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Setting the benchmark for dignified care

01 September 2010

Nursing Older People


Championing the best care for older people has been given fresh impetus at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London, thanks to the work of a...

Identifying best practice principles of audit in health care

14 April 2010

Nursing Standard


Audit is recognised as a crucial component of improving the quality of patient care. Examples include giving patients safe, reliable and dignified care, enhancing...

Acute pain relief in children: use of rating scales and analgesia

10 October 2011

Emergency Nurse


Evidence suggests that children who are in pain and who present to emergency departments receive sub-optimal pain assessment and relief. Many factors contribute to...

Inspirational initiatives centred on patients

09 February 2011

Cancer Nursing Practice


The annual Excellence in Oncology awards recognise best practice in oncology management, education and patient care across the UK. This article explores the work of...

Celebrating the best in an outstanding field

01 December 2009

Cancer Nursing Practice


The Excellence in Oncology Awards 2009 acknowledge UK-based healthcare professionals who have made a significant improvement to the management and care of patients...

Dysphagia in people with learning disabilities

01 November 2013

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

Dysphagia has a detrimental effect on quality of life, particularly among people with learning disabilities. The cause of the condition must be identified to assess...

Scanning the horizon for mental health guidance

26 November 2011

Mental Health Practice


Managing the abundance of guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence can be difficult for health and social care staff. This...

Achieving quality assurance through clinical audit

01 June 2010

Nursing Management


Audit is a crucial component of improvements to the quality of patient care. Clinical audits are undertaken to help ensure that patients can be given safe, reliable...

Strategies to improve the prevention of pressure ulcers

01 November 2010

Nursing Older People


This article outlines the actions taken by one acute trust to implement evidence-based, best practice recommendations for pressure ulcer prevention. Initially, an...

Disseminating best practice through workshops

17 March 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article, the fourth in a five-part series, explores the ways in which best practice might be successfully disseminated through workshops. A workshop provides an...