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Your 5 minutes news summary: 20 August 2016

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Good news for prospective nursing students in Scotland - student nurse bursaries and other funding support will be available to those on courses in Scotland next year, despite the removal of the bursary for students in England.


The Scottish government made the announcement in conjunction with a leaflet detailing the £6,578 students may be eligible to as well as a number of income-assessed allowances for dependant adults and children.

Five years on since the launch of the Health Visitor Implementation Plan, unions and organisations are now warning that health visitor posts are being cut throughout England, largely as a result of councils attempting to save money. In a letter published in The Times newspaper, the group states cuts to services risk several government priorities from tackling the obesity crisis in adults and children, to promoting social inclusion.

In a bid to provide “clear joint leadership and greater collaboration”, the first two appointments in a series of new joint regional chief nurse posts have been announced this week by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Sue Doheny has been confirmed as regional chief nurse for the South of England, and will start on 1 September. Meanwhile, Professor Oliver Shanley will be chief nurse for London.

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust received high praise this week following its CQC inspection. Inspectors highlighted several examples of outstanding care, including at the nurse-led urgent care centre at Chase Farm in Enfield and the trust’s efforts to meet the needs of people with dementia.

Our story on a mental healthcare team that has chosen to go back to wearing uniform has caused something of a stir on social media. While some point out the benefits of improved infection control, others believe a uniform creates a divide between professionals and patients.

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