Monthly Archives: March 2013

A brief correcting post on the education of nurses

Yesterday the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, declared that would-be nurses should spend a year doing hands-on care, working directly with health care assistants, in order to be eligible for funded nursing degrees. Today it occurs to me that large sections … Continue reading

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Writing for publication

Some promising news today from the assistant editor of a journal a colleague and I sent a jointly authored paper to last year. It’s taken a while for them to be sent, but we’ve now received peer review comments. They’re … Continue reading

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Selecting students of nursing

During my recent visit to the Netherlands I learned that universities there are obliged to offer places to applicants provided that the formal entry requirements are met. So, for applicants to nursing courses, there are no selection events: no interviews, … Continue reading

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Visiting the Netherlands

Michael Coffey and I have just returned from a four day trip to the Netherlands, an event supported with funding from the Mental Health Research Network Cymru. We were there to share and develop research ideas with the impressive Dr … Continue reading

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Disinvesting in mental health?

Writing for The Guardian’s Healthcare Professionals Network this week, David Brindle reports that spending on mental health care in England has fallen for the second year in a row. He references unpublished figures disclosed last week to the House of … Continue reading

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Involving People, and watching football

Another started-on-the-train post, the length of which reflects (more or less) the length of my journey home. Yesterday took in a trip to the Cardiff City Stadium for two, entirely unrelated, happenings. First was the annual event of Involving People, … Continue reading

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Hello again, trainers

Great to have been running again this morning, with my pal Simon. We chose a relatively flat route, taking us down the Penrhos Cutting and along the Taff Trail heading towards Pontypridd. It’s only been a week or so since … Continue reading

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