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Equity in health care

Equity in health care, defined as equal opportunity for all individuals to achieve their full health potential, regardless of their diverse socio-economic and demographic circumstances, remains an...

Simulated patients

One of the consistent challenges in nurse education is the lack of coordination between theory and practice. Students often encounter difficulties in the practical implementation of theoretical...

World AIDS Day 2023: 35 years on

Each year on 1 December, the world comes together to mark World AIDS Day. This event serves as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, an opportunity to remember those who have...

Maintaining patient safety in medication administration

Despite being a relatively new professional role, the Registered Nursing Associate (RNA) has a key part to play, working alongside registered nurses and other healthcare staff, to ensure patient...

Promoting excellence, governance and innovation in prescribing education

As a network, creativity and innovative practices are discussed in an open and transparent manner that is then developed and shared, which allows opportunities to explore new and evolving topics to...

Improving care for cardiac patients with heart arrhythmias

Within my own hospital the NSF enabled me to develop the role of Cardiac Rhythm Nurse Specialist, and reconfigure existing services under one umbrella, forming a comprehensive service for patients,...

A passion for improving the wellbeing of young families, with a focus on children

Within the support offered to families, I applied many tools, including the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (Warwick Medical School, 2021), Outcome Stars (Triangle Consulting Social...

Patient safety: why does the NHS always seem to get a bad press?

Rob Behrens, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), gave evidence to the Times Health Commission (Sylvester, 2023a; 2023b). This was a controversial session during which the PHSO...

Practice hours: examining the evidence

This month, I joined a panel to discuss NHS England's NHS Long Term Workforce Plan (NHS England, 2023). The chair of the panel welcomed the plan, highlighting that significant funding was available to...

This makes us sick

Our NHS, in its 75th year, the people who it serves and the people who serve in it, are not in good health. The unrelenting pressures on our NHS are seen as the main cause of a rise in staff illness....

The care home sector: a chance for career progression

In early 2023, I fancied a new challenge after 14 years working as a senior nursing lecturer in academia. Only 3 months into the role of Regional Senior Nurse (RSN), for one of the largest social care...

Transitioning to primary care nursing

‘Over the past year I have learnt so many new skills, including ear care, smoking cessation support and cervical screening’.

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