Analysis

Pay restraint, bursaries and plans for a 7-day NHS make for a turbulent year

January The year begins with trade unions and the Department of Health (DH) at loggerheads...

New self-screening tool aims to put patients in control of their nutrition

Nurses have welcomed the launch of a new self-screening tool to help identify adults in the...

Fall in staff assaults is recorded but acute care attacks on the rise

The number of reported physical assaults against all NHS staff in England in 2014/15 has...

Under pressure – why the nurse director’s job can feel so thankless

Directors of nursing are under increasing pressure to achieve high standards of care while...

Nurses face the fallout as junior doctors vote on unsocial hours pay

This week junior doctors in England are voting on whether to take industrial action over a...

Learning disability nurses prepare to face the community challenge

Plans to move people with learning disabilities who are in residential hospitals back to...

Primary care and the workforce time bomb that must be defused

The existing shortage of practice and community nurses is only going to get worse in the...

Relief for staff and employers as visa threat lifts for overseas nurses

Home secretary Theresa May says she is prepared to ease visa restrictions on foreign nurses...

Running the rule over revalidation: how does the system measure up?

Since the Nursing and Midwifery Council first approved draft plans for a revalidation model...

Revalidation is a chance to challenge practice, improve and innovate

In just over five months, nurses and midwives will need to fulfil the requirements of a new...

Co-operation replaces competition as NHS shares best practice

Healthcare unions have given a cautious welcome to a move by NHS England that will see high-...

Why nurses should think twice before using terms of endearment

A report criticising care home staff who call residents ‘darling’ and ‘sweetie’ has opened...

Alarm bells raised over the effect of dehydration on nurses’ care

More research is needed to assess long-term damage caused by dehydration, say experts in the...

Who counts the cost of patients spending their own care budget?

Giving patients a greater say in decisions about their care has been a goal in the NHS for...

A testament to falling standards – or to greater transparency?

A staggering 205,289 written complaints were made to the NHS in England in 2014/15, equating...

MPs join forces to highlight and debate key patient safety issues

Improving patient safety has been the stated ambition of the government since Sir Robert...

Directors head for the exit as lack of support and pressures rack up

More than 60% of nursing directors in England have been in post for three years or less,...

New leader wants to inspire nurses to speak up for themselves

It is hard to believe RCN’s new general secretary Janet Davies has been in her role for only...

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