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Nursing applications still 25% lower than bursary-era figures

The RCN has reiterated its calls for urgent investment to build the nursing workforce, as nursing degree applications remain far below what is required for staffing for safe and effective care.

Chief Nursing Officer calls for boost to nurse apprenticeships

England’s most senior nurse has called on NHS organisations to boost the number of nursing apprenticeships they offer to local people, to help deliver the health service’s Long Term Plan to improve patient care.

Digital transformation leaders debate priorities at Digital Health Rewired

NHS technology leaders are to kick off the Digital Health Rewired Conference and Exhibition on 3-4 March at the Olympia National, London. The much-expanded show, which will see a host of new tracks and events, is set to welcome thousands of key digital health leaders.

Patients missing out on early bowel cancer diagnosis due to staff shortages

Around 1,100 people in England could miss out on the chance of an early stage bowel cancer diagnosis through screening each year because of NHS staff shortages, according to new calculations released by Cancer Research UK.

RCN report says nursing profession is ‘undervalued’

A report commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing says that despite nursing being a graduate profession, with nurses routinely performing tasks previously undertaken by doctors, the role continues to be poorly paid and undervalued.

Researchers to investigate method of growing new blood vessels

​A new treatment for stimulating the growth of new blood vessels in the heart will be investigated by researchers at the University of Bristol thanks to funding of over £100,000 from national charity Heart Research UK.

Survey highlights growing concern for patient safety among theatre practitioners

Poor mental health among nurses and the effect it has on patient care is one of the most talked-about issues in healthcare, but a recent survey carried out by the Association for Perioperative Practice has highlighted that these issues could extend far beyond nurses and in fact appear to be prevalent in an area where patient safety is equally as vital: the operating theatre.

High case volumes reduce mortality

Researchers have found a clear correlation between the number of operations performed per year in a hospital and the chance of survival when treating colorectal carcinomas.

AI can detect low-glucose levels via ECG

Tracking sugar in the blood is crucial for both healthy individuals and diabetic patients. Current methods to measure glucose requires needles and repeated fingerpicks over the day. Fingerpicks can often be painful, deterring patient compliance.

Eastwood Park training calendar

Eastwood Park’s new training calendar for April 2020-March 2021 has been published. New this year is a ‘Safe management of healthcare waste’ course, which focuses on the HTM 07-01 guideline, as well as the cost savings that can be achieved.

Calls to protect time for research

Proposals to protect and strengthen research have been made by the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), in a report produced with input from NHS leaders, clinicians and patient representatives.

High numbers of healthcare providers suffer cyber security incidents

New research by data security provider, Clearswift, has revealed that 67% of healthcare organisations have experienced a cyber security incident in the past year, highlighting the serious threat that data breaches and malicious attacks pose to the UK’s health-related data.

Calls to ‘drive out bullying’ in NHS

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published the initial results of its first ever survey of specialty and associate specialist (SAS) and locally employed (LE) doctors, which found that 30% of SAS doctors and 23% of their LE counterparts had been bullied, undermined or harassed at work in the last year.

NICE shared learning awards

The NICE Shared Learning Awards are returning in 2020 to celebrate the work of organisations and individuals who put NICE guidance and quality standards into practice to improve services.

Lack of beds halting operations, surgeons warn

A survey by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) has revealed that nearly eight in ten surgeons have been unable to operate due to a lack of beds.

Releasing artificially-infected mosquitoes could cut global dengue cases by 90%

International researchers from Imperial College London, the University of California and University of Florida, have highlighted the potential to dramatically cut the rate of Dengue transmission.

New £58.7 million funding boost for research to protect the health of the nation

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced a £58.7 million research investment to protect the public from health threats such as antimicrobial resistance, air pollution and infectious diseases.

Study shows sepsis rates double previous estimates

A new study, the most comprehensive to date, on the incidence of sepsis and sepsis deaths, was published recently in The Lancet. It confirms that the actual rates are double those previously estimated, and that 20% of global deaths are due to this under-reported but deadly condition.

Robocath completes first robotic coronary angioplasties

Robocath, a company that designs cardiovascular robotic systems for the treatment of vascular diseases, has announced it has successfully completed its first robotic coronary angioplasties.

New study confirms success of MenB vaccine in the UK

A new study by Public Health England (PHE) shows that infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has resulted in a significant decline in cases of the disease in young children since the programme was introduced. The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.