Briefing

A round-up of the news from the professional journals

Weak leadership

Disasters and failures in the NHS over the past 30 years show a
"remarkable consistency" in their causes and make-up, but lessons
from them have not been learned, a leading health strategist Joan Higgins of Manchester
University told the Institute of Healthcare Management’s annual conference last
week. She said staff and institutions suffered isolation and that weak
leadership and hopelessly inadequate vetting of potential employees were often
prevalent.

Nursing Standard,
4 October

UKCC update

Every nurse in the UK will be asked to review their practice of
administering medicines this month with the publication of new UKCC guidance.
The regulatory body’s revised Guidelines for the Administration of Medicine,
which replace the 1992 standards, are to be sent to everyone on the nursing
register.

Nursing Standard,
4 October

Student increase

Ninety-one new nurse consultant posts have been announced by Alan Milburn,
health secretary, bringing the number of nurse consultants in post to over 200.
It is anticipated that other nurse consultants will be posted.

Nursing Times,
12 October

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