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NICE nearing green light for dry eye disease treatment
Draft proposals have been issued backing a treatment for severe keratitis in adults with dry eye disease, which has not improved despite treatment with artificial tears. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Too much sitting while pregnant linked to gestational diabetes
Women suffering from symptoms of depression during pregnancy are more likely to sit down for long periods of time in the second trimester, putting them at risk of greater weight gain and contracting gestational diabetes, according to a UK study. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Majority of A&E departments fail liaison psychiatry standards
Almost three-quarters of England’s liaison psychiatry services in hospital emergency departments are rated substandard. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

PICU audit reveals 'sobering' nurse staffing problems
Just five paediatric intensive care units met their recommended nurse staffing levels for this type of service in 2014, according to an NHS-funded audit across the UK. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 3, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CQC finds children's nurse shortage in Devon hospital inspection
A shortage of children’s nurses and lack of mandatory training for emergency department nursing staff in general have been identified by inspectors, following a visit to North Devon District Hospital. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 3, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Tighter target for mental health treatment in Wales
The waiting time target for treating people experiencing mental ill health in Wales is being cut from 56 to 28 days to ensure faster access to treatment. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 3, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Safety alert issued to NHS on patient falls from hoists
A patient safety alert has been sent to NHS organisations in England surrounding the “risk of death and serious harm” by falling from hoists. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 3, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC returns to Guernsey to review progress on midwifery
The Nursing and Midwifery Council will be undertaking a planned return visit to Guernsey in order to assess progress made since it identified serious failings in midwifery there 12 months ago. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 3, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bursts of intense exercise could help manage hypos
Patients with type 1 diabetes could regain their ability to tell when blood sugar levels are low by regularly doing short bursts of high-intensity exercise, according to a preliminary study in animals. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 3, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh nurse vacancies reveal 'continuing recruitment crisis'
A “continuing crisis” of nurse recruitment in the NHS in Wales has been revealed after new figures found almost 1,250 vacancies across the country. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 3, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Welsh safe nurse staffing bill gains '90% public support'
Proposed safe nurse staffing legislation for hospital wards in Wales is widely supported by the general public, with almost 90% of people taking part in a poll saying it was important for the bill to be passed. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 2, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Devon trust appoints interim director of nursing
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed Dr Nicola Ryley as its interim director of nursing. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 2, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Vitamin D pill a day may ‘lower risk of heart disease’
Taking vitamin D supplements can improve exercise performance and lower the risk of heart disease, according to the findings of a preliminary study by UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 2, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Soybean foods may protect against osteoporosis
Eating a diet rich in both soy protein and isoflavones can protect menopausal women from bone weakening and osteoporosis, according to the results of a preliminary study led by Hull University. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 2, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Concerning' ethnic minority view on HPV vaccine
Around 20% of girls from ethnic minority backgrounds are not being vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) because they feel they do not need to have it, according to a study. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 2, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Mandatory reporting of FGM cases comes into force
It is now mandatory for nurses, midwives and other health professional to report suspected cases of female genital mutilation. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 2, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Urgent’ action needed to tackle Scottish nurse obesity
Levels of obesity and being overweight among nurses in Scotland is “worryingly high” and significantly more likely within the profession than among other healthcare workers, according to new research. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - November 2, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CNO confirms England ready to go ahead with revalidation
Nursing Times can confirm that the Department of Health has rowed back from plans to delay nurse revalidation in England, in light of the negative response from the profession’s leaders. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CNO confirms England ready to go-ahead with revalidation
Nursing Times can confirm that the Department of Health has rowed back from plans to delay nurse revalidation in England, in light of the negative response from the profession’s leaders. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Treating severe acne hampered by 'antibiotic overuse'
Clinicians treating severe acne leave too many patients on ineffective antibiotics for far too long before prescribing more potent needed therapy with isotretinoin, claim US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Learning disability inpatient beds to be slashed by 50%
National plans to close inpatient facilities for people with learning disabilities and move care into the community will see hospital beds reduced by an average of 50% over the next three years, NHS England has revealed. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exercise may help women delay preventive mastectomy
Regular physical activity could play a role in helping women at high-risk of breast cancer delay the need for drastic preventive measures, such as prophylactic mastectomy, according to US research. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN calls for full-time nurses for ‘looked after children’
The Royal College of Nursing has issued a new position statement calling for improved services for children in care. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Global nursing expert questions NHS policy on profession
One of the world’s leading experts on nursing and safe staffing has questioned current NHS policies towards nurses and suggested some could even put patients at greater risk. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Major London trust launches ‘nurse in charge’ badges
Patients, visitors and staff at Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London are now able to immediately identify the senior nurse on their ward after the launch of “nurse in charge” badges. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 30, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Government U-turn on delayed nurse revalidation roll-out
The Department of Health has rowed back from plans to delay nurse revalidation in England, in light of the negative response from the profession’s leaders, Nursing Times can reveal. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 29, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Statins may lessen impact of flu vaccination in elderly
A pair of new studies suggests that statins may have a detrimental effect on the immune response to influenza vaccine and its effectiveness at preventing serious illness in older adults. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 29, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hunt promises new 'Ofsted style ratings' for clinical areas
Ofsted style ratings are to be given to each area of the country for performance in a range of clinical areas including cancer, dementia and mental health, Jeremy Hunt will announce today . (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 29, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Revalidation delay would be 'travesty', say senior nurses
Senior nurses have hit out at government plans that could potentially delay the full introduction of revalidation in England by two years, labelling it a “travesty” and claiming the move would have an “incredibly negative” impact on the workforce, leaving staff “completely confused”. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 29, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Proposed employer levy for overseas recruits sparks concern
Concerns have been raised that a government-proposed levy for employers who recruit workers from outside the European Union would penalise health organisations trying to fill nurse staffing shortfalls. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 29, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Variation in access to lung cancer specialist nurses 'must end'
Every hospital trust should employ at least two specialist lung cancer nurses, according to a new report that highlights ongoing deficiencies in lung cancer care (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 29, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse comforted survivors of whale-watching tragedy
A nurse originally from Northern Ireland has described going to the aid of a group of people after their boat sank eight miles from shore during a whale-watching trip in Canada. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

First national training framework for community nurses
The first national framework for district and practice nurse education and training has been published, laying out how the two roles each require specialist skills but also how they can overlap. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Diabetes is infection risk factor for ‘most surgery types’
Patients with diabetes are at considerably increased risk of developing surgical site infections while undergoing most types of surgery, compared to non-diabetics, according to a US study. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New PET scan method can cut staff radiation exposure
Researchers in Manchester say they have used recent advances in PET scanning technology to reduce the radiation dose for both staff and patients by up to 30%. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CQC considers move to more ‘proportionate’ regulation
The Care Quality Commission may in future inspect organisations considered to be low risk in a more “proportionate way” and visit less frequently those services previously judged to be performing well. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NICE approves new drug for chronic kidney disease
For the first time, a treatment will be available on the NHS in England and Wales that can delay the development of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Regional variations in cancer diagnosis highlighted
Nearly 20,000 more people would have a better chance of surviving cancer over the next two years if diagnosis rates in all English regions were on a par with the best at spotting the disease. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 28, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Revalidation delay in England 'very worrying', warn unions
Nursing and midwifery unions have said they are “extremely disappointed” and “very worried” that the introduction of revalidation may be delayed by two years in England, while other parts of the UK go ahead with the system in the spring. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 27, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

TB poses ‘significant health challenge’ for London
Tuberculosis is a “significant public health challenge” in London, with rates of the disease in parts of the capital comparable to Iraq, a new report has warned. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 27, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Warning of midwifery retirement ‘ticking time bomb’
Record numbers of births to older mothers are putting maternity units under intense pressure, as midwifery faces a “retirement time bomb”, a new report has warned. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 27, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Gaps persist in hospital staff training for spotting sepsis
Nearly half of hospital trusts in England are still not able to provide evidence of training for their staff in recognising sepsis, according to a report by MPs on tackling the condition. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 27, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New admin role mooted for HCAs to support practice nurses
Healthcare assistants could in the future play a bigger part in supporting practice nurses and doctors with administrative work, under national plans to pilot a new role in general practice. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 27, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Stopping donepezil ups risk of care home admission
Withdrawing a commonly-prescribed Alzheimer’s drug in the advanced stages of the disease doubles the risk of patients moving to a nursing home within a year, according to a UK study. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 27, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Nurse revalidation facing two-year delay in England
The full introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives could be delayed in England for two years due to government fears about the current state of NHS finances, Nursing Times can reveal. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 26, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

DNA testing for Down’s on NHS ‘would save lives’
Making a DNA test for Down’s syndrome available on the NHS would reduce the dependency on invasive tests and potentially save the lives of unborn babies, a UK study suggests. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 26, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Campaign aims to steer Welsh public away from A&E
The chief executive of NHS Wales is asking the public to choose the “right health service for their needs”, as part of a new national campaign to reduce winter pressures (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 26, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Key failings found in North Wales midwife education
Serious concerns about the standard of midwifery and nursing education programmes in North Wales have been identified by a review for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 26, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New head of midwifery for Peterborough and Stamford
Fran Gregory has been appointed as the head of midwifery at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 26, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Nurse directors concerned as winter looms
Directors of nursing have warned of their increasing concerns for patient safety as the winter period approaches, claiming the “pendulum is swinging” towards trust decisions being led by financial considerations due to the escalating NHS deficit. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 26, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news