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Childhood vaccination uptake continues ‘worrying’ downward trend

MMR coverage dropped for fourth consecutive year, figures show

Yes to pay deal in Wales

NHS pay in Wales: health unions back three-year deal

Nurses will reach the top of their pay bands more quickly

EU nurses after Brexit

RCN welcomes report highlighting beneficial impact of EU staff on the health service

But college disagrees about preferential treatment to work in UK after Brexit

RCN pay deal row: everything you need to know about the EGM

Your guide to the issues behind the motion of no confidence, and how RCN members can have...

Waiting for cancer referral

Figures show more people with cancer in England are waiting longer for treatment

RCN says nurses ‘see at first hand the distress that breaching the target causes patients’

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Change in the law means longer prison sentences for people who assault nursing staff

Maximum jail term for attacking nurses is to double

Analysis

RCNi launches interactive decision support tool created by nurses for nurses

Evidence-based resource aids clinical decision-making at the bedside

Sling the Mesh

What you need to know about vaginal mesh surgery

Women are experiencing life-changing complications from vaginal mesh surgery, the use of...

Cannabis as medicine

Medicinal cannabis: how the new law could herald a nursing specialty

Nurses can play a vital role in educating the public about cannabis as a medicine

Nurse managers have a vital role in the future success of social care

The government's promised social care measures will need strong nurse leadership and joined-...

Senior care

Integrated care and 'virtual wards' help prevent unnecessary hospital...

A new model of integrated care sees multidisciplinary teams monitoring older people with...

Cathy Ryan and Melinda Mortimer

GP-based Admiral Nurse service challenges the stigma of dementia

A nurse-led service is helping to change perceptions of dementia in a community in Suffolk

Clinical update

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Updated NICE guidance on dementia care

First update in a decade says staff working with people who have dementia need extra training

RCN urges nurses to encourage cervical screening tests

New RCN guidelines advise nurses to encourage eligible women to access cervical screening...

Urine analysis

Identifying and treating urinary tract infections: new NICE guidelines

Recommendations on diagnosing and managing UTIs

Lyme disease

Identifying and treating Lyme disease: new NICE guidelines

Caused by bites from infected ticks, Lyme disease requires prompt treatment to avoid...

Asthma

NICE guidance on asthma diagnosis and management

New tests to help diagnose asthma and a change in how to offer medicines are recommended in...

NICE guidance on intermediate care and reablement

NICE has issued new guidelines on intermediate care, including reablement, and how to...

Policy briefing

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Animals in healthcare

A new RCN protocol supports nurses in planning to bring dogs safely into care homes and...

Improving respiratory health in Wales

The Welsh Government's plan to improve accuracy and diagnosis speeds for chronic obstructive...

Advice on setting staff hours for specialist palliative care

New guidelines for 24-hour palliative care services

New voluntary standards for general practice nurses

New voluntary standards on the education and practice of senior general practice nurses have...

Guidelines on home use of oxygen

The latest policies and what they mean for healthcare professionals.

cervical

Cervical screening

Read our policy briefing on new Public Health England guidance on the importance of practice...

Research news

D6 shows scant effect in diabetes care

D6 training for nurses of type 2 diabetes patients showed scant improvement glycaemic control

Indicators of care improved by 3D reviews

Reviews using a 3D approach did not improve their quality of life but gave better indicators...

Nurses as good as doctors in providing primary care

Nurses substituting for doctors in primary care achieve results that are as good or better

Good practice guidelines aim to show quality in home nursing care

Three-phase mixed methods study in England identifies ways to measure community nursing

English ‘Buurtzorg’ pilot impresses patients and nurses

A Dutch case study investigates the feasibility of easing the district nurse workload

School nurses and health visitors need training on sexting

Qualitive study looks at nursing ability to deal with consequences of sexting in young people

Journal scan

Clinical presentation of scabies in older care home residents differs from classic...

Prospective study of scabies outbreaks in ten care homes for older people

Diet study offers hope for people with epilepsy

Bacteria may help limit seizures, study of high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet finds

Sharing surveillance of infectious diseases could reduce use of antibiotics

International study found diagnoses improved through shared use of surveillance systems

Vitamin D

Higher vitamin D level associated with lower risk of total cancer

Japanese study suggests beneficial effects for prevention of cancer in all sites

Practice workloads increase more than 10%, e-consultation finds

Trialling the use of online consultation systems in monitoring and improving general...

Controlled trials look at intervention use for people living with dementia at home

Understanding the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions for behavioural and...

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Series 3 Episode S7: Pippa Bagnall calls for more work on child obesity prevention

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Series 3 Episode 6: Nurse practitioner Amor Palada talks about preventing cardiac arrest

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Reaching out to nursing students via the internet

Series 3 Episode 4: how the online Student Nurse Project is connecting students nationwide...

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Season 3 Episode 2: Sexual health nurse discusses sexual assault and dating apps

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Nursing Standard podcast: Could parliament's Brexit chaos be the catalyst for...

Episode 7 of the Nursing Standard podcast has an interview with nurse peer Baroness Mary...

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