Sophie Blakemore

Nursing Standard

A powerful new voice for nursing

The House of Lords’ newest nurse member has high hopes for her role, reports Sophie Blakemore


NMC chief reassures nurses over revalidation deadline

Jackie Smith urges nurses and midwives to prepare for the new registration process


Nurse directors struggle to balance cuts with ensuring quality of care

Exclusive - Nurses warn that further NHS efficiency savings will have a major impact on care quality

Nursing Standard

A powerful new voice for nursing

Mary Watkins will join the House of Lords as its fifth nurse peer. She has almost 40 years’ experience in the NHS and higher education, which she intends to use to influence healthcare and education policy to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers, as well as children and nurses.


NHS race equality expert says BME staff are still not being listened to

Senior managers urged to support staff to speak up


CNO unveils plan to cut number of people with learning disabilities in inpatient units

England's Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings told an RCNi conference about plans for more people with learning disabilities to be cared for in the community

Learning Disability Practice

Supporting the needs of offenders

NHS England has published a guide to advise all prison healthcare staff on the main points to consider when treating or managing patients with known or suspected learning disabilities


Life as an emergency nurse practitioner

Senior sister and emergency nurse practitioner at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Marie Murphy speaks to Sophie Blakemore about how she manages to balance her clinical work with the management of up to 20 other nurses on a daily basis

Emergency Nurse

Balancing clinical practice and management

Marie Murphy keeps a hands-on role while managing up to 20 other nurses

Primary Health Care

Ten years on and going strong

When nurse practitioner Carol Sears took on the lease of the practice in which she worked, she had no idea of where the journey would lead

Nursing Management

We must work with GPs to promote early diagnosis

Eileen Fegan is clinical director at a private health clinic in Solihull

Cancer Nursing Practice

Undertaking research as a head and neck cancer nurse specialist

Cherith Semple, Macmillan head and neck cancer nurse specialist, was named RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2015 recently. She speaks to Sophie Blakemore about her passion for undertaking research that informs changes in practice for the benefit of patients

Learning Disability Practice

Management of challenging behaviour in people with learning disabilities

In recent years there has been much controversy about how healthcare staff cope with people with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour

Emergency Nurse

Overlong waiting times are ‘inhuman and degrading’

A landmark inquiry into emergency health care in Northern Ireland (NI) has found individual human rights violations that amount to inhuman and degrading treatment


Emergency nurses fear human rights breaches will not be acted on

Emergency nurses are pessimistic that inquiry into accident and emergency departments in Northern Ireland will lead to change