Weidmann A., Griffiths T., Kingston T.P: July 2010

Referrals, red legs and reflective learning: A 12-month audit of inpatient dermatology referrals at a district general hospital.  Poster presented at conference. British Journal of Dermatology, July 2010, vol./is. 163/(64), 0007-0963 (July 2010)

Future proofing clinical meetings: Demonstrating educational efficacy.  Poster presentation at conference published in British Journal of Dermatology, July 2010, vol./is. 163/(34), 0007-0963 (July 2010)

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Dixon W.G., Watson K.D., Lunt M., Knight S et al: June 2010

An article entitled Influence of anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy on cancer incidence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have had a prior malignancy – was published last year on behalf of the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register.

Published in Arthritis Care and Research, June 2010, vol./is. 62/6(755-763), 0004-3591;1529-0131 (June 2010)

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.20129/pdf

From Manchester to Macclesfield – Liverpool to Leighton!

Exchanging the vibrant urban environments of Liverpool and Manchester, our new Community Outreach Librarian, Steve Collman is getting to know and appreciate his new rural surroundings. Employed for the last four years at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Steve is looking forward to working exclusively with community staff and students. Working fulltime in a shared post, Steve will be based at the Jet Library in Leighton, when he isn’t at Macclesfield or out talking to people in various community locations. Steve’s qualifications in Biological Sciences and Library and Information Management make him an ideal point of contact for community based staff who might wish to discuss their individual or departmental literature needs with him. 

Steve may be contacted at steve.collman@nhs.net

2 articles: Psychological care after stroke + Managing COPD

NHS Improvement
Psychological care after stroke: improving stroke services for people with cognitive and mood disordersThis publication is intended to be a guide for services who would like to improve psychological support for people with stroke. The target audience is clinical staff working in stroke services who would like to make local improvements but also stroke networks, SHA leads and commissioners of stroke services interested in large scale improvement in psychological support after stroke.

Managing COPD as a long term condition: emerging learning from the national improvement projects
This report contains practical examples to support clinical teams in delivering quality and productivity to patients and a wide range of stakeholders.

Support group for carers of stroke survivors

Foundation of Nursing Studies
‘Caring for the Carers’ – the establishment of a support group for carers of stroke survivors 

Based on the identification of an unmet need and an acknowledgement of the benefits to be gained, a support group for carers of stroke survivors was established in one area of an integrated health and social care trust within Northern Ireland. This briefing looks at the aims and objectives of the project and the methods and approaches used to set up the support network.

Graduate management training scheme investment pays off

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
NHS national graduate management training scheme: payback – return on investment for the NHS graduate scheme
This report finds that the NHS graduate management training scheme generates savings per trainee in the tens of thousands of pounds, and retains more trainees than other private and public sector schemes. The first section of the report uses electronic staff records to produce accurate data on the retention and progression of trainees within the NHS. The second section looks at return on investment of trainees whilst on the scheme. It includes a number of case studies showing how trainee projects are designed to support the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) agenda.

Safe and sustainable review of children’s congenital heart services

From The Kings Fund 26 August 2011:
NHS Specialised Services Safe and sustainable review of children’s congenital heart services in England: report of the public consultation

This report provides a detailed analysis of more than 75,000 responses to a national consultation. During the consultation respondents were asked to share their views on the key principles of the review: four configuration options which would pool surgical expertise into fewer larger centres, the development of congenital NHS Specialised Services Safe and sustainable review of children’s congenital heart services in England: report of the public consultation This report provides a detailed analysis of more than 75,000 responses to a national consultation. During the consultation respondents were asked to share their views on the key principles of the review: four configuration options which would pool surgical expertise into fewer larger centres, the development of congenital rong support for the key principles of the review and nine out of ten support the proposed national quality standards.

Report NHS Specialised Services – publications heart networks to bring care closer to home and new national quality standards. The report demonstrates strong support for the key principles of the review and nine out of ten support the proposed national quality standards.

New cancer support services for our patients

People with cancer across Cheshire can now get help to identify the welfare benefits to which they may be entitled to, and free, confidential, advice and support to help them return to work, thanks to a new partnership between The Macmillan Support and Information Service at Macclesfield District General Hospital, Age UK and The Shaw Trust.

The new services on offer from The Macmillan Support and Information Service include;

  • Appointment and drop-in benefits advice service with Age UK;
  • Access to the ‘Benefits Made Clear’ tool – an interactive guide that can help people affected by cancer find out what financial support they may be entitled to; and
  • The Shaw Trust Employment Service, helping cancer patients get back into work.

 Read more on the trust news page

NHS Employers NHS equal pay toolkit

Extract from The Kings Fund: 9 August

The toolkit is designed to support employers by providing key information by pay bands which allows organisations to analyse their workforces in a number of different ways. It includes detailed guides on procedure, best practice examples and links to breakdowns of workforces within NHS organisations by age, disability, ethnicity, religion or belief, and sex or sexual orientation within pay bands.

Staff Development via Radcliffe ezines:

Direct to your Inboxhttp://www.radcliffe-oxford.com/ezines.htm

Available on a free-to-subscribe basis, these ezines will provide health service staff with practical information, advice and techniques that they can put into practice on a day-by-day basis, without having to invest large portions of time, to improve their working performance and develop their knowledge base.

FREE ezines available include:

  • Mastering Management in Healthcare: For clinicians developing their careers management becomes an increasingly large portion of their role. From experienced healthcare management consultants, Andrew Price and Andrew Scowcroft, this ezine gives you the practical tools needed to become a better, more effective manager.
  • Medical Education: From editor of BMJ Learning, Dr Kieran Walsh with Ed Farrow, this ezine provides thoughtful discussion of theory and methods for educators across the heath care sector, from training managers to medical academics
  • Leadership for Doctors: Useful guidance and tools for doctors moving into leadership roles at all levels, this ezine will prove particularly useful for junior doctors developing new leadership skills. Written by experienced GP and Director of Public Health Education at Cambridge, Dr Stephen Gillam and Dr Emma McGrath, a clinical leadership fellow.

Subscription is quick and straightforward – simply sign up at the links above and your chosen ezine will be delivered to your inbox. 

News from NHS Networks: 18 August

£800m will be spent to boost medical research, advancing diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and benefitting patients with diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
 
This publication is the result of a joint event between Macmillan and The King’s Fund which looked at the role of cancer networks in cancer care.

News from NHS Networks: 18 August

The Mental Health Foundation has launched a suite of films aimed at raising awareness about dementia and the use of self directed support in helping people with dementia, their families, carers and social care professionals.
 
Subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, the Department of Health will allocate funding for Local HealthWatch, NHS complaints advocacy and, potentially, PCT deprivation of liberty safeguards from October 2012.
 
Exercising for just 15 minutes a day could increase life expectancy by three years and cut the risk of death by 14%, latest research suggests.
 
A national challenge that will fund teams to develop new design-led ideas for products and services that make lives simpler, better and more enjoyable for those with dementia and their carers was launched by the Design Council and the Department of Health.
 
NHS Employers’ second monthly health, work and well-being (HWWB) update is now available.
 
Review published by NHS Choices covering Alzheimer’s disease.
 
The dementia engagement and empowerment project (DEEP) aims to identify and map out groups, projects and activities across the UK that are led by people diagnosed with dementia to influence the services and policies that affect them.
 
A new deal is needed for people at the end of their lives to ensure they are treated well and receive high quality care and support, according to a report published today by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).
 
 

Cochrane Library web tutorials published

Two brand new Cochrane Library web tutorials have just been released.  To access these new tutorials, please follow the links below:

Part 1– The Cochrane Library – an introduction click here

Part 2– The Cochrane Library – searching & using MESH click here

To access the full suite of Wiley-Blackwell online tutorials including Essential Evidence Plus, Wiley Online Library and Evidence Based Medicine Guidelines, go to: wileyonlinelbrary.com/training

Additional support available on request from Library staff – call 01625 66 1362/1547 for an appointment.