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The Nursing Times weekly round-up: 5th – 12th March 2016

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

Top stories:



The big story this week was that the government has this year accepted the pay review body’s recommendation of a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff in England and Scotland. “Big deal,” we hear you say, loud and clear. The comments on this story and on our Facebook post show just how angry Nursing Times readers are about this below-inflation pay rise.

Also in the news:
Our investigation into breaches of the agency nurse pay cap received national coverage, and with good reason. We uncovered that acute trusts in England have overridden government-enforced caps on hourly rates of pay for agency nurses more than 60,000 times since they were introduced at the end of last year.

Jeremy hunt new website

Jeremy hunt new website

Jeremy Hunt

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has put forward a raft of measures designed to improve safety and transparency in the NHS, including legal “safe spaces” for staff offering information about errors.

In a similar vein, the Department of Health has published a league table to rank NHS trusts in terms on “openness and honesty”. Out of the 230 trusts listed, 18 providers ranked “outstanding”.

From the editor:

Jenni Middleton

Jenni Middleton index

‘Agency pay caps expose system-wide problem’

“Our exclusive investigation into how the introduction of caps has affected spending on agency staff (read the story here) reveals that trying to make hospitals spend less on staffing will only work if they are actually able to do it.”

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This week’s clinical content:

Patient narratives 1: Using patient stories to reflect on care

In this article:

  • Why listening to patient narratives is important
  • How patient narratives link to evidence-based practice
  • Impact of nurses’ actions on patients’ experience of care

Improving nurses’ access to healthcare evidence

In this article:

  • The importance of evidence-based practice
  • How revalidation supports evidence-based practice
  • A service regularly distributing relevant articles to nurses

Sexuality and intimacy among care home residents

In this article:

  • Why sex is considered taboo for older people
  • Identifying care home residents’ interest in sexual matters
  • How to address the sexual needs of care home residents

The ethics of using cameras in care homes

In this article:

  • How technology can be used to improve care
  • Why cameras can be considered an invasion of privacy
  • How technology could safeguard care home residents

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Opinion and Analysis:


CCTV Surveillance camera

‘CCTV in care homes will help protect residents against abuse’
Our clinical article this week has opened up the debate over whether having cameras in care homes will protect residents or impinge on privacy. Solicitor, Renu Daly, argues cameras are necessary to protect against abuse and neglect.



suzanne beaty

suzanne beaty

Educating for best practice
Suzanne Beaty, this week’s role model, tells us why she wants to equip nurses with high-quality clinical skills.



deborah sturdy

deborah sturdy

‘Nursing was something I always wanted to do’
Inspired to become a nurse by various family members plus Nurse Nancy in Twinkle, Deborah Sturdy has now been a nurse for over 30 years.

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