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NHS funding derailed

Staff shortages could derail NHS funding boost plans

Report warns extra money promised for NHS may be lost to agency costs – or not used at all

Safe staffing

New guidance focuses on how to safely deploy nursing associates

Resource published ahead of new staff joining register at end of January

Nursing associates in training

First wave of qualified nursing associates expected to fall far short of target number

Uptake of training programmes has been lower than ministers predicted

Sarah Eley

Nursing apprentice features in campaign to promote on-the-job training

Sarah Eley wanted to do something ‘fulfilling and worthwhile’ after 30 years of office work

Race discrimination complaints rise in NHS England

Reports from BME staff of discrimination, harassment and bullying were up last year

Brexit deadline deferral

Postpone Brexit for the sake of our health and social care systems, unions tell PM

RCN calls for a People's Vote, Unison warns of dire consequences if UK crashes out of EU

Analysis

Long term

NHS Long Term Plan ‘guarantees’ shifting resources from hospitals to community

'Historic' publication promises to reshape health service around the ‘changing needs of...

Brexit and the NHS

What’s in store for nursing in 2019?

Staffing issues, Brexit and new leaders are expected to dominate the nursing agenda this year

Sharon Ghani

How nurse prescribers are filling in for GPs with the help of a web-based consultation

Deploying a team of nurses to manage long-term conditions has helped a GP practice

Review of 2018: The pay deal creates fallout and nurse leaders bow out

We look back on the year’s events, from a controversial pay rise to a vote of no confidence

Diabetes

Diabetes: what you need to know, whatever your setting

Its increasing prevalence and complexity mean all staff require core skills, say experts

Maze

Access to older people's services is 'complicated and confusing', CQC...

Report suggests integration can improve services, but highlights navigation difficulties

Clinical update

Osteoporosis drug

Updated National Osteoporosis Society guideline on vitamin D

A guideline on which patients to test and who to treat for vitamin D deficiency

NICE issues guidance on decision-making and mental capacity

This guidance reflects concerns about the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Nurse and young woman

Quality standard for eating disorders highlights need for closer liaison between teams

Eating disorders guidance from NICE calls for better coordination and earlier access to care

Updated NICE guideline on diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure

People with chronic heart failure should be given a detailed care plan, updated NICE...

nurse and patient view laptop

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...

Policy briefing

Woman looks in distress at her insulin kit

Diabetes: recommendations for improving mental well-being

All-party group calls for clearer pathways to support individuals’ psychological needs

Safeguarding framework will help nurses protect their patients

RCN sets out competencies for healthcare staff in relation to adult safeguarding

A woman carer and therapy dog with an elderly female patient

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...

Research news

STIs

Evaluating a chlamydia screening programmes’ online results service

Screening scheme receives high approval rating by service users

School intervention

Whole school intervention to improve health outcomes for children and young people

Focus on restorative practices to address bullying and aggression for year 8-10 students

Wound care

Cost of nurse-led surgical wound care and management treatment plans assessed 

Analysis of cohort of anonymised patient records reveals wound-healing inconsistency

School nurse

NHS Scotland initiative proposes nine care pathways for school nurses

Initiatives intended to help improve children’s health and well-being

Meningitis

Meningitis: low uptake of MenACWY vaccine by school leavers in London scrutinised

Study suggests catch-up immunisation programme for 18-20 year olds needed

Gout tophus on the finger

Nurse-led gout management improves patient-centred outcomes

Study finds people with significantly lower flare-up rates in managed intervention group

Journal scan

Assessing patients for intermittent self-catheterisation

Study looked at types of catheter available for intermittent use

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

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

Anticoagulant

Study advocates continued use of anticoagulants in patients with resolved atrial...

Treatment with anticoagulants reduces risk of stroke by two thirds

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

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