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Poor care and the professional duty of the registered nurse

28 April 2017

Nursing Older People

Evidence & practice

Concerns have been raised in recent years about standards of care in the UK. Notable failures have been identified in the care of vulnerable older adults. This...

Raising concerns and reporting poor care in practice

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

This article considers the issue of poor care and how nurses should respond when they encounter it. Several reports and inquiries into failings in care have called...

Developing a structured approach to safeguarding education

02 December 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children is a legal requirement and is essential in nursing and healthcare practice. This article describes the development and...

Development of assertive communication skills in nursing preceptorship programmes: a qualitative insight from newly qualified nurses

11 July 2019

Nursing Management


Background Being able to speak up is a prerequisite for establishing safe communication in healthcare settings. The nursing preceptorship programme represents an...

Understanding and investigating potential problematic behaviour towards colleagues

19 January 2024

Nursing Management

Professional standards

Behaviour towards colleagues within the nursing team that undermines teamwork and conflicts with standards and policies can be described as problematic. It is...

Supporting nurses in acute and emergency care settings to speak up

19 September 2023

Emergency Nurse


Nurses’ competence and confidence in raising concerns with senior clinicians is integral to patient safety and the quality of patient care. If nurses do not speak up...

Concerns about practice: supporting staff by fostering a climate of psychological safety

30 May 2024

Nursing Management

evidence and practice

The nursing profession is under growing pressure and many nursing staff find it increasingly challenging to maintain standards and provide safe, effective and...

Whorlton Hall, Winterbourne View and Ely Hospital: learning from failures of care

17 September 2020

Learning Disability Practice

Service users

In May 2019 a scandal about the care of people with learning disabilities emerged when the BBC broadcast secret footage of abuse perpetrated at Whorlton Hall, a...