A fundamental shift is urgently needed in the delivery of health and care to meet the challenges of a rapidly ageing society, say the authors of a new report from The King’s Fund.... > Read More
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NHS England’s chief executive Sir David Nicholson has spoken of his ‘bitter regrets’ over failing to meet the families of patients who died in Mid-Staffordshire.... > Read More
A US care coordination programme for patients with Alzheimer's and their carers has resulted in improvements in psychosocial function in patients with dementia. The programme, a partnership between community and health organisations, also showed positive results for carers. The work, published in the journal Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, shows that non-pharmacological programmes and interventions can play a role in improving care for people with dementia and their carers.... > Read More
This article describes an initiative in which the Good Care Group and Dementia UK formed a unique partnership that enables specialist dementia care services delivered by a highly qualified Admiral nurse to be provided to clients, families and professional carers in home care settings. Admiral nurses are specialist mental health nurses supported by Dementia UK, and the Good Care Group is the only home care provider to offer this service to its clientele. Admiral nurse support clearly improves quality in the delivery of live-in care provision; support that is substantially beneficial for community nurses and other healthcare professionals.> Read More
The senior level gained by advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) means they are in a strong position when it comes to representing the population. Nurses have had to educate themselves beyond post registration with Masters and Doctorates to support the client group, because of the growing population and 24-hour healthcare requirements. This is in support of the NHS’s commitment to care for patients from the cradle to the grave. There have been obstacles to the ANP’s advancement, but the five drivers of heath care are firm and supportive and likely to have a great impact in the future for ANPs as service deliverers.> Read More
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