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Informed consent to sex is important to ensure sexual abuse doesn't occur. Health professionals working with teenagers, must ask themselves what can be done for teenagers who choose not to make that choice?

Looking to the future...

I am thrilled to be the new Editor of Independent Nurse and to come on board at an exciting time for the profession. Following in the footsteps of Sarah Wild, who had been with the magazine since its launch, is a little daunting, but I have a strong sense

Dying for drink-young women at risk

Researchers of a report published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health in July looked at the patterns of alcohol-related mortality in three cities - Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester....

A named clinician for every frail older person

On the 65th birthday of the NHS, the Secretary of State announced a new initiative for the support of the frail, older person to remain in their own homes and to avoid hospital admissions.

Dispelling domestic violence myths

One in four UK women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime, which means every practice nurse will have contact, often repeatedly, with women who are affected.

Addressing discrimination in GP services

Mental health problems affect one in four people and nine in 10 will be seen in primary care. But people still experience discrimination when using general practice.

It is essential to train more district nurses

The QNI has been calling for an increase in the number of qualified district nurses for the last two years through our Right Nurse, Right Skills campaign. We also recently undertook a piece work to identify how many district nursing courses were running in September 2012 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and how many district nurse students started their programmes at that time.

An insight into the nursing profession

This is my last edition as editor of Independent Nurse and I would like to thank the many inspirational primary care and community nurses with whom I have worked.

Limit general practice access at your peril

Last week saw the emergence of a 'discussion brief' buried on the website of the Conservative Policy Forum, a group that contributes ideas for the next two years of the coalition and the 2015 manifesto.

Out of the hospitals and into communities

The government's gaze has been fixed on secondary care since the publication of Robert Francis' report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Hospital. But like the fiery eye of Tolkien's Sauron on top of Mount Doom, the all-seeing eye has now moved its

Talking changes everything in dementia

There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and the numbers are on the rise. Our research shows by 2021 there will be more than 1 million people living with the condition. Yet despite dementia affecting so many people, there is still a reluctance to

Nurses share a commitment to patients

I am writing this during International Nurses' week and reflecting on how much I love being a nurse and enjoy working with and meeting nurses in the UK and abroad.

Missed opportunity for HCA regulation

I have written previously about the importance of the professional regulation of healthcare assistants (HCAs). The government has made it clear that while educational standards for HCAs will be developed and implemented, there will be no professional regu

Support placements in general practice

An informative debate about nurse education took place at last month's RCN Congress, in Liverpool. No, I don't mean the mud-slinging between the RCN and ministers over 'really stupid' plans to 'force' student nurses to work as healthcare assistants for a

Imagine living with Parkinson's disease

Imagine being arrested for not smiling at an event. Mark Worsfold who attended the recent London Olympics, last year was. Mr Worsfold, who has Parkinson's, was arrested while watching a cycling event as his lack of movement and facial expressions

Signpost help to armed force veterans

Last autumn, charity Blind Veterans UK launched the 'No One Alone' campaign to raise public awareness of the fact that there are more than 68,000 national service and armed forces veterans in the UK, battling blindness and sight problems.

Extra training year may deter applicants

In the government's initial response to the Francis report into care failings in Mid Staffordshire, it has been made clear all applicants to nursing programmes will need to prove they are compassionate and caring by working as a nursing assistant for a ye

Our focus must be on community settings

The new NHS architecture comes into being on the day this issue of Independent Nurse is published. Statistics about the incoming structures have abounded in the media and the debate about the impact on patients and services has been growing to a crescendo.

Halt the blame game and find the solutions

'Make zero harm a reality in the NHS'. This is the instruction issued by prime minister David Cameron to Dr Don Berwick, the former health adviser to president Obama charged with leading a brand new National Patient Safety Advisory Group in England.

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