A round-up of news from the professional journals

Supervision works

Clinical supervision should be done in groups, away from the workplace and
in sessions of at least an hour at least once a month, according to a study
carried out at Manchester university.

Nursing Standard
15 December 1999

Prescribing on hold

Changes to nurses’ prescribing powers could be on hold for at least two
years, according to the UKCC. A Department of Health spokesperson said that no
precise timescale had yet been agreed on how to proceed with the Crown report
on nurse prescribing, which was published last March.

Nursing Times
15 December 1999

Nurses delay cases

A backlog of professional conduct cases due to be heard by the UKCC has been
blamed on disputatious nurses. A quarter of cases now take more than 12 months
to deal with, according to Lesley South, UKCC professional conduct manager, and
"people are becoming more argumentative".

Nursing Times
15 December 1999

Lay members call

Lay members should be in the majority on nursing’s regulatory body,
according to a report by the Commons health committee. MPs believe there is a
perception among patients that nurses are not properly accountable and
"look after their own".

Nursing Standard
1 December 1999

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