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Mark Radcliffe

Mark Radcliffe


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    ‘Normalised violence against staff reflects a cultural crisis’Subscription

    9 March, 2018

    Call me unpatriotic but I have always been confused by the word “Great” in Great Britain. Ironically it may be that I am just very British in my coyness when it comes to self-praise? Or it may be that it never really felt earned? I don’t think all the other countries got together and said, “you know who’s Great? Britain, that’s who. With it’s quaint red pillar-boxes and its willingness to tolerate Richard Branson. Let’s call her Great Britain from now on”. And even though Australia, who are p

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    ‘Deep down, I knew she would never get off the ward’Subscription

    9 February, 2018Comments (3)

    I’m having coffee with a nurse friend. She has been doing what she does for 15 years and can’t remember the last time her feet didn’t hurt. She is on her fourth espresso and has the wide-eyed stare of a kitten that has just seen wool for the first time. She leans across the table and says; “I’m thinking of making a break for it.”

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    ‘We are doing something very wrong to nurses’Subscription

    13 January, 2018

    If I have a responsibility to this page, it involves some sensitivity to the experiences of the people who may read it.

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    ‘I hope you find a way to be compassionate to yourselves’Subscription

    7 December, 2017Comments (1)

    Call me crass and irresponsible but I hope you find a way to treat yourself at Christmas

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    ‘A big problem is nursing’s perceived powerlessness’Subscription

    1 November, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017Comments (1)

    Some of you will be familiar with the slightly scary social psychology research known as the ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’. It investigated the psychological effects of perceived power and took place in 1971.

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    ‘Nurses appear to have got used to solving their own problems’Subscription

    1 October, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    I spent today with a clutch of matrons, is “clutch” right? Better than “gaggle”? I don’t think “herd” works.

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    ‘We should think of the NHS as precious but not unlimited’Subscription

    1 September, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    I am sitting outside a cafe in Brighton with a friend talking about life and watching the clouds.

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    ‘Delivery of top-class care gets more challenging every week’Subscription

    1 August, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    I ’m chatting with a friend I haven’t seen for a while. Lovely man, works far too hard, last did exercise in 1989, likes Chardonnay and won’t leave it alone until it likes him back. 

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    ‘Put some substance back into the concept of freedom’Subscription

    1 July, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    A recent report from the Academy of Medical Sciences suggested that the public were confused by information about medicines and that the leaflets should be less scary.

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    ‘Simulation is a key learning tool but presence is essential’Subscription

    1 June, 2017Updated: 24 November, 2017

    Back in the mid-1980s a third-year student nurse was charged with showing me, a first-year student nurse, how to give a depot injection. 

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