Issue 10

In my recent editorial ‘In, Out, Shake it All About’ (Issue 8:, I postulated that the revalidation process was likely to be a bit unwieldy. On a personal note, as I am self-employed, I was worried about finding someone to have my reflective discussion with and someone to sign off all the paperwork. Fortunately, a colleague came to the rescue and offered to do both jobs (see, a nurse multi-tasking again). 

In return, I agreed to write about my experience of revalidation. So here goes…

Issue 4

The roles of nurses, midwives and care staff have significantly changed in recent years. We have learned new skills and our responsibilities have increased accordingly. This has presented some challenges. This article describes how the 6Cs can help guide staff.

Issue 5
Policy and Management

In April this year, NHS England will impose a new national workforce race equality standard on the NHS through the NHS standard to address inequalities in BME representation at all levels in the NHS. Here, Joan Pons-Laplana presnts his thoughts as to why we should all be embracing such standards

Issue 11

The NHS is facing increasing demands to provide excellent care with fewer resources. This article outlines the authors worked together with a colleague to develop a set of product criteria that they consider wound dressings should meet in order to include on their WMFs.

The work that the authors have undertaken dovetails with the work currently being undertaken on the development of a suggested national wound formulary.  Indeed, it has been seen by a member of the working group who is taking it to them for consideration for use in their processes.

Issue 1
Policy & Management

Today, we are continually being asked to prove our worth, demonstrate effectiveness, and present outcomes which may or may not determine payment. However, at times it’s like we are living in the middle of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle; the more precisely you measure one quantity, the less precisely you can know another associated quantity; for example, both healing (a) and well-being (b) may be quantities we measure as outcome indicators in wound management. However, if we are being asked to focus on measure (a), which is a likely request from a commissioner, are we in danger of being unable to measure (b), which is probably more important to the patient?

So in order to remove any uncertainty, community nurses must face such challenges head-on and work with commissioners to ensure a patient-centred outcome rather than a resource-centred one. In this article, we look at the role of Clinical Commissioning Groups and hear from both the Chief Operating Officer and the Executive Nurse.

Issue 2
Practice: peer reviewed

The cornerstones of lymphoedema management as outlined in the literature include:

  • manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
  • compression therapy
  • exercise and skin care

Compression bandaging plays a central role in the management of all forms of chronic oedema and lymphoedema.

Issue 10
Education & Societies

Want to know what RCN England is doing for you? Read about it here.

Issue 1
Product Focus & Reviews

Currently there is no cure for these distressing and often disabling conditions, and service provision for affected patients appears to be inconsistent.  Current recommended treatment is aimed at decreasing swelling, pain and discomfort, using a combination of massage and compression garments known as Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT), or Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (DLT).

Issue 1
Education & Societies

The European Oncology Nursing Society is a pan-European organisation dedicated to the support and development of cancer nurses. Through individual members and national societies we engage in projects to help nurses develop their skills, network with each other, and raise the profile of cancer nursing across Europe.