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We cannot afford not to regulate HCAs

Following the Francis report into care failings in Mid Staffordshire, there is debate within nursing about the regulation of healthcare assistants (HCAs).

A welcome intervention for cystic fibrosis

January's Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) by NICE recommending TOBI Podhaler (tobramycin inhalation powder) as a cost-effective therapy is to be welcomed by people with cystic fibrosis (CF).

NHS funding is finite, so spend with care

In December 2011, prime minister David Cameron extolled the merits of telehealth, asserting: 'We've trialled it, it's been a huge success and now we're on a drive to roll this nationwide'.

We must remain vigilant on meningitis

Receiving a 'positive opinion' from the Committee for Medical Products for Bexsero, a new vaccine to protect against meningococcal group B disease (MenB), is probably the most significant step forward in the fight against meningitis in a decade.

Taking real action on nursing education

It was a privilege to be asked to provide evidence to the Willis Commission. There are three key things which need action following the report Quality with Compassion: the future of nursing education. These are: a sustainable funding model; a career pathw

Improve staff morale for patients' sake

Last week, health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched the 'historic' NHS Mandate, setting out 'what every patient in England can expect from GPs, hospitals and the wider NHS'.

Help reduce sharps injuries in diabetes

Health workers in diabetes care settings are at risk of sharps injuries, but most are preventable via elective training, safer working procedures and safety-engineered medical devices.

Care homes must not be 'islands of the old'

In late October, ministers announced a £300million pot of money to allow people to grow old in their own homes, receiving care and practical help, reducing the need for them to go into care homes and hospitals.

Contraceptive choice is being restricted

UK patients have the right to free, confidential, quality contraceptive and sexual health (CASH) services. But recent reports point to a disturbing future for contraception services in the UK

Stamping out missing meals in the UK

As honorary chairman of The British Dietetic Association (BDA) I would like to introduce IN readers to our 'Mind the Hunger Gap: stamp out missing meals in the UK' campaign.

Influencing service design to boost care

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are starting to recognise community nurses as a great asset. However, it is important for nurses to influence service development by engaging with CCGs.

Vital link between social care and health

As Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony demonstrated, Britain is rightly proud of the NHS. Nurses working in hospitals and in the community touch the lives of the 800,000 people with dementia in the UK every day.

The importance of exercise in later life

The Olympic and Paralympic Games may well have inspired people of all ages and abilities to try some new activities, but how do we ensure that a more active nation is truly a legacy of the Games, particularly when it comes to older people?

A campaign to say: 'This Is Nursing'

An RCN initiative aims to examine nurses' professional attitudes and behaviours and to prove to the public that it still takes a remarkable person to be a nurse.

Tackling health inequalities remains key

Viv Bennett, the director of nursing for public health, and the DH have called for primary care and community nurses to capitalise on the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by taking every opportunity to pass on healthy living advice to patients.

Help us campaign against alcohol misuse

July's House of Commons Health Select Committee report on the government's Alcohol Strategy holds up Drinkaware's 'Why let good times go bad?' campaign, to tackle alcohol misuse among young adults, as an example of best practice.

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