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Training in end of life care should be compulsory for all health and social care staff – before and after qualifying – a partnership of influential palliative care campaigners has said.
More than three million people in the UK are either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, but patient understanding of the problem is low, according to the Patients Association. In a new report, it warns that malnutrition is endemic in community and hospital settings, particularly among older...
A think-tank has told the government to lower its ‘at risk’ threshold for flu vaccinations so that people over 50 would be encouraged to have the jab rather than just those aged 65 and above.
Life story work has been promoted as a tool to enhance the care provided to older people, particularly those with dementia. The benefits for individuals, families and/or friends and for staff include improving understanding of the individual, promoting relationships and assisting in the delivery...
There is lack of knowledge and skill, and a general lack of acceptance that caring for people with dementia is core to everyday work in acute hospitals. This can result in complications in physical health, extended length of stay, a high risk of not returning home, and a needlessly horrible...
A study has shown that patients given in-depth pre-operative advice by nurse-led teams have shorter hospitals stays following knee replacement.
Nurses have enlisted doctors, psychiatrists and charities to support a five-point pledge to boost secondary care for people with dementia.
There was more positive news for the specialty last month with the launch of a UK-wide RCN project to increase the number of nurses on older people’s wards ( page 7 ).
Saddle sores, rain, hills and 1,000 miles were between nurse Karen Cox and her goal of cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
The RCN has launched a UK-wide project to increase the number of nurses on older people’s wards in the light of concerns about patient care.
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