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The cost of living crisis is bad for your health

Natural justice would ordain that health and social care professionals were due a break, after two years of coping with a pandemic, but no such luck. With inflation running at around 6%, the 3% pay award for NHS staff becomes objectively a pay cut

Black health matters

?In the tumultuous story of the last year or so – which will be much more fun for people to study in the future than it is to live through now – the question of race and racial inequality has loomed almost as large as the pandemic

The Nurse and Diabetes Care

For World Diabetes Day, Professor Andrew Boulton of the International Diabetes Federation explains the importance of nurses in managing the condition

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.

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