Nurses

The Future Of The Nursing Profession Is At Risk From This Government

Justin Madders | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

The uncertainty created by Brexit means that the reliance in recent years on recruitment from the EU is no longer available to shore up the numbers. Our NHS staff cannot keep giving more at the same time that we are giving them less, the Government needs to reinstate bursaries and end pay restraint - we cannot afford not to.

The NHS 'Should Be Cherished'

Janet Davies | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

Since the Government announced the withdrawal of student funding for would-be nurses last year, we are already hearing of a 20% drop in applications for graduate nursing courses. And the 1% pay cap on salaries is not helping to encourage people into nursing and is making existing nurses reconsider whether they can even afford to continue. If the NHS wants to achieve a clean bill of health, we need to ensure there is adequate staffing, funding, resource and education. The health of the nation is at stake.

An Open Letter To This NHS

Gabrielle Taylor | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Gabrielle Taylor

To the NHS, I hope this finds you well. I know you've had some bad press of late so I just wanted to see you how you're feeling and let you know that despite your troubles, I'm still your number one fan.

You're 'Ordering' GPs Are You, Mrs May?

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

I haven't blogged for a while. The reason will shock our esteemed Prime Minister. It's because I've been a bit busy - see Mrs May, I'm a GP. So waking up on Saturday to hear your briefing to the press suggesting that I am to blame for the current crisis in the NHS, and that you will 'order' me and all my colleagues to be open 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm, made me pick up my laptop.

Mothers And Babies Will Be Safer With New Midwifery Law

Julie Mellor | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Julie Mellor

Having a baby is an exciting, life-changing event and one that every mother wants to be a positive experience. Midwives play a vitally important role in this; they are the first port of call when you have a question and help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy and birth.

BBC Two's Hospital - The Uncomfortable Truth

Danny Horan | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Danny Horan

Once the production team started to research the series what they found was things we'd never seen before - the extent of cancelled ops, the failing targets, outsourcing of some procedures and 'health tourism'. But they also found extraordinary resilience, remarkably understanding patients and an ability to perform some of the best care and surgery in the world.

Student Nurses Will No Longer Need A Degree Under Jeremy Hunt's Latest Plans

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Student nurses will no longer have to complete a degree to enter the profession in a move aimed at helping those who can’t afford university. Under...

Why Universities Should Scrap Exams

Lucy Haire | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Lucy Haire

Just thinking about students' health for a moment, especially student mental health, there is evidence even among school pupils that exams are a major source of anxiety which can lead to ill-health. This is another important reason for re-examining the role of exams.

Inspiring A Healthier Future

Helen Donovan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Donovan

Public health nursing has its origins in the mid 1800's when the inequalities of the 19th century, and the ruinous health outcomes of the poorest in society, became increasingly apparent. Following the Boer War, in which the Government struggled to find enough young people who were fit enough to recruit as soldiers, infant welfare in particular fast became a priority.

Jeremy Hunt's Seven-Day Homeopathic NHS: Just The Tincture?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

When the practical and economic feasibility of a routine 7-day NHS has been roundly debunked by senior doctors, service providers and analyists, it is only natural to ask how this is going to happen. Maybe, we ought to be thinking a little more naturally ourselves, and prepare for our complementary secretary of state for health to give us a very complementary 7-day routine NHS.

Grief-stricken Post-Brexit Snowflake Nonsense

Janice Atkinson | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

I've had some wet, teary and quite frankly ludicrous outpouring of grief emails from the Remainiacs. Those who were more measured in their approach of course received a considered reply.

Brexit's Brutal Blow to the NHS

Rachel Clarke | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rachel Clarke

Our underfunded NHS now faces potentially catastrophic financial consequences of Brexit. But the most immediate threat to the NHS is not financial but human: the risk that members of its most precious, most undervalued asset - its workforce - may now wonder what on earth they are doing here.

Caring Professions in London Need Priority Status for Police Checks

Sian Berry | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

There are not many better bits of news than being offered a job. But for 81,000 people offered jobs working with children and vulnerable people in London, that joy has been lessened as they wait for months for necessary police checks to take place before starting work.

Nurses Don't Just Pass Things to the Doctor

Selena Sandeluss | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Selena Sandeluss

I will go for a drink with my nursing colleagues and talk about you and how sad it makes me, what you went through, how brave you were and how you inspired me. I will keep your story with me forever, joining my ever growing library of patients that I have cared for with cancer.

How Many Nurses Do You Need...?

Jane Ball | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Jane Ball

We often hear that some nurses are short of compassion, but for the overwhelming majority of the profession, this is simply not true and there is certainly no evidence that shows that this is the problem underlying current concerns about quality. We do however have ample evidence that they are often short of time, compromising their ability both to show that compassion and to maintain safety. Safe staffing is not an optional extra.

Meanwhile, The Government Is Being Accused Of Pressing On With A 'Scandalous' Plan

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The government is pressing ahead with plans to strip new healthcare students of an NHS bursary by launching a "scandalous" consultation, campaigners s...

Scrapping Student Nurse Bursary Could Have 'Disruptive' Impact On Staff Numbers, Warns Report

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt’s decision to axe the student bursary for nurses could have a “disruptive” impact on hospital’s recruiting and retaining staff, an...

I Wasn't Able to Take a Step back From the Day to Day Care and Be Her Daughter

Gail Walter | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gail Walter

We weren't offered a care package or any carers. I wish we had been. We could have done with the help at the time and I could have been her daughter. I regretted that afterwards, that I wasn't able to take a step back from the day to day care and be her daughter like she would have liked me to be.

From Zero to Hero - Using Volunteering to Change Your Life

Kenny Brown | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Kenny Brown

After feeling like an outsider in society, doing this sort of thing is a way of being part of the community and starting to follow a normal way of life. I'd tell anyone to do it, and use it as a positive way to develop themselves whilst supporting a great cause. That's the reason behind it all at the end of the day, and the sense of achievement is second to none.

Why the NHS Is More Than Just a Political Tool

Thomas H. Brand | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Thomas H. Brand

It boils down to the fact that doctors and nurses do are the point of the NHS. Everything else is just a structure to allow them to do it in the most efficient way. And two of the things that makes it efficient is making it free at point of service, and making the people at the point of service happy, awake, and willing to make the necessary sacrifices their job requires.

The NHS Wars - Who Is To Blame?

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Mr Cameron and Mr Hunt - maybe it's time you took responsibility for this horrific mess. Turn to the NHS staff. Turn to the patients and relatives. Apologise, say you got it wrong and let's fix the most important thing this country has. You forget when the NHS is broken, it isn't just about headlines and careers, it's about lives. People are dying because of you. Time to stand up and face the music.

The Waugh Zone January 20, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday January 20, 2016… 1) DUBLIN DOWN ON MIGRATION It’s PMQs day again and David Cameron will be ...

Education and Ethics: Down's Syndrome Testing

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Goleniowska

I hold in my hand a press release from the UK Screening Committee with recommendations for the staged rolling out of the new Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests, or #NIPT. These tests look for a woman's 'risk' factor of having a baby with Down's syndrome, Patau syndrome or Edward's syndrome.

An Open Letter to All Healthcare Professionals

Naomi Barrow | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I want to let you know, that we appreciate you. We are so thankful for you and for the tireless work you put in, day in, day out. By 'we', I don't just mean patients, but patient's families and friends too.

UK Government Failing Frontline NHS Workforce

Ronnie Cowan | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Politics
Ronnie Cowan

The Scottish Government has made a commitment to maintain the NHS Bursary meaning that people who study in Scotland will not be affected by this cut as the change is based on your location of study. However we can't turn our back on NHS England and must lend them our support at this critical time.