The Advancement Of The Nursing Roles Within The Primary Care Arena

The media, in particular television loves medical drama and our screens are populated with the heroics of the uniformly attractive staff of Holby City and Casualty, the even more glamorous ER and the humorous Scrubs. However, after watching a recent episode of Call the Midwife I began to reflect on the dramatic advances in primary…
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26th February 2015 0

Scott Lister talks to Matt Fowler about his current practice and his role as an advanced nurse practitioner (oncology and haematology)

Scott – Matt, what is your current clinical role? Matt – I currently work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Oncology and Haematology. I have worked at a senior level (Band 7 and above) within oncology, haematology and bone marrow transplant for over 8 years now amassing a wealth of clinical, managerial and academic experience.…
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17th February 2015 0

Patient safety in mental health care – considerations for clinicians

‘Patient safety’ is an important (and topical) subject in all settings, with health departments of the respective UK governments repeatedly highlighting how the development of a patient safety culture across the NHS is vital. The publication of the report into the Mid-Staffordshire failings and the Berwick review in 2013 have both brought into sharp focus…
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15th August 2014 0

Apex’s first training day for Nurse experts – it was fun!

It’s an exciting time for Apex Health Associates. Our first training day came upon us and we were ready to inform and entertain a group of senior nurses for the day. It’s not an easy task to capture senior nurses’ attention as they are already ‘top of their game’. We wanted to ensure the effort…
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5th August 2014 0

Culture of Incident Reporting

The purpose of incident reporting is a key determinant in the understanding of how and why things go wrong in healthcare today. It has been evidenced that over the past decade there has been a dramatically positive change in the culture within healthcare to internally report those incidents that have either caused harm to patients,…
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21st July 2014 0

Nurse experts

All nurses are experts in one way or another. Our expertise for instance allows us to prioritise a busy schedule looking after patients, juggling medication and ward rounds, supporting relatives and colleagues. As clinical techniques, professional regulation and medical knowledge continue to evolve and change, that expertise is constantly sustained and expanded by training and…
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25th April 2014 0

The medico-legal nurse

Clinical negligence cases are often complex cases requiring lawyers and their experts to unpick treatment offered to patients and determining if this fell below a reasonable standard. The majority of clinical negligence lawyers are not dual qualified as medical staff and therefore are reliant on medical professionals to assist them with the interpretation of claimants’…
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7th April 2014 0