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News In Brief

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News In Brief

- A UK-wide review of post-registration education for midwives is to run alongside the Modernising Nursing Careers consultation. It will be conducted by the chief nursing officer for Scotland, Paul Martin. It is being undertaken separately in recognition of the different skill sets needed by midwives.

- Relevant organisations have the legal right to share sensitive personal information about students, according to an NMC circular released last week. The regulator said legal advice confirmed that sensitive information should be shared between educational institutions and practice mentors. Students who do not consent to the sharing of data could be deemed unfit to practise.

- Bed blocking is compromising patient care in Wales, the country’s audit office said last week. A lack of suitable places in patient care means discharge from hospital is being delayed in some areas by an average of six weeks. Bed blocking cost £69m in 2006–2007, the report found.

- Heart transplants at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge have been suspended pending an inquiry into an increase in patient deaths. A team from the Healthcare Commission will spend this week investigating procedures after seven out of the 20 transplant patients this year died within 30 days of their transplant.

- Nurses have until the end of this month to take part in NT’s Top 100 annual workplace survey. Nurses can rate trusts on criteria ranging from staff benefits available and family-friendliness to morale and training opportunities. Enter online at by 30 November.

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