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 23.02.2016 | 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 15.02.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | 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 15.01.2016 | 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 14.01.2016 | 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 14.01.2016 | 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.

The Nurses Who Made Me a Better Doctor

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

I am a doctor, trained for 10 years, highly qualified. But I wouldn't be half the doctor I am today without nurses. From my first days on the wards as a medical student, with no idea about the human body, nurses have helped me. To a few days ago when I didn't know which dressing was best to put on a leg wound, nurses have helped me. This is a small, unworthy tribute to all the hard working nurses in the NHS. It involves a lot of cups of tea...

Thief Steals Nurses' Xmas Presents From London Hospital

PA | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK

Christmas presents bought for nurses have been stolen from one of London's busiest hospitals.The Metropolitan Police appealed for information followin...

The Student Nurses Problem

Isabel Alcock | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel Alcock

As everyone saw in the recent budget George Osborne wants to cut costs in order to help the country pay off its debt. However one of his more interest...

Osborne's 'Devastating' Tax Changes Just Cost The NHS These Student Nurses

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Student nurses are to have their grants cut and will instead have to take out loans to pay for their tuition fees, George Osborne has revealed in his ...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Bliss Baby Report 2015: Hanging in the Balance

Louise Parry | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Louise Parry

Neonatal units aren't meeting the standards required of them. That is the underlying message of the new report from Bliss, the UK charity for sick and premature babies. The findings aren't unexpected. But they're still shocking.

The NHS Runs On Its People: Beat Them Down And You Will Have Nothing Left

Louise Ridley | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Louise Ridley

Hunt is setting himself against the most essential element of our health organisation: its people. They are on the edge, and they deserve nothing but respect.

Woman Severely Burned As Baby Reunites With Nurse After 38 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Amanda Scarpinati was a baby, she was left severely burned after falling on to a steam vaporiser and being covered in boiling liquid. She was ...

Charity Calls For More Nurses As Breast Cancer Cases Soar

PA | By Jane Kirby, Press Association Health Editor | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer has risen almost a fifth in a decade but with no extra investment in nursing, a charity has said. ...

Why I'd Deter Anyone From Becoming a Nurse

Clare O'Neill | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics
Clare O'Neill

The NHS is a system we all take for granted and I cannot begin to express its worth, or the worth of its employees. However, when faced with the all challenges it has had, the NHS struggles to provide the help nurses deserve, much less adequately address and support staff with chronic health problems. Nurses struggle, and their health suffers.

Is a Seven-Day NHS Sustainable?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Ed Fletcher

What the health secretary's plans fail to realise is that there are bigger issues that need to be addressed, other than the contracts of consultants, to achieve an effective seven-day NHS.

Making Small Adjustments To Your Daily Routine Can Help Make A Big Difference To Your Health Overall

The Huffington Post UK | Jen Barton | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Sometimes we're so busy with our everyday lives, we forget to look after ourselves, especially when it comes to managing our health. Taking charge ...

A Nursing Crisis

Beth Britton | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Beth Britton

When most people think about nurses, it's usually hospitals that spring to mind. Occasionally some people might identify with their local GP practice nurse or district nurse, but suffice to say that nursing is very much seen within the confines of the NHS. Yet what about social care?

Are Hybrid Care Worker-Nurses the Solution to Nurse Shortages in Care Homes?

Davina Ludlow | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Care England's recent report into the state of social care should be a serious concern for us all. The report starkly highlights that an inability to ...