Issue 1
Education & Societies

The RCN has submitted its response  to a DHSSPS consultation on a community resuscitation strategy  for Northern Ireland. The strategy aims significantly to increase the number of people with CPR skills in order to provide assistance to people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, thus increasing their chances of survival. In its response, the RCN welcomes the draft strategy but makes a number of suggestions for strengthening it, particularly in respect of securing ownership within communities.


Issue 6
Out of the Ordinary

Whistle-blowing is the act of reporting a concern about a risk, wrongdoing or illegality at work, in the public interest.

Raising concerns about such poor practice should be the norm, accepted as an important part of people’s day-to-day work, as they reflect on their professional practice and work to improve their service. 


Issue 9
Comment & Opinion

What is the matter with managers? The care home sector is crying out for staff, particularly qaulified staff, yet they seem to be putting up barriers to anyone with half a brain who may consider working for them....

Here, Brain Booth outlines his recent experience.

 


Issue 4
Policy & Management

Differentiating between sacral pressure damage and moisture lesions is not always straightforward. Fortunately, help is at hand.


Issue 3
Product focus and reviews

Neo-Slip is a revolutionary new product that has been designed to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This anti-embolism stocking application aid is brainchild of a Registered Nurse, who as a student, had noticed health care professionals struggling to apply anti-embolism stockings. 


Issue 3
Comment and Opinion

The principles of the NHS, based on the Beveridge Report, were to provide a comprehensive service funded by taxation, available to all and free at the time of need. Given the demands placed on the NHS today, Frank Booth ponders on the issues, and offers a personal  view on how costs could be ameliorated.


Issue 8
Out Of The Ordinary

Developments in both the sophistication and affordability of mobile technologies using custom-designed hardware and software are changing how healthcare is delivered, received and researched. Healthcare workers and pioneers alike are embracing mobile technology, including social media educational tools, mobile apps, wearables and other digital tools.

Here, Dr Aisling Koning outlines potential applications in care.

 

This article was first published on the Health-Care Arena website and has been produced by kind permission of Pentland Medical.


Issue 3
Education and Societies

The Lindsay Leg Club Model (LLC) was conceived as a unique partnership between the district nursing team and the local community, in which patients are empowered, through a sense of ownership to become stakeholders in their own treatment. This article gives a brief overview of the model, and concludes with a blog, written by David Foster Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery Advisor at the Department of Health, after his visit to Mottingham Leg Club.


Issue 8
Practice

October the 12th of this year marked the 20th World Arthritis Day. Currently, around one in seven people in the UK currently live with arthritis and this figure is expected to rise to one in four in the next 15 years.

This article by Dr Wendy Holden, outines how the charity Arthritis Action helps those with the condition and how you can help your patients who have arthritis.


Issue 1
Practice

Although honey has been used for wound/infection management for millennia, it was only ‘rediscovered’ as a topical antibacterial agent in 1892. Ian Staples explores the benefits of this remarkable treatment.