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Covid-19: New nurse death figures prompt call for investigation

An investigation is needed into the “shocking” nurse death toll of the coronavirus pandemic, nursing leaders have urged following the publication of new figures. Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released today showed that more than 150 nurse deaths involving Covid-19 were…

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Covid-19 workforce pressures see creation of new support role

A trust in North East England has introduced a new “team support worker” role to its workforce to help address Covid-19 staffing challenges across its hospitals. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has recruited 65 new team support workers in six-month temporary contracts after…

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Covid-19 treatment roll-out going ahead despite contradictory study

The NHS roll-out of the drug tocilizumab for seriously ill Covid-19 patients is continuing despite concerning results of a small-scale study in Brazil. The new trial, results of which were published in the BMJ earlier this week, was stopped early after a number of patients…

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RCN confirms new date for congress 2021 and aims for in-person event

The Royal College of Nursing has confirmed that its annual congress will be held in September and that the ambition is for it be a physical event. However, contingency plans are also being put in place so that the conference can go ahead virtually if…

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Social care chief nurse urges workforce to take up Covid-19 vaccine

The chief nurse for adult social care has urged nursing staff in the sector to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine “as soon as it comes”. Professor Deborah Sturdy’s appeal to the workforce comes as vaccines are rolled out to a wider group…

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Report on global response to Covid-19 raises concern about nurse wellbeing

Nurses around the world have risen to the challenge of Covid-19 but their efforts have come at a cost to the profession, according to a major report presented to the World Health Organization. The independent panel assessing the world’s response to the coronavirus pandemic offered…

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NMC to help employers better deal with concerns about nurses locally

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is due to launch a new resource to help employers improve how they investigate concerns raised about nurses or midwives. The regulator hopes it will guide employers on when issues should be dealt with at a local level and when…

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‘No plans’ to reintroduce paid placements for student nurses in Wales and Scotland

Leaders in Scotland and Wales have said they will not be asking final year student nurses to return to paid clinical placements at this stage in the coronavirus pandemic. However, the situation is being kept under close review by the devolved governments in both countries.…

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Resources: NHS People ‘supporting our people’

Nursing Times has collected information on a series of free virtual courses and resources that are relevant to the Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign and being offered by a variety of organisations, unions and charities. The NHS People website has collated a range of health…

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Resources: Nurse Lifeline coming soon

Nursing Times has collected information on a series of free virtual courses and resources that are relevant to the Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign and being offered by a variety of organisations, unions and charities. The new charity Nurse Lifeline has the stated aim of…

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