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Teamwork in nursing: getting the most out of working with doctors

Collaboration between nurses and medics is key to patient safety and multidisciplinary working, so balancing respect and robustness is essential

The relationship between nurses and medics is pivotal to patient safety and multidisciplinary working, so balancing respect with robustness is essential

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When the then health and social care secretary Matt Hancock told a conference in 2019 there were still some ‘archaic corners’ of the NHS where nurses were expected to stand up when doctors entered the room, he was lambasted for being

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