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First NHS trust makes move into home care marketSubscription
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is to become the first health service organisation to enter the home care market.
Trust drops controversial pension opt-out schemeSubscription
A mental health trust has halted a controversial recruitment scheme, in which nursing staff were offered the chance to sacrifice pension contributions in return for better pay.
RCN warns of danger of new role substituting nurses Subscription
The Royal College of Nursing has warned that the proposed new nursing associate role must not be used as a substitute for registered nurses.
The Department of Health has rowed back from plans to delay nurse revalidation in England, in light of the negative response from the profession’s leaders.
The full introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives could be delayed in England for two years due to government fears about the current state of NHS finances.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today approved plans for the introduction of a major new system of competency checks for registered nurses and midwives, with the regulator’s chief executive describing it as a ‘historic’ moment.
NHS England nursing director takes Guernsey postSubscription
Professor Juliet Beal has been appointed as the new chief nurse for Guernsey, just a few months after leaving NHS England on secondment.
UK researchers are to begin a new study investigating how the provision of nurses in hospitals affects the care and safety of patients.
There has been an increase in the use of 12 hour nursing shifts that potentially put care quality at risk, according a review commissioned by England’s chief nursing officer.
PATIENT SAFETY: Detectives have launched an investigation into the circumstances of a patient’s death at a learning disability unit in Lincolnshire.