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The workforce plan

At long last there is a plan. Now that the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan has been published (NHS England, 2023), we must all be committed to making our NHS flourish again as we focus on the challenge...

The WISE Room: meeting critical needs with essential resources

The term ‘needs’, in this context, is intriguing in the depth of its implications. Renowned psychologist Maslow posited that the satisfaction of basic human needs is a necessary precursor for...

Considering NHS patient safety culture in context

‘Treating over a million people a day in England, the NHS touches all of our lives. When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be available to all, free at the...

Supporting learners as a registered nursing associate

The registered nursing associate (RNA) plays a vital role in supporting and supervising learners from a range of health professions. An RNA is qualified to provide patient-centred care while working...

Developing skills, teaching others and building good foundations

"This feels like a particularly exciting time in my new graduate journey as I find myself being allocated patients with more complex nursing needs."

Supporting patients and raising staff awareness of lymphoedema

In 2017, I had been working as a tissue viability nurse for several years in another trust. I shared an office with a lymphoedema team and found that the subject piqued my interest. When a lymphoedema...

Supporting caregivers, families and friends visiting dying loved ones in hospital

A presentation to Northamptonshire Health Charity supported the transformation of two side rooms into pilot Swan rooms to support the delivery of end-of-life care with a particular focus on the needs...

Overcoming the nursing workforce crisis in Europe to improve care for people with non-communicable diseases

Throughout Europe, poor working conditions and high workloads (Dall'Ora et al, 2020), low pay (OECD and European Union, 2022) and a lack of career opportunities (Royal College of Nursing, 2023) are...

A focus on fitness to practise: reducing inappropriate referrals

Whoever I speak to professionally since joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), despite the many areas that I want to share with colleagues – such as plans to scope whether or not advanced...

Demand for end-of-life care

Despite many people expressing a preference to die at home, half of deaths occur in hospital. Often this is due to a lack of in-home and community-based support. The provision of palliative care to...

Patient redress in clinical negligence cases: an uneven playing field

‘We contend that part of the ongoing muddle about safety cultures stems from this lack of focused attention on the nature and implications of justice in the field of patient safety.’ .

Managing the interface between two Acts relevant to the deprivation of liberty

Both the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 have provisions for the authorisation of a deprivation of liberty that are compliant with Article 5 of the European Convention on Human...

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