NHS bursary reform

Department of Health, December 2015

From 1 August 2017, new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. This guidance explains the reforms.

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Voice, choice and control: how registered nurses, care and support staff in the care sector can support people to achieve these aims

Department of Health, November 2015

This document provides guidance on how registered nurses, care and support staff can enable relationship-centred care, and how they can work with others to achieve personalised care and support.

The guidance is for staff across a range of care settings, including care home staff and carers who look after people in their own homes.

Click here to download the guidance.

Assessing the health of people who are homeless

The Queen’s Nursing Institute, October 2015

The Queen’s Nursing Institute have produced guidance for community nurses to help them assess the health of homeless people.

The resource features a template health assessment including general physical health, presence of long term conditions, substance use, mental health, sexual health and housing. It also incorporates template care plans for use by nurses and patients.

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Safeguarding Adults – Everyone’s Responsibility: RCN guidance for nursing staff

Royal College of Nursing, July 2015

This RCN guidance outlines the key interventions that should be followed and provides signposts to resources that will help you understand the issues and the required actions. Safeguarding activity aims to ensure the best possible outcome

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Patient safety is at risk, say learning disability nurses

Royal College of Nursing, 25 June 2015

A new RCN survey reveals that learning disability nurses have serious concerns about the impact that cuts are having on the 1.5 million people living with a learning disability in the UK. The RCN survey has found that 71% have witnessed cuts to learning disability services and 50% are now concerned for the safety of patients. Almost all of those of those surveyed said there are not enough services in the community to care for and support people with learning disabilities…

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Alone, afraid and under attack – nursing in the community

Royal College of Nursing, 24 June 2015

Almost half of nursing staff based in the community have been subjected to abuse during the last two years, according to a survey of RCN members working in community based roles during May and June 2015, published today. In more than 11% of cases, this involved physical abuse or assault as well as verbal abuse…

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Triggers for palliative care: improving access to care for people with diseases other than cancer

Marie Curie, 23 June 2015

This report from the charity Marie Curie calls for healthcare professionals to receive further training and development in palliative care to ensure that everyone with a terminal illness gets the care and support that they need.  The report shows there is limited understanding of what palliative care can do, who it benefits and when to introduce it. It reveals that professionals do not receive enough training in the area and often miss the opportunity to consider whether there is a palliative care need.

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