Issue : March 2018
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As Karen Roberts begins her new post at Macmillan, she brings with her both a 30-year career in oncology nursing and the recent experience of her husband’s death from cancer. Claire Read finds out how each will shape her approach to the role.
Crowded NHS hospitals with too few nurses are increasing the risk of bacteria outbreaks and threatening to reverse the progress made by infection control teams in the past 20 years, a charity has warned.
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Individuals within the learning disability population are living longer, however, compared to the general population, life expectancy is considerably lower, explains Student NT editor, Rebecca Hammond.
Nurses and midwives will be able to support people who have experienced domestic abuse to vote anonymously during elections following a change in law this month.
A “substantial increase” in the number of cases of scarlet fever being reported this year has been highlighted by Public Health England, which is urging health practitioners to be “mindful” when assessing patients.
Significant progress has been made at an NHS trust in Kent, but the Care Quality Commission has told the organisation it still requires improvement, including in its triage assessments, mandatory training for nursing staff and documentation of pain.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has reiterated that the 1% cap on public sector pay rises has been scrapped but said he wanted to see any new deal “tackle” some the health service’s challenges.
The chief nursing officer for England has stressed the need to share more positive stories on nursing to help tackle falling rates of applications to university training and to keep more staff in the profession.
Reports that the government is considering offering NHS workers a 6.5% pay rise spread over three years in exchange for staff losing a day of holiday has, unsurprisingly, been met with a wave of anger and criticism among nurses.
GPs are set to be the latest group of employers to appoint whistleblowing guardians due to a funding boost by NHS England to expand the speaking up programme.