COVID-19 and the need for ‘mental PPE’ If the crisis point for healthy care professionals of the early pandemic was the lack of adequate PPE, the current one is of mental health Who can care for carers during the pandemic The QNI has creating the ‘TalkToUs’ listening service, enabling any nurse working in health or social care in the community to access emotional support and signposting to other services such as counselling BAME health matters – a lesson from COVID There is a trend of drawing premature conclusions from COVID data, but the figures on BAME deaths are unambiguous. Analysis from the ONS has shown that patients from BAME groups are twice as likely to die from the virus as white ones. GP home visits – a necessity, not an indulgence What a sad indictment it is of our society when GPs say they no longer have the capacity to offer care to the most vulnerable, those who are housebound and elderly. 1 comment A new model for children's services Chris Hanvey calls for a new model of 'integrated and collaborative services" to fulfil society's duty of care for children 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 Children's mental health in crisis The NHS has a small window of time in which to help young people with mental health problems, and they are failing miserably The Past and Future of the NHS This summer feels like Britain has got some of its optimism back, and the 70th birthday of the NHS has given us a genuine national moment 2 comments Charlie Gard highlights the scarcity of healthcare resources His case reflects exemplifies the perils of undervaluing wider healthcare teams away from the front line Support networks are vital for healthcare professionals and patient outcomes Working in a small team in a large healthcare organisation can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness 3 comments When was the last time you completed an adverse drug reaction yellow card? Since 1964, the UK’s Yellow Card Scheme has received more than 800,000 reports of suspected Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) Common bonds bring nurses together Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life Your views will help the NHS improve community nursing Within the QNI networks, there has for some time been a growing level of concern about the capacity and organisation of the community nursing workforce to meet the needs of the changing profile of our population 2017: we must face the nursing challenges together Despite many uncertainties in nursing, Kirsty Armstrong issues a rallying cry for nurses to stand together and face the challenges of 2017 together Improving communication between doctors and nurses Increasing communication between doctors and nurses could speed up assessments and diagnosis 1 comment Nursing across borders Nursing and midwifery is high on the World Health Organization's (WHO) agenda, writes Howard Catton What can we learn from Mary Seacole? Joan Myers OBE states why the unveiling of the pioneering black nurse's statue is now more important than ever 1 comment Mind the nursing workforce gap Research has revealed the scale of challenges facing the NHS nursing workforce, writes Rachel Marangozov Instability in the wake of the EU referendum Madeleine Murphy questions what will happen to midwifery and maternity services in a post-Brexit NHS Neither Brexit nor the EU can fix the NHS Regardless of the outcome of the EU referendum, the NHS will not survive without training more homegrown nurses, writes Mike Shallcross 3 comments What will nurse associates bring? QNI chief exectuive Crystal Oldman questions the need for another nursing role and the challenges that could come from introducing one 3 comments The culture of blame must change Nurses must work to support each other to speak up, writes Bernadette Higgins. Nursing workforce needs clear plans This week, I was delighted to speak at two nursing events, writes Crystal Oldman. 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.