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The Nursing Times weekly round-up: 27th February – 5th March 2016

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

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The NMC has pre-empted concerns that a sharp fall in nurses remaining on the register in April could be blamed on the introduction of revalidation. Its analysis of registration trends suggests that a “significantly higher” proportion of all annual leavers depart at this time.

Around 16,000 nurses and midwives – about 2.5% of the register – are due to revalidate this April.

Also in the news:

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Nursing director becomes Kent trust chief exec

Helen Greatorex

It’s been a fairly busy week for the nursing leadership merry-go-round with several nursing directors on the move. North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has appointed Maurya Cushlow – currently at North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group – as interim executive director of nursing and midwifery. She will join in April, replacing Gail Naylor who in turn has been made executive director of nursing and midwifery at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Meanwhile, Helen Greatorex, the executive director of nursing at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, is taking a step up to become chief executive of neighbouring Kent and Medway and Social Care Partnership Trust in June.

Jim Mackey

Jim Mackey

Jim Mackey

‘Misinterpretation’ of staffing guidance is being blamed in part for driving up NHS costs. Charlie Massey, the Department of Health’s director general of strategy, and Jim Mackey, chief executive of the new regulator NHS Improvement, said there was a difference in “perception” between national bodies and local providers over how to apply NICE’s staffing guidance.
They claim the 1:8 nurse-to-patient ratio is not a requirement, but merely a trigger for board conversations.

The Healthy New Towns programme came a step closer to reality this week, with NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announcing the location of the 10 communities, which will be designed with the help of clinical experts.
The sites will be designed in order to maximise residents’ health outcomes and prevent conditions, such as obesity.

Unions have reacted to the BBC’s finding that on 1 December 2015 there were 23,443 nursing vacancies across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Janet Davies, the Royal College of Nursing’s chief executive and general secretary, described the widening gap between demand and supply of nurses as “worrying”.

A national charity is looking for nurses to volunteer to support a group of disabled children on a “life-changing” trip to Florida. The charity seeks to give children, fighting life-threatening illnesses, the opportunity of a once in a lifetime holiday overseas via its Destination Dreams initiative.

Jenni Middleton

Jenni Middleton index

From the editor:

‘Nursing needs strong and talented leaders’

“The senior nurses I met when I became editor of Nursing Times over five years ago told me how, when they started their careers as the equivalent of band 5 nurses years before, they dreamt they would become ward sisters.

”They thought this would be the pinnacle of their careers. It was something they aspired to but thought might not be possible.”

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 This week’s clinical content:


How student nurses can influence care quality

In this article:

  • Why a conference on pressure ulcer prevention was organised
  • The aims of the conference
  • Top tips on organising a conference

Managing and reviewing evidence-based changes

In this article:

  • Managing a change in practice
  • Reviewing and measuring the change in practice
  • Hints and tips for undertaking a clinical audit or review

How language choice can affect HCAI prevention

In this article:

  • What is meant by the term ‘discourse’
  • How hand-hygiene policies illustrate the power of discourse
  • Implications of strict guidance that is not evidence-based

Using PGD to reduce surgical infection risk

In this article:

  • Why spinal patients are at greater risk of surgical site infection
  • Details of a decolonisation regimen
  • Staff and patient feedback on a patient group direction

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Opinion and Analysis:

Revalidation case study: what’s it like to revalidate?

With NMC Revalidation due to be implemented in a few short weeks, we speak to one nurse who has already been through the revalidation process. Her experience was that the system was reassuringly easy to use.

The milk of human kindness

Carol Stonham, this week’s Role Model, tells us how promoting the importance of kindness and compassion is easily overlooked

The BBC has discovered there is a shortage of nurses!

This tongue-in-cheek headline comes from news editor, Steve Ford, who has been asked to provide comment this week on the story that 9% of nursing roles in England, Wales and Northern Ireland remain unfilled.

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