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Roald Dahl Nurses: making a difference and measuring it

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University on an evaluation project to demonstrate the value and impact of Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurse posts. Project manager Candice Pellet gives us a progress report

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.

Shining a light on Post-Polio Syndrome

Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) affects lots of people, with an estimate of 120,000 sufferers in the UK. Those who previously contracted polio may be at risk of some of the devastating symptoms

Mouth cancer awareness saves lives

Figures from Cancer Research UK show mouth cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases up by a third in the last decade alone, writes Nigel Carter

More support for breast cancer nurses needed

New analysis by Breast Cancer Care recently showed that despite the number of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases rising by a fifth in a decade, breast care nurse posts in England have remained at the same level since records began, says Emma Pennery, clinical director of Breast Cancer Care.

Safe staffing: dream or opportunity?

Like Martin Luther King, I have a dream, writes Joan Pons Laplana. I have a dream that one day we well have enough staff to care properly for our patients. I have a dream that nursing will be united and our voices will roar.

Challenging health consumerism

Nurses could learn a lot from Lucozade, writes Heather Henry. As patients have become more like consumers of health, perhaps a different nursing approach is needed?

Give patients the right advice

The Roman statesman Cicero said, 'Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself'. This might have gone down well in the Senate, but it would have got him into no end of trouble had he gone into healthcare and said this to a patient.

The language of care

The QNI annual conference provided an opportunity for thought and reflection in response to our excellent speakers.

Why community nurses should adopt a commissioner

I was at Heathrow, returning from holiday when my sister phoned to tell me that our father was dying. I rushed home to find the out of hours GP trying to persuade my sister that 'the best place for your father is in hospital where he will get proper care'. She said 'I can't let you admit him. My sister would kill me and my dad wants to stay at home.'

We can all help avoid admissions

There has been much in the news recently about initiatives to prevent avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions. General practitioners have been given the opportunity to provide an enhanced service aimed at preventing avoidable hospital admissions among their registered population.

Community care at its best - everywhere

In 2005 my Auntie Helen, aged 66, was diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma. Chemotherapy was administered for more than nine years, and trial drugs for two years after the standard drugs became ineffective.

Allergy common but not taken seriously

Allergy affects almost 50% of children in the UK. It is the most common and growing chronic childhood disorder. Eight per cent of children now have diagnosed food allergy, causing them and their parents to live on constant alert.

Nurses necessary for services and access

As government policy encourages caring for people in the community, and in many cases in their own homes, patients are being encouraged to learn about their conditions and become experts in their own care.

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