Charles, my neighbour, is a pensioner. He’s having difficulty negotiating the phone menu at his GP surgery. He needs to get some blood results and then, depending on the result, make an appointment with his GP. I agree to phone.
‘Would you recommend nursing to your children?’Subscription
The local schools have a list of people who will speak to children at careers evenings in exchange for a mug of tea and two biscuits. I’m on the list to recommend nursing.
‘People who are obese need our help and support’Subscription
I knew what was wrong with Mrs X before she sat down. Type two diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesteraemia and osteoarthritis of the knees.
In the past I thought assisted dying was unnecessary and brutal, a poor substitute for good palliative care. I debated it with my aunts, in their late 90s, who cautioned: ‘there are worse things than dying’.
The shortage of registered nurses is over, for now. Nurses from outside the EU, apart from some specialists, remain ineligible for work permits.
I once worked in a hospital in the US. Nurses in the UK were adopting lots of ideas from the US such as primary nursing and I was keen to see how these worked.
‘Keeping older people from poverty is our duty’Subscription
Money is tight and everyone is feeling the pinch. Costs are up, standards of living are falling and the worst may be yet to come. But the problems in our economy aren’t affecting everyone in the same way.
Once I thought I was immortal and there was nothing in life that couldn’t be fixed. I learnt, as we all do, that my body is frail, mortal flesh and that there are some things we have to live with.
Imagine that you live in a desperately poor country. A country where a child at birth has the same odds of survival as one born in medieval England.
The number of HCAs in the NHS has doubled in the past 10 years, and their role is changing. Once, care assistants who performed tasks traditionally considered part of nursing were rare.