 Aug 2013

Earlier this week, the Berwick report was unveiled amidst much speculation that it would recommend minimum staffing levels. However, the report did not give a specific number and instead recommended providers should “ensure they have sufficient staff to meet the NHS’s needs now and in the future”. The review also added support to Robert Francis’ recommendation that NICE develop evidence to enable minimum staffing tools to be devised.

Are low numbers of staff “early warning signs” of poor patient care?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 5 Aug 2013

Sir Bruce Keogh’s review, published earlier this month, into the high mortality rates at 14 trusts found that all these trusts were understaffed.