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  • Mr Brown started the ball rolling on engaging with the profession during a visit to King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in south London to mark the launch of the commission.

    First response to the Prime Minister's CommissionSubscription

    Analysis17 March, 2009

    In the week following Nursing Times’ exclusive report on the Prime Minister’s Commission on the future of the profession, Steve Ford finds out what nurses think about the review

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    New child safeguarding checks scheme delayedSubscription

    News24 March, 2009

    Nurses will not be required to register with the government’s new vetting and barring scheme for those working with children and vulnerable adults until 2010, the Home Office has announced.

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    Nurses call for more training in cancer careSubscription

    News24 March, 2009

    More than one-third of nurses have not had any specific education or training in helping to care for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, reveals a survey carried out jointly by Nursing Times and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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    NHS completes roll-out of antenatal screening for sickle cellSubscription

    News24 March, 2009

    The NHS formally announced last week that it has achieved 100% roll-out of its antenatal screening programme for sickle cell and thalassaemia.

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    CMO calls for practice nurses to tackle painSubscription

    News24 March, 2009

    Practice nurses could in future have to assess pain and its associated disability under the quality and outcomes framework.

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    Kidney patients to get personal care plansSubscription

    News24 March, 2009

    All adult patients with chronic kidney disease in England are to receive a new personalised system of care, the national director for kidney care Dr Donal O’Donoghue has announced.

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    Landmark case allows NMC to reinstate nurseSubscription

    News24 March, 2009

    The NMC has been granted the power to overturn a decision to strike a nurse from the register.

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    Government chooses UCL to train smoking cessation expertsSubscription

    News30 March, 2009

    A new nationally-accredited training scheme for smoking cessation specialist nurses and other health professionals working in the area will start in June.

  • NICE nurse research centre to mergeSubscription

    News30 March, 2009

    Nursing and supportive care research centre to be part of ‘one of the largest clinical guideline centres in the world’.

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    More nurses equals better careSubscription

    Analysis31 March, 2009

    A week after a healthcare watchdog identified staffing shortages as a key reason for failings at an acute trust, Nursing Times has obtained new evidence confirming a direct correlation between patient outcomes and nursing workforce numbers. Steve Ford investigates

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