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News In Brief

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News In Brief

- Two HCAs have been dismissed by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, following last month’s Healthcare Commission report into Clostridium difficile cases. The trust said a staff nurse and another HCA have been disciplined but will stay in the employment at the trust. Three non-executive directors resigned last week.

- The government has axed six second wave Independent Sector Treatment Centres, saying they would not provide value for money as the local NHS had improved capacity to meet patients’ needs. However, ministers have approved ISTCs in another 10 areas.

- Nurses need to be more ‘innovative and creative’ in rehabilitating patients with long-term conditions, as care moves into community settings, says RCN guidance. Guideline author Sue Thomas, RCN nursing policy and practice adviser for long-term conditions, said: ‘It will help nurses to reflect on rehabilitative aspects of their role, regardless of their area of practice.’

- A study offers practical help to staff on how to recognise patient deterioration. The National Patient Safety Agency provides a detailed analysis of 576 deaths reported to it in Safer Care for the Acutely Ill Patient: Learning from Serious Incidents.

- As part of plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS next year, NT wants to hear nurses’ views on how the profession has changed in the past six decades. We are also trying to trace nurses who qualified in 1948.
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