Issue : March 2018
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Miss any of the news affecting the profession during April 2018? Catch up with our summary of the main nursing headlines.
NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of nursing council member Marion Jones.
Trauma informed care in an acute settingSubscription
Prior to the start of her fifth mental health nursing placement, Maisie Hare had little experience of observing or facilitating trauma work
Did you know that Macmillan’s website has a range of videos for and about people affected by cancer?
Miss any of the news affecting the profession during March 2018? Catch up with our summary of the main nursing headlines.
The proposed pay deal for the NHS in England announced by government, employers and unions at the end of last month is the result of intense and detailed talks that started after the budget last November, explains Unison’s Sara Gorton, who led the pay negotiations on behalf of unions.
Miss any of the clinical and practice news affecting the profession during March 2018? Catch up with our summary of the main study headlines and clinical breakthroughs.
Over the past several years there has been a positive shift in how type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance are managed.
When someone tells you that they have just been diagnosed with cancer, what do you say to them?
Who are our heroes and villains for March 2018?Subscription
Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has defended its proposal to deal with the majority of fitness to practise cases in private, following claims the change will decrease transparency and remove a deterrent against poor conduct.
Women with polycystic ovaries having a two-fold increased risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to UK researchers.
A raft of changes to pre-registration nurse education, student assessment and prescribing have been approved, following a “historic decision” by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Dr Cheryl Etches, chief nurse and deputy chief executive at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, has retired after 38 years of service.
Has healthcare lost its humanity?Subscription
Do you think healthcare has become just about systems and processes so that the individual - staff and patient - are just cogs in the ever-turning wheel?
We asked our readers what they think of the new pay proposals. Here, Cara Large of Russells Hall Hospital has her say…
A new record high in the number of NHS nurses and other staff in Wales must become an “increasing trend over the coming years”, according to union leaders.
Student nurse Abbie Jobbling trained and prepared as well as anyone possibly could, but even then found her first resuscitation experience was much tougher than she expected.
Specialist nurses who treat patients with multiple sclerosis have warned that they are increasingly being put under pressure to help people with the condition to claim disability benefits.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has agreed not to raise annual registration fees for nurses and midwives in 2018 but has said it will need to review the payment in more detail ahead of next year.
Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Ben ColeSubscription
NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of Ben Cole, the lead nurse for family aftercare.
Many patients receiving chemotherapy following surgery for bowel cancer may only need three months treatment rather than the six months currently given, according to researchers.
New guidance has been published on supporting survivors of domestic abuse and other women in danger to vote safely, after this important role was extended to nurses and midwives.
A care home provider in the West Country has unveiled a new uniform to standardise the appearance of nursing staff, following consultation with its workforce and stakeholders.
Manchester nurse helping return sight to African patientsVideoSubscription
Hundreds of patients in deprived African communities have undergone life-changing surgery, thanks to a charity co-founded by a Greater Manchester research nurse.
Hospital services in Shropshire are set to benefit from a £300m cash injection to improve emergency and urgency care as part of a major investment in new buildings, wards and beds unveiled by the government.
Rutland in the East Midlands has appointed its first Admiral nurse via a partnership between the charity that oversees the service nationally and the county’s council.
A merger between University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and its neighbour Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is to go ahead next month, it has been announced.
The Royal College of Nursing has announced its formal support for an opt-out system of consent for organ and tissue donation after death across the UK.
An updated version of the standards nursing associates will need to meet and the list of skills they should be trained in have been released in draft form by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, with changes made to sections on medicines and common symptoms.
Many NHS trusts in England are failing to log, track, or disclose information on conflicts of interest for their staff, so potentially undermining public trust in health professionals, suggests research.
Bandages for knees and elbows could in future be made from a new thin, lightweight, rubber-like film, according to US engineers behind the innovation.
A new free course has been launched to help nurses and other health professionals to understand how genomics can battle bacteria diseases.
The Cavell Nurses’ Trust said it welcomed government comments made about nursing professionals “going above and beyond to provide care” in the wake of the new pay proposals.
The NHS has a tendency to divide people’s opinion. Write about an issue to do with our health service, especially on social media, and you get a lot of debate and often much disagreement.
A London-based nurse has been learning winter survival skills in Norway while also following in the footsteps of famous wartime raiders who helped halt the Nazi’s atomic bomb programme.
A Midlands specialist midwife and a charity founder have been asked by the government to lead a national review which could change the law for bereaved families.
Weighing the evidenceSubscription
57% of UK women are on a ‘diet’ all or most of the time, yet as a student midwife it is impossible to have escaped the assertion that we are in the grip of an obesity crisis, threatening the health and pregnancy outcomes of increasing numbers of women, says NT student editor for midwifery, Holly Morse.
An anti-inflammatory drug given to patients in the early stages of a stroke has been shown to reduce harmful inflammation, according to researchers in Greater Manchester.
The University of South Wales has formalised a working agreement with an armed forces nursing college in South Korea to train healthcare professionals in disaster response.
A “contentious” proposal by the nursing regulator to allow nurses and midwives to gain prescribing qualifications at earlier points in their careers is still due to go ahead under final plans, but registrants will need to provide evidence they are competent before beginning programmes.
An epilepsy drug has been approved for use in the NHS to treat children with the condition in Wales.
An extra 3,000 midwives will be trained over the next four years and a voluntary register set up for support staff, under a range of maternity care measures trailed over the weekend by the government.
Restrictions are set to be lifted on the quantity of simulation activities that universities can use, despite previous opposition to plans to remove a cap on the number of hours that students spent on this form of learning.
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The talking is seemingly now over and we have at last got a pay offer for NHS staff on the table. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve become sadly used each year to writing about the anger felt at yet another freeze or nominal inflation-chasing 1% rise.
Universities are set to be given more time by the regulator to introduce revised pre-registration nursing courses in line with new education standards.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has rowed back on its proposal to not set any competency standards for nurses and midwives who will assess students on practice placements.
Sarah-Jane Marsh, chair of the maternity transformation programme at NHS England, said earlier this week that the country currently lacked “sufficient midwives for the job”.
Specialist nurses in the Midlands have adopted a creative and unique approach to helping young patients cope with chronic pain via the use of arts and crafts.