New non-emergency phone service launched in Gwent
A new non-emergency healthcare telephone number has been launched this week in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, as part of a phased roll out across Wales. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

One in five patients awaiting new hip ‘suffering extreme pain’
Almost 20% of people awaiting hip replacements are experiencing extreme pain or discomfort, according to a study by UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

HIV patients at greater risk of CVD, COPD and fractures
People with HIV are greater risk of developing illnesses that are normally associated with age, such as increased incidence of heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bone fractures. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Call for nurses to risk assess patients amid IV feed shortage
Nurses and other health professionals have been urged to carry out risk assessments and put contingency plans in place for patients who would normally use intravenous feeds from manufacturer Calea, after health bosses announced a national emergency incident over product shortages. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Filipino nurses arrive on Isle of Wight after recruitment drive
The first nine nurses recruited to help bolster NHS services on the Isle of Wight have arrived this month from the Philippines, who are set to be followed by over 50 more. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Joined-up' working approach improving older patient care
The quality of care for older patients at a hospital in Swindon has improved thanks to a new specialist and multi-disciplinary team approach, which has meant decisions are made sooner and the risk of delays has been reduced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 16, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New student nurse numbers 'nowhere near enough'
The number of new students accepted onto nursing undergraduate degree courses in England are down by more than 1,300 since the bursary was scrapped in 2016, according to figures published today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Antiseptic cream as good as antibiotics for impetigo, says NICE
The common bacterial skin infection impetigo can be effectively treated with antiseptic cream without the need for antibiotics, according to latest draft guidelines. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exercise ‘delays progression’ of advanced colorectal cancer
Metastatic colorectal cancer patients who engage in moderate exercise while having chemotherapy tend to have delayed disease progression and fewer severe side effects, according to a US study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses leading major ward improvement programme
A £1m ward revamp overseen by nurses has greatly enhanced care and facilities for older patients at a large hospital, say those behind the transformation. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cancer nurses create drain bag covers to boost dignity
Nurses on a specialist cancer ward in Shropshire have helped boost patients ’ confidence and dignity by making custom-made covers to hide drainage bags. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Care homes forced to drop nurse provision amid staffing crisis
More and more nursing homes are being forced to shut or remodel as residential homes due to a “chronic” shortage of nurses in the independent sector, leaders have warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exercise may lower risk of developing delirium after surgery
Taking part in either regular physical and mental exercise lowers the chances of older patient developing delirium after surgery, a small US study has indicated. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Express service to ‘ensure’ Brexit urgent medicines supply
The government has announced it is setting up a service to deliver urgent medicines and medical products into the UK within one to four days, as part of its contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 15, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Public needs education on emergency care use, warn health bosses
Health leaders have called for more public education to ensure patients know where to turn to when ill, after survey results revealed that some are choosing emergency departments over GPs because they believe they can get tests done more quickly and prefer services where they do not need an appointment. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse to help guide strategy of charity for seriously ill children
A highly experienced palliative care nurse and leader has been appointed to the board of trustees of Together for Short Lives, a UK charity for seriously ill children. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Practice nursing 'awoke' political hunger in election hopeful
A Queen ’s Nurse selected to stand as an MP in the next general election said she wanted to get into parliament to tackle the social injustices in society that she came across while working in primary care nursing.  (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses at recruitment event step in to resuscitate passer by
A group of nurses from a Welsh health board helped save a man ’s life after he collapsed in the road near a recruitment event they were running. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Regulator asks for nurse views on updated bed rail guidance
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is asking nurses for their views on a new draft version on its guidance for users, carers and staff on the safe use of bed rails. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 14, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

World ’s first chlamydia vaccine show promise in early trials
The first ever chlamydia vaccine to reach the clinical trial stage has passed initial safety tests, reveals a new study published this week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

C diff adapting to spread more easily in hospital settings
A superbug that continues to claim the lives of NHS patients has evolved to spread in hospitals and evade disinfectants commonly used in healthcare settings, scientists have discovered. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

A & E complaints drop in Belfast after nurse leadership training
A hospital trust in Northern Ireland says it has seen a fall in complaints in accident and emergency care following the introduction of a new training programme for senior nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bristol birth unit to re-open after midwife recruitment drive
A midwife-led birth centre that struggled to cope with increased demand caused by a national drive to reduce stillbirths is set to re-open this autumn after remaining closed for a year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Better tests needed for urinary tract infections, say researchers
Primary care nurses and doctors “urgently need a fast and accurate test” for diagnosing urinary tract infections (UTIs) to reduce overprescribing of antibiotics, according to researchers in Leeds. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 13, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Migrant salary threshold proposals spark nurse recruitment concern
A political row broke out today over concerns that overseas nurses will be priced out of the UK ’s future immigration system, after proposals were mooted to raise the salary threshold to £36,700. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 12, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UK researchers aiming to develop 'smart' wound sensor
Engineers in Scotland are developing a sensor that they hope will help nurses, doctors and patients to manage how wounds heal. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 12, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

App allows pregnant women to chat online with NHS midwives
A first-of-its-kind app that allows pregnant women to instantly message a midwife for advice in-between appointments has been launched at an Essex hospital. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 12, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Charity reveals recipients of £300k specialist nursing grant
A charity has today announced the three NHS trusts that it has chosen to receive funds for a new  specialist nurse post to support a smooth transition for young people when moving from their children to adult services. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 12, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Flagship diabetes prevention scheme to be rolled out with tech
A fifth of patients set to be enrolled on a major diabetes prevention scheme will receive the support via technology instead of face-to-face sessions, under NHS England ’s latest plans. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 12, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Improve basic asthma care to curb rise in deaths, charity warns
More and more lives are being lost to asthma because people are being denied the basic level of care they are entitled to, including yearly reviews with a nurse, a charity has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Unsafe' private mental health hospital placed in special measures
An independent mental health hospital has been rated “inadequate” and placed into special measures, after inspectors concluded that patients were not safe there. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Student nurse saved schoolgirl ’s life just weeks after CPR training
A first-year student nurse at the University of Sunderland recently found her nursing education put to the test while on holiday with her family in Spain. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cardiff nurse first to become emergency medicine ACP in Wales
Advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) accreditation has been awarded by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine to a nurse in Wales for the first time. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Trust starts giving surgical patients ice lollies to slake thirst
Patients who are recovering from surgery are being offered refreshing ice lollies to help them feel less thirsty at a major London hospital trust. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CQC wins bid to block 'institutional' learning disabilities care home
A judge has backed a decision by the Care Quality Commission to block the opening of an “institutional” care home for people with learning disabilities, concluding that the setting would have created “unacceptable and serious risks” for residents. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cambodia: ‘Life changing’ volunteer work for UK nurses
Working alongside healthcare professionals in Cambodia is a “life-changing” experience, according to a group of UK nurses, who say it has also shaped their practice back home. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 9, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCM demands independent inquiry into midwifery firm collapse
The Royal College of Midwives has called for an independent investigation into the shock collapse of a private community midwifery company.   (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Poor heart health at age 50 'doubles dementia risk in later life'
Poor cardiovascular health in middle age increases the risk of developing dementia in later life, according to new research. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Snack during night shift better than big meal, study finds
Night workers perform and feel better if they eat a small stack during their shift, rather than a large meal, according to new research. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Bosanquet: 'Care sector nurses must have a voice at national level'
Action must be taken to address a leadership vacuum affecting nurses working in the care sector that puts them at risk of professional isolation, according to the new chief executive of an influential nursing research charity. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Norfolk trust pays tribute to sister retiring after 45 years
A sister who has nursed patients in East Anglia for 45 years has finally hung up her uniform for the last time. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

List of candidates for RCN council elections announced
The candidates for the current round of elections to the Royal College of Nursing ’s council have been announced this week. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Funding for first mesothelioma nurse specialist in West Midlands
Asbestos-related cancer patients in the West Midlands will soon have access to the region ’s first dedicated Mesothelioma clinical nurse specialist, while another post has been made full-time. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Training nurses in de-escalating violence 'does not reduce attacks'
Staff training designed to prevent violence in healthcare settings does not appear to reduce the number of incidents or injuries, according to a new review of the research evidence. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Glove crackdown saves trust £90k and reduces waste
A campaign to reduce inappropriate glove use by staff has saved a trust in London more than £90,000 and prevented 18 tonnes of waste being sent to landfill during its first year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NICE approves drug with potential to prevent breast cancer return
An additional treatment option for people with a specific type of breast cancer has gained official approval with hopes it will help prevent the disease coming back. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Apply to be a Student Nursing Times Editor 2019-20!
Once again we ’re on the look-out for five passionate student nurses/midwives to represent your branch to the wider nursing community! (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Charity warning over ‘almost stagnant’ neonatal death rates
Concerns have been raised that neonatal mortality rates in England and Wales have remained “almost unchanged” for the third consecutive year. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Number of registered nurses in social care plummets by 20%
The number of registered nurses working in adult social care in England has dropped by 20% in the past six years, with care homes increasingly employing nursing assistants instead, according to a new workforce report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

An opportunity to boost nurse impact on global health
The nurse overseeing an ambitious global leadership project taking place next year wants it to be a wake-up call to the world about the potential of the nursing profession to end healthcare inequalities. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 7, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news