Aiming high: Can nurses bring NHS Health Checks back on target?
The Nursing in Practice July/August issue is now available in print, online and as an app. The issue’s feature interviewed Peter Carter, former chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing to discuss why he thinks the UK’s health system is in a “hell of a mess” following the Brexit vote. He said: “I think the Brexit people seriously misunderstood just how dependent we are on people from overseas to staff the health service. I personally believe the NHS and the country is a much better place for having all these people from the Caribbean, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka – and I could go on.” The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) new guidance is outlined in this issue, which includes: diabetes treatment recommendations, home care service for older people, support for older employees in the workplace and sick cell treatment. Nurses can also read some of the latest healthcare news, including stories on: nurse training, financial consequence of the Brexit vote, bursary proposals, NHS registration fee changes and revalidation. Health Checks is the topic discussed in the magazine’s feature. Research by Queen Mary University published at the beginning of this year in the BMJ Open was, in NHS England’s words, “the first major evaluation” of the nationwide service that was introduced seven years ago, in 2009. It found “coverage lower than expected” and “limited evidence of effectiveness”. Public Health England’s Jamie Waterall, leader of NHS Health Check; Kathryn Yates, the Royal College of Nursing’s lead on primary, community and integrated care and Louise Brady, clinical and strategic development lead in practice nursing for Manchester clinical commissioning groups all comment on the programme. Elaine Biscoe, national nursing advisor at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) features as the magazine’s nurse profile discussing her role at the regulator. She said: “As the national nurse advisor, my remit is to advise on how nursing in primary care should be considered within the CQC’s overall regulatory framework.” The 12 clinical, peer-reviewed articles include the following: smoking cessation, osteoporosis, hay fever, Zika virus, foot health problems and sexually transmitted infections. To download the app click here, and to see the issue online click here.