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March 24, 2017
Teenage pregnancies have dropped to the lowest level ever since 1969 across England and Wales, new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data has revealed.

Teenage pregnancies have dropped to the lowest level ever since 1969 across England and Wales, new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data has revealed.

School nursing has focused on sexual health and education of young people for many years. This combined with young women staying in school for longer and improved access to contraception has helped the positive trend.

March 21, 2017
In the UK, approximately 700,000 women per year give birth. Some 5% of these women have diabetes; of those 87.5% have gestational diabetes (GDM), 7.5% have type 1 diabetes and 5% have type 2.

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March 20, 2017
Nearly 100 councils across England have reported that care home firms have cancelled their contracts with them due to insufficient payments.

Nearly 100 councils across England have reported that care home firms have cancelled their contracts with them due to insufficient payments, BBC Panorama will report tonight (20 March).

The overstretched companies have stopped working for local councils, saying that they cannot deliver the care home services under the funding they have been given. Some are also unable to recruit and retain sufficient staff, the BBC said.

March 17, 2017
A recent systematic review found brief interventions delivered by nurses to be the most effective at reducing alcohol consumption when compared with other provider groups.

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March 16, 2017
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a report on called NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure today (16 March) which highlights the burdens faced by the acute sector.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a report highlighting the burdens faced by the acute sector.

The report, NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure – published today (16 March) – concluded that primary care and community services need to be improved in order to reduce the current pressure on hospitals.

March 16, 2017
The inconsistencies in the way practice nurses are paid can make it difficult to ask for a higher salary or improvements to contract agreements.

The inconsistencies in the way practice nurses are paid can make it difficult to ask for a higher salary or improvements to contract agreements. But it’s time to say that enough is enough. Nursing in Practice has investigated the best ways to ask for a raise and better terms and conditions. The key is asking for the right things at the right time, and having the confidence to do so.

March 14, 2017
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England has today outlined the challenges she believes the nursing profession will face over the next five years at the annual CNO summit, taking place in Birmingham today (Tuesday).

England's chief nursing officer Professor Jane Cummings has outlined the challenges she believes the nursing profession will face over the next five years at the annual CNO summit, taking place in Birmingham today (14 March).

In her opening speech to senior nursing, midwifery and care leaders from across the country, Professor Cummings said that there would be a million more people over the age of 65 by 2020, with over 7,000 people over 100 years old.

March 14, 2017
A new report published by The King’s Fund has found that patients are being left without pain medication for up to eight hours during end-of-life care due to cuts in nursing staff.

A new report published by The King’s Fund has found that patients are being left without pain medication for up to eight hours during end-of-life care due to cuts in nursing staff.

The report, Understanding NHS Financial Pressures, looked at the financial performance of the NHS in comparison to the quality of service being provided with the aim of establishing if financial pressures were affecting its operational effectiveness.

March 10, 2017
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has spoken out against the news that NHS Trusts are ‘replacing’ registered nurses with nursing associates.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has spoken out against the news that NHS Trusts are ‘replacing’ registered nurses with nursing associates.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, one of the test sites, is planning to introduce nursing associates into 21 vacant nursing posts in April when the new nursing associates begin training.

March 9, 2017
Giving patients with type 2 diabetes more time with practice nurses leads to earlier insulin uptake and better outcomes, a BMJ published study has shown.

Giving patients with type 2 diabetes more time with practice nurses leads to earlier insulin uptake and better outcomes, a BMJ published study has shown.

A team of researchers, headed up by John Furler from the University of Melbourne, tested the ‘Stepping Up’ care model which enables practice nurses to lead on insulin treatment initiation as part of routine care.

Under the model, practice nurses are trained and mentored by a registered nurse qualified as a certified diabetes educator (CDE).

March 8, 2017
Chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond announced as part of the 2017 Budget today (8 March), that there will be an extra £2bn for social care funding over next three years.

There will be an extra £2bn for social care funding over the next three years, chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond announced as part of the 2017 Budget today (8 March).

The provision includes £1bn spending for social care in 2017/18.

However, the funding boost was met with criticism from the Labour Party.

March 7, 2017
Health Education England (HEE) has announced that it is planning to develop another 2,000 training places for nursing associates from 2018.

Health Education England (HEE) is planning to develop another 2,000 training places for nursing associates from 2018, it has announced.

March 2, 2017
The Government has been criticised for failings in palliative care after findings published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care revealed widespread inadequacies.

The Government has been criticised for failings in palliative care after findings published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care revealed widespread inadequacies.

March 1, 2017
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said that there needs to be a specific law against verbal and physical abuse towards nurses treating the public.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said that there needs to be a specific law against verbal and physical abuse towards nurses treating the public.

There are 193 attacks on UK healthcare workers are reported every day and according to NHS Protect there was a 4% rise in physical assaults against healthcare workers in England from 67,864 in 2014/15 to 70,555 in 2015/16.

February 28, 2017
Nurses with up to ten years’ experience are unable to afford to buy a house across seven regions of England and Wales, according to new research.

Nurses with up to ten years’ experience are unable to afford to buy a house across seven regions of England and Wales, according to new research.

The likelihood of a nurse being able to afford a home outright in the first ten years after qualifying is below 30% in the East Midlands, East of England, Home Counties, South East, South West and West Midlands.

There is only a 1% chance for them to become home owners in Greater London.

February 27, 2017
Nurses diagnosed with cancer are being given financial support and advice from Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

Nurses diagnosed with cancer are being given financial support and advice from Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

The cost of cancer is on average an added £570 per month for the majority of cancer patients, according to recent research by Macmillan Cancer Support.

It was also revealed that over a third of people diagnosed with cancer did not realise that the disease would affect them financially, and may not have been prepared for such unexpected costs.

February 24, 2017
A systematic review of pregnancy studies by the National Institute for Health Research has revealed the latest evidence-based interventions for improving outcomes for pregnancy and perinatal care.

A systematic review of pregnancy studies has revealed that pregnancy smoking cessation programmes have a high rate of relapse.

The review by the National Institute for Health Research has revealed ways to better care for new mothers, especially from disadvantaged areas.

Key findings

February 23, 2017
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called for the nursing education bursary to be reinstated during Prime Minister’s Questions on 22 February.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for the nursing education bursary to be reinstated following fears that scrapping it will discourage people from applying to nursing courses.

February 22, 2017
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today, 22 February, released a consultation on new guidance to better integrate child protection against abuse and neglect.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today, 22 February, released a consultation on new guidance to better integrate child protection against abuse and neglect.

February 21, 2017
Nursing employers should start preparing for the Home Office’s latest changes if they want to avoid losing prospective non-EU nurses, according to an immigration law firm.

Nursing employers should start preparing for the Home Office’s latest changes if they want to avoid losing prospective non-EU nurses, according to an immigration law firm.

Applicants for certain professions, including nurses from outside the EU, will need to obtain a new criminal record certificate to present to the Home Office even if they have been subject to a criminal background check before.

The changes will be introduced on 6 April but employers are being advised to start informing prospective staff about the new obligation now.

February 17, 2017
How can nurses ensure that children and young people are keeping active?

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February 16, 2017
Nurses and other health professionals in South West England will conduct more than a quarter of GP appointments under plans to relieve pressure on general practice.

Nurses and other health professionals in South West England will conduct more than a quarter of GP appointments under plans to relieve pressure on general practice.

This is the first time that commissioners planning to improve primary care integration to reduce GP visits have estimated exactly how many appointments they aim to avoid.

February 14, 2017
New NICE asthma guidelines have been called ‘short-term’ and ‘cost-driven’ in the consultation on the changes.

New NICE asthma guidelines have been called ‘short-term’ and ‘cost-driven’ in a consultation on the changes.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued the draft clinical practice guideline on the management of asthma by the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on 28 December 2016.

February 13, 2017
It is estimated that between 75-80% of the nation’s contraceptive care is provided in general practice and it is often the first access point for individuals who have contraceptive concerns or needs.

Key learning points:

General practice is often the first access point for those who have contraceptive concerns or needs.

The most effective methods are long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC).

Practice nurses can only be expected to deliver a sexual health service if they are adequately skilled and familiar with the most up-to-date clinical guidelines and national standards.

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