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Depressed woman
Nursing Standard

MPs launch inquiry into suicide prevention

Commons health select committee seeks opinions on services in England

Mary Raphael
Nursing Standard

Breast cancer nurse uses own experience of disease to help others

Mary Raphael will take part in the Breast Cancer Care Scotland fashion show

Mental Health Practice

Restraint policy ‘not backed by evidence’

Nursing Standard

Nurses offered reassurance following Brexit vote

NHS Trusts have reached out to staff to offer assurances that they are valued following the EU referendum result.

Dementia friendly crockery
Nursing Standard

Dementia friendly crockery scheme extended after successful pilot

Plates designed for patients with dementia increase food intake by 10%

Cancer Nursing Practice

Higher dose radiotherapy trial halves treatment time

Shorter schedule for prostate cancer cuts hospital appointments

Mental Health Practice

Restraint policy ‘not backed by evidence’

RCN report, Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the Need for Restrictive Interventions, highlights specific concerns.

Simon Stevens
Nursing Standard

EU staff left uncertain of right to remain after Brexit

NHS staff need assurances they can stay long-term, MPs urge

Older nurse
Nursing Standard

Scotland facing nursing 'retirement boom'

The number of nurses set to retire in Scotland over the next decade has risen, sparking fears of a future staff shortage.

Resignation cake
Nursing Standard

Nurse resigns with 'I quit' cake

US nurse Sara Childers gave notice in icing

Do not resuscitate
Nursing Standard

Nurses could help reduce 'unnecessary' end of life treatment

Non-beneficial care at the end of life could be reduced by nurses providing more treatment information to patients and their families.

Social care placement
Nursing Older People

Social care placements should become compulsory

Forum sets out ideas to tackle shortage of nurses in care homes

Voice of Nursing
Nursing Standard

RCN pledge to make 'nursing voice heard' following Brexit vote

The RCN has pledged to make the voice of nurses heard, after the UK voted to leave the European Union. Within hours of the result prime minister David Cameron announced he would be stepping down by October. But health organisations have warned that at this stage it is ‘impossible’ to predict the impact the public vote will have on the NHS and its workers. The RCN, which maintained a neutral stance in the run-up to the referendum, said it was committed to ensuring nurses would continue to be heard on national and international nursing issues in the wake of the Brexit vote. An RCN spokesperson said: ‘The RCN will continue to work closely with our sister nursing organisations across Europe, as we have done for many years. ‘Once there is greater clarity, the RCN will take forward work to consider the impact of leaving for both nursing and the RCN, to ensure that the voice of nursing is heard in future negotiations to leave the EU.’ Safeguarding members Meanwhile, other health unions which supported the remain campaign have voiced their dismay at the referendum result. The Royal College of Midwives insisted it would ‘redouble efforts’ to safeguard members, and was particularly concerned on how the changes would affect the thousands of midwives and nurses from other EU countries working in the NHS. ‘The vote is likely to result in a period of considerable uncertainty for the UK,’ an RCM statement read. ‘The RCM will redouble its efforts to safeguard its members’ employment rights, the status of the profession, and women’s maternity entitlements and protections. ‘We will also be seeking assurances about the position and future of the many valued EU citizens who work in the NHS.’ Campaign pledges Dave Prentis, general secretary of pro-remain Unison, said his union would be working to hold leave campaigners to their campaign pledges of more money for the NHS and protected working rights. ‘The people have spoken, and they have made a clear call for change – and a different relationship with Europe,’ he added. NHS Confederation said was ‘impossible’ to predict the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on the NHS at this stage. Chief executive Stephen Dalton said: ‘The NHS has broadly benefited from being in the EU and leaving it will undoubtedly have implications which are yet to be clearly understood. ‘Clearly it is vital that our government seeks a strong, nuanced agreement with the European Union that recognises how interwoven NHS and EU policies have become.'

Learning Disability Practice

RCN: Restriction and restraint policy needs more evidence

Government policy guidelines surrounding restriction and restraint need more evidence for nurses to be able to implement them.

Emergency department
Nursing Standard

Extra nurses tackle staffing crisis at failing emergency department

The number of nurses on shift is being increased at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust emergency services in an effort to tackle critical staffing shortages.