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Sleep disruption can trigger or worsen psychiatric disorders

Problems with sleep and internal body clock can trigger or exacerbate a range of psychiatric disorders, a new study shows. Sleep disturbances such as insomnia have long been linked to psychiatric disorders, but in a recent research review, an international team of scientists found that disturbances in the circadian rhythm are common in every category…
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Managing the menopause and work: support for nurses

Nurse specialist in sexual health and the menopause Ruth Bailey explains how nurses should be supported to manage the symptoms of menopause in the workplace   Why should nurses recognise menopause as workplace issue? The nursing workforce is predominantly female with a significant proportion of nurses in the age group affected by menopause.1 The experience…
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GPNs ‘not often given credit when due’, says practice manager

General practice nurses (GPNs) ‘aren’t often’ given the credit they are due and ‘a lot of misunderstanding’ around the role still exists, a national lead for the Institute of General Practice Management has said. Ceri Gardener, who is a practice manager in Gloucestershire, also reiterated concerns that practices were not given ‘anywhere near’ the required…
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How to deal with suspected whooping cough cases

GP Dr Toni Hazell explains the background to the current wave of whooping cough and how this this serious infection should be managed in general practice Unfortunately some of the most impactful public health gains of the past century are currently going into reverse – as we have seen in particular with falls in vaccination…
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Genital HPV infections – what community nurses need to know

Nurse specialist in genitourinary medicine Jodie Crossman provides an update on genital HPV infections, including latest statistics and how to advise patients on current prevention and treatment measures Genital Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is often a big cause of concern for patients, with media stories and information campaigns largely focused on the life-altering effects of…
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General practice nurses to be added to ARRS

General practice nurses (GPNs) are set to be included within the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS), the government has confirmed. The Department of Health and Social Care has said GPNs and mental health practitioners will be added to the scheme – which allows primary care networks to reimburse the salaries of some staff – within…
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Measles: What nurses in primary care need to know

GP Dr Toni Hazell outlines why we are seeing a resurgence in measles, the key clinical signs and symptoms to look out for, and how to deal with a suspected case Anyone who keeps up to date with the news is probably feeling uneasy at the moment, with reports of spiralling cases of measles –…
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First-hand accounts show newly registered nurses’ fear and anxiety

A project by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation and The King’s Fund has revealed first-hand accounts of newly registered nurses experiencing feelings of fear, anxiety and exhaustion through their work. The project, called Follow Your Compassion, was set up last year to explore the ‘everyday lived experiences’ of newly registered nurses and midwives,…
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Plans for nursing associate role in Wales confirmed

The health minister for Wales has confirmed plans to introduce a nursing associate role to the NHS. Eluned Morgan described the move, which is subject to necessary UK legislation, as a ‘momentous decision for nursing’. Plans for a regulated band 4 nursing role in Wales were first mooted earlier this month. At the time it…
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Labour promises ‘healthiest ever’ generation of children

The Labour Party has pledged to create the ‘healthiest and happiest’ generation of British children ever if it wins the next general election. Announcing a child action plan today, the party pledged to create a ‘mission delivery board’ within government which prioritises child health. And it said it would cut waiting lists for children’s mental…
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