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RCN London director reflects on first year in role amid Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has “really shown the value of nursing” but the focus must now be on supporting an exhausted workforce, according to the Royal College of Nursing’s London director, as she looks back on a challenging first 12 months in post. As the latest…

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NMC to delay post-reg consultation due to Covid-19 pressures

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has agreed to take its new draft community nursing standards to public consultation – but has delayed the launch date indefinitely due to pressures on the workforce from Covid-19. At a meeting this morning, members of the NMC’s governing council…

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Tribute to ‘expert’ nurse care as UK hits 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

The emotional labour for nurses of providing end-of-life care to families during the coronavirus pandemic has been highlighted as the UK death toll passes 100,000. Latest government data shows there have now been 100,162 deaths of people with Covid-19 since the crisis started, with 1,631…

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QC reviewing RCN election debacle makes final recommendations

The leading barrister appointed to look at what went wrong with the Royal College of Nursing’s 2020 presidential election has published his final report. The document released this week by Simon Cheetham QC follows an earlier publication in November and brings together all of his…

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Government urged to close death-in-service ‘loophole’ for student nurses

Student nurses carrying out unpaid placements must be covered by the £60,000 life assurance scheme if they die from Covid-19 in the line of duty, a union has urged. Unite has today called on the government to close a “loophole” in the NHS and Social…

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Covid-19 vaccine policy for people with learning disabilities ‘unfair’

Nurses are among campaigners who are calling for the government to rethink its decision not to prioritise all people with a learning disability for Covid-19 vaccination. With only those with Down's Syndrome or a "severe" learning disability explicitly named in the priority guidance, it is…

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Covid-19: New nurse death figures prompt call for investigation

An investigation is needed into the “shocking” nurse death toll of the coronavirus pandemic, nursing leaders have urged following the publication of new figures. Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today showed that more than 150 nurse deaths involving Covid-19 were…

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Pledge to increase number of BAME Queen’s Nurses

The charity behind the Queen’s Nurse programme has pledged to increase the number of community nurses from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who apply for and receive the prestigious title. A new action plan from the Queen’s Nursing Institute includes a target that…

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RCN escalates campaign for nurse access to high-level PPE

Fresh calls have been made to ensure nursing staff are protected from the new, more infectious variants of Covid-19, amid concerns that nurses are facing a “postcode lottery” in terms of what type of mask they are offered at work. The Royal College of Nursing…

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RCN escalates campaign for nurse access to high-level PPE

Fresh calls have been made to ensure nursing staff are protected from the new, more infectious variants of Covid-19, amid concerns that nurses are facing a “postcode lottery” in terms of what type of mask they are offered at work. The Royal College of Nursing…

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RCN confirms new date for congress 2021 and aims for in-person event

The Royal College of Nursing has confirmed that its annual congress will be held in September and that the ambition is for it be a physical event. However, contingency plans are also being put in place so that the conference can go ahead virtually if…

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Covid-19 treatment roll-out going ahead despite contradictory study

The NHS roll-out of the drug tocilizumab for seriously ill Covid-19 patients is continuing despite concerning results of a small-scale study in Brazil. The new trial, results of which were published in the BMJ earlier this week, was stopped early after a number of patients…

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Covid-19 workforce pressures see creation of new support role

A trust in North East England has introduced a new “team support worker” role to its workforce to help address Covid-19 staffing challenges across its hospitals. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has recruited 65 new team support workers in six-month temporary contracts after…

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Social care chief nurse urges workforce to take up Covid-19 vaccine

The chief nurse for adult social care has urged nursing staff in the sector to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine “as soon as it comes”. Professor Deborah Sturdy’s appeal to the workforce comes as vaccines are rolled out to a wider group…

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‘Long-term plan needed’ to address nurses’ Covid-19 trauma

Calls have been made for a "long-term plan" to ensure nurses and colleagues experiencing “unimaginable levels of anxiety and stress” at work are given the care and support they need. The plea comes in wake of new survey findings from the Royal College of Physicians…

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Med student body stresses ‘we do not think we are superior to nurses’ in apology

A union representing medical students has issued an apology for describing as “menial” tasks that its members had been asked to carry out while working nursing shifts in intensive care during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Imperial College School of Medicine Students’ Union said its comments…

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‘No evidence’ Covid-19 vaccine will affect fertility, say unions

Leading unions have come together to put a stop to misinformation that appears to be circulating in relation to Covid-19 vaccines and fertility. The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have issued a joint statement to confirm there…

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Report on global response to Covid-19 raises concern about nurse wellbeing

Nurses around the world have risen to the challenge of Covid-19 but their efforts have come at a cost to the profession, according to a major report presented to the World Health Organization. The independent panel assessing the world’s response to the coronavirus pandemic offered…

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Maternity safety ‘should fall to midwifery director not nursing’, says RCM

Responsibility for maternity safety on hospital boards should sit with directors of midwifery and not directors of nursing, the Royal College of Midwives has urged. The comments were made by the RCM during a hearing of a Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry set…

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Student nurses in England offered ‘clarity’ on current options

New guidance has been published for student nurses in England on what their options are at this stage in the coronavirus pandemic following the reintroduction of emergency education standards. The resource has been released by Health Education England today and breaks down the current choices…

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NMC to help employers better deal with concerns about nurses locally

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is due to launch a new resource to help employers improve how they investigate concerns raised about nurses or midwives. The regulator hopes it will guide employers on when issues should be dealt with at a local level and when…

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Nursing Times survey: Tell us how staff absence is affecting your teams

Nursing Times has launched a survey to find out more about the workforce challenges facing nurses during the winter surge of Covid-19. Since cases started to significantly rise again at the start of October, teams and services across the UK have been under pressure like…

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Pandemic ‘exacerbating’ pay and conditions issues for practice nurses

Some general practice nurses in England are being denied employer sick pay for coronavirus-related absences, a survey has revealed. The Queen’s Nursing Institute was asked by NHS England to “capture the experiences” of general practice nurses in the first wave of the pandemic. "There are…

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Diabetes network expands support via new website

A team of diabetes specialists that developed a social media network for people with the condition when the outbreak of Covid-19 first began is hoping to extend its reach and support with the launch of a new website. The Team Diabetes 101 Twitter account was…

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‘No plans’ to reintroduce paid placements for student nurses in Wales and Scotland

Leaders in Scotland and Wales have said they will not be asking final year student nurses to return to paid clinical placements at this stage in the coronavirus pandemic. However, the situation is being kept under close review by the devolved governments in both countries.…

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PM urged to personally intervene and ‘speed up’ nurse pay rise

An immediate pay rise for NHS workers would be good for the economy and would potentially convince burned out staff who are considering leaving the health service to stay, unions have told the prime minister. The 14 health unions fighting for a pay rise for…

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Funding support for social care to fill ‘high and rising’ staff gaps

The government has answered a plea from the adult social care sector for help to alleviate the “extreme staffing pressure” currently facing providers due to a spike in coronavirus-related absences. The Department of Health and Social Care has given local authorities an emergency £120m fund…

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Funding pledged to introduce e-rostering across more trusts

A government cash injection of almost £7.5m will be used to support the further roll out of digital shift scheduling for nurses and colleagues across England, it has been confirmed. Minister for care Helen Whately (pictured above) announced today that the new funds would be…

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More hospitals needed for pioneering Covid-19 nursing study

A trailblazing clinical trial looking at nurse innovation during the coronavirus pandemic is moving into its next phase – and researchers are appealing for more hospitals to get involved. The COVID-NURSE study has already seen around 1,000 hospital nurses in the UK surveyed about the…

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Supporting staff after patient incidents ‘improves safety in NHS’

More support is needed for health staff who are at risk of psychological harm as a result of being involved in patient safety incidents, a new report has warned. Those behind the investigation stressed that offering the “best level of support” to staff was also…

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New grant programme for nurse innovators in digital health

The Burdett Trust for Nursing has announced a new major grant programme to support nurse-led digital health innovation. The charitable trust, which regularly creates grants to support nursing contribution in health and care, has confirmed that its next programme will be open for applications in…

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No change in national PPE guidance despite health worker concerns

Guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) is not being changed despite protests from nurses, doctors and their unions. Influential unions have united with campaign groups in a call for stronger rules. But clinical leaders have said latest evidence suggested the current guidance on PPE did not…

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RCN chief joins board of NHS Race and Health Observatory

The chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing has been appointed as a non-executive director for the newly created NHS Race and Health Observatory. Dame Donna Kinnair (pictured above) will sit on the board alongside 14 other members who together were…

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Queen’s Nurse-run helpline receives major funding boost

A telephone support service for nurses working in the community, primary and social care sectors has received a major funding boost to help it extend its reach during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. The TalktoUs "listening service" was set up by the Queen’s Nursing Institute…

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BREAKING: Student nurses remobilised to Covid-19 response

Final year student nurses are being called upon to return to paid extended placements in wake of the latest surge of Covid-19, it has been announced. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today confirmed that it will reintroduce its emergency education standards to enable student…

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Covid-19: New findings point to widespread trauma among nurses

Almost half of intensive care staff in England reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression or anxiety during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, a new study has shown. Researchers found that poor mental health was also more pronounced among nurses than doctors…

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Mental Health Act proposals seek to address ‘inequalities’

Sweeping reforms to the Mental Health Act that the government said would make the system fairer and more patient-centred have been unveiled today. Under the plans, having a learning disability or autism will no longer be a valid reason for holding someone under the act.…

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Nurse of the year hopes win will change perceptions of prison nursing

The first Helen Bishton knew about her Nursing Times Award nomination was hearing she had made the shortlist. Although delighted, she was convinced she would not win. She was wrong. At the Nursing Times Awards 2020, held virtually in November, Ms Bishton picked up the award…

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Whistleblower nurse calls for new body to tackle bullying in NHS

A nurse who was threatened by colleagues for speaking out about care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has said bullying remains a “real problem” in the NHS. Helene Donnelly (pictured above) has told MPs that more than 10 years on from the scandal –…

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Government commits funds to ‘strengthen’ maternity leadership

The government has pledged half-a-million pounds to provide new training to maternity leaders across England in a bid to improve multidisciplinary working in these services and ultimately make them safer places to receive care. Patient safety minister Nadine Dorries (pictured above), a nurse by background, launched…

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Outgoing Welsh CNO warns of need to protect the workforce

One of the UK’s most senior nurses, who helped oversee the introduction of ground-breaking safe staffing legislation, has issued a stark warning about the “terrible months” ahead and the need to protect the nursing workforce for the future. Attention must be paid to the negative…

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Learning resources launched for nurses new to critical care

The Royal College of Nursing has launched a package of free learning resources to support nursing staff who are new to critical care. It comes at a time when staff from other areas are being redeployed to support colleagues in critical care amid the latest…

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Former RCN chief ready to ‘do his bit’ for Covid-19 vaccine roll out

Former Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter has received a Covid-19 vaccine and is now gearing up to vaccinate others in the coming weeks. Dr Carter, who won the coveted CNO lifetime achievement award at the 2020 Nursing Times Awards,…

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Government publishes new Covid-19 vaccination delivery plan

The government has set out a new plan to offer a Covid-19 vaccine to all adults in England by autumn 2021. To achieve this, the country's network of vaccination sites will be rapidly expanded so that everyone will live within 10 miles of a place…

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Unions urge public to back fair pay for nurses campaign

Health unions are urging the public to follow the lead of several celebrities and get behind their campaign for fair pay for nurses and other NHS staff. To mark International Thank You Day, the 14 unions are asking the public to use social media to…

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Nurses urged to ‘speak up’ if feeling unsafe in wake of Covid-19 spike

The UK’s most senior nurses and the nursing regulator are encouraging the profession to “speak up” if they feel unsafe at work amid the latest surge of Covid-19. The four chief nursing officers and the Nursing and Midwifery Council has today issued an open letter…

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Covid-19: RCN London welcomes move to place city in emergency status

Nurses in London are said to be “beyond breaking point” as the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the city leads to the declaration of a major incident. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made the decision today to place the capital in an emergency status due…

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Covid-19: Moderna vaccine approved for UK use

A third Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, it has been announced. The Moderna vaccine, which has been found to be 94% effective in preventing disease, has today been authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). “This is…

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Nursing leaders denounce Covid-19 deniers

Health and nursing leaders in the UK and beyond have spoken out to condemn Covid-19 deniers and rulebreakers, warning their behaviour puts lives at risk and is demoralising for nurses. One minister went so far as to say that those who blatantly flouted coronavirus guidance…

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Arthritis drugs ‘improve survival and recovery’ of Covid-19 patients

Drugs typically used for rheumatoid arthritis are to be rolled out to Covid-19 patients in intensive care, after new research showed their effectiveness in reducing mortality and length of hospital stay. The findings, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, come from the government-funded REMAP-CAP clinical…

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Clap for Heroes: Nurses say they do not want return of applause

The weekly round of applause for key workers is set to officially return tonight under the new name Clap for Heroes – however, nurses say they do not want the claps and are not heroes. While recognising the good intentions behind the initiative, nurses told…

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Nurses ‘chronically exhausted’ amid latest surge of Covid-19

Nurses are leaving their shifts in tears, feeling scared and exhausted, as they continue to battle the worst surge of Covid-19 yet, Nursing Times has been told. The sheer volume of coronavirus patients and numbers being admitted to hospitals across the country means some nurses…

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NHSX appoints new deputy chief nursing information officer

The digital nursing agenda in England has taken another step forward with the appointment of a deputy chief nursing information officer. Sara Nelson (pictured above) will start in the newly created role at NHSX on a part-time basis on 11 January and then full time…

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Prison nurse leader appointed to newly created national role

An influential nurse leader in the health and justice sector has been appointed to a newly created nursing director post working across more than 45 prisons in England. Maggie Wood (pictured above) has been selected as Practice Plus Group’s first ever director of nursing and…

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English NHS trusts begin roll out of Covid-19 vaccination for staff

Staff Covid-19 vaccination programmes are getting underway across the NHS, as trusts aim to have all frontline health workers protected with a first dose by the middle of next month. Prime minister Boris Johnson announced last night that the NHS had committed to a target…

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Tributes to ‘treasured’ community hospital nurse after death from Covid-19

The chief executive of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has paid tribute to a “most treasured” nurse who has died from Covid-19. Kevin McGee said it was “deep sadness” that he was announcing the death of staff nurse Bridget Palmer, who had worked for the…

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Covid surge prompts NMC to fast-track more overseas nurses onto temp register

More overseas-trained nurses are being invited to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s emergency register, as part of “immediate action” to help the workforce deal with the latest Covid-19 surge. A joint statement announcing the expansion of the temporary register was published today by the…

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Florence Nightingale Museum to close for ‘foreseeable future’

The Florence Nightingale Museum in London is set to close for the "foreseeable future" as it continues to struggle with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been announced. The organisation stated that a major review and restructuring of the museum’s operations will take place…

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RCN seeks ‘urgent reassurance’ that nurses are protected from new Covid-19 variant

The Royal College of Nursing is calling for an urgent review of the safety measures in place to protect nurses from Covid-19 at work in light of the emergence of a more transmissible variant of the virus. It has written to the Department of Health…

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Worcestershire hospitals trust appoints new chief nurse

A nurse leader is returning to the area where she first began her nursing career more than 30 years ago to become the chief nursing officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust. Paula Gardner will take on the role of chief nurse at the trust's…

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‘Out of the blue’ pay rise offered to nurses on Guernsey

Nurses on the island of Guernsey, who had been threatening to strike over pay before the coronavirus pandemic hit, have been offered a 5% wage increase for 2021. However, the Royal College of Nursing said the news had “come out of the blue” and that…

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Trust chief nurse administers first Oxford coronavirus vaccine

An NHS trust chief nurse has helped the UK hit a new milestone in its coronavirus immunisation programme by administering the very first Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. Sam Foster, chief nursing officer at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, today injected 82-year-old dialysis patient Brian Pinker with…

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Nurses recognised for Covid-19 response with New Year Honours

More than 30 leading nurses and midwives have been recognised with New Year Honours, following a year of “unprecedented challenges” for the profession. Nurses working in hospitals, care homes, within the community and in research have been named among the 1,239 recipients of awards for…

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