Dr Anant Sachdev highly values the HCAs he works with at a GP practice, however one HCA’s actions and initiative led to a patient receiving care that went above and beyond the call of duty
Universities and community education providers must work together to support newly qualified nurses, say Carmel Blackie and Julia Billington
Jeremy Hunt has accused GPs of being part of the winter pressure problem, and insisted they open their doors for longer. But is that really the cause of the NHS’s troubles?
Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign launched by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in 2007, has achieved measurable attitudinal change in society, says Lisa Rodrigues
Jennifer Bird uses her personal experience to highlight the importance of after care and psychological dimensions of illnesses such as rectal cancer
David Parker-Radford calls on community nurses to take action in order to improve epilepsy care for the homeless
Helen Croft shares her enthusiasm for patient profiles as an alternative to standard care planning activity to increase service users’ engagement with their care
Ian Dove suggests that research and clinical nursing could be combined into one role, one that would be perfectly suited for clinical nurse specialists
Sally Bloomfield wonders how to restore confidence in hygiene, wrongly dismissed by some as an ’obsessive cleanliness’ responsible for a range of chronic diseases such as allergies and autoimmune conditions
It is no secret that the NHS is critically short of GPs. Yet obstacles to solving this problem appear to exist wherever you look.
Technology is now weaving its way into most clinical areas, says Jessica Ross, who warns against potential negative consequences for patients
Patient and public involvement groups ensure that carers and service users have their voices heard and become involved in research, says Liz Charalambous
Karen Shaw urges nurses and midwives to combat antimicrobial resistence by applying infection prevention and control measures while acting as patient advocates