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Mental health nurse liaison with GPs 'highly valued'
Mental health nurse-led liaison services in primary care are “highly valued” by GPs and can improve the quality of care for patients, a study in London has found. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

EU citizens rights offer 'step in right direction,' say health leaders
Health and social care leaders have welcomed the prime minister ’s proposal for European Union citizens living in the UK to be able to stay following Brexit, but have called for more details about the cut-off date for the entitlement to remain. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Over 600 children vaccinated in Welsh measles outbreak
More than 600 children have now been given the MMR vaccination at sessions held in schools in Newport in response to a measles outbreak in South Wales, according to public health officials. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Third of community hospitals miss nurse staffing targets
Nearly a third of NHS trusts running community hospitals have not met their targets for nurse staffing levels on wards for the past two years, according to latest analysis of workforce data. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

HPV tests lead to earlier detection of cervical pre-cancer
Women who receive human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, in addition to a pap smear, receive a faster, more complete diagnosis of possible cervical pre-cancer, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse shortage sparks ‘new approach’ to dementia care
A trust is introducing what it is calling a “new approach” to dementia assessment and treatment for patients in response to continued difficulties in recruiting registered mental health nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for nurse views on Parkinson ’s and mental health
A group of MPs and peers with an interest in Parkinson ’s disease are calling on nurses to help inform an investigation into mental health issues linked to the long-term condition. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Regulator adds mental health experts to nursing team
The regulator NHS Improvement has appointed four experts to help it with its work to improve nursing in the mental health sector. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC ‘supportive’ of national guidance on CPR decisions
The nursing regulator has attempted to clarify its position on decisions to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation, in the wake of several hearings involving nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Much more to do’ on reducing stillbirth rates across UK
The rate of stillbirths in the UK has fallen by almost 8% in recent years, but there is still “much more to do” to achieve further reductions and address ongoing variations in care quality, say midwives. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Primary care nursing expert crosses country for charity
A retired primary care nursing expert has proved she is still up for a challenge by walking across England to both raise money for charity and celebrate her 70th birthday. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Expert midwives answer to tackling obesity in pregnancy
Specialist antenatal clinics for severely obese mothers-to-be can help cut rates of pregnancy complications, new research has found. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN to draw up first ever protocol for ‘animal therapy’
The Royal College of Nursing has announced that it will create the first ever nationwide protocol for animals in healthcare in a bid to encourage more hospitals to explore the therapy area. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New antibiotic can be given in single 30-minute infusion
A new intravenous antibiotic that can be used to treat potentially life-threatening skin infections in just half an hour could reduce nurses ’ workload and pressure on the NHS, its makers claim. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Summer of protest' by nurses over pay to begin next week
Nurses are to begin protest activities over pay from next week after the Queen ’s Speech failed to state the government would remove its 1% cap on annual wage increases for most NHS staff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Employers urged to give nurses breaks or risk dehydration
Trusts and other employers are being urged to ensure nurses can keep hydrated, as a matter of patient safety, on what is the hottest day of the year so far in many parts of the country. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health Education England chief targets future nurse surplus
Health Education England ’s chief executive has said he wants to ensure the UK is self-sufficient for nurses and is aiming for a small surplus across all healthcare professions. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Reducing midwife stress ‘key’ to improving birth safety
Measures to counter “human factors”, such as stress and fatigue among maternity staff, are key to reducing baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth, according to a detailed new analysis. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses urged to measure public health impact with new tool
The majority of healthcare professionals believe public health is an important part of their job, but only around a fifth currently measure the impact of their work in the area, according to two national organisations that have developed a new tool for the purpose. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Lancashire ANP named ‘psoriasis nurse of the year’
Zahira Koreja, an advanced nurse practitioner at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in Blackburn, has won the Psoriasis Nurse of the Year award for 2017. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Healthcare needs of older prisoners ‘being failed’ by system
The prison service is struggling to meet the health needs of the increasing number of older people living and dying in jail, leading to “unacceptable examples of poor care”, according to a watchdog report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fast-track endoscopy training 'too short for non-technical skills'
A fast-track NHS programme for nurses and other practitioners to become non-medical endoscopists equips trainees with the required technical skills, but does not provide enough time for developing in other areas such as clinical decision-making, an evaluation of the scheme has indicated. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Fast-track endoscopy programme 'too short for non-technical skills'
A fast-track NHS programme for nurses and other practitioners to become non-medical endoscopists equips trainees with the required technical skills, but does not provide enough time for developing clinical decision-making, an evaluation of the scheme has indicated. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse leader uses personal experience to promote compassion
A senior nurse has written a frank account of some of the upsetting circumstances surrounding her own mother ’s death to highlight the importance of compassionate nursing care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Newcastle ’s first Admiral dementia specialist nurse appointed
A leading North East dementia charity has appointed Newcastle ’s first Admiral nurse, in partnership with the national charity Dementia UK. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse innovator urges adoption of hydration risk tool
An award-winning hydration nurse specialist is urging health and care providers to trial a simple risk assessment tool that has been shown to significantly reduce hospital admissions from care homes. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust stays in special measures after repeat 'inadequate' rating
A Midlands trust where patients died in the corridors last winter has been rated “inadequate” again, with the Care Quality Commission suggesting outside support will be required “for the foreseeable future”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives back charity call to ban ‘unsafe’ home dopplers
A charity that works to reduce stillbirths has launched a campaign to ban the sale of over-the-counter foetal heart monitors, warning the readily available devices can lead to life-threatening delays in seeking professional help. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Warning over drive to boost Scottish health visitor workforce
Government plans to increase the number of health visitors in the NHS in Scotland by around 50% in the space of four years are unlikely to succeed unless more is done to offset staff leaving or retiring from the profession, Nursing Times has been warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CQC ’s new chief inspector of hospitals revealed
Professor Ted Baker has been appointed as Care Quality Commission ’s new chief inspector of hospitals. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Staff shortages and continence pad rationing in care homes
Care home residents are being left in re-used continence pads, denied trips to the toilet and kept indoors for days on end due to severe staff shortages, according to a survey by Unison. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Study finds link between 12-hour shifts and lower quality care
Nurses report significantly lower quality of care if they work a 12-hour shift compared to a stint of eight hours or less, according to new analyis, which also found longer shifts were associated with higher job dissatisfaction. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Registration for Scotland ’s baby boxes initiative underway
Parents to be in Scotland should receive information about baby boxes at their first midwife appointment, with the box delivered “soon after or around the time” of the birth. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for A & Es to screen more teens for alcohol problems
Nearly nine of out of 10 accident and emergency departments are failing to identify young people with alcohol problems, in contravention of national guidelines, suggests a UK study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

End of life care guides for people with learning disabilities
Marie Curie has launched a series of easy-read booklets to help people with a learning difficulty to discuss concerns about death and dying, and to better understand end of life care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CBEs for QNI leader and Welsh CNO in birthday honours list
The head of the community nursing charity the Queen ’s Nursing Institute has been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s birthday honours list, along with the chief nursing officer for Wales. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Unions up pressure on government to drop cap on NHS pay rises
The leaders of the health sector unions have written a joint letter to the prime minister claiming the 1% cap on NHS pay rises “stands in the way” of attracting enough staff to provide safe patient care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 19, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Morecambe Bay's dermatology team wins nursing accolade
The dermatology outpatients team at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has been named “team of the year” at the British Dermatology Nursing Group’s annual conference. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS bosses urged to deal with nurse retention by workforce chief
NHS managers have been urged to focus on strategies to hold onto nursing staff by the head of a government arm ’s length-body, who revealed that, even with increasing numbers of nurses in training, a shortage was still expected in four years’ time. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: NHS should offer staff affordable housing, says leader
Trusts should consider offering junior nursing staff affordable housing as an incentive to join the health service, an NHS leader has told Nursing Times. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Mental health nurse turned dementia worker gets award
A former mental health nurse is celebrating after being recognised for improving the lives of others. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ureteroscopes contaminated with ‘debris, residue and bacteria’
The techniques used to clean and sterilise flexible ureteroscopes leave behind contamination including debris, residue, and bacteria, according to a small study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Home visit nurses freeing up general practice appointments
A five-month pilot scheme is providing a swifter response and faster treatment to scores of patients who need a home visit, according to commissioners in part of Hampshire. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Special report: Nurses recall silent victims of London attack
Incidents like the recent London Bridge terror attack sadly show both nursing and the NHS at its best, according to two of the capital ’s nurses who were involved in treating the victims. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Jeremy Hunt hints at end to pay restraint for NHS nurses
The health secretary has revealed to NHS bosses that he is planning to relay concerns about staff pay to the chancellor, following a meeting with the head the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Securing workforce one of ‘major challenges’ facing NHS
Securing the workforce, both home grown and recruited from overseas, to deliver the healthcare services that are required by patients has been earmarked as one of three “major NHS challenges”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Advanced breast cancer drug to become routinely available
A “landmark” deal has been announced on the breast cancer drug trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla), meaning that it can now be recommended for routine use by the NHS in England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Alliance formed to represent health sector during Brexit
A new alliance of healthcare organisations has been formed with the aim of safeguarding the interests of the sector as the UK government moves towards negotiations over Brexit. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NMC consults on education changes for scripts and meds
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today launched a consultation on proposals that would potentially lead to nurses and midwives being able to prescribe much earlier in their careers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Leading union figure in NHS pay negotiations given new role
Unison head of health Christina McAnea, who has led key negotiations on NHS pay and strikes for the past few years, has left the post after being promoted to the role of assistant general secretary. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 15, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news