Andrea Downey

Artist’s sketch of Lucy Letby in the dock at Manchester Crown Court
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Lucy Letby jury told they can return majority verdicts

Jury has spent a month considering verdicts on nurse who denies murdering seven babies

Ilustration of nurse climbing up banding steps
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Does your pay band match your competency and responsibilities?

NHS Pay Review Body calls for review on nurse bandings to be completed swiftly

A distressed nurse leans against the shoulder of a colleague and is comforted
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Warning over ‘catastrophic’ loss of mental health hubs to support nursing staff

Doubts over future funding for well-being hubs spark concern about effect on workforce

Kiera and her assistance dog Noodle at Royal Surrey Hospital
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Noodle the dog helps autistic teen through fear of surgery

Girl is allowed take autism assistance dog Noodle with her into operating theatre

A nurse spoon feeds a seated man: social care leaders have welcomed a £600 million investment boost
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Social care funding boost will flounder without workforce plan, warn health leaders

Leaders welcomed the £600 million investment but called for plan to tackle staffing crisis

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Nursing students may take on vaccine delivery to help tackle fall in uptake

MPs call for wider access to routine immunisations as uptake among children declines

A nurse administering chemotherapy to a patient: Macmillan Cancer Support has called for urgent action from government to boost nurse numbers in cancer care
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Overworked cancer nurses at breaking point as NHS quit rate hits ten-year high

Macmillan has called for urgent action from government to boost cancer nurse numbers

Woman sits on sofa, head in hands on a phone call. Nurse sickness absence remains high
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NHS sickness absence remains stubbornly high, with anxiety and depression key factors

More than 575,000 working days lost in England due to nurses’ ill health in just one month

Woman listens to another, unseen, woman in counselling setting
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When a colleague dies by suicide: grieving staff need rapid support, guidance states

Trained teams should stand ready to support NHS staff in the aftermath of a suicide

Man in civvies, wearing blue lanyard, sits in consultation room looking downcast
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Morale and staffing in mental health at risk of entering ever-worsening cycle, MPs warn

Mental health nurses are quitting in search of work-life balance as referrals soar

Winners at the annual RCN Foundation Impact Awards
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Nurses honoured for ‘exceptional contribution’ to the profession

RCN Foundation Impact Awards honour enhanced practice and contribution to patient care

Nurses on the picket line with protest placards outside Glangwili General Hospital Carmarthen: RCN members in Wales are being asked to vote on an offer regarding non-pay elements after agreeing to pause strike action
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Nurses will vote on improved offer for flexible working and other non-pay elements

RCN members in Wales are being asked to vote on the offer after fresh negotiations

Photo of a nurse securing a face mask behind her ear: withdrawing face mask recommendation for hospitals and other health and care settings in Scotland has been described as dangerous for staff
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‘Bring back face masks’: guidance change is flawed, says healthcare staff group

Dropping face mask recommendation for health settings described as dangerous

Protesters demanding better pay for nurses near parliament in May
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Bigger pay rise for nurses would make little impact on inflation

Report contradicts ministers and says double-digit pay rise would hardly affect inflation

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RCN membership fees will not be raised at present

Council will have the ability to increase them over the next five years, under AGM resolution

Striking NHS nurses on Sheffield picket line hold RCN pay campaign banners
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Agency cover during strikes: High Court deals blow to ministers’ ‘anti-strike’ agenda

Health unions win legal challenge to law allowing temporary staff to cover nurses’ shifts

District nurse checking the blood pressure of an older female patient at her home
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District nurse shortages leaving thousands of older people in hospital

Leavers and lack of recruitment mean rise in avoidable admissions and delayed discharges

Nurse May Parsons carrying the George Cross at the start of the service at Westminster Abbey
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As NHS turns 75 today nurses are among those honoured in ceremony at Westminster Abbey

Procession features nurse carrying George Cross honouring NHS staff for their dedication