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Becoming a lead nurse in a primary care network

Within West Kent there was a recognition that there was little to no nurse representation within the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and this needed to change with the development of PCNs. West...

The 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife and Nightingale bicentenary celebrations

‘We have to envisage our role beyond nursing and see ourselves as health broadcasters and social media communicators, transforming health and social care with others and carrying forward...

Understanding indemnity in practice nursing: part 2

Protection of workers against accidents at work has been evident in UK law since the early days of the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century. It was not until relatively recently that...

Understanding indemnity in practice nursing: part 1

To indemnify someone against something is to mitigate the adverse financial consequences of a legal liability claim brought successfully against a practice nurse. It will most often be a claim by an...

Could mandatory vaccinations increase uptake in children?

This rise in measles cases, coupled with Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock's refusal to rule out mandatory vaccination, has initiated the debate around the use of such punitive measures as...

The development of the general practice nursing induction template

As a programme manager at the QNI, one aspect of my role has been to develop and write transition resources, such as Transition to District Nursing and more recently Care Home Nursing, which I had...

Practice nurses need better diabetes education to meet service and individual needs

Self management of diabetes can be challenging and psychologically demanding. It requires informed choices, knowledge, personal application and health literacy. There is a need for ongoing education...

The journey to becoming a newly qualified nurse in general practice

After a visit to my own practice nurse, I realised that this was the career for me. I was mid-way through my degree and I had not given practice nursing a second thought until then. I was aware of the...

Context is crucial: wading through public health information

Context is crucial when discussing the role of nicotine and its place in starting, and potentially ending, smoking. In England, smoking in adults has declined to 14.7% in 2019, but smoking still...

Who is left behind in cervical screening?

In the UK, there are approximately 13.9 million people with disability and 56% are women with impaired mobility (Department of Work and Pensions and Office for Disability Issues, 2014; Scope, 2019).

Infection control and technology in microbe-enriched environments

‘With microbe-enriched environments being the rule rather than the exception in healthcare, where patients and health professionals are in close proximity to each other, the possibility of...

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