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A new project from NHS Scotland, that aims to produce a vision for maximising the nursing contribution to health and well-being, is seeking input from nurses and nursing students. It will set out what nursing needs to look like by 2030 and capture the things that nurses do well, along with the things that need to change and be done differently.
The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.
The RCN has published research which indicates that the nursing workforce is heading for a ‘perfect storm’. New data has revealed that half of nurses are aged 45 or over and within 10 years of being eligible for early retirement.
The RCN has published blogs on: preventing back and other musculoskeletal injuries; striking a good work-life balance and why immunisation is key for all nursing staff.
Royal College of Physicians
The Royal College of Physicians has produced a guide for older patients, families and carers. It is designed to help prevent serious injury and unnecessary cost to the NHS caused by older people tripping or falling when they are in hospital.
According to a report from Age UK, Hidden in plain sight, the current availability of mental health services does not meet the increasingly high demand from an ageing population.
Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in healthcare.
Department of Health
This new report outlines the Department of Health's national ambition to halve rates of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or shortly after birth, by 2030. The plan sets out the various measures that will be used to make NHS maternity services safer.
James Titcombe, a patient safety specialist at Datix, has argued that it would be impractical for hospitals to investigate every incident. What they need to do, and what NHS England and the Care Quality Commission already recommend, is investigate serious and recurring problems.
This theme explores what it means to practise in line with best available evidence. It highlights evidence based practice guidelines, research and other tools and updates on evidence based techniques and processes from across the UK. International content from credible resources is also included.
Drinking more than two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks per day greatly increases the risk of diabetes, research has shown. The Swedish study found that consuming more than two 200ml drinks more than doubled the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. A serious soft drink habit consisting of at least five drinks daily boosted the likelihood of having the disease more than 10 times.
In draft guidance published for consultation NICE has recommended that everyone who is diagnosed with colorectal cancer should be tested for an inherited genetic condition called Lynch syndrome (LS).
Patient focus looks at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making. It covers people’s human rights including the right to privacy and confidentiality.
Over half a million people engaged with the Healthwatch network during the last year to seek advice about health and social care services, and share their experiences of using them. This report outlines how together Healthwatch is putting people at the heart of care.
This briefing warns that the NHS can no longer find enough bed space to move patients through hospitals quickly and meet key A&E targets - and that its practice of counting patients at midnight means that the true scale of the squeeze is being missed. It estimates that 5.5 per cent of beds need to be free for cleaning and preparation if patients are to be moved through quickly enough to meet the commitment to admit or transfer emergency patients within four hours.
eHealth covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today’s society. It’s much more than any one type of technology or device. We are seeing the appearance of new operational models supported by technology.
A pioneering new initiative to lift the lid on the NHS through the voices of the people on its frontline goes live today with the launch of the @NHS Twitter account. A UK first, @NHS will see a different NHS patient or member of its 1.3 million staff become curator each week over a three month pilot and report first hand their experiences of the health service.
Common standards for record keeping are being introduced across the NHS and social care, and it’s important that nurses help to shape them, so they work for you, and for patients. Join our stakeholder advisory group.
This theme highlights health and morale of the workforce. A positive working environment benefits staff and patients. Creating the best possible working conditions for nursing staff enables them to deliver the highest standards of patient care.
NHS Health Education England
Over 1,000 Nursing Associates will begin training this year in a new role that will sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. Health Education England (HEE) has also announced today that there will be a second wave of a further 1,000 Nursing Associate trainees following huge interest in the role and high demand from providers wanting to offer training places.
Royal College of Midwives
Midwives are leaving the profession and are being driven out by excessive workloads and poor staffing levels. The report details a survey of over two-thousand midwives across the UK who have left the profession in the last two years or are intending to leave in the next two years. It also makes recommendations to prevent this flow of midwives out of the profession and the NHS.
The RCN International Centenary Conference is a unique international nursing event which will reflect on the past 100 years of nursing and help plan for the next 100, whilst celebrating the RCN’s centenary.