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Latest pay settlement revealed for NHS nurses in Scotland
A 1% pay increase has been confirmed for all NHS Scotland staff for the fourth year in a row. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Survey: How will new rules on agency working affect you?
Nurse campaigners are attempting to gauge the impact on the profession of banning trusts from hiring agency nurses who are also employed as substantive staff in the NHS. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nursing academic recognised for key workforce research
A nurse researcher who played a leading role in a seminal study that influenced the debate on safe staffing levels in the NHS has been recognised with an award. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse appointed as UK ’s first professor of kidney care
A London-based nursing academic is being promoted to become the UK ’s first professor of kidney Care. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Former deputy CNO becomes chair of ‘leg club’ foundation
The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation has today announced that it has appointed Dr David Foster as the organisation ’s next chair. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Agencies claim new rule will ‘make staff shortage even worse’
Banning trusts from hiring agency nurses who are also employed as substantive staff in the NHS will exacerbate the health service staffing shortage, claims a body representing the recruitment industry. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Skin ‘masterclass’ using fruit launched by hospital nurses
Wound care nurses at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals have come up with an innovative approach to staff training, involving fruit, to help embed good practice in the wards. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CCG rolling out nurse co-ordinator role to better integrate care
South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group has committed to fully rolling out a new practice care co-ordinator role, held by senior nurses, across its area. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 24, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Climate friendly asthma inhaler swap encouraged
Nurses and other clinicians should consider swapping asthma patients onto more environmentally friendly types of inhaler, where it is safe to do so, says a professional body. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN backs call for ringfenced child palliative care funds
All elements of children ’s palliative care should be eligible for ring-fenced state funding, according to a charity. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pioneering sepsis training rolled out across hospital
A pioneering and potentially life-saving project to give nurses and other staff the skills to spot the first signs of sepsis has now been rolled out across all wards at a Midlands hospital. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Thousands of patients warned of heart surgery infection risk
The body NHS England is writing to thousands of patients who have had open heart surgery to warn them they may be at risk of an infection that has killed 15 people. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurse already carrying the endoscopy workload burden
Nurses working in the field of endoscopy carry out a disproportionate amount of work compared with medical colleagues, a report has indicated. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Midwives welcome record low in teenage pregnancies
The number of teenage pregnancies has fallen to a new low in England and Wales, according to the latest available national figures. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

‘Chatbot’ launched to provide online breastfeeding support
Public Health England has launched a new online “breastfeeding friend chatbot” designed to support and encourage new mothers to keep breastfeeding. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 23, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Ban on agency shifts at other trusts comes in from April
New rules banning permanent NHS staff from doing agency shifts at other trusts are to come in force from April, sparking criticism from nurses. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New hearing date for nurse ‘who pretended to be surgeon’
A  nurse accused of pretending he was a top surgeon is to appear before the Nursing and Midwifery Council later this year, Nursing Times has learnt, following delays to the case. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Concerns raised about ‘misleading’ nursing diploma course
Nursing academics and regulators have raised serious concerns about a “nursing diploma” course offered online that appears to suggest you can gain a nursing qualification for just £19 with a total of 30 hours’ work. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

NHS failing to achieve children's mental health goals
Most NHS clinical commissioning groups are not achieving key goals for improving children ’s mental health services, according to a new report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Accurate BMI checks for ethnic children for first time
Adjusted body mass index values that, for the first time, accurately reflect the physical makeup of UK children from ethnic minorities have been drawn up by researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health Education England plans further cut to CPD funding
National funding for post-registration training for nurses is to be cut again this year, according to draft budget plans drawn up by government arm ’s length body Health Education England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New study refutes theory on higher weekend surgery risk
The day of the week does not affect the survival chances of people undergoing emergency surgery, according to latest UK research, contrary to theories of the “weekend effect”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

South Asian women in UK may have higher osteoporosis risk
Pre-menopausal South Asian women could be more at risk of developing osteoporosis in later life than white women, with implications for falling and fractures, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Community nursing charity to gain extra garden funding
The Queen ’s Nursing Institute is to benefit from extra funding this year from a scheme that sees people open their gardens for charity. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exclusive: Campaign will tell EU nurses NHS ‘values’ them
As the government prepares to trigger the UK ’s exit from the European Union, nursing organisations are set to launch a campaign to make it clear overseas nurses are welcome and highly valued by the NHS. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Staff at 'inadequate' trusts worst for reporting patient harm
Staff working at acute trusts that are rated as “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission are significantly more likely to witness harmful errors but less likely to report them, according to the regulator. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Standard literacy and numeracy tests on horizon for London
Student nurses in London could in the future see their numeracy and literacy skills assessed under  standardised tests, as part of city-wide plans to make it easier for them to get jobs. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Vegan diet proves beneficial to health in study of nurses
A small group of nurses who swapped to a vegan diet that was tailored to their personal situation showed health benefits after just three weeks, claimed the US researchers behind the study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Network approach to be tested to reduce nurse turnover
Newly-qualified nurses will play a key role in research project to explore ways to boost retention among nursing students and those starting out on nursing careers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 21, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Workforce shortages helping to fuel home care crisis
Home care companies are quitting council contracts due to a chronic shortage of staff and lack of funding, according to an investigation. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Acclaimed end of life care drama released on DVD
The experiences of a woman whose husband died from pancreatic cancer that was turned into a play and used to train nurses has now been released on DVD. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Steep increase in TB/HIV co-infections across Europe
The number of patients with co-infections of HIV and tuberculosis has risen 40% across Europe over the last five years, despite an overall reduction in new TB cases, according to latest figures. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Protection for NHS whistleblowers applying for new jobs
NHS whistleblowers will be better protected by new rules that prohibit discrimination against them if they seek re-employment in the health service, according to the government. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Lib Dems back call for rights guarantee for EU nurses
The Liberal Democrats have passed a motion calling for what the party describes as an “NHS Passport” in order to protect the rights of European Union citizens working in the health service. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Unique' course launched to plug mental health skills gap
A new foundation degree-level apprenticeship in mental health and social care, described as one of the first of its kind in the country, is to be launched in the South West of England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pressure on frontline NHS staff ‘unfair and unsustainable’
Trying to meet performance targets on inadequate funding levels is placing an “unfair and unsustainable burden” on NHS staff, warn trust managers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CNO sets out five main challenges, lessons and achievements
The chief nursing officer for England has set out five challenges for nursing, as well as five lessons she had learnt and five achievements during her tenure as the country ’s most senior nurse. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 20, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Major London trust encourages nurses to take regular breaks
A new campaign has been launched at Guy ’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust today to encourage staff to take frequent breaks and improve their health and wellbeing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Major London trust encourages nurse to take regular breaks
A new campaign has been launched at Guy ’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust today to encourage staff to take frequent breaks and improve their health and wellbeing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Manchester students urge adoption of placement support scheme
Student nurses are being encouraged to adopt a project led by a group of trainees in Manchester that aims to improve support during placements, following its success across the city. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Health service will need more registered nurses, says NHS chief
The health service will need “more registered nurses, not fewer” in future, according to the chief executive of NHS England, who also backed more advanced practice and primary care roles. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Female nurses at higher risk of suicide than other women
The risk of suicide among female nurses is 23% above the national average, while care workers in general are at higher risk, according to latest data revealed. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

CPD 'battle' must be won for education standards to succeed
New education standards that are being developed to raise the level of nursing practice will not succeed unless funding for ongoing training of the existing workforce is regained, a senior nurse who is leading the work has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Initiative to help care home staff spot dehydration signs
Nursing home staff in part of the East Midlands are receiving support to spot the hidden signs of dehydration and malnutrition earlier. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nurses at Kent trust celebrate leaving of ‘special measures’
The Care Quality Commission has recommended that Medway NHS Foundation Trust should exit the “special measures” regime after nearly four years, following significant improvements. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Draft guidance for safe staffing in community nursing teams
Providers of district nursing services lack the necessary tools to adequately plan staffing levels to meet patient demand, according to new safe staffing guidance. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Latest safe staffing guidance for mental health unveiled
Mental health trusts must carry out evidence based reviews of staffing levels to ensure patients are cared for safely, under new guidance from NHS Improvement. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCN to begin separating oversight of union and college roles
The Royal College of Nursing has confirmed that it will begin to reform its structure later this year to divide oversight of professional nursing and trade union issues. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Need for better nurse training in suicide risk awareness
Suicide awareness training should be mandatory for health professionals working with high risk groups, the Royal College of Nursing has said in response to a critical report from MPs. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Garden visits to fund charity nurse training bursaries
A new partnership involving a gardening visiting scheme will help provide further training for specialist nurses and “excellence in care” to terminally ill patients, according to a leading charity. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news