The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published a revised Code which places public expectations at the heart of good nursing and midwifery practice.
The Code will be sent to all nurses and midwives before it becomes effective on 31 March 2015.
The Code has been written with the input of many patients, carers, nurses and midwives. It is shaped around four statements, which state that good nurses and midwives will:
• Prioritise people,
• Practise effectively,
• Preserve safety, and
• Promote professionalism and trust.
The Code will be central to revalidation, which is a series of three-yearly checks that the NMC is introducing at the end of 2015.
Nurses feature in honours list
Primary care nurses have been included in 2015’s New Year’s Honours list. Twenty-one members of the nursing profession were honoured in this year’s list with around a quarter representing primary care nurses in some capacity.
Barriers to dementia care
Government initiatives have since been launched to raise public awareness and incentivise healthcare professionals to be more aware of dementia. This includes the successful Dementia Friends scheme and awarding GPs with a £55 incentive for every dementia diagnosis. This was met with widespread criticism from GPs and healthcare professionals.
Has all this awareness had any effect on those with dementia?
A report published at the end of 2014 by the Alzheimer’s Society and Marie Curie Cancer Care found that there are still barriers in primary care that prevent diagnosis and adequate subsequent care planning.
Practice nurses are considered important to diagnosing more cases of dementia because of regular interaction with patients.