Janet McCray and Cally Ward have constructed an extremely interesting and relevant contents list for this edition of JNM. Interprofessional issues, whether these relate to practice or education, are now high on the agenda and driving the way forward in both. Certainly, where clients straddle health and social care services, and health professionals are working within or across interprofessional teams, the issues raised in this edition identify many of the challenges still to be tackled in providing seamless and appropriate care. Both guest editors have a background in services for people with learning disabilities, an area of practice that is perhaps ahead of the game where interprofessional working is concerned. The lessons learnt from this specialty are relevant for many other areas of practice where interdisciplinarity is being encouraged.
The content of this issue is an eclectic mix, ranging from practitioners’ work in progress to scholarly articles and the presentation of a model for use in practice. It is just this balance of work, and viewpoint, that JNM is striving to achieve as it moves into yet another year. The focus of issues for 2004 span classical ’nurse management’ issues as well as diversifying into nurse management of practice (pain management); an edition being constructed by a team from the Royal College of Nursing exploring Political Leadership; an issue on Research Governance and Practice Development and one looking at Nurse Practitioners. We start the year considering the topic of Patient and User Participation – see you there!