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Why community nurses should adopt a commissioner

I was at Heathrow, returning from holiday when my sister phoned to tell me that our father was dying. I rushed home to find the out of hours GP trying to persuade my sister that 'the best place for your father is in hospital where he will get proper care'. She said 'I can't let you admit him. My sister would kill me and my dad wants to stay at home.'

We can all help avoid admissions

There has been much in the news recently about initiatives to prevent avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions. General practitioners have been given the opportunity to provide an enhanced service aimed at preventing avoidable hospital admissions among their registered population.

Community care at its best - everywhere

In 2005 my Auntie Helen, aged 66, was diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma. Chemotherapy was administered for more than nine years, and trial drugs for two years after the standard drugs became ineffective.

Allergy common but not taken seriously

Allergy affects almost 50% of children in the UK. It is the most common and growing chronic childhood disorder. Eight per cent of children now have diagnosed food allergy, causing them and their parents to live on constant alert.

Nurses necessary for services and access

As government policy encourages caring for people in the community, and in many cases in their own homes, patients are being encouraged to learn about their conditions and become experts in their own care.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

Start with minor ailments in self-care

Tackling long-term conditions is not an easy task. With an ageing population, it will increasingly fall on nurses to be a lead health professional in the ongoing care of chronic problems, such as diabetes, hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary di

GP services cannot be 'rated out of ten'

To improve healthcare, the effectiveness of services must be measured. But it must be done carefully, addressing issues that matter, in a way that provides an accurate reflection of the quality of care provided.

We must regain our passion for healthcare

On two sunny days recently, in two different parts of the country, I attended two different conferences. Both were focused on the quality of care that people get in their own homes.

Most nurses are still putting patients first

Last week, a national newspaper (The Independent and its spin-off 'i') launched a 'hard-hitting investigation' into 'the crisis of British nursing'. In its first instalment, columnist Christina Patterson talked of her own poor experiences at the hands of

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