My nursing team created Poopology – a board game about diarrhoea

Our game is a fantastic way of raising staff awareness about an unpleasant – and serious – symptom of infection


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If you’d told me when I first trained to be a nurse that I’d be part of a team that designed a board game about diarrhoea, I would never have believed you. But a few months ago the finished product, which I’ve worked on in my NHS role, became available to buy.

I am a senior nurse for infection prevention and control at Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals NHS foundation trust. I’m responsible, among other things, for educating staff on best practice around infection control. The role is hugely varied, but generally it’s about patient safety and preventing harm due to infection.

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Alison Rose: the City high flyer in the running for the RBS top job

The deputy CEO of NatWest Holdings would be the first woman to run a major UK bank

Alison Rose, one of the most senior women in the City, is regarded as the frontrunner within Royal Bank of Scotland to succeed the chief executive, Ross McEwan, when he departs within the next 12 months.

The 49-year-old Rose has kept a lower profile in recent years than other City high flyers such as Nicola Horlick and Dame Helena Morrissey, but is highly regarded in the banking industry.

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Ladbrokes owner proposes ban on gambling ads linked to sport

GVC to end sponsorship deals that promote its brands on football shirts or pitchside

The Ladbrokes’ owner, GVC, the UK’s largest gambling company, has broken ranks with the rest of the industry by announcing a series of proposals to protect problem gamblers, including an end to TV ads and football shirt sponsorship.

GVC’s boss Kenny Alexander called on the rest of the industry to follow suit as he announced a number of measures he said would “do more to protect the vulnerable”.

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Homicides in England and Wales hit highest level in a decade

Official figures also show knife crime has increased by 6% in the last year

Homicides in the last year rose to their highest level in over a decade, with 732 people killed in England and Wales, according to the latest official statistics, which also showed an increase in knife crime.

The Office for National Statistics said that in the year to December 2018, 732 lives were lost to homicide compared with 690 lives the previous year, an increase of 42 killings, and the highest recorded since 2008. Homicide includes murder, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and infanticide.

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The Clockwork Condition: lost sequel to A Clockwork Orange discovered

Unfinished manuscript found among Anthony Burgess’s papers was described by the author as ‘a major philosophical statement on the contemporary human condition’

A lost “sequel” to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, in which the author explores the moral panic that followed the release of Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of his novel, has been found among papers he abandoned in his home near Rome in the 1970s.

The unfinished manuscript of The Clockwork Condition was written by Burgess in 1972 and 1973, after Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of A Clockwork Orange was accused of inspiring copycat crimes, and was banned for decades. The 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, Burgess’s most famous work, is set in a dystopian future, where teenager Alex and his gang revel in “ultraviolence” until the state sets about his re-education.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband hopeful of her release

Iran’s prisoner swap offer raises prospect that British-Iranian dual national could be freed

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national held in Tehran on spying charges, says he has been given hope by Iran’s offer of a prisoner swap to secure her release.

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday he had the power to authorise Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release in return for the release of Iranian woman held in Australia.

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Extinction Rebellion activists glue themselves to London Stock Exchange in fresh protest – video

Climate change activists have glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange and trains at Canary Wharf station in a fresh set of protests targeting the capital's financial district. The group plans to bring an end their climate 'rebellion' on Thursday after more than a week of  demonstrators occupying sites across London 

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Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan resigns

The 61-year-old has been in the role for five and a half years and says it is the right time to leave

Royal Bank of Scotland’s chief executive, Ross McEwan, has resigned after five and a half years in the job, saying now is the “right time” to leave.

The 61-year-old New Zealander has a 12-month notice period and will remain at the helm of the bank, which is still 62% owned by the UK government, until a successor has been found and an “orderly handover has taken place”.

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Euan Myles’s best photograph: The secret to happiness? Your own windmill

‘Nigel Moon spent 10 years restoring this 18th-century mill. By isolating himself from the modern world, he has found what many of us lack – contentment’

I’ve never met a man more content than Nigel Moon. He’s dedicated his whole life to the windmill where he lives and works. He has no modern technology – no computer, no television, not even a mobile phone until very recently – and he’s happier for it.

Nigel decided he wanted to become a miller when he was a small boy. He spotted his first windmill when he was out horse-riding through the Leicestershire countryside, and that was it. It was a childhood dream that he turned into a lifelong love affair.

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Mae West lips sofa among UK treasures saved for the nation

Export bar helps items worth £3m stay in Britain but Turner and Guardi works go overseas

A Mae West lips sofa by Salvador Dalí and a rare marble bust of Queen Victoria are among national treasures saved for the nation last year, but artworks and photographs worth £58.5m were let go.

The 64th annual report of the committee that advises on export bars reveals that seven objects worth £3m were acquired by institutions in the UK in 2017-18.

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‘I shouldn’t have to look over my shoulder’: Carly Barton’s fight for medicinal cannabis

It is the only thing that relieves Carly Barton’s crippling pain, but she can’t take cannabis legally. So she’s growing her own – and has told the police

Carly Barton winces when she talks about the pain: “A ridiculous amount of all-over pain – it just feels like you’re burning from the inside out, like my bones have been replaced by red hot pokers.”

Following a stroke at the age of 24, Barton developed the neurological condition fibromyalgia, which meant she was in constant pain. Doctors gave her increasingly strong opiate pain relief, to a point where she was drinking morphine every two hours, as well as wearing a fentanyl patch. She says she was “completely off my face, and still screaming down the house in pain”.

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