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The Nursing Times weekly round-up: 1st – 7th February 2016

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Your must-read guide to what’s happening in nursing this week

Top stories:


Carter review to back new measure of nurse productivity

Lord Carter

Lord Carter’s review of NHS productivity has recommended that a new metric – “care hours per patient day” – should become the principal measure of hospitals’ use of nurses and healthcare assistants from April this year.

More on this story:

Tackling delayed discharge key to NHS savings, says Carter

 Also in the news:

Almost 5% of England’s nursing workforce are due to undergo revalidation in the first quarter of 2016-17, the NHS Trust Development Authority has said. This means around 30,000 nurses will be required to complete the process between April and June, which includes proving they have undertaken 35 hours of CPD and reflective discussions.

The comments we received on this story show a strong objection to revalidation from some nurses.

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Coloured badges stipulate nurses’ role when children arrest

Coloured badges stipulate nurses’ role when children arrest

Healthcare innovation made the headlines twice this week. Nurses at a specialist children’s hospital in London are trialling a system where nurses are assigned badges at the start of a shift stating what their role would be if a patient in their care had a cardiorespiratory arrest. While at Guy’s and St Thomas’, smartphones that monitor the health of heart failure patients and alert nurses if they are at risk of deteriorating are being introduced.


Spending review cuts led to fewer nurse places, says HEE chief

Health Education England would “have almost certainly” commissioned more adult nurse training places if it had not been subject to funding cuts by the Treasury, its chief executive Ian Cumming has revealed.

However, in Wales a bill to ensure minimum nurse staffing levels has passed a further stage in the process of becoming law. A debate over whether the word “safe” was appropriate in the proposed legislation’s title was voted on by members of the National Assembly for Wales.

Jenni Middleton

Jenni Middleton index

From the editor:

‘Patients need properly trained nursing staff’

“Ever since we broke the story on the nursing associate role, people have asked what Nursing Times’ position is on the issue.

”Let me clarify where we stand on the issue. This role should not be used to substitute registered nurses. All the evidence suggests that registered nurses improve patient outcomes, safety and experience. – But if the role is a substitute for anything it must be for untrained healthcare assistants…”

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Clinical articles:

All nurses can be involved in research

All nurses can be involved in research

Spotlight on… Involving patients in research

Involving patients in research is a relatively new and exciting idea. Ten years ago the Department of Health’s national research strategy noted that engaging patients and members of the public “leads to research that is more relevant to people’s needs and concerns, more reliable and more likely to be put into practice”.

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Revalidation: case study from a pilot site

  • Why revalidation is being introduced
  • The elements of revalidation
  • Experiences of a revalidation pilot site

Reducing inequalities in health and life expectancy

  • Life expectancy of those with mental illness/learning disabilities
  • Reasons why there is a greater risk of early death
  • Strategies to address health inequality

Benefits of music for people with dementia

  • Benefits of music for people with dementia
  • Results of a pilot using personalised playlists

Treating PTSD using the natural environment

  • Traditional approaches to treating PTSD
  • Using natural environment to treat mental health problems
  • Potential benefits of this approach for people with PTSD

Improving acute care for patients with dementia

  • Risks and outcomes of patients with dementia in acute care
  • How patients with dementia can be challenging for staff
  • Areas in which hospital care can be improved

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Opinion and Analysis:

  • · A healthy approach to work
    Diane Romano-Woodward found occupational health so satisfying she decided to set up her own business.

A problem shared…

One of my colleagues has recently started disappearing from the ward for no apparent reason once or twice a day. We have worked together for six years and this is very out of character. When I have asked where he has been he has been vague and changed the subject.

“So far our ward manager doesn’t seem to have noticed. I don’t want to get him in trouble, but it is starting to annoy the rest of the team. What should we do?”

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