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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%.

Beyond the basics: how the role of nursing staff goes beyond the patient

The perception that the job of nursing staff is just to care for the patient is certainly incorrect. These days, professionals face greater pressure to do much more than this, from caring for and supporting family members, providing consultative advice to peers, through to driving best practice standards.

More nurses, more services, better care

All eyes are on the GPs. A recent BMA survey has shown that, frustrated by workload and lack of time to spend with patients, a quarter of GPs are thinking of working part-time, one in 10 would like to move abroad and 34% are considering retiring in the next five years.

Enabling health not fixing it

Nurse training and nursing per se has to fundamentally change, so that primary care nurses become enablers of health, not fixers when things go wrong, says Heather Henry.

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