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Rise in level of community-based support from hospices
The level of community-based support from hospices has risen year-on-year, a new report shows. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Report reveals safety concerns on ward hit by nurse ‘burnout’
Nursing staff burnout due to heavy workloads and inadequate skills mix is affecting patient care and safety at a hospital trust in Herefordshire, board papers have revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Women want ‘more support and advice’ on flu and pertussis
Women want more support and advice from health professionals about flu and whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy, according to a new survey of recent mothers and pregnant women. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Extra vitamin D for babies and pregnant women in Scotland
Vitamin D supplements are now being recommended earlier for babies and pregnant women in Scotland, due to the lack of it being naturally produced because of weak sunlight during winter. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Schizophrenia patients may be helped by talking to ‘avatar’
An experimental therapy involving patients with schizophrenia interacting with a computer-generated character that embodies one of the voices they hear, can help rapidly reduce symptoms, according to a new UK study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Moderate coffee drinking ‘likely to benefit, not harm health’
Drinking coffee is “more likely to benefit health than to harm it” for a range of health outcomes, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Burnout has ‘adverse effects’ on job performance of nurses
Specific characteristics among nurses doing shift work can directly affect their sleep quality and risk of burnout, according to Italian researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Government advisors back new flu vaccine in older people
Giving a new influenza vaccine to people aged 65 and over would be “more effective”, according to a committee of experts, which has called on health bodies in England to consider a change in policy. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New nursing director for national Scottish training agency
Karen Wilson has been appointed director for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions at NHS Education for Scotland (NES). (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pioneering new service set up by hospice and funeral firm
Hospices in England and Wales will be able to offer funeral services direct to families for the first time with the launch of a franchise scheme that could help bolster funding for vital end of life care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Government reveals extra funding to shore up NHS budget
Philip Hammond has announced additional government funding for the health service overall, saying that the government “will always back the NHS”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Warning over budget ’s failure to address NHS staff CPD funds
Representatives from health service employers have described the chancellor ’s failure to announce funding for staff training as “disappointing”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing and midwifery unions give cautious welcome on pay
Unions representing nurses and midwives have largely welcomed the chancellor ’s commitment to provide extra money for NHS staff pay rises, but also warned they must be “meaningful”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Chancellor commits to ‘additional funding’ for nurse pay rises
Chancellor Philip Hammond has said he will provide “additional funding” to provide nurses with a salary rise, following the completion of the current pay review process. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Diana’ palliative care nurses should be extended across Scotland
A paediatric palliative care model pioneered by a hospice charity in Scotland should be extended across the country, according to a new report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Common op may offer no extra benefit in reducing shoulder pain
One of the most common surgical procedures used in orthopaedics may make very little difference when it comes to reducing shoulder pain, suggests a ground-breaking UK trial. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Slow progress being made on inpatient falls prevention, finds audit
Falls prevention in hospitals across England and Wales has improved slightly but many are still using ineffective screening tools and failing to carry out key checks, including for delirium, it has been revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Heart failure cases now equal ‘four most common cancers combined’
The number of new cases of heart failure is on the up, with striking differences between rich and poor, shows the most comprehensive review of heart failure statistics in the UK to date. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

First private hospital in UK to launch bid for Magnet nursing status
An independent sector provider in Essex is hoping to become the first private hospital in the UK to gain a prestigious global stamp of approval for outstanding nursing practice. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse-led complex care pilot ‘reducing pressure on A & E ’
Community nurses are pioneering an innovative approach to support patients with multiple long- term conditions and reduce pressure on accident and emergency departments in South Yorkshire. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust to roll out technology saving nurses ‘thousands of hours’
Senior nurses at a major London trust that has been piloting the use of vital signs devices say it will now adopt it ”more widely”, after seeing the technology help improve the workload of its nursing staff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New national uniform for Scottish clinical nurse managers
A new burgundy tunic is to be rolled out across Scotland for all band 8 nurse managers and above who are working in clinical settings, ministers have officially announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses urged to lobby trusts for new child protection system
Nurses are being urged to encourage their managers to introduce a new data-sharing system aimed at preventing child abuse, after it emerged more than two thirds of trusts are still to put it in place. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Study reveals changes in young people ’s sexual practices
There has been an increasing diversity in young people ’s heterosexual practices over the past two decades, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Speed dating’ link with local firms helps cut nurse vacancies
An NHS trust in Devon has reduced its nurse vacancies by almost half in the past year following a number of changes to  recruitment, including linking up applicants’ partners with local businesses to help them find work. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sepsis detector among innovations to be ‘spread across NHS’
A device that spots the early signs of sepsis in hospital patients is among a number of new NHS innovations chosen for national backing in order to save lives and improve treatment. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New support network launched by neonatal nurses in Wales
A new support network to help families of children on neonatal units in North Wales has been launched by neonatal nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Overweight women may need more frequent mammograms
Women with a higher body mass index (BMI) are at an increased risk of not detecting their breast tumour until it has become large, according to a new study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Budget statement widely expected to include nurse pay rise
The chancellor ’s autumn budget on Wednesday will specifically highlight that money is to be provided to fund a pay increase for nurses above the current 1% cap, according to reports. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Concern for learning disability nursing as some courses ‘less than half full’
Serious concerns about the future of learning disability nursing programmes in England have been raised, as reports have emerged of some universities filling less than half of their course places this year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Rise in overseas nurses applying to NMC after language test changes
A “significant number” of nurses from abroad have applied to work in the UK in the past two weeks, the nursing regulator has revealed, suggesting recent changes to language testing are improving overseas recruitment. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Community nursing leader receives CBE from Queen
A leading community nurse received her CBE from the Queen this week recognising both her services to the profession and her work as the head of the Queen ’s Nursing Institute. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Warning over 'alarming' continuing drop in NHS health visitors
Health visitors have urged the government to reverse cuts to public health budgets, warning of a continuing “alarming” reduction in the number of NHS nurses working in 0-5-year-old services as a result. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Hospital trust ’s nurses celebrate achieving pressure ulcer milestone
A department at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust that cares for older and vulnerable patients is celebrating an entire year without a severe hospital-acquired pressure ulcer. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust turns to India and Philippines due to downturn in EU nurses
Oxfordshire University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is recruiting nurses from India and the Philippines in the light of a “marked reduction” in European Union staff coming to work in the UK. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Study to test if new talking therapy can help cancer survivors cope
Researchers from leading UK universities and NHS trusts are to carry out a major new project to develop and test a talking-based therapy for cancer survivors. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sister starts blanket scheme to comfort end of life care patients
A Colchester ward sister is setting up a group of volunteers to make blankets for patients who are nearing the end of their lives and also to reduce loneliness among the knitters themselves. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Injuries to mental health staff during restraint on the increase
The number of injuries to staff while trying to restrain patients at mental health trusts in England has risen by 300 in a year, reversing a previous trend, latest data has revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

First national framework for advanced clinical practice unveiled
The first national framework for nurses and other healthcare professionals working at an advanced level has been revealed today, with the aim of providing a “clear and consistent approach” to training and practice. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Respiratory nurse educator named ‘nurse of year’ by RCN Wales
A respiratory nurse has been named as “nurse of the year” by the Royal College of Nursing in Wales for her work in tackling some of the worst mortality rates from chronic lung disease in the UK. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CNO hails landmark ‘devolution’ deal on London health and care
A deal unveiled today will give London ’s NHS and councils the “freedoms and powers they need to provide the very best health and care services”, according to the chief nursing officer for England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NICE gives green light to new 'breakthrough' breast cancer drugs
Discount price deals for two similar new breast cancer drugs have seen them approved for routine NHS use, under draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Changes in nurse numbers ‘may be key’ to 120,000 excess deaths
Changes in nurse numbers are linked to excess death rates – especially in care homes – according to a new study looking at the impact of cuts in health and social care spending on mortality. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bullying at hospital trust revealed in whistleblowing review
Evidence of a bullying culture and a failure to respond to serious concerns, especially among black and minority ethnic staff, have been uncovered at an NHS trust in the North West of England, following the first review by the national office responsible for improving the ability of health workers to speak out. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Disappointing’ lack of progress in community mental health
An annual survey of people ’s experiences of using community mental healthcare shows “limited progress” overall, with a decline in performance in some service areas, according to regulators. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Charity appoints expert lung cancer nurse for North West
A new mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist has been appointed to support the high number of patients with the condition across Merseyside and Cheshire. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: First new urinary catheter for 80 years to be revealed
The inventors of a new catheter claim it could solve one of “the biggest problems” in community nursing and reduce discomfort, embarrassment and complications for millions of patients. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Further warnings given over 'nonsense' cuts to nurse CPD
Cuts to continuing professional development funding in the NHS are both a “major issue” for the nursing workforce and “nonsense” at a time when news standards are being brought in to raise the level of nurses’ practice, an influential group of MPs has been warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Notts maternity staff create own ‘Call the Midwife’ calendar
Maternity staff from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust have created their own calendar themed on the hit BBC TV show Call the midwife. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses stretched to 'breaking point' over pay, finds RCN survey
Many nurses have struggled to pay bills, missed rent or mortgage payments and say they cannot sleep at night due to money worries, reveals a major survey by the Royal College of Nursing, which paints a stark picture of the personal financial pressures weighing on the profession. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news