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Parkinson's UK has called for mandatory training for healthcare professionals on the specific needs of patients with the condition

Mandatory training needed to improve Parkinson’s care, says charity

Survey highlights lack of awareness among healthcare staff over patients’ medication needs

nurse sits by a patient's bedside looking at her clipboard

Has intentional rounding turned ward nursing into a tick-box exercise?

Routine rounds are more to do with managing risk than patient-centred care, study suggests

Picture shows a nurse doing a medicines review with an older man. A nurse-led monitoring tool that checks for adverse drug reactions could help curb overuse of mental health medicines in care homes, researchers say.

Nurse-led monitoring tool could curb overprescribing in care homes

Simple checklist could help avoid overuse of medicines for mental health issues in care homes

NHS staff member receives her flu jab

For your patients’ sake, get the flu jab, senior official urges health workers

Professor says healthcare staff have a ‘very strong responsibility’ to accept vaccination

Picture shows a group of men talking to a mental health professional in a support group meeting. A community mental health framework for adults and older people will integrate mental health, physical health and social care services.

Community mental health services for adults to be integrated

Community mental health, physical health and social care adult services will be integrated

nurse holds clip board and completes paperwork to illustrate use of the Sepsis 6 tool

Sepsis Six update emphasises importance of early intervention by a senior clinician

Find out how revised tool helps you escalate concerns if you suspect a patient has sepsis

Evidence and Practice

Understanding and managing depression in older people

Understanding and managing depression in older people

Clinicians do not always recognise depression in older people as they attribute symptoms to...

Assessment and provision of continuing healthcare: an integrative literature review

Assessment and provision of continuing healthcare: an integrative literature review

Review of providing continuing healthcare in terms of staff roles, training and competencies

How nurses can support informal carers of people living with dementia

How nurses can support informal carers of people living with dementia

Recognising the integral role of carers of patients with dementia is vital

Telehealth

Cognitive assessment using face-to-face and videoconferencing methods

Can small portable technology be effective in administering cognitive assessments?

COPD

Helping people live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

How nurses can have a positive effect on the lives of people with COPD

Push-on mower

Care home residents can benefit from carrying out everyday activities

Safety concerns prevent care home residents doing everyday tasks that benefit them

Features

Abstract illustration of tablets in different colours pouring from the necks of  four medicine bottles.

Help older patients by tackling overprescribing

Polypharmacy puts many older people at risk of serious side effects

Dementia Carers' Support Service carers and volunteers

Volunteers are transforming the care of people with dementia

The Dementia Carers’ Support Service helps carers draw on the experience of volunteers

DaisyMeakin and Loretta Peck

Dementia Carers’ Support Service was invaluable when I was caring for my dad

The service helped Loretta Peck care for her father – and prompted her to become a nurse

Care home staff and patients

How technology can improve residents' well-being...

Four Seasons Health Care's Quality of Life programme collects and acts on feedback

Care home initiative reduces falls without curbing residents’ activities

Embracing positive risk has reduced falls and let residents pursue activities they enjoy

Derek Barron

My role in the review of forensic mental health services

Chair of the review Derek Barron talks to Mental Health Practice

Opinion

Illustration in rainbow colours of a crowd of people in silhouette. Paul Edwards, director of clinical services for Dementia UK, says healthcare systems such as the dementia diagnostic pathway must be flexible in adapting to people’s deeply held beliefs

Treatment pathways must take account of cultural beliefs

Clinical systems must reflect the diverse range of beliefs that people hold

ROS bone health exercise

How to exercise safely with osteoporosis

The Royal Osteoporosis Society has issued guidance on the advice nurses should give

Dementa_support

How an enhanced care initiative has improved dementia services

Introduction of an enhanced nursing care team has reduced use of costly support staff

Students

A nurse sits talking to a nursing home resident as he undertakes a craft activity

Dementia at the end of life: why every nursing student needs to learn about it

An Admiral Nurse explains how she uses hospice placements to deepen students’ understanding

The students are asked ‘questions that are often challenging’

How teaching children about dementia helps you become a better communicator

Innovative resource helps nursing students improve children’s awareness of the condition

A 'This is me' form and an elderly male patient in the background

‘This is me’ document helped me provide personalised end of life care

A student reflects on building a nurse-patient relationship with a hospice patient

Careers

Kellie Owen

A passion for collaboration

Kellie Owen, winner of the 2019 Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship, on influencing the culture of care homes

‘Don’t be too focused on the task at hand’

Admiral Nurse Sarah Oakwood on her ‘musts’ for working with older people

Care home support nurse

Primary care nurses must adapt ways of working due to an increase in frail older patients

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