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Welsh CNO Jean White to step down in Easter 2021

Welsh chief nursing officer Professor Jean White is set to retire next year after a decade in the role, it has been announced. The Welsh Government said Professor White would spend her remaining few months as CNO continuing to lead the nursing response to the…

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Nurse featured in campaign warns violence against staff ‘needs to stop’

A nurse who has been assaulted while working in A&E is helping his trust call out violence against NHS staff by featuring in a video campaign. David Brereton plays a role in the latest of a series of short videos produced by North Tees and…

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Inaugural RCN Nursing Support Workers’ Day a ‘victory’ for the role

The contribution of nursing support workers across health and social care will today be recognised and celebrated as part of the Royal College of Nursing’s first Nursing Support Workers’ Day. Those among the RCN’s nursing support worker's committee have told Nursing Times how the new…

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Emergency meeting of RCN back on following council U-turn

The governing council of the Royal College of Nursing has gone back on its decision to postpone an upcoming extraordinary general meeting (EGM), following upset from some members. The announcement marks another twist in the ongoing fallout from the college’s 2020 presidential election and the…

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Nursing leaders issue letter to profession regarding second wave

The UK’s four chief nursing officers and the nursing regulator have today issued an open letter to the profession to offer their support to nurses as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic continues. The letter sets out that “temporary changes in practice” will be…

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Free visa renewal scheme for overseas nurses extended until March 2021

Home secretary Priti Patel has announced that the free visa extension scheme for overseas nurses in the UK will continue for another six months, in recognition of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It comes after unions including the Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical…

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RCN pledges changes following independent review of president election

The Royal College of Nursing is to amend its election campaigning guidelines, allowing much greater use of social media, and will review its election policy in the near future, in the wake of the stalled process to find a new president. A top barrister has…

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Trailblazing prison nurse named Nursing Times nurse of the year

An advanced nurse practitioner responsible for the launch of nurse-led clinics for people in prison in the North West has been crowned Nursing Times nurse of the year for 2020. Helen Bishton from Spectrum Community Health has dedicated more than 10 years to offender healthcare…

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Nurses owed ‘immense debt of appreciation’, says Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales has commended the “inspiring” work of nurses in tackling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as part of a special video message for the Nursing Times Awards 2020. The eldest son of the Queen said nursing staff were owed an “immense debt of…

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Nursing Times Awards pays tribute to shortlisted nurse following death

A special tribute was paid at the 2020 Nursing Times Awards last night to an “inspirational and visionary” nurse who died during the nomination process for the nurse of the year award. Kimberley St John, a palliative care specialist nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’…

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Former RCN chief executive honoured with lifetime achievement award

Former Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter has been recognised by the UK’s chief nursing officers for an “outstanding” lifetime contribution to nursing. Dr Carter was named the winner of the prestigious CNO Award for Lifetime Achievement at the…

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Breaking: Winners of the 2020 Nursing Times Awards revealed

The winners of this year’s Nursing Times Awards have been revealed during a virtual ceremony held on Wednesday. Our winners were announced during a free, virtual event broadcast online from 4pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020, which you will soon be able to watch back.…

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New chief nurse for South West London integrated care system

A nursing leader who made history as the first Black African director of midwifery in the UK has been appointed as chief nurse for South West London. Dr Gloria Rowland (pictured above) will be the voice of nursing for the South West London Health and…

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Specialist trust appoints new interim chief nurse ahead of possible merger

A specialist hospital trust in West Sussex has appointed a new interim director of nursing and quality who will see the organisation through a potential merger. Nicky Reeves first joined Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 15 years ago as the burns centre manager and…

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Tributes paid to ‘caring and well-respected’ nurse after death aged 38

A hospital nurse and mother-of-three from the West Midlands who “always went above and beyond” for her patients and colleagues has died aged 38. Colleagues have remembered Frances Ebong, a staff nurse at Queen’s Hospital Burton in Staffordshire, as a “well-respected nurse” who had a…

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International nursing leader tells nurses ‘it’s OK not to feel resilient’

The nursing profession’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has shown the world that nurses are “indispensable”, according to the president of the International Council of Nurses. Annette Kennedy (pictured above) will today use her speech at the 2020 Nursing Times Awards to thank nursing staff…

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Cancer nurse redeployed in first wave ‘worked 70-hour weeks’

A cancer nurse specialist has spoken out about her experiences during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic including the challenges around redeployment and the impact on her mental wellbeing and that of her team. Denise Crouch, Macmillan cancer lead nurse at a hospital trust…

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Nurse calls for targeted action to reduce learning disability Covid-19 deaths

The fact people with learning disabilities are dying from Covid-19 at a much higher rate than the general population is a “shocking indictment of society”, a leading nurse has warned. Jim Blair (pictured above) is now calling for action to better protect this group including…

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Latest audit of neonatal services finds ongoing nurse shortages

Nurse staffing levels in neonatal services in Britain remain "significantly below" national recommendations, according to a new audit. The state of neonatal services in England, Wales and Scotland is assessed each year through the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) led by the Royal College of…

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Free: Don’t miss the 2020 Nursing Times Awards on Wednesday

Calling all members of the nursing family, make sure you do not miss this week’s free virtual ceremony to reveal the winners of the 2020 Nursing Times Awards. Our winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony from 4pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020. It’s…

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Visitor Covid-19 testing launched in care homes under pilot

A pilot to provide Covid-19 tests to designated friends and family of those living in care homes has today been launched across Hampshire, Cornwall and Devon. The move, which aims to help facilitate indoor visits and even physical contact between care home residents and their…

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Student nurses sought for new study on education and Covid-19

Funding has been secured for a major UK study exploring what lessons can be learned from the experiences of student nurses during the coronavirus crisis to improve nurse education going forwards. The Cov-ed Nurse study is being led by the Oxford School of Nursing and…

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RCN postpones upcoming emergency meeting citing Covid-19 as reason

An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the Royal College of Nursing that was due to take place at the end of this month has been postponed, to the dismay of petitioners who fought for it. Council members of the RCN met on Thursday and voted…

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Call for investment in nurse specialists issued on World Diabetes Day

Nurses should be “highly valued” for the work they do in supporting people living with diabetes, the president of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has urged. Professor Andrew Boulton has spoken to Nursing Times to mark World Diabetes Day today, which is organised by the…

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NMC drops plans to axe district nurse title after CNOs step in

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has performed a U-turn on its plans to scrap recordable district nurse and general practice nursing titles, following a significant intervention from the UK’s four chief nursing officers. The regulator was planning to retire the five existing community specialist practice…

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Nursing staff leading drive to improve patient hydration in North Wales

A pilot study led by nursing staff at a community hospital in Wales could see a new kind of cup introduced across their region in order to improve patient fluid intake while on the ward. Staff on a ward at Holywell Community Hospital in Flintshire…

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Nurse appears in court after being charged over Cheshire baby deaths

Lucy Letby, the children’s nurse accused of murdering babies while working at a Cheshire hospital, has appeared at Warrington Magistrates’ Court today after being charged earlier this week. Ms Letby was arrested on Tuesday and then charged on Wednesday evening with murder in connection with…

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Less than a week to go until the 2020 Nursing Times Awards

Calling all members of the nursing family, make sure you do not miss next week’s free virtual ceremony to reveal the winners of the 2020 Nursing Times Awards. Our winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony from 4pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020. It’s…

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More nurses on NMC register but risk of ‘future problems’

The number of nurses, midwives and nursing associates on the UK register has grown by 7,909 in six months, despite international recruitment falling off a cliff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s latest mid-year data shows there was a…

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Second wave brings new reports of ‘awful’ abuse against nurses

Fresh reports of nurses coming under attack by the public are emerging, as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic takes hold. The Royal College of Nursing warned that abuse of nurses was becoming a worrying “theme” of 2020 and added that it was “totally…

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City window display created in ‘recognition of nurses’ hard work’

A new window display exploring the changing face of nursing throughout history has been installed in Bath city centre to celebrate 2020 being the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The display will be on show until the end of the year and was…

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Warning over practice nurse workload as Covid-19 vaccine draws closer

Workload considerations will be crucial for general practice nurses facing the prospect of a major Covid-19 vaccination campaign on top of expanded influenza immunisation this winter, nursing leaders have warned. The government has indicated that the first Covid-19 vaccines could be being delivered in the…

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Patient-facing NHS nurses to receive twice-weekly home Covid-19 tests

All patient-facing NHS staff in England are set to receive asymptomatic coronavirus testing twice a week, it has been announced. Under new plans which will come into force this month, staff will be asked to test themselves at home twice a week and will have…

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First-of-its-kind brain injury care course opens to nurse applicants

Nurses across the globe can now apply for a new online postgraduate course in neurological rehabilitation and care, as part of a move which aims to address the “growing need” for nurses in this specialism. The “ground-breaking” and “cutting-edge” course has been developed at the…

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Unions urge PM to push through nurse pay rise before Christmas

Prime minister Boris Johnson is facing calls to grant NHS nurses and their colleagues a pay rise before Christmas, as part of an ongoing campaign by 14 health unions. Those fighting for the move say it will help staff “feel valued” amid a second wave…

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Covid-19 surge ratios revised to one ICU nurse per two patients

Intensive care nurses will be expected to look after two critically ill patients at once, with the support of a non-specialist nurse, under revised “surge” guidance for the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance will only come into force when an intensive care…

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Nurse gaps must be considered in NHS winter planning, warns RCN

Planning around what the NHS can deliver this winter must be based on how many nursing staff are available and the workload they can safely take on, the Royal College of Nursing has warned. Amid widespread nursing shortages, the union has called on the government to…

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Tributes for ‘one in a million’ nurse who died with Covid-19

Tributes have poured in for a “dedicated and caring” mental health nurse in the North West who was “adored” by his patients, colleagues and friends. Paul Gaythwaite, a senior nurse practitioner who supported older people with mental health conditions in St Helens, died on Sunday…

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Exclusive: Nursing groups urge NMC not to scrap district nurse title

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is being challenged over its plans to overhaul community nursing qualifications by leading organisations including the Royal College of Nursing and the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Nursing Times has learnt. They are among the nursing groups and networks that have raised…

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RCN members to vote on two resolutions at extraordinary general meeting

The Royal College of Nursing has released the agenda for its extraordinary general meeting (EGM) due at the end of the month, which includes two resolutions for members to vote on. The online event is being held at the request of more than 1,000 members…

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New care home visiting guidance ‘lacks humanity’

The nursing leader behind a campaign for a compassionate approach to care homes visiting during the coronavirus pandemic has said new guidance issued by the government does not go far enough. The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that visiting to care homes…

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Exclusive: Universities in ‘chaotic’ search for nurse clinical placements

Nurse educators are struggling to secure clinical placements for their students due to a "triple whammy" of backlogs, Covid-19 restrictions and additional starters this year, Nursing Times has been told. Just days before several student nurses are scheduled to go out on placement, one university…

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Analysis: The role of nurses in meeting the challenge of ‘long Covid’

With evidence building about the long-term effects of Covid-19, attention is beginning to turn to how the health and care service will respond and the key role that nurses, particularly in the community, will play in meeting the needs of this new patient group. At…

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Job advert reignites nursing associate substitution concerns

An advert suggesting a staff nurse vacancy was open to nursing associate applicants has reignited concerns about the substitution of registered nurses for other professional groups. The advert for a band 5 staff nurse for the Wolverton sexual health centre at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation…

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NMC launches consultation on its emergency Covid-19 powers

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is seeking views from the profession on how emergency powers granted in response to the pandemic, including changes to fitness to practise (FtP) and revalidation processes, should be used going forward. Today the nursing regulator has launched a consultation into…

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Scottish care homes ‘require significant nurse input’ this winter

The Scottish Government has called for a scaling up of nursing provision in care homes this winter to meet the complex needs of residents. It said in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it had become clear that social care settings required “significant nursing input”…

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Exclusive: Investing in IPC nurses ‘absolutely key’, says RCN Wales

Action must be taken to boost the infection prevention and control (IPC) nursing workforce in Wales, especially in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, nurse leaders have warned. The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has called on the Welsh Government and Health Education and Improvement…

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Roving nurse set to boost suicide prevention efforts on railways

A roving mental health nurse has been appointed to support people in crisis across the railway network as part of a pioneering new role focused on reducing suicides. Rachel Luby will work jointly for East London NHS Foundation Trust and Network Rail and will offer…

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Nurses contribute to new book on Covid-19 and learning disabilites

A new book has been published to raise awareness of the experiences of people with learning disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic ­– and includes contributions from several nurses. Among the editors of the digital book – titled Peter & friends talk about Covid-19 and having…

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News round-up: Catch-up on October’s major nursing stories

Miss any of the news affecting the profession during October 2020? Catch up with our monthly summary of the main nursing headlines, as reported by Nursing Times. Read the news in briefs below and simply click on the link underneath to see the full story.…

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Nursing Times survey reveals views on flu and Covid-19 vaccines

Wearing personal protective equipment, side-effects, access to the clinics and being vegan are among the reasons cited by nurses for not having the influenza vaccine this year, despite calls for increased staff uptake in wake of Covid-19. More nurses than last year plan to have…

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RCN deputy president ‘left with no choice’ but to resign

Yvonne Coghill has resigned as Royal College of Nursing deputy president two months before her term was due to end, it has been announced. Ms Coghill, who was until recently the head of NHS England's workforce race equality programme, said it had been a “difficult…

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Charities merge to ‘amplify voices’ of those with young onset dementia

Two UK dementia care charities have merged in a move that they say will boost support for and representation of individuals under the age of 65 who are diagnosed with the condition. It has been announced that Dementia UK, which runs a national network of…

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Government urged to support care home visiting in second lockdown

Allowing visitors to care homes should be the “default” position in the second national lockdown and beyond, the government has been warned by a coalition of more than 60 leading voices. In the first surge of Covid-19 cases in the spring, visiting was restricted in…

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