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May 23, 2017
For the first time, the NHS has commissioned a health app to help patients with type 2 diabetes.

For the first time, the NHS has commissioned a health app to help patients with type 2 diabetes.

OurPath, which is similar in concept to the calorie-counting app MyFitnessPal, is the first digital behavioural change programme to manage type 2 diabetes to be commissioned by the NHS.

Users are sent an activity tracker and Wi-Fi enabled scales, and are assigned a mentor to help them to make lifestyle changes over a six-week period.

May 22, 2017
Primary headache disorders are extremely disabling and highly prevalent. They place a significant demand on NHS resources and are an enormous financial cost to the UK economy.

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May 19, 2017
The Conservative Party election manifesto pledges a minimum of £8bn extra funding for the NHS over the next five years and seven-day GP access across England by 2019 – one year earlier than their 2015 promise.

The Conservative Party election manifesto pledges a minimum of £8bn extra funding for the NHS over the next five years and seven-day GP access across England by 2019 – one year earlier than its 2015 promise.

May 19, 2017
The Royal College of Nursing has responded to the Conservative Party over its 'failure' to send a speaker to this year's RCN Congress.

The Royal College of Nursing has responded to the Conservative Party over its 'failure' to send a speaker to this year's RCN Congress.

Nursing members have said that the prime minister has shown 'contempt' to the college and all nurses by not attending the RCN's annual conference, which took place from 14 to 17 May.

The Conservatives said they were 'afraid' that the prime minister would not be able to attend the congress but offered her 'best wishes' for the event.

May 17, 2017
GP practices and other NHS services around England which were forced to close for several days following the 'cyber attack' on the NHS computer system, have now reopened.

GP practices and other NHS services around England that were forced to close for several days following the 'cyber attack' on the NHS computer system have now reopened.

Some GP practices had to close from 12 May while staff at other NHS services also found themselves unable to work.

May 12, 2017
A major cyber attack on the NHS computer system has shut down GP practices around England.

A major cyber attack on the NHS computer system has shut down GP practices around England.

Nurisng In Practiceunderstands that some GP practices have had to shut down, while staff at other NHS services have found themselves unable to work.

Dr George Farrelly, a GP in East London, said his practice did not have access to patient records and could not prescribe medicines.

May 11, 2017
A draft of the Labour Party's 2017 election manifesto has been leaked to the press despite the party leaders only today (11 May) meeting to finalise it ahead of its planned launch.

The Labour party would automatically guarantee the rights of EU staff working in health and care services if elected, a draft of its 2017 election manifesto has revealed.

The document was leaked to the press despite the party leaders only today (11 May) meeting to finalise it ahead of its planned launch.

The manifesto, which the party has confirmed is a genuine draft, says that a Labour Government would give more than £6bn in added funding to the NHS.

May 9, 2017
A new international campaign has been launched to increase the number of nurses who train, work and live in Wales.

A new international campaign has been launched to increase the number of nurses who train, work and live in Wales.

A major campaign was launched today (9 May) alongside health secretary Vaughan Gething's announcement that bursaries for student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19.

May 8, 2017
Labour will end car parking charges at NHS England hospitals by raising insurance tax on private healthcare to 20%, party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said today (8 May).

Labour will end car parking charges at NHS England hospitals by raising insurance tax on private healthcare to 20%, party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said today (8 May).

If elected, the Labour Party will make parking at health services free for patients, visitors and NHS staff.

It would pay for this with the £160m annual cost of the policy paid for by the insurance increase, Corbyn said.

May 5, 2017
Acne vulgaris (meaning ‘common’ in Latin) is often viewed as a rite of passage for teenagers and as such is often ignored by patients, parents and practitioners.

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May 5, 2017
Social smokers are in the same danger as current smokers for cardiovascular problems, a new study has revealed.

Social smokers are in the same danger as current smokers for cardiovascular problems, a new study has revealed.

The Ohio State Universtiy study, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, compared the cardiovascular risk of 'social smokers' with those who smoke regularly.

May 4, 2017
The primary care nurse is vital in the early detection and management of children and young people who are depressed. The nurse could potentially be the first point of contact when a parent, education or social care professional is concerned about a young person’s mental health.

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May 3, 2017
The Scottish government has announced £2.5m for ‘up-skilling’ general practice staff, including new training for practice nurses.

The Scottish government has announced £2.5m for ‘up-skilling’ general practice staff, including new training for practice nurses.

Health secretary Shona Robinson said practice nurses will be able to access new training on managing patients with multiple health conditions as part of the £71.6m committed to general practice funding in 2017/18.

Robison has committed to investing an extra £250m in general practice per year by 2021.

'Reinvigorating general practice'

May 2, 2017
One in four of the nurses who received support grants worth approximately £450 were in full-time work.

Eight nurses a day seek urgent financial help from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the organisation has revealed.

Eight nurses a day sought urgent financial help from their support-line between October and December 2016 to cope with the cost of living, figures released by the RCN today (2 May) revealed.

One in four of the nurses who received support grants worth approximately £450 were in full-time work.

Nurse pay not level with inflation

April 28, 2017
NHS England’s chief nursing officer Jane Cummings on nursing associates, the nursing bursary and why everyone should be grateful to practice nurses.

NHS England’s chief nursing officer Jane Cummings on nursing associates, the nursing bursary and why everyone should be grateful to practice nurses

Primary care and community nursing are feeling the pressure of an ageing population, an increasing shortage of staff and cuts to funding.The Government’s response has been to introduce new roles and ways to train, but what will this mean for the nurses who are currently at the forefront of services?

April 27, 2017
The number of specialist palliative nurses in UK children's hospices is decreasing and diminishing the level of care given to terminally ill children at the end of their lives.

The number of specialist palliative nurses in UK children's hospices is decreasing and diminishing the level of care given to terminally ill children at the end of their lives.

UK charity, Together for Short Lives, reported that children’s hospices have a growing shortage of nurses following the publication of their 2016 survey.

April 26, 2017
Fitness-to-practise law expert Marie Dancer explains what a potential merger of healthcare regulators could mean for nurses.

Fitness-to-practise law expert Marie Dancer explains what a potential merger of healthcare regulators could mean for nurses

The Department of Health recently announced a forthcoming consultation paper that discusses the merits of merging health regulators. The consultation will propose the option of all nine healthcare regulatory bodies merging.

April 25, 2017
The Labour Party will increase pay for NHS staff and reinstate the nursing bursary if elected in June, the party announced in a speech today (26 April).

The Labour Party will increase pay for NHS staff and reinstate the nursing bursary if elected in June, the party announced in a speech today (26 April).

In the party's three-point election guarantee for NHS staff, it promised:

April 25, 2017
Terminally ill children should have access to around-the-clock homecare, according to a draft standard published by NICE.

Terminally ill children should have access to around-the-clock homecare, according to a draft standard published by NICE.

The proposal says families who are caring for terminally ill children at home should have 24-hour access to specialist medical support and advice.

NICE says 'families caring for a terminally ill child should be supported so that the child can receive the right care, in the environment of their choice'.

April 18, 2017
The recovery approach to care is applicable for patients with life-changing conditions; whether physical or mental

Key learning points

April 13, 2017
A dwindling number of practice nurses means that GPs are going to have to start paying for the high-quality staff they want.

A dwindling number of practice nurses means that GPs are  going to have to start paying for the high-quality staff they want, says Marilyn Eveleigh

Nursing pay always raises strong feelings and opinions. I vented mine a year ago in Nursing in Practice issue 90 and held nothing back. Raise salaries! Dump Agenda for Change national rates! Let the market determine pay levels! Use imaginative financial incentives to recruit and retain nurses! I felt better – but, with Agenda for Change rates being an NHS issue, it probably changed nothing.

April 13, 2017
Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola, has said she will travel back to Sierra Leone where she contracted the disease to seek 'closure'.

Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola, has said she will travel back to Sierra Leone, where she contracted the disease, to seek 'closure'.

Cafferkey, from Glasgow, was working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone in 2014 during the Ebola epidemic, which killed almost 4,000 people, when she became infected herself.

April 13, 2017
Why is pay for practice nurses so variable and what can they do to negotiate a raise?

Why is pay for practice nurses so variable and what can they do to negotiate a raise?

It’s safe to say that nurses don’t become nurses for the money. They are motivated by their desire to care for others and improve lives. 

April 11, 2017
Almost 340,000 adult social care workers in England quit their jobs last year, meaning over 900 left their roles each day, according to new figures.

Almost 340,000 adult social care workers in England quit their jobs last year, meaning over 900 left their roles each day, according to new figures.

And around 60%, or 550 a day, of those staff left the care sector altogether.

Reasons for the loss of staff include low pay, lack of job security and being overworked.

Last year, prior to the introduction of the mandatory National Living Wage, average care worker pay was £7.46 an hour, or £14,800 a year for full-time staff – compared to £27,600 a year for the average UK worker.

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