General Practice Nurses

NHS Clinical Commissioners welcome a new action plan to support General Practice Nurses.

General Practice – Developing confidence, capability and capacity: A ten point action plan for General Practice Nursing published by NHS England today.  The action plan gives welcome recognition at the national level of the vital role that general practice nurses (GPNs) play in the effective delivery of care for patients.

NMC and CNOs launch professionalism guide

NMC and CNOs launch professionalism guide

Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs), supported by the NMC, come together to set out what professionalism means for nurses and midwives.

Launched on International Nurses Day, Enabling professionalism in nursing and midwifery practice is a guide aimed at all nurses and midwives and sets out what ‘professionalism’ can look like in everyday practice.

It demonstrates how applying the values of the Code should be at the centre of all nursing and midwifery practice. For employers, it identifies key principles which will help them to provide practice environments that support and encourage professionalism among nurses and midwives.

GP and Hospital Choice

Choice in the presence of experts: the role of general practitioners in patients’ hospital choice



This paper considers the micro-econometric analysis of patients’ hospital choice for elective medical procedures when their choice set is pre-selected by a general practitioner (GP). It proposes a two-stage choice model that encompasses both, patient and GP level optimization, and it discusses identification. The empirical analysis demonstrates biases and inconsistencies that arise when strategic pre-selection is not properly taken into account. We find that patients defer to GPs when assessing hospital quality and focus on tangible attributes, like hospital amenities; and that GPs, in turn, as patients’ agents present choice options based on quality, but as agents of health authorities also consider their financial implications….

Previous attempts to survey GPs have been frustrated by very low response rates. For example, in the Competition Commission’s (CC) Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust merger inquiry (2013), the important role of GPs in the referral process was recognized, but no strong conclusions could be drawn (para 6.98, Final Report), because out of 1099 GPs in the hospitals’ catchment areas only 36 GPs (associated with 23 GP practices).


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Are chocolate’s health claims for real?

Thinking about indulging in lots of chocolate eggs this weekend?

Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health.

Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Studies show that dark chocolate can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.

Chocolate as a Superfood



Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework

A comprehensive new resource to support health and social care staff and educators who work with people living with dementia and their carers has been launched today.

The Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for all staff involved in dementia care and will enable organisations to:

  • standardise the interpretation of dementia education and training
  • guide the focus and aims of dementia education and training delivery through key learning outcomes
  • ensure the educational relevance of dementia training
  • improve the quality and consistency of education and training provision.

Dementia Skills for Health