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A mission to provide free hand care to nurses and midwives


Do you suffer with skincare problems as a result of washing or using hand sanitiser as part of your daily routine?

We can help! Nursing Times is delighted to be working with Nursem, a new skincare brand with a mission to provide free handcare to all nurses and midwives, especially those attending our Careers Live events.

Nursem will be giving away approximately 900 samples of hand cream (a size to provide a 14-day supply) at our Nursing Times events in Leeds on 16 June, London on 30 June, Manchester on 15 September, Birmingham on 20 October and London again on 10 November. It’s first come first served, but Nursem is aiming to supply all attendees at the events.

A study, carried out by the therapeutic skincare brand and Nursing Times, found that NHS nurses and midwives wash their hands over 50 times a day. It also found that 87% of nurses experience problems with their hands due to excessive washing. The study collected data from 739 survey respondents and took place in February 2018.

As a result, Nursem is on a mission to provide free hand care to all NHS nurses and midwives by 2025 by giving them a month’s worth of hand cream (50ml) for every product sold to a consumer. There are currently 419,000 NHS nurses and midwives in the UK, who each wash their hands on average 55 times a day, leading to conditions such as contact dermatitis. Despite this, only just over half (56%) of respondents confirmed that they have regular access to hand cream at work.

After witnessing the effects of relentless hand washing, Jonny Philp, husband of paediatric nurse Antonia, created Nursem – a therapeutic skincare brand that nourishes, nurtures and protects skin, both on duty and off. The couple have launched the brand with a hand cream that is specifically formulated for hardworking hands and is free from parabens and petrochemicals.

Mr Philp said, “After seeing my wife in so much pain after hospital shifts, I decided that I needed to do something to try and help. I recruited a panel of nurses and teamed up with Newcastle Science City to develop a hand cream that would protect and nurture healing hands. We’ve created a formula of nine naturally derived active ingredients to soothe painful or irritated skin. Our mission is to make every shift better for registered nurses.”

For every product sold Nursem will provide a month’s worth of hand cream (50ml) to an NHS nurse or midwife. To help with the launch, the company has launched a Crowdfunder page with a target of £20,000 and is urging the UK to contribute in order to help the most deserving sufferers. Nursem is proudly working with key nursing organisations – Nursing Times, the RCN Foundation and the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

Nursem Protective Hand Cream comes in two sizes - 75ml (RRP £7.99) and 300ml (RRP £19.99).

Find out more about the product and the campaign to give every NHS nurse or midwife a month’s supply of handcream for every product sold by following @Nursemskincare or #handsback, or visit


Readers' comments (4)

  • What about the health care assistants?

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  • In our trust we are not allowed to use our own hand cream as they were found to harbour bacteria. The trust provides hand cream in dispensers but it’s not that great.

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  • Healthcare Assistants wash their hands much more than any nurse, as we do the majority of the hands on work! We are just not acknowledged enough or at all, just because we are not a registered body. Do we get free quality hand cream???

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  • Sponsorship from industry is a dance with the Devil.
    Keep your hands "clean' by getting the public onside to vote in supporters of adequate NHS finding.
    Australian Dieticics Association has meetings in Coca Cola building.
    That's the road you're heading down.

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