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Integrating services to improve patient care

09 June 2010

Emergency Nurse


Over the past few years there has been an increasing need to reconfigure emergency care service delivery so that patients can be seen and treated as quickly as...

Practice development in psychiatric and mental health nursing: part three

01 April 1999

Mental Health Practice


In this final article in a three-part series, we describe some of the project work being supervised by members of the Mental Health Programme Practice Development...

Practice development in healthcare service reform

22 April 2009

Nursing Management


This article examines the proposals contained in health minister Lord Darzi’s Next Stage Review final report and considers how clinical teams can implement them in...

road to success: recognising service users’ contribution to the development of practice

01 May 2007

Learning Disability Practice

A&S Science

Over the last 25 years there has been growing emphasis placed on the rights of people who have a learning disability, the impact of historical modes of care, and the...

Essence of care: a collaborative audit

01 March 2008

Nursing Management


BEFORE THE Department of Health launched the Essence of Care initiative in 2001, nurses in management knew from public feedback that patients were concerned that...

Clinical guidelines: development and use

17 May 1995

Nursing Standard

Clinical quality assurance

This article aims to describe what clinical guidelines are and to outline their potential in improving the quality of care received by patients. The authors also...

Nursing involvement in a practice development and research unit

08 September 2010

Cancer Nursing Practice


Cancer nursing practice represents a diverse field of knowledge and enquiry, where practice is informed through experiential knowledge, specialist skills and a deep...

Establishing clinical rotation programmes in cancer and palliative care nursing

01 February 2004

Cancer Nursing Practice


The establishment of rotational nursing posts for practitioners wishing to develop skills in cancer and palliative care nursing is one possible answer to the...

Therapeutic engagement through observation

01 February 2006

Mental Health Practice


Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust is a three-star specialist mental health and learning disability trust, serving a population of 450,000 people living in east Dorset and...

Nurse preceptorship in a high secure unit

01 March 2007

Mental Health Practice


Preceptorship in nursing has been with us for some time. In the early 1980s it was described as an ‘individual teaching and learning method, in which each student is...