Support in practice May 2013

This is the May supplement for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners.

The May supplement focuses on easing the loneliness in care homes.

Support in practice

Support staff shine in awards
This year's Nursing Standard awards highlighted the innovative work being undertaken by healthcare assistants
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Legal advice: Electronic records
There is little doubt that electronicrecords are the future in the NHS. The government has reasserted its commitment to allowing patients in England to view their records online and some 500,000 health service staff are registered to use the NHS Care Records Service.
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Keep pressure in check
Make sure to read a patient's blood pressure correctly and record the results with care, says Robin Lewis
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‘I’ll keep working as long as I can’
Healthcare assistant Pat Hogg is still caring for patients at 72. She looks back over her time in the NHS
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New uniforms help clear up confusion
Hospital makes changes so patients can identify nursing assistants
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Focus on improving orthopaedic care
Support workers included in competency framework
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Making people feel at home
Titilayo Akinwonmi-Pedro explains what her job in a care home entails and why she was attracted to the role
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Beware the perils of social networking
For many people, participation in social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin is a regular part of life. But be careful.
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