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The start of the NHS V2.0?

There are some reasons for optimism that new Health Secretary Matt Hancock wants to shift the NHS towards primary and community health in a new focus on preventative measures.

A bittersweet birthday for the MMR Jab

It is now 50 years since the measles vaccine was introduced in the UK, and 30 since the combined measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine came on stream. It is estimated that 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths have been prevented since 1968. But that success story is under threat.

Pressure ulcer prevention: what’s missing?

Despite substantial efforts to eradicate them, an estimated 200,000 pressure ulcers are experienced by patients each year at an estimated cost to the NHS of £1.4 million each day, not to mention the human impact they have on patients.

When a statistic becomes a tragedy

Suicide awareness and intervention should be as fundamental to nursing as basic life support. A nurse's intervention could literally save a life.

Where next for the NMC?

With registration fees having risen by 58% at a time when NHS pay has been painfully squeezed, editor Mike Shallcross discusses the future of the NMC.

Why we should prioritise the mental health of nurses

This year’s World Mental Health Day is bigger than ever, with more and more voices chiming in with all the right messages about the need to raise awareness, look after our own mental health and improve services and support

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