Pregnant women from disadvantaged, vulnerable or excluded groups are more likely to have poorer maternal and neonatal outcomes. In Bradford, a three-year pilot project is targeting pregnant women in some of the poorest areas to improve the health of mothers and babies.
Eden House care home in County Durham, part of Helen McArdle Care, was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission after one of its new unannounced inspections. Residents have a nail bar and hair salon and are served restaurant-style meals at the home. Set amid landscaped gardens, it prides itself on meeting the expectations of its 53 residents.
A new website from Alzheimer’s Research UK aims to help young children, juniors and teenagers to understand dementia and the changes it can cause to a loved one’s behaviour. The site also assists nurses to answer children’s questions about the condition.
The RCN celebrates its centenary this year. In the past century it has grown into a unique voice for nursing, as a trade union and a professional body for its 430,000 members. General secretary and chief executive Janet Davies is confident it will still be here in 2116, a powerful body for an irreplaceable profession.
Old scare stories about hormone replacement therapy and lack of training among healthcare professionals mean that many women are missing out on treatments for debilitating symptoms of menopause. NICE’s new guidance says HRT can be effective and offers advice aimed at healthcare professionals and patients.
Pain management is not always given the priority it deserves. An RCN framework aims to equip nurses with the knowledge and skills to assess and support people in pain and to improve pain management practice.
The RCNi Nurse Awards give nurses a platform to change practice - and patients' lives - for the better, as a former winner explains
Being in the media spotlight can feel like a daunting prospect, but stick to what you know and you generally cannot go wrong, says Nursing Standard editor Graham Scott.
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust equality lead Ricky Somal explains how a ‘workforce diversity scorecard’ is being used to tackle inequalities at the trust and provide a better understanding of the impact on black and minority ethnic staffof key employment issues.
In 2000, three community trusts merged to become East London NHS Foundation Trust, a large specialist mental health trust. Since then its remit and geographical area has expanded and it has come to reflect one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the country.
When Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust discovered BME candidates for senior nursing posts had a much lower chance of being appointed than white candidates, it introduced changes to raise awareness of the unconscious causes of bias.
Birmingham midwife Alison Byrne runs a clinic for women affected by FGM. It provides help with the physical and psychological legacy of FGM and raises awareness about it. All nurses and midwives should routinely ask women if they have been cut, says Ms Byrne.
New guidance from NICE recommends that employees’ health and wellbeing should be a core priority for senior managers. Occupational health nurses on building sites and oil rigs are encouraging the mainly male staff to take up healthier diets and exercise and quit smoking.
A new book tells the story of former Yorkshire pit nurse Joan Hart, who earned the respect of miners by going underground to witness their working conditions and treat the injured. There were sad times, such as the miners’ strike of 1984-5, but she loved her job.
Violence perpetrated by patients against nurses can have devastating effects, and leads to high staff sickness rates. Recent NICE guidance recommends staff training to spot the triggers of violence. Structured risk assessment can reduce the risks but must be supported by employers.
The health benefits of physical activity in managing and preventing chronic conditions have been highlighted in a recent Health Select Committee report. Awareness among healthcare professionals is low, but nurse-led projects are popular and effective, with one project ‘transforming’ cancer survivors’ lives.
In his report of the Shape of Caring review, Lord Willis proposes a flexible model of nurse education based on two years of generic training followed by specialisation. Critics claim moving away from the branch system risks diminishing nursing expertise in certain areas. The issue will be debated at RCN Congress.
Salford Health Matters, a social enterprise providing primary care to 15,000 patients, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC. Its excellence is rooted in the value it places on its nurses, its willingness to listen to staff and patients, and openness to innovation.