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England launches trial of A&E appointment system

A new appointment booking system for urgent care is being trialled in England as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. Under the pilot, people with a non-life-threatening problem will be asked to phone the NHS 111 service to be triaged before attending…

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RCN row continues as petitioners complain of being shut out

The Royal College of Nursing presidential election row is continuing to rumble on despite promises of an extraordinary general meeting (EGM). The college’s governing council announced yesterday that it would be calling an EGM in the near future to give members an opportunity to air…

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Emergency meeting of RCN will ‘give members space to air concerns’

An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the Royal College of Nursing will be convened “soon”, the chair of the college’s ruling council has announced. Dave Dawes (pictured above) said the EGM would provide members with a space to air their concerns following a stormy few…

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Covid-19 test results for care home nurses ‘consistently delayed and lost’

Care home nurses continue to struggle with access to coronavirus tests, with some reporting that results are “consistently delayed, inconclusive or even get lost”, according to a nursing union. The Royal College of Nursing has warned that, without proper testing and processes in place, the…

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Nurses to raise funds for mental health unit with 100 mile walk

A pair of nurses have put on their walking boots and set off on what they have coined a ‘walk to recovery’, in a bid to raise money to improve patient activities at a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Sunderland. Tom Gardner and Ryan…

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HEE to fund ‘top-up’ apprenticeships for nursing associates

A new funding offer will support more than 400 nursing associates and assistant practitioners to undertake a two-year ‘top-up’ apprenticeship to become registered nurses. Health Education England has this week announced it will fund 420 new apprentices, starting from September. “This much needed funding will…

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‘Using the pandemic to promote a culture of research engagement in nursing’

As routine clinical practice resumes, teams across the NHS are preparing to adapt to the new normal after a global pandemic. With research units working hard to assess the impact of Covid-19, they continue to adapt and develop new ways of producing high-quality evidence. Over…

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Coronavirus case rise postpones half of nurse weekend pay protests

Nurses fighting for a pay rise have confirmed that nearly half the physical demonstrations organised for this weekend have been forced to be postponed following the rise in coronavirus cases across the country. On Saturday 12 September, 19 demonstrations were set to take place throughout…

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New scoring tool ‘accurately predicts Covid-19 death risk’

A team of UK researchers has developed an “easy-to-use” scoring system to help predict mortality risk in patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19. Those behind the new system said it could be used by clinicians to inform treatment decisions and to stratify coronavirus patients into…

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Trust looks to ‘accelerate’ nursing innovation with new fellowship

A new fellowship is being made available at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in a bid to bolster nursing innovation across the organisation. The “first of its kind” Nursing Innovation Fellow position has come to life thanks to a grant from the Burdett…

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