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How will physician associates fit?

Last week, I visited two friends living in Louisiana - a paediatrician and a district nurse - who left the NHS more than 25 years ago to raise their family and work in the US health sector.

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.

Time for policy to influence health

The dangers of a sedentary life have been well documented for years, but recent studies highlight the negative implications of inactivity as a stand-alone problem, says Beda Higgins.

Forcing the public's hand over health

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, announced last week that NHS employers should offer employees opportunities to keep fit and well, saying it was time for the NHS to 'get its house in order' and ‘look after its own'.

Speaking up for quality

The Health Foundation has been asked by the Department of Health to review indicators of the quality of general practice in England, and they will be exploring how these multiple measures might be developed to support improvements in patient care.

Just one piece of the puzzle

In a speech on 16 July at the King's Fund, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced his intention to impose seven-day working on hospital consultants in September, should negotiations with the BMA fail.

NHS must evolve for an ageing population

For the first time in UK history, the population of people over 65 is greater than that of those under 16. This is a cause for celebration: more of us are living longer lives. However, with this new demographic profile, policy changes are urgently required.

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?

Updating district nursing standards

The current NMC standards for specialist practice in district nursing, which lead to a recordable qualification in district nursing and other community specialist qualifications, were published in 1994.

Taking diabetes seriously

Making excellent diabetes care an integral part of general practice is something all primary care staff should take responsibility for, writes Lynne Priest.

ANPs are a 'perfect fit'

We may be invisible as advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) in general practice but I would argue that this is because we fit seamlessly into this clinical area and many others.

Healthy children are the country’s future

Last week I came across an article about Ealing Council proposing to cut the budget for its already laughable school nurse (SN) service (23 staff for 50,000 children) by 50%.

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