In the house of tomorrow by @fionacmcqueen


The development of our national nursing strategy

‘for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, even in your dreams’…    House of dreams

Although Gibran’s words were about parents and children, these words have resonance within me about the future of our profession.

We’ve come such a long way in recent decades, and made such a difference to people’s lives as a consequence of that.  If this growth and development is to continue, then I think our next Nursing Strategy (yet to be named) must prepare the profession to respond to the needs of our communities in a way that we’ve not yet experienced or thought of.

Who Would Have Thought?

Edinburgh School of NursingWould Elsie Stephenson, who set up the first Nursing School (in Edinburgh) in a university have envisaged our all graduate profession and the impact our Nursing Schools and our new graduates across Scotland are making to…

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Obligations, Opportunities and Options @MentalHealthCop

Mental Health Cop

This debate about police legal duties in mental health wards continues: I’m on a train to London as I type for further meetings to discuss the legal advice the College of Policing have received from a QC on this topic. We fed in a range of questions and concerns about the legal duties of police forces in a variety of contexts where incidents on wards may involve disorder or disruption. Some of these hypothetical questions involved weapons and crimes, others did not. We asked about the relevance of NHS intentions: are they ringing the police to report a crime, ask for assistance in restoring safety when control is lost; or both. It’s proving to be extremely interesting stuff, from my point of view.

In case of any doubt, legal duties means those things the police are obliged to undertake and where there could be criminal, civil or disciplinary liabilities for…

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