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Covid 19

England’s Chief Nursing Officer to retire ‘later this year’

Health leaders across the country have responded to Dame Ruth May’s announcement, expressing gratitude for her work as a CNO

Career profile: Karenne Weaver

Hospice at Home Manager, NMP Lead, Rowcroft Hospice

Independent Nurse publisher contributes to new COVID book

The book – ‘a composite journal’ which incorporates poetry, prose and images – covers the range of emotions felt by writers and artists during the span of the pandemic, and beyond

mRNA COVID vaccines could be fine tuned to reduce side-effects

The vaccine was the first of its kind to protect people from Covid-19, with around 53 million people in the UK having received their first dose. It is hoped the mRNA technology could eventually be...

Young clinically vulnerable children advised to get COVID-19 vaccine

Children aged 6 months to 4 years with underlying medical conditions should be offered the jab according to the JCVI as they are seven times more likely to be admitted to paediatric intensive care...

COVID-19 testing to change from next month

Testing will continue to focus on those at the highest risk

Trauma-informed care: a deeper understanding of patients' lives

Kathy Oxtoby looks at how trauma-informed training at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is benefiting healthcare practitioners and the population they serve

UK opens public inquiry into COVID-19

The inquiry chair, retired High Court judge Baroness Hallett, made a pledge to conclude matters as ‘speedily as possible so lessons are learned before another pandemic strikes’

SARS-COV-2: how concerned should we be about new variants?

After a a lull, the number of COVID-19 cases is on the up, driven by the two omicron ‘variants of concern’ known as BA.4 and BA.5

Two million Britons now living with long COVID

New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have estimated that a record two million people are now suffering from COVID-19 in the UK, with 400,000 reporting that it was adversely...

Transforming respiratory care – innovation or necessity?

Christine Loveridge explains how respiratory care can be improved in the wake of the COVID pandemic

The legacy of COVID-19 – two years on

With the best will in the world, COVID-19 would still have hit the UK hard, but had we started with a better health infrastructure, and had the Government acted more decisively, would we still have...

Shingles: the forgotten vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic

Catherine Heffernan looks at how the pandemic has diverted focus from other vital vaccination programmes

12,000 patients miss out on cardiac rehab because of COVID pandemic

A new report has found that 12,400 fewer patients participated in cardiac rehabilitation programmes in 2020 than in 2019.

Challenges for delivering the Winter Flu Jab 2021/22

Catherine Heffernan looks at how influenza vaccinations will be conducted in the aftermath of COVID-19

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