Is educating community nurses about end-of-life care a waste of resources?

Brian Nyatanga, British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 18,
                          Iss. 2, 01 Feb 2013, pp 77

The health system-and palliative care in particular-are facing difficult financial times due to spending cuts. It seems that when times are this hard one of the first things to go is staff education, which is disturbing considering that it takes years to train community palliative care nurses to function at specialist level.

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NICE: Update Infection Control guideline

Infection: prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care

Clinical guidelines, CG139 – Issued: March 2012

 This clinical guideline (published March 2012) updates and replaces NICE clinical guideline 2 (published June 2003). It offers evidence-based advice on the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care. New and updated recommendations address areas in which clinical practice for preventing healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care has changed, where the risk of healthcare-associated infections is greatest, and where the evidence has changed.

NHS Networks: Royal College of Nursing (RCN) – lone working

RCN lone working survey 2011 This survey finds that over 60 per cent of nurses working in the community have been subjected to abuse in the past two years. The RCN is calling on employers to do all they can to protect their nursing staff and is urging all lone working nurses to consider the risks and act with caution at all times.

Manual Handling of Children Standards Manual 2011

Extract from The National Back Exchange website at

Manual Handling of Children Standards Manual

New Manual Handling of Children publication available from NBE.

Following the success of the Standards in Manual Handling (2010) NBE has continued with its plan to publish specialist books and now presents: Manual Handling of Children 2011.

Manual Handling of Children aims to be the definitive publication on the issues surrounding the manual handling of children in a variety of community settings.

This book is written by Carole Johnson and Pat Alexander both of whom have a wealth of experience in paediatric manual handling and have presented at both national and international conferences on this subject.

News from The Kings Fund: 29 November

Extract from The Kings Fund 29 November

NHS Confederation

Guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings This guidance gives recommendations on the management of outbreaks of vomiting and/or diarrhoea in hospitals and community health and social care settings, including nursing and residential homes.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Sharps safety: RCN guidance to support implementation of the EU Directive 2010/32/EU on the prevention of sharps injuries in the health care sectorThis guidance covers the law on sharps injuries, including the European Directive 2010/32/EU and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers. It includes information on preparing an organisation, introducing risk assessments, selecting and evaluating safety-engineered devices and what employers should be doing to comply with the directive. It also includes a checklist to help safety representatives assess organisational and ward/departmental level compliance with the directive.

Making the business case for ward sisters/team leaders to be supervisory to practice This guidance has been developed to help nurse leaders make the business case for ward sisters and team leaders to take up a supervisory role. It looks at the evidence nurse leaders need to complete the business case and is underpinned by the RCN definition of supervisory practice. It contains helpful and practical steps for making an effective case to ensure ward sisters and team leaders have dedicated time for improving the quality of care experienced by service users and patients.