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NMC urges profession to give views on education plans
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has urged members of the profession to take part in its consultation exercise on proposals for a radical review of our education standards. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Head of Morecambe Bay inquiry calls for ‘end to bickering’
The former chair of the Morecambe Bay inquiry has warned that the highly polarised debate around “natural” childbirth could harm safe care for mothers and babies, and called for both sides in the row to stop “bickering”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Thousands of patients ‘put at risk’ after waiting list errors
A hospital trust has launched a review of its patient records following a warning from external advisers that thousands of patients may have been put at risk of harm due to missed follow-up appointments. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New Down ’s test should see fewer miscarriages in Wales
Welsh hospitals are to introduce a safer and more accurate test for Down ’s syndrome for pregnant women, the Welsh government announced today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS backs RCN drive to improve digital skills among nurses
A campaign to improve digital skills among nurses has received the backing of the NHS body responsible for data and information in England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Survey shows confidence lacking in NHS complaints system
Two-thirds of people who complain about NHS treatment on behalf of an older relative do not believe it will make a difference, a survey has revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Older cancer patients disagree with their carers on capability
Older cancer patients and their carers often differ in their assessment of physical ability, with caregivers generally rating the patient ’s physical function as poorer, according to a study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Children sleeping hour less at ‘higher risk of type 2 diabetes’
Children who sleep on average one hour less a night have higher risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including higher levels of blood glucose and insulin resistance, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Patient numbers on mixed-sex wards doubles since last year
The number of patients in mixed-sex wards last month was more than double that at the same point last year, prompting opposition parties to criticise ministers for dropping a pledge to eliminate them. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Senior nurse appointed to new regulatory role for London
Angela Thompson has been appointed director of nursing and deputy regional chief nurse for NHS Improvement ’s London region. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Major London trust short of nurses in ‘most departments’
A trust in London has “significant shortages” of medical, nursing and allied health professional staff in most departments, which are affecting care delivery and patient safety, according to regulators. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

England ’s chief nurse to oversee health service in the capital
NHS England has announced this morning that chief nursing officer Professor Jane Cummings will take charge of its London region for the foreseeable future. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hospital theatre staff to strike over weekend working deal
Theatre staff at Warrington Hospital in Cheshire are going on strike tomorrow and next week over a dispute with trust managers about out of hours work. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 18, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New students with place on nursing course down 8% in England
Figures released today show that 16,100 nursing students have been placed on a course in England so far – representing an 8% drop compared to 2016. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ambulance trust teams up with charity to improve palliative care
A specialist ambulance service, involving a new charity nurse post, is being established to help ensure the wishes of terminally ill patients in the North East are respected. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust distances itself from staffing link to fungus outbreak
A major London hospital trust has sought to distance itself from suggestions that a lack of nursing staff was implicit in an outbreak of the so-called “Japanese fungus” infection Candida auris. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Extra cash released in last minute bid to create placements
Universities and NHS trusts are being offered tens of thousands of pounds by Health Education England in a push to expand training places for nurses and other health professionals this year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust told to improve staffing and safety in maternity units
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been told “further improvement” is needed in the safety of its maternity units, as well as ensuring sufficient nursing staff are on duty generally. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Staffing 'challenge' prompts acceleration of Devon bed closures
An acute trust has brought forward the closure of 71 inpatient beds across four community hospitals due to pressures on safe staffing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Island nursing director leaves among raft of leadership changes
The director of nursing at Isle of Wight NHS Trust has left the role amid a series of changes in senior leadership at the struggling organisation. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Surrey hospital trust appoints new interim chief nurse
Ashford and St Peter ’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of Sue Tranka as its new interim chief nurse. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Primary care nurse shortlisted for compassion award
A nurse who was instrumental in setting up a primary care service for Rotherham ’s most deprived vulnerable and marginalised groups has been named as a finalist in the Kate Granger Awards. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

A & Es urged to ensure nurse numbers match workload needs
Accident and emergency departments should assess whether their nurse staffing levels match actual workload requirements, as part of a new checklist comprising 50 key quality standards. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Extra 71,000 care home places needed in England by 2025
An extra 71,000 care home places will be needed to be created in England over the next decade, as care needs rise in line with increased life expectancy, according to predictions. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN warns too few students having meningitis vaccine
Two thirds of school leavers remain unvaccinated against meningitis, despite the national catch-up programme and a rising number of “W strain” fatalities, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hospital inspected after ‘bullying’ whistleblowing claims
Junior nursing staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital felt “bullied” into accepting patients onto their wards at night, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fun signs help patients to ‘improve nurse hand hygiene’
Armed with simple paddle signs, patients and parents can feel empowered to remind clinicians to perform hand hygiene and successfully improve compliance rates, according to US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Most US nurses ‘expect to protect patients in shootings’
Nearly two-thirds of US nurses and doctors believe they have a special duty to protect patients if a shooting incident erupted in their hospital, a survey has suggested. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hampshire commissioners appoint new nursing director
Ellen McNicholas has joined West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group as its director of quality and nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses hoping to encourage staff flu jabs with new game
Nurse innovators at James Paget Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are hoping to create a “buzz” about flu vaccination this winter with a new online game featuring a flu-fighting bee. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Fat but fit’ still at higher risk of CHD, warn researchers
Carrying extra weight could raise the risk of a heart attack by more than a quarter, even if patients appear are otherwise healthy, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Infection control guidance issued for emerging fungal threat
Updated guidance has been published on the management and prevention of an emerging fungal pathogen in hospitals and community settings, following an increasing number of cases in the UK that have affected 55 hospitals so far. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Scotland ’s new ‘baby box’ available nationwide from today
All babies in Scotland due from today will be gifted a box full of essential items aimed at tackling inequality and promoting health. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Care row court case 'reveals urgent need to define nursing'
A court case involving a dispute over care home payments between local councils and the NHS has exposed a serious lack of understanding about the definition of nursing, which must be tackled urgently, a leading nurse has told Nursing Times. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Demand pushes children ’s social care to ‘breaking point’
Counties claim biggest pressures as analysis shows prevention funding significantly cut at time of rising demand (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Yorkshire trust promotes deputy to nursing director role
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in Yorkshire has announced the appointment of Jill Asbury as its new director of nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nosy NHS staff warned not to illegally access patient data
NHS staff have been warned about the potentially serious consequences of prying into patient records without a valid reason, following a case last week involving a healthcare assistant. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nine out of 10 largest hospital trusts 'short of nurses'
More than nine in 10 of the 50 largest NHS hospital trusts in England are not staffed with nurses to the level planned by their own management, according to the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Warning over rise in young people with type 2 diabetes
The number of children and teenagers being treated for 2 diabetes in England and Wales has risen by 14% in a year, councils have warned, which they said reinforced the need for action on obesity. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Normal birth' campaign abandoned by royal college
The Royal College of Midwives has dropped its “normal birth” campaign and removed advice for midwives from its website, acknowledging that it could have been “misleading”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS chiefs relax position on nurses' use of WhatsApp
NHS England appears to have shifted its position on the use of WhatsApp by staff in the NHS, with a softening of tone regarding the popular smartphone application. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Seven nurse-led projects to receive grants in Scotland
A programme aimed at reducing health inequalities in communities across Scotland will be providing funding of more than £30,000 to seven new projects, it was announced today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust commits to improvement plan after CQC action warning
A struggling trust in the West Midlands has drawn up an action plan to tackle staffing levels and culture in its maternity service, after being threatened with enforcement action. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

More heart failure patients seeing specialist nurses
There has been an “important” increase in the percentage of heart failure patients seeing a specialist nurse after being admitted to a general medical ward, according to an independent audit. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Obese surgery patients need ‘much more’ ICU care
Obese patients who have undergone heart surgery tend to require additional intensive care unit (ICU) services and longer recovery times, compared to non-obese patients, a study has found. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Global campaign to be launched to raise nursing's status
A global campaign designed to “generate energy, boost morale and encourage recruitment” among nurses is to be launched in the coming months in a bid to raise the status of the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Global campaign to launch to raise nursing's status
A global campaign designed to “generate energy, boost morale and encourage recruitment” among nurses is to be launched in the coming months in a bid to raise the status of the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Female HCAs at 'slightly higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis'
Being a healthcare assistant may put women at slightly higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than the rest of the population, including registered nurses, a study has suggested. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CNO says practice nurse plan is based on 'flexibility'
Offering a more “flexible” career path will be key to encouraging more newly-qualified nurses into general practice settings and to also tempting former staff back, according to the chief nursing officer for England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 11, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bereaved nurse helps parents ‘create special memories’
A Lincolnshire nurse who lost her own child recently has helped raise over £500 to help other parents in a similar situation at the hospital where she works. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 10, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news