Steve Ford's stories
We may have to wait for money to fund the People Plan, but compassion doesn’t cost anythingSubscription
The importance of compassion is often emphasised in reports on healthcare and the NHS, but is difficult to pin down in terms of meaning in practical and measurable terms. Of course, the word usually crops up in relation to patient care and the compassion – or sometimes the lack of it – shown by staff.
Ever since devolution, the national health services in Wales and Scotland have looked progressively different to that in England, and probably Northern Ireland too.
Two nurses will be the only women listed on a new memorial to people who lost their lives while under British command during the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy.
News round-up: Catch-up on May's top nursing stories Subscription
Miss any of the news affecting the profession during May 2019? Catch up with our summary of the main nursing headlines.
'The familiar themes at RCN congress show how little attention politicians pay to the profession'Subscription
This time last week I was in the bubble of the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress. Counting back, I realised that it was my thirteenth consecutive year at the conference – how time flies.
Trusts across England will be offering an additional 5,000 plus placements this autumn, fulfilling a pledge made in the NHS long-term plan earlier this year, Nursing Times understands.
An undercover film recorded for the BBC Panorama programme has revealed vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital “being mocked, taunted and intimidated”.
I had intended to write a purely positive piece this week on about innovative work being done for patients with learning disabilities by nurses in Liverpool hospitals.
Improving the health and lives of people with learning disabilities will be the focus of a fringe event being hosted by Nursing Times and NHS England at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress.
Keep up with everything happening at the RCN Congress 2019. Journalists from Nursing Times will be reporting live from Liverpool throughout the conference
Westminster Abbey was filled with nurses on Wednesday for a special service to commemorate both the life of Florence Nightingale and to mark the centenary of the funeral of Edith Cavell.
Nursing in primary care doesn’t always get the attention it deserves, despite the huge importance of the work of practice nurses. From vaccination to managing long-term conditions, they are at the core of services that are crucial to so many patients.
A leading nursing academic is among 50 of the UK’s leading figures within health and biomedical science to have been made fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Nursing Times has been shortlisted this year in three categories for a major set of awards for the UK media industry, including for “brand of the year” for specialist magazine titles.
That health professionals are prepared to help others regardless of the situation leaves the rest of us in aweSubscription
When I opened my copy of Metro on my way to work on Tuesday morning, a picture of a smiling young woman holding a bunch of bright yellow sunflowers jumped out at me.
I was sitting at home on Friday evening easing into the May bank holiday weekend when I noticed something happening on Twitter that immediately grabbed my attention.
Guinness World Records (GWR) has admitted it “mishandled” the case of a nurse who ran in the London Marathon but was denied a record because she was wearing scrubs rather than a dress.
Miss any of the news affecting the profession during April 2019? Catch up with our summary of the main nursing headlines.
Warnings have been made about safe staffing for a while now without anyone in power taking notice, observes the new Royal College of Nursing leader, Dame Donna Kinnair, in this month’s issue of Nursing Times, which will be published later this week.
Miss any of the clinical and practice news affecting the profession during April 2019? Catch up with our summary of the main study headlines and clinical breakthroughs.
'Let’s celebrate the next generation of nurses and the people who prepare them for practice'Subscription
This Friday is one of those days of the year the Nursing Times team really look forward to. We will be hosting the annual Student Nursing Times Awards at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
A lack of registered nurses on the ward is almost certainly a familiar and regular experience for many staff working in hospital settings. It is regrettable to be talking about it again, but we must.
Trying to celebrate the diversity of staff in the NHS and improve their representation at senior levels is an ongoing struggle, but one that has at least been gaining more attention in recent years.
I got angry on Monday at around 2.30pm. It’s not something I try to make a habit of but sometimes you hear things that just spark an emotional reaction.
Miss any of the news affecting the profession during March 2019? Catch up with our summary of the main nursing headlines.
This month’s issue of Nursing Times focuses on learning disabilities, both from the perspective of general nurses caring for people affected by a learning disability and that of nurses working in the specialty itself.
On Monday evening I had dinner surrounded by bugs – pictures of big colourful flu bugs that is. I was attending the annual flu fighter awards, which are organised by NHS Employers on behalf of the government.
It seems that nurses are suddenly flavour of the month in the halls of power. At least, that is the feeling you would have got had you been at the annual gathering of England’s nurse leaders last week.
Liz Rix is to leave University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and become the new chief nurse at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
The new CNO has set out her stall with her key priorities for representing the professionSubscription
Somewhat to my surprise, I discovered a new board game this week while attending the chief nursing officer for England’s summit in Birmingham.
The health secretary has vowed to “look at” adding a chief nursing officer role to the structure of his new technology agency, known as NHSX, after the absence of one was flagged by a nurse.
The chief nursing officer for England is planning to introduce two new badges designed to reward excellence by nursing staff and teams.
The chief nursing officer for England has revealed that her team will include three deputy chief nursing officers, five regional nursing directors, plus a chief midwifery officer.
I wrote this on a rainy Tuesday afternoon while on a train to Birmingham. It was a little cramped as I had to move from my reserved table seat because the air conditioning was broken in coach E.
This month’s issue of Nursing Times sees the start of a new series of articles that focus on a specific specialty or topic in nursing.
Nurses and other healthcare professionals are being called on to support the first national cervical screening campaign to increase the number of women attending across England.
Delaying or withholding antibiotics for over 65s with symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) appears to be associated with higher risk of sepsis and death, according to UK researchers.
The Nursing Times Awards for this year have now been officially launched, so do not delay your entry in order to have a chance of winning.
The last seven days or so has seen a sudden spike in news about mental health care and mental health nursing, which is not before time. Here is a quick run down.
Miss any of the news affecting the profession during February 2019? Catch up with our summary of the main nursing headlines.
Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma or have a poor quality of life from long-term conditions compared to counterparts in other high-income countries.
The new chief nursing officer for England, Dr Ruth May, has used her first interview with Nursing Times since she took on the role to emphasise the need to boost pride in nursing and midwifery.
GP surgeries can now display a “daffodil mark” as a sign of commitment to improving end of life care, as part of a new partnership between the Royal College of General Practice and the charity Marie Curie.
The sunshine we’ve enjoyed over the last few days suggests spring is on the way at last, but winter seems reluctant to loosen its icy grip on the health service.
The children’s wards at both the James Cook University Hospital and Friarage Hospital now have a fleet of five electric cars.
Operating department practitioners and members of 15 other health and care professions will see their annual regulation fee increase after a decision by the Health and Care Professions Council.
The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has announced the appointment of Helen Whyley as its new director with immediate effect.
'When will the value of specialist nurses be recognised by those who control NHS purse strings?'Subscription
The crucial contribution specialist nurses can make to their organisations has been in the spotlight this week, hopefully acting as a bulwark against the continuing threats to their position.
A third of patients who use complementary and alternative medicine hide the fact in consultations with conventional medicine providers, with potential safety implications, a study suggests.
The class A drug MDMA may be used “safely” as a treatment in patients for psychological trauma and alcoholism without side effects linked to social distress, according to UK researchers.