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Your weekly news summary: 3 September 2016

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District nursing was the focus of a major report this week by the King’s Fund think tank which said pressure on the service was leaving nurses “broken” and exhausted” and causing quality of care to be compromised.

Workforce data on NHS vacancies in England has revealed the extent to which nursing staff are in demand, with around 30,000 adverts for nurses and midwives in the first three months of this year. At the same time the number of nursing staff working in the NHS is at the highest level it has ever been.

 Meanwhile in Scotland, health boards are predicting the number of full-time nurses and midwives working in the NHS to rise by around 440 over the current financial year. However, unions cautioned recruitment was not keeping pace with the vacancy rate.

Analysis by Nursing Times has revealed the best and worst universities for nursing courses in the UK, following the latest national survey of students. In England, Teesside University comes top and Brighton University scores the lowest.

Prescribing should be included within university courses according to suggestions from universities in a new report this week that discusses changes to nurse training standards.

Finally, Florence Nightingale Foundation chief executive Professor Elizabeth Robb is to leave the nursing education and research charity at the start of 2017.

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