Newsroom

We are aware some users might find it difficult to log into our site today. We are working on this issue and hope to have it resolved shortly.

News

Retired nurses on pensions can work part-time in NHS Scotland

New interim guidance makes it quicker and easier for retiring nursing staff to return

Image of rows of figures with half of them greyed out

Nurse vacancies hit record high 47,000 in England

Latest figures show 20% jump from March to June, prompting RCN to renew call on strike action

Nurse leaders say healthcare support workers cannot replace registered nurses

NHS England made 35,000 job offers to support workers this year to ease pressure on trusts

Brass wall plate showing the name of the NMC

Nurses who go on strike won’t face fitness to practise hearings, NMC says

As thousands take part in pay ballots, regulator asserts the right to join industrial action

GMB union asks nurses if they will strike over ‘punishment’ pay offer

The ballot seeks views of almost 10,000 nurse members as workers try ‘to make ends meet’

Government plans to extend pension abatement until March to boost winter staffing

Critics say extending changes made at start of COVID-19 pandemic is just a short-term fix

Analysis

Cancer treatment backlog: what’s gone wrong and how to fix it

New initiatives ease pressures in some areas, but coordinated action is key in the long-term

Image of a £ symbol in gold breaking through a wall of blocks painted with percentage symbols

Pay offer: how it breaks down and what nurses need to know

Met with a decision to ballot on industrial action, NHS offer is among most complicated ever

Why are nurses more likely to be bullied than other NHS staff?

Advice for staff when faced with a toxic culture that poses a risk to them and patient care

PPE: there is more of it – but it’s still not fit for purpose, say female nurses

Nursing Standard survey finds many still struggle to get equipment that fits

Compassionate leadership: how to make it happen in your workplace

Empathy and inclusiveness can be hard to find in the hierarchies of the NHS

Nurses’ freedom to speak: are things better for whistleblowers in the NHS?

Improvements have been made, but work culture still needs to change

Clinical update

Wound care: what the framework for standardised treatment means for your patients

Guidance focuses on individualised care for pressure ulcers, lower limbs and surgical wounds

NICE recommends use of breast cancer drug as new treatment option

Trastuzumab deruxtecan is a targeted treatment that could extend patients’ lives

Cervical cancer: how the NHS at-home HPV testing trial is being rolled out

Cervix home HPV testing kits will help address shortfall in screening attendance

Lung cancer or COVID-19? How to differentiate between their similar presentations

A new resource helps patients and nurses differentiate between the symptoms

COVID-19 vaccine and chemotherapy: advice and guidance

Latest guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for patients receiving systemic anticancer therapy

Long-COVID: what it means and how to manage the longer-term effects

Advice from NICE on how to care for patients with ongoing symptoms of the virus

Policy briefing

ReSPECT form update: a more patient-centred focus for advance care planning

How nurses can implement changes to the RCUK process for end of life decision-making

Picture shows two medics in discussion. Lack of personal protective equipment allows nurses to take a decision to protect themselves, RCN guidance says.

COVID-19: when you can refuse to treat a patient due to inadequate PPE

The implications for nurses of RCN guidance on care provision and inadequate PPE

Picture shows computer artwork of human papilloma virus particles in the bloodstream. A more sensitive cervical screening test rolled out across the UK means infections will be spotted earlier

How to advise women about the new cervical screening test

More sensitive test could save hundreds of lives as infections will be spotted earlier

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Glove awareness week

Correct use of gloves and how to protect your skin

RCN Glove Awareness week stresses correct use of gloves and how nurses can protect their skin

Marie Curie Legacy Campaign on the benefits of radiotherapy

The treatment is being undervalued in cancer care, experts say

Research news

Picture of a man running

Physical exercise may reduce risk of prostate cancer

Study finds reduced risk of prostate cancer among men with a specific DNA variation

Faecal occult blood test for bowel cancer

Screening can reduce incidence of bowel cancer

People with bowel cancer who had colonoscopies tended to live longer, study shows

Diagram of Wilm’s tumour in a baby

Gene causing rare form of kidney cancer identified

Children with Wilm’s tumour may no longer need nephrectomies

Picture shows a surgeon operating on a patient. A chemical that assists brain cancer surgery by making tumour cells fluorescent could also help to safely diagnose the disease and monitor its response to treatment, a study suggests.

Drink helps track brain cancer

A chemical drunk before surgery can make brain cancer easier to diagnose and monitor

Pictures shows a GP talking to a young man. People with cancer who skip urgent referral appointments for their symptoms are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis, researchers say

Skipping urgent referral linked to mortality risk

People with cancer who skip referrals are more likely to die within a year of diagnosis

Picture shows a cigarette being stubbed out. Cigarette smoking in England fell by a quarter in 2011-18, pointing to the success of antismoking measures, researchers say

Smoking down by one quarter in seven years

Cigarette smoking in England fell, pointing to the success of antismoking measures

Journal scan

Acute_myeloid_leukaemia

Haematologic neoplasm in survivors of breast cancer

Incidence of myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplasia higher in women treated for breast cancer

Cancer diagnosis

Cancer diagnosis increases the risk of suicide

Researchers find suicide risk is highest in the first six months of a cancer diagnosis

Intensive care

Predictors of location of death for children receiving palliative care 

More than one third of all children with cancer in the US die in an institutional setting

US study looks at outpatient palliative care referral patterns in oncologists

Understanding outpatient palliative care referrals among thoracic medical oncologists

Prognosis communication for people with head and neck cancer

Analysis of succesfully communicating prognosis for people with head and neck cancer

Optimising bed rest period to reduce lumbar punctures after chemotherapy

Randomised controlled trial of bed rest optimisation to reduce obstacles in chemotherapies

Sponsored

Free

Sponsored: When is a swelling not an allergy?

This sponsored article describes emergency care for people with hereditary angioedema

Free

Sponsored: How to improve leg ulcer practice and patient outcomes

This webinar, sponsored by HARTMANN, seeks to address variation in practice and outcomes for lower limb wounds

Free

Sponsored: High ‘face fit test’ pass rate on smaller face shapes with FFP3 respirator

UK-made respiratory protection for healthcare helps reduce environmental impact

Free
Luke Pybus

Sponsored: Wales offers a great quality of life for the newly qualified nurse

Newly qualified Mental Health Nurse Luke Pybus, from Somerset, is delighted he made the career move to work in Wales.

Free
Sian Thomas

Sponsored: Working in Wales can really take you places in your career

Sian Thomas, a Consultant Nurse for Child Health in South Wales, and Nurse of the Year 2016, talks about why everyone looking for a rewarding nursing career should put Wales at the top of their list.

Free
CRUK roundtable

Clinical trials – improving patient experience

Clinical nurse specialists and clinical research nurses can work collaboratively to promote opportunities for research and improve patients’ experiences before, during and after trials.

Noticeboard

Free
Calendar

Event calendar

Jobs