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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has confirmed that its new Test of Competence will be implemented in April 2021. The test will remain in two parts, assessing the skills and knowledge of potential registrants. Changes will include increasing the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) from six to ten stations, and splitting the Computer-Based Test (CBT) into two parts (part A focusing on numeracy, and part B on theory).
Posted: July 30, 2020, 2:31 pm
In mid-May 2020, 42,000 RCN members responded to a survey on their experience of nursing during Covid-19. This report is a first look at their experiences of feeling valued, and how in their own view, their value is expressed in relation to pay.
Posted: July 28, 2020, 10:06 am
The current nursing workforce shortage is the result of successive governments' underinvestment in workforce supply. To get more people into the nursing degree and successfully graduating in England, the government must provide appropriate support both on entering and throughout the degree. This report details modelling undertaken by London Economics, which demonstrates the level of funding required to increase the number of applicants to the nursing degree.
Posted: July 28, 2020, 9:56 am
This document assists maternity services during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to deliver safe, high quality, one-to-one care in labour where local COVID-19 protocols are required to be enacted. It was developed by collaboratively between NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
Posted: July 21, 2020, 2:40 pm
Report looking at Primodos (hormone based pregnancy test), sodium valproate and pelvic mesh found the healthcare system (NHS, private providers, regulators, professional bodies, pharmaceutical & device manufacturers, policymakers) is disjointed, siloed, unresponsive and defensive.
Posted: July 10, 2020, 2:08 pm
Information for health professionals to help women or parents with learning disabilities better understand and access antenatal and newborn (ANNB) screening
Posted: June 23, 2020, 12:36 pm
The competencies will support nurses who are taking up new roles at short notice during the Covid-19 pandemic. The development of the new document has been funded by NHS England and Improvement.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 12:57 pm
This document provides guidance and inspiration for policy-makers, instructors, managers and clinicians who are seeking to develop and secure competencies among their nursing workforce in primary care.
Posted: May 15, 2020, 9:55 am
The aim of this “qualitative evidence synthesis” is to explore factors that influence whether healthcare workers follow infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases. To answer this question, the authors searched for and analysed qualitative studies about this topic.
Posted: May 7, 2020, 9:40 am
With lockdown measures in full force across the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nurse education has increasingly moved to online learning, with many first-year students having their clinical placements postponed. Rising reports of mental health problems among UK university students have prompted calls for higher education to enact its 2 External 0 0 0 duty of care to protect and promote the well-being of its students false false false%>, in particular minority student groups who may suffer disproportionate stress while at university.
Posted: April 30, 2020, 4:21 pm
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