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Practice team blog

Your practice editors Kathryn, Ann, Eileen and Fran talk about nursing in practice

All posts from: January 2014

Why are antipsychotics so regularly given to people with dementia?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 27 Jan 2014

When reading about the background to the upcoming NICE guideline on medication use in residential homes (due March 2014), I was surprised to find that, despite the fact that the majority are not licensed for use in people with dementia, this is a widespread practice.

Trusts must resist the temptation of a 'quick fix'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 20 Jan 2014

It is nearly a year on from the Francis report and the launch of our Speak Out Safely campaign to ensure staff will be supported when they raise concerns about care. It was disappointing, therefore, to read the recent CQC inspection of Barts Health Trust.

Speak up about revalidation, or forever hold your peace

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 13 Jan 2014

Only a couple of decades ago you could, in theory, qualify as a nurse and spend 40 years in the profession without undertaking any form of study or updating. And while examples of nurses who did that may be few and far between I’m long enough in the tooth to remember the introduction of PREP in the 1990s, and I know a few did exist.

How many smokers can you help to quit this year?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 6 Jan 2014

New Year is traditionally a time when we evaluate our lives and make resolutions to change or improve things. To reflect on the past year and make a fresh start for the one coming.