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The Nursing Times weekly round-up: 19th – 26th February 2016

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Your must-read guide to what’s happening in nursing this week

Top stories:



A national review into maternity services in England took centre-stage in the NT news room this week. After finding a wide variation in the quality of service, the review puts forward solutions to put women “at the centre of care” by offering them a more personalised service. Changes to staffing models and giving women their own budgets to spend on the care they would like, are just some of the radical changes put forward.

Also in the news:


Pressure affecting care standards, warn nursing staff

The annual NHS survey revealed the, perhaps unsurprising, finding that NHS staff are frequently working extra hours for free. In fact, 73% of respondents stated that they work extra, unpaid hours.

We were sad to hear that Pauline Cafferkey, the British nurse who contracted ebola last year in Sierra Leone, is back in hospital this week in connection with the disease.

A set of “core principles” for all staff employed by the Welsh health service has been unveiled, including a pledge to “value all who work for the NHS”.

Winterbourne View

Winterbourne View

One of recommendations Sir Stephen Bubb made in his investigation into abuses at Winterbourne View care home, was the closure of institutions and more community provision for people with learning disabilities. However, his subsequent report published this week warned that reforming services may be more challenging than initially thought and would require 10,000 extra staff to be recruited and trained.


From the editor:

Jenni Middleton

Jenni Middleton index

‘Danger lies in giving less but wanting more’

“The Francis Report shone the spotlight on a lot of issues for the nursing profession.

“It shook nursing more than various other critical reports and reviews had before. But among all those distressing patient stories and accounts of care failings at Mid Staffordshire, one good thing came out of it – the focus on safe staffing.

“It gave nursing a moment in time to articulate what it needed to provide safe, high-quality and consistent care.”

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This week’s clinical content:

Psychological distress ONE USE

Psychological distress ONE USE

Addressing psychological distress in midwives

In this article:
The causes of psychological distress experienced by midwives
How that distress can manifest itself
Benefits to be gained by addressing the issue

Obesity ONE USE

Obesity ONE USE

Minimising VTE in patients with cancer

In this article:
The pathophysiology of venous thromboembolism
The link between cancer and VTE
Treatment of VTE in patients with cancer

nt handover

nt handover

Assessing the need for service improvement

In this article:
How to identify the need for a change in practice
Sourcing evidence to support a change in practice
Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis

Missed doses of medication can be fatal

Missed doses of medication can be fatal

Rectal drug administration in adults: how, when, why

Learning points:
The relevant anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract
How drugs are absorbed when administered rectally
The principles of safe administration of drugs per rectum

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Opinion and Analysis:

How can you help your patients reduce their own risk of chronic disease?
It might be an important part of the nursing role, but health promotion can often be the toughest. Practice nurse and health promotion enthusiast, Jaqui Walker, explains how World Cancer Research Fund can help

The crisis in mental health nursing and a nursing response
Senior lecturer in mental health, Chris Hart, discusses the recent mental health review, the health inequalities it uncovers and asks the question ‘who is to blame for the crisis facing mental health care?’

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