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October 2013

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Nurse shortages, pressure ulcers and why NMC can no longer strike nurses off for “incompentency”

It was revealed that “incompetence” could not be given by the NMC as a reason for striking off a nurse, unless they have first been subject to a two-year suspension order. The story related to a High Court ruling made back in February, which did not come to light at the time.
High court ruling prevents NMC from striking off incompetent nurses


A successful initial trial brought an alternative treatment for high cholesterol closer to being a reality.
New cholesterol lowering drug moves a step closer


An investigation by Nursing Times revealed that a third of hospital trusts in England have gone overseas to recruit nurses to make up for local shortages. Our story gained widespread attention in the national media. It formed the first part in a series of exclusives on nursing workforce trends that following over coming weeks.
Exclusive: Nursing shortage drives hospitals overseas


We reported on a new campaign to improve pressure ulcer care – “Stop The Pressure” uses social media to spread awareness of good practice. It builds on a regional campaign developed in NHS Midlands and East. It was the brainchild of student nurse Charlotte Johnson who said it was “overwhelming” to see her idea to increase awareness of pressure ulcer prevention come to fruition.
Call to make pressure ulcer care ‘sexy’


Ministers announced that a new national certificate for care workers will be introduced in an attempt to drive up standards. It followed recommendations made in October by the Cavendish review into healthcare assistant education and training. The main recommendation was that a compulsory training certificate be devised to ensure all HCAs have the same minimum level of training. The government is yet to confirm when the mandatory qualification will be introduced.
Compulsory certificate of care for HCAs


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