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Online editor's blog: New faces and fond farewells

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NT online editor Gabriel Fleming on new faces, ridiculous parking charges and NT blogs from across the nursing profession

Our new editor, Alastair McLellan, started on Monday. As well as the usual ripples that a new boss brings - everyone seems to be dressed a bit smarter and paying a bit more attention in meetings - we’re all looking forward to seeing what Alastair’s experience at Health Service Journal, NHS Choices and health information specialists Dr Foster can bring to NT.

Alastair is an expert in healthcare technology, so readers can look forward to coverage of new developments, and his input into nursingtimes.net will help us provide you with more and more cutting edge news, resources and networking opportunities with colleagues, peers and nursing experts.

On a sadder note, we bid a fond farewell to Rachel Downey, who leaves NT after six years at the helm. Rachel boundless enthusiasm will be greatly missed, as will her annual star turn presenting the NT Awards.

There’s a lot of chatter on the news desk this week about our Free Parking campaign, which aims to abolish the grossly unfair charges that nurses incur just by driving to work. There will be more coverage in the coming weeks, but for now you can show your support for the campaign by putting this card on your dashboard, and if you’re in London look out for the NT team in a hospital car park near you, where we will be finding out what real nurses think of these absurd charges.

Elsewhere on the site, mental health nurse Simon Daniels’ effort to address a client’s more taboo needs are quickly thwarted, critical care nurse Cassandra Leese relishes a move to a smaller hospital, and primary care guru Lynn Young has a bleak warning about a potential flu pandemic.

On the clinicalfront, there’s new Key Questions articles on orthopaedics, care of the older patient and learning disabilities.

As ever, please email me or use the ‘post your response’ button at the bottom of this article to get in touch.

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