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International Nurses Day 2024

To all nurses worldwide, irrespective of geographical location, the field you specialise in or the patients you serve and support, 12 May 2024 is a momentous occasion. International Nurses Day...

Surgical site infection prevention bundles: a focus on preoperative skin decolonisation

Preoperative bathing is a generally accepted practice within surgery as a measure to reduce the risk of avoidable surgical site infections. Evidence to favour the routine use of antimicrobial agents...

Different stakeholder perspectives on NHS safety

An independent expert panel commissioned by the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee (HSCC) has issued the report of its findings on the Government's progress on meeting patient safety...

Practical implications of overlapping mental capacity assessments

Section 2(1) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides that:.

Getting to grips with generative AI

‘… a natural language processing chatbot driven by generative AI that allows you to have human-like conversations to complete various tasks. For example, the AI tool can answer questions and assist...

RCN issues ‘warning’ over nursing associates

In a press release issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Welsh office in January 2024 (RCN, 2024a), the RCN Wales Director delivered a warning over the introduction of registered nursing...

Trends in nursing applications

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) data for 2023 shows a mix of trends in the UK's higher education nursing sector (Council of Deans of Health, 2023; UCAS, 2023). A total of 48 625...

A palpable sense of frustration with NHS patient safety culture development

Patient Safety Learning (2024) is a charity for improving patient safety that provides excellent resources to share learning. It has recently produced a report analysing the results of questions...

Do we know where we are heading?

‘Trust leaders want – and need – the NHS long term workforce plan to be a success. It is therefore deeply concerning that “significant weaknesses” in its modelling have been identified.’ .

International recruitment

The NHS has a long history of recruiting international staff to enhance its domestically educated workforce. In 2022-2023 the number of UK-educated joiners on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)...

Diversity in nursing: a life study

Within the various wards, there are often cliques, which are groups of staff members who stick together regardless of the circumstances.

Taking a reading on NHS patient safety: views from the ombudsman

In his Broken Trust report from June 2023, the PHSO reviewed the most serious NHS complaints received by his office where avoidable death has resulted. The review highlighted an implementation gap,...

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