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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: March 2015

'Some good news for care of the older person'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 30 Mar 2015

It seems the tide may be turning on the way older people are treated in the NHS, with the need to develop and improve this important area of care at last being acknowledged and acted on. There were two announcements this week that gave me hope that change is coming.

Voluntary services should supplement care, not replace it

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 23 Mar 2015

It was not a big surprise to me to read that mental health budgets have fallen by 8% in real terms during the term of this government.

The Jeremy Clarkson 'fracas' highlights whistleblowing fears

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 16 Mar 2015

I don’t watch Top Gear, and perhaps my dented and increasingly rusty Ford KA explains why. But I am interested in the Jeremy Clarkson affair because until now he has been one of the “untouchables”.

Fairness in NHS funding should look beyond the individual

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 9 Mar 2015

I like to think that one of the reasons we love the NHS is that the general population in the UK has a sense of fairness that is largely independent of where individuals stand on the political spectrum. We may argue about the finer details but the overwhelming majority of us agree that a healthcare system that is free at the point of need is fair.

An innovative way to overcome the tricky issue of visiting hours

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 2 Mar 2015

The topic of when and for how long relatives and friends can visit on hospital wards has long been a much discussed topic. Open visiting versus fixed-hours visiting? Should it be the same for every ward and department? Can children visit? How many visitors should be allowed at one time?