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Nurse appointed to join up mental health and substance misuse services

A nurse is seeking to “fill the gaps” between services for people living with both mental health problems and drug or alcohol dependency in East Anglia as part of new leadership role. Leah Spry has been appointed as a specialist dual diagnosis lead working across…

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Covid-19 admission risk ‘three times higher’ for patient-facing staff

Patient-facing health workers were three times more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic compared with other working age adults in Scotland, a new study has found. Staff working in “front door” roles, such as those in…

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NICE defines ‘long Covid’ as symptoms lasting more than 12 weeks

A definition of the phenomenon commonly known as long Covid has been published today as part of the development of the first UK guideline for health professionals on managing the newly emerging condition. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Scottish Intercollegiate…

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Review into Covid-19 safety in hospitals highlights staff fatigue concerns

Concerns around nurse fatigue and emotional distress during the coronavirus pandemic have been raised by authors of a review into hospital transmission of Covid-19. A new report from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) documents an investigation into the risk factors contributing to hospital-acquired infection…

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Research must be embedded in nurse standards, say leaders

Work must be done to “dispel some of the myths” around the role of nurses in research and ensure staff have time to participate in this type of activity during their working days, nurse leaders have said. Speaking at the virtual Nightingale 2020 Conference earlier…

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Nurses back campaign for free school meals in holidays

Nurses are throwing their support behind footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to secure free meals for disadvantaged children in England during the school holidays. Manchester United and England forward Mr Rashford had previously convinced prime minister Boris Johnson to extend a meal voucher scheme introduced when schools…

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Known Covid-19 nurse death toll ‘now equal that from WW1’

The nurse death toll from Covid-19 has now matched that recorded in the First World War, despite figures only being available from less than a quarter of countries globally. International Council of Nurses chief executive Howard Catton today revealed that 1,500 nurses across 44 countries…

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Winners of the 2020 Student Nursing Times Awards revealed

The winners of this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards have been revealed during a virtual ceremony held on Tuesday. The award winners were finally able to be announced this week, following an unavoidable delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony saw trophy recipients revealed…

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Trust celebrates legacy of NHS’ first Black nurse

Nursing leaders at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust have told how the story of pioneering Black nurse Kofoworola Abeni Pratt had provided them with inspiration in their own careers. To mark Black History Month in October, the trust has been shining light on…

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Register to be part of Nursing Times Careers Live North & Scotland

Come to our next free virtual jobs fair by registering for Nursing Times Careers Live North & Scotland on Saturday. Just like our physical events, the day is all about helping you make the next step on your career journey and is designed to make…

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Photographer behind Manchester nurse mural image hopes to offer ‘solidarity’

A photograph which captured a nurse preparing for the first wave of Covid-19 earlier in the year has been showcased in a national exhibition and recreated as a hand painted mural in Manchester city centre. Johannah Churchill, a nurse working in south west London, had…

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Night shift nurses ‘most ill-served’ by hospital food facilities

Action to improve the provision of food for nurses working in hospitals, particularly those on night shifts, must be an “urgent priority”, according to a new review published today. An independent review of hospital food has made a list of recommendations on how NHS trusts…

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PHE chief nurse calls for action to protect children in second wave

The needs of children and young people (CYP) were overlooked in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the chief nurse at Public Health England has warned. Viv Bennett said action was needed to “reverse the harm” caused to CYP due to Covid-19 going forward…

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College elects specialist nurse as its new deputy president

The Royal College of Nursing has today announced that specialist nurse Tracey Budding will be its new deputy president. Ms Budding, who has worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years, will take up office from 1 January 2021 and will serve a term of…

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ICN to revise its ethics code in line with ‘new realities’ of nursing       

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has launched a consultation on updating its code of ethics for nurses around the world, which was last refreshed eight years ago. The global nursing body said that, given the challenges facing nurses today, a “newly revised and refreshed”…

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Supporting students in wake of Covid-19 a priority, says HEE chief nurse

Health Education England’s chief nurse has warned it is vital to understand what student nurses have been through in the response to Covid-19 and to ensure this does not negatively impact on their transition into the profession. Speaking at the Queen’s Nursing Institute annual conference,…

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Senior BAME nurses appointed as new HEE regional heads of nursing

England’s national healthcare education and training body has appointed four regional heads of nursing, of which three are from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background. Health Education England (HEE) said the appointment of four “influential nurse leaders” would strengthen its senior nursing and midwifery…

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Nurse wins charity award for ‘going above and beyond’ for patients

A cardiac specialist nurse has received a national charity award for her work supporting people with heart and circulatory diseases in Aberdeenshire. Liz Douglas was announced as the winner of the Healthcare Hero accolade at the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Heart Hero Awards, held virtually…

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Protecting nurse wellbeing of ‘paramount importance’, warns FNF chief

The chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation has welcomed extra funding for nurse mental health care this winter, warning that failure to invest in their wellbeing would carry “catastrophic” consequences for both staff and patients. Professor Greta Westwood (pictured above) said the scale of…

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CQC raises new concerns about learning disability ‘institutionalisation’

Too many people with learning disabilities or autism are still being “institutionalised” in hospital when the support they need should be delivered in the community, the Care Quality Commission has warned. The regulator found the ward environment, combined with a lack of appropriately trained staff,…

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Unison Scotland considers industrial action after pay talks ‘break down’

The Scottish branch of the union Unison has warned that it has been “left with no choice” but to consult members on industrial action over pay. The union has been lobbying the Scottish Government to take advantage of a reopening clause written into the 2018…

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Social care sector struggling with nurse ‘churn’, finds report

Around 12,500 nurses in adult social care in England left their jobs in 2019-20, representing a turnover rate of 41.3%, new workforce analysis reveals. The rate of leaving was much higher than that in the NHS, which stood at 9.4% among registered nurses and health…

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‘Worrying’ rise in lung cancer nurses wanting to quit since Covid-19

The number of lung cancer nurses in the UK expressing their intention to quit has skyrocketed over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, during which many have been redeployed away from their normal roles. The findings are outlined in a new report published today by…

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NMC vows to become ‘driving force’ in stamping out discrimination in nursing

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has pledged to take action to help drive out discrimination and enforce “positive, long-lasting change” across the nursing profession, in the wake of new research. The nursing regulator has today published a new report exploring the impact of its processes…

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NHS England pledges extra £15m for staff mental health care in second wave

Nurses in the English NHS struggling with their mental health this winter have been promised access to “rapid assessment and treatment” as part of a new £15m investment. Plans for the funding boost were first revealed yesterday by chief nursing officer for England, Ruth May,…

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Make sure you watch the Student Nursing Times Awards next week

Calling all students, supervisors and educators, make sure you do not miss next week’s ceremony to reveal the winners of the 2020 Student Nursing Times Awards. As ever, this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards will bring together the nursing community to shine a light on…

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‘No stigma’ in nurses seeking mental health support, CNOs urge

The most senior nurses in the UK today spoke out to acknowledge the huge psychological stress placed on the profession by Covid-19 and assured staff they will face “no stigma” for asking for help. Speaking at a nursing conference, Ruth May, Professor Jean White, and…

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‘Circuit-breaker’ lockdowns for Wales and NI to curb Covid-19 spread

Climbing hospital admissions and an increase in intensive care patients have led to further lockdown action being taken across Wales and Northern Ireland to help stop the spread of Covid-19. A 17-day “fire-breaker” lockdown will be implemented in Wales from 6pm on Friday amid growing…

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North West at ‘critical point’ in Covid-19 fight as beds run short

Intensive care bed capacity in the North West of England is “becoming more of an issue by the day”, according to nursing leaders who have called for urgent action to prevent the Covid-19 crisis escalating any further in the region. The Royal College of Nursing…

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Care home nursing ‘must be made more attractive’, says CQC head

Until the social care sector is made more attractive to nurses the most vulnerable adults including those with dementia will continue to face problems accessing the support they need, a regulation chief warned today. Speaking at the first-ever Nursing Times Patient Flow Forum, Carolyn Jenkinson,…

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CQC findings on state of care ‘wake-up call’ for nurse investment

The coronavirus pandemic is "magnifying inequalities" in mental health, learning disabilities and social care services, which all continue to be burdened with issues around nurse staffing, inspectors have found. The findings from the Care Quality Commission's latest annual State of Care report for 2019-20 "should…

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Health workers in pandemics at ‘increased risk’ of poor mental health

Mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are “particularly common” in nurses, doctors and other hospital staff during and immediately after pandemics, new research suggests. A team of researchers at the University of East Anglia has today published a study…

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Exclusive: Infection control experts issue open letter on care home visiting

A group of experts in nursing and infection prevention and control (IPC) is today warning against the use of IPC measures as a “rationale” for stopping safe and compassionate visits in care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a new open letter published in Nursing…

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ICU nurses ‘will struggle to cope’ in second wave without redeployment support

Critical care nurses are facing an “impossible” task going into the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic during the winter without the support of redeployed staff, a nursing leader has warned. British Association of Critical Care Nurses chair Nicki Credland said the only reason intensive…

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International Nurses’ Day 2021 to shine light on nursing innovation

Nurse innovation in the face of an unprecedented global health crisis will be the focus of International Nurses' Day 2021, it has been announced. The International Council of Nurses is searching for nurses across the world who are taking the lead on service redesign or…

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Nurse-led study will evaluate end-of-life care before and after Covid-19

A new research project has been launched to assess the effectiveness of the “Swan” model of end-of-life and bereavement care and the related “Cygnet” role created in response to Covid-19. The study has received funding of £100,000 from the Burdett Trust for Nursing and will…

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Government orders review of DNACPR decisions during pandemic

The goverment has asked the Care Quality Commission to carry out a review of how Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions were made during the coronavirus pandemic. The scope of the inquiry, ordered by the Department of Health and Social Care, is still being…

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Register now for the first ever Nursing Times Patient Flow Forum

Book your free place now for the inaugural Patient Flow Forum, which will be hosted later this week by Nursing Times. Join link-minded nursing colleagues at the virtual conference that will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 15 October and morning of Friday 16…

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Revival of Nightingale hospitals prompts nurse staffing warnings

Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate have been placed on stand-by in response to rising cases of Covid-19 – but questions have been raised about where nurses will be found to staff them. In a briefing at Downing Street today, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy…

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NHS video showcases ‘amazing contribution’ of mental health nurses

A powerful new video highlighting the life-changing work carried out by mental health nurses and their ability to "offer hope" has been released, featuring testimonials from patients and nurses themselves. Launched to mark World Mental Health Day, the six-minute film aims to thank mental health…

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Nurses celebrated in Covid-19 Queen’s Birthday Honours

More than 50 nurses have been celebrated and recognised with birthday honours from the Queen this year, including two new damehoods for the profession. Nurses working in emergency care, infection prevention and control, public health, research and the military have been named among 1,500 individuals…

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Warning against further health visitor and school nurse redeployment

Directors of nursing have been warned against redeploying health visitors and school nurses during a second wave of Covid-19 in the face of increasing child safeguarding concerns. In a joint letter, NHS England’s chief nurse Ruth May; Viv Bennett, chief nurse at Public Health England;…

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New social care CNO role advertised as six-month secondment

Eyebrows have been raised over the posting of the government’s new chief nurse for adult social care role for England as an interim, six-month position. The advert for the newly created CNO job went out yesterday and it described the opportunity as a “secondment role…for…

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Outdated stereotypes ‘putting students off mental health nursing’

Failure to promote the role of mental health nurses correctly, coupled with outdated and negative perceptions of mental health services, is driving potential nurses away from the field at a time when demand is set to soar, a new report has warned. The Nuffield Trust,…

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NHS England commits £10m for ‘Long Covid’ clinics

A new network of ‘Long Covid’ clinics is being set up across England to provide specialist support to people experiencing enduring symptoms of Covid-19. NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens announced yesterday that £10m would be invested this year to establish the network. “The…

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Government urged to redress ‘decade of underfunding’ in nursing

The Royal College of Nursing has formally asked the government to use the comprehensive spending review (CSR) to set right what it described as a “decade of lost investment” in the nursing workforce. Launched in July, the CSR is due to conclude this autumn after…

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CQC: Nursing staff wearing masks incorrectly on Kent Covid-19 wards

Inspectors have raised concerns after witnessing nursing staff at a hospital in Kent failing to use personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly while working on Covid-19 wards. Following the inspection, the Care Quality Commission warned East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust to make urgent safety…

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Charity calls for urgent expansion of epilepsy nurse workforce

More epilepsy specialist nurses are desperately needed in Northern Ireland to address gaps in care, a charity has warned. Epilepsy Action Northern Ireland is set to write to health minister Robin Swann to make a case for funding to be allocated for an urgent increase…

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Appointments cancelled at practice due to 70% of nursing team self-isolating

A general practice in Lincolnshire has been forced to cancel or delay "a lot" of patient appointments for the next two weeks because much of its nursing team is self-isolating. The Millview Medical Centre has confirmed that three members of its nursing team are in…

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CNO expands her top team to deliver new nursing research strategy

England’s most senior nurse is putting nursing research centre stage of the national agenda with two high-profile appointments to her top team. Chief nursing officer Ruth May (pictured above) has recruited Jo Cooper as her new head of nursing research, research transformation, and Professor Alison…

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RCN will consult members on re-joining global nursing network

The Royal College of Nursing has now confirmed that a consultation will be held with members to seek their views on whether the college should re-join the International Council of Nurses. A survey will run from 30 October until the end of November 2020, before…

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Level of staff burnout ‘real concern’ for NHS trust leaders

Senior leaders in NHS trusts have flagged serious concerns about the wellbeing of staff following the first wave of Covid-19, with 99% worried about the current levels of burnout across the workforce, a new survey has found. The survey was conducted by NHS Providers and…

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Nurse experiences of racism during Covid-19 focus of new film project

Nurses from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are being invited to share their experiences of discrimination during the coronavirus pandemic for a new research and documentary project. Academics from Sheffield Hallam University have teamed up with film network Migrant Media to launch Nursing…

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New guideline under development for treatment of ‘Long Covid’

A new rapid guideline is being developed to help clinicians identify symptoms and best practice treatment options for persistent effects of Covid-19 – also known as Long Covid. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) have…

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RCN confirms extraordinary meeting will be held next month

The Royal College of Nursing will convene an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at the end of November to discuss problems arising from its presidential election. The plans for the EGM were agreed by members of RCN Council during a meeting held on 1 October. It…

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Covid-19 disrupting mental health services in most countries, finds WHO

Mental health services have been disrupted or halted in 93% of countries across the globe because of the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey from the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. The WHO has today released findings of a new survey of 130 countries which…

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Retiring nurse leaves legacy ‘akin to Nightingale and Seacole’

A senior nurse who has retired from the NHS after 43 years has been likened to Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole in terms of her contribution to nursing. Elaine Inglesby-Burke stepped down on 2 October from her role as group chief nursing officer at the…

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NHS seeks to neutralise its carbon footprint by 2040

NHS England has set a new target of 2040 for becoming the first national health system in the world to completely offset its carbon emissions. A new multi-year plan published this week outlined how the organisation, which is responsible for some 4% of the UK’s…

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Additional £50,000 to develop forensic nurse role in Scotland

The Scottish Government has committed a further £50,000 towards plans to develop the role of the nurse sexual offence examiner in the country. The move comes as part of a government-backed Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) Scotland Bill, which yesterday passed stage one…

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Nurse members of new equality group ‘confident change will happen’

Workplace racism, discrimination and bullying are a regular occurrence for many Black nurses. The psychological impact has left some nurses of colour on sick leave, while others have left the profession completely. But one agency nurse has now launched a grassroots movement to try and…

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Take part in the Nursing Times survey on flu and Covid-19 vaccination

With winter approaching and the coronavirus pandemic showing no signs of letting up, Nursing Times wants to hear from nursing staff on immunisation. The 2020-21 influenza vaccination campaign has been described as being more important than ever and it has also been massively expanded. The…

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Health committee calls for NHS strategy on tackling racism

Calls have been made for a new “strategy” to tackle issues of racism and discrimination faced by nurses from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in the NHS. A committee of cross-party MPs today warned that more must be done to “eradicate all forms…

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‘Compelling case’ for weekly Covid-19 testing of NHS staff, say MPs

The NHS risks becoming a "Covid-only" service this winter without routine testing for staff, an influential committee of MPs has warned. It said there was a "compelling case" for workers in the NHS to be tested for Covid-19 every week, whether they have symptoms of…

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More than 4,500 speaking up cases raised by nurses last year

Nurses continue to be the most likely profession to raise whisteblowing concerns through their Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, latest data shows. In 2019/20, nurses spoke up more than 4,500 times and were responsbile for 28% of cases lodged, higher than any other occupation, according to…

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