News from The King’s Fund: 28 October

National Child Measurement Programme: publication of legal Directions
These Directions allow the NHS Information Centre and PCTs to continue to process National Child Measurement Programme data.

National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD)

Are we there yet? A review of organisational and clinical aspects of children’s surgery
This report highlights the process of care of children less than 18 years of age, including neonates who died within 30 days of emergency or elective surgery on the same admission. It takes a critical look at areas where the care of patients might have been improved. Remediable factors have also been identified in the clinical and the organisational care of these patients.

 

News from The King’s Fund: 26 October

Action on Elder Abuse

Regulatory activity in hospital settings: a critical analysis of the Care Quality Commission’s Dignity and Nutrition Inspection of 100 English hospitals
These inspections were held between March and June 2011. This report identifies a number of key themes which regularly emerged from poorer performing wards. It also identifies problems with the inspections process and makes several recommendations as to how the process could be improved in the future.

TRIP database – improvements

Link to TRIP database

http://www.tripdatabase.com/ 

The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

TRIP has a new feature which allows users to refine their search by clinical area.  So, for example a search for measles can be run and then the results restricted to neurology documents. 

TRIP is easy to use and its free to register.

News from NHS Networks: 28 October

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), on behalf of the Department of Health, has launched the first ever national bereavement survey to measure care at the end of life.
 
NICE has recommended a drug for treating bone cancer in children and young people.
 
The Royal College of Nursing has issued guidance to support the relationship between patients and nurses, protect the vulnerable and set out the legal position for health care workers.
 
Radiotherapy following breast-conserving surgery in breast cancer patients almost halves the risk of the cancer recurring, according to latest research published in the Lancet.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme Newsletter issue 38 has been published.
 
The Department of Health has commissioned GFK NOP, an independent research agency, to conduct a survey among NHS staff from October to December 2011 to gauge staff awareness of and attitudes to a range of issues including NHS policy.

News from NHS Networks: 28 October

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), on behalf of the Department of Health, has launched the first ever national bereavement survey to measure care at the end of life.
 
A new charity has been established by the Department to provide financial assistance for those people who were infected with hepatitis C before September 1991, as a result of NHS treatment by blood transfusions or blood products.
 
Speaking to the Royal College of General Practitioners, health secretary Andrew Lansley announced 11 new areas of medicine whose outcomes for patients will be audited, monitored and regularly published in future.
 
Report published by the improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) team for service managers
 
Prime minister David Cameron has announced that the government is investing up to £15 million to support the recommendations to improve prosthetics services for military veterans who have lost a limb due to activities while serving their country.
 
Mixed sex accommodation in the NHS has fallen by over 90 per cent in under a year, according to new data published by the Department of Health.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme Newsletter issue 38 has been published.
 
The Department of Health has commissioned GFK NOP, an independent research agency, to conduct a survey among NHS staff from October to December 2011 to gauge staff awareness of and attitudes to a range of issues including NHS policy.

A new resource: SNAP

SNAP – the free online numeracy resource is ready to be used and was launched on
26 September 2011.

SNAP is a region wide, cross sector collaboration of major organisations in the process of planning, designing and producing a Standardised Numeracy Assessment resource for use across several healthcare sectors:

• As a learning resource during healthcare cadetships, Access to Nursing, and other healthcare programmes within colleges of further education

• During selection processes for admission to pre-registration nurse education and other allied health professional preparation courses by Higher Education Institutes

• By service provider organisations wishing to confirm and further develop the numeracy skills of its newly recruited and/or qualified staff, plus existing (e.g. mentor and supervisor) workforce.

SNAP is funded by the Northwest Council of Deans of Health and NHS Northwest.  The link to SNAP is www.snap.nhs.uk

Changes to Zetoc

Zetoc is changing.  If you are not familiar with Zetoc, it is a comprehensive research database, providing access to over 28,000 journals, 45 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.

With effect from Tuesday 15 November, a new enhanced service will replace the old version. From that date, anyone with existing Zetoc alerts will be automatically transferred without the user’s intervention.  Alerts will be processed as normal from that date.

*Please note – there will be some service disruption from Monday 14 November until the transfer is complete on the 15 November.

This will not affect the sending out of the Alerts as normal during this period.

The new Zetoc beta version can be seen at: http://beta.zetoc.mimas.ac.uk/

News from The Kings Fund: 26 October

Medical Technology Group

Your first choice: the provision of and access to UFE
Uterine artery/fibroid embolisation (UAE/UFE) treatment is a non-surgical interventional radiology treatment which is a less invasive alternative to hysterectomy, with faster recovery time. A survey of English PCTs and acute trust shows significant variation across some PCT areas in the number of women undergoing UFE and found that in some areas UFE was not being routinely commissioned. It includes recommendations for the Government, healthcare professionals, NHS commissioners in order to address the challenges that have been identified.

New appointments to SHA cluster

NHS North of England
(bringing together NHS North West, NHS Yorkshire and the Humber and NHS North East)

Chair – Kathryn Riddle
Chief executive – Ian Dalton

  • Chief Operating Officer – Richard Barker
  • Chief Nurse – Jane Cummings
  • Director of Finance – Mark Ogden
  • Medical Director – Professor Stephen Singleton
  • Director of Workforce and Education – Tim Gilpin
  • Director of Public Health – Professor Paul Johnstone

Non-executives:

Sir Peter Carr (Vice Chair)
Sally Cheshire (Vice Chair)
Ian Walker (Audit Chair)
Sarah Harkness
Oliver James
Alan Foster
Peter Fidler
Denis Lidstone

Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive said: “Clustering SHAs will ensure we have sufficient capacity in the system to maintain grip and momentum throughout the transition period.

“Moving to four clusters will ensure the best fit between our transition arrangements and the future arrangements for the NHS Commissioning Board, which will be organised across the same geographical areas.”

How the Department of Health is changing

Extract from DH.gov.uk

The modernisation of the health and social care system means that the Department of Health (DH) is also changing to reflect its new responsibilities and priorities. As the system leader, DH will be responsible for improving people’s health and wellbeing through its stewardship of the adult social care, public health and NHS systems.

The Department will shape and lead the new health and care system but will no longer be the headquarters of the NHS, nor will it directly manage any NHS organisations.

>> Read more about how the Department of Health is changing

 

News from The Kings Fund: 21 October

Royal College of Surgeons

Patient outcomes in surgery: a report comparing Independent Sector Treatment Centres and NHS providers
This report found that NHS patients undergoing elective operations in dedicated independent sector units report better outcomes than those seen by NHS hospitals treating emergency and elective patients. However, the report also found these differences reflect that those patients seen by independent sector treatment centres tend to be younger, in better health before their operation and from more affluent areas than those seen by NHS hospitals.

Acute care toolkit 2: high quality acute care from RCP

Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

Acute care toolkit 2: high quality acute care
This toolkit focuses on the delivery of high-quality acute care, looking at current problem areas and factors threatening care delivery, and suggesting a range of recommendations for improving quality.The toolkit is accompanied by two appendices: the RCP position statement on out-of-hours care, and guidance notes on the provision of 12-hours-per-day, 7-days-per-week consultant care.

Deaf Awareness training sessions for all trust staff

Extract from Staff Matters 24/10/11

Deaf Awareness training sessions available for all trust staff

  • Wednesday 2 November 2011 1.30pm – 3.30pm MDGH, Education and Training Centre, Seminar room 3
  • Wednesday 23 November 2011 10.00am – 12.00pm Eagle Bridge, Dunwoody Way, Crewe CW1 3AW 

More information: To find out more and book a place please call:
01625 661560 or email Adelle.Twigg@nhs.net 

The Knowledge Management Online Learning Resources

The Knowledge Management Online Learning Resources

A new resource developed by DH Informatics Knowledge Management Team and NHS Library and Knowledge Services, Kent, Surrey and Sussex for use by all NHS staff is now available.  

The Knowledge Management Online Learning Resources are designed to help you to:

  • Develop a strategy for knowledge retention and sharing
  • Plan how an individual, team or organisation can learn from the experience of others
  • Capture, share and preserve resources from individuals or teams
  • Record and share learning and experience gained from project or work
  • Understand how knowledge management techniques have helped other organisations

Select the modules that most suit your learning needs. Each module lasts between 15 and 40 minutes.

Visit www.ksslibraries.nhs.uk/elearning/kmto get started.

News from NHS Networks: 21 October

This briefing paper is about the findings and recommendations from a research project conducted at the University of Nottingham, with funding awarded by Macmillan Cancer Support.
 
The CQC has published a report on the care of older people in hospital.
 
Self Care Week 2011 takes place 14-20th November and aims to help people to take care of themselves by learning more about what’s available to help them look after their own health better. This year’s campaign builds on the success of Self Care Week 2009 and 2010 and is being run in partnership with the Self Care Forum (www.selfcareforum.org ), whose members are all committed to embedding self care in all walks of life.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme has supported the Bereavement Services Association and PCC in the publication of When a Person Dies: Guidance for Professionals on Developing Bereavement Services.
 
The winners of a competition to identify outcomes indicators for stroke recovery, and children and young people’s experience of healthcare, have been announced.
 
CQC published a report into the standards of care that older people receive in hospital – and calls for a system-wide response to combat the failings identified.
 

News from NHS Networks: 21 October

David Flory, deputy NHS chief executive, has written to the health service, and directors of adult social services, about publication of an early draft of the PbR guidance for 2012/13 for working age adults and older people.
 
A review of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) recommends that it must continue its work to improve services, ensuring that blood supplies are used appropriately, efficiently and safely.
 
Health staff who raise concerns about poor patient care will be protected in the future, under changes to the NHS constitution announced this week.
 
The government has set out a new vision for volunteering in health and social care.
 
Many NHS hospitals will struggle to deliver productivity improvements essential to maintaining quality and avoiding significant cuts to services, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report from the King’s Fund.
 
The Department of Health has issued guidance on records management for those NHS organisations who will be going through a period of transition or organisational change.
 
Following recent discussions on governance arrangements of PCT clusters, Jim Easton, national director for improvement and efficiency, wrote to chief executives setting out conclusions of the NHS Management Board.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme has supported the Bereavement Services Association and PCC in the publication of When a Person Dies: Guidance for Professionals on Developing Bereavement Services.
 
The winners of a competition to identify outcomes indicators for stroke recovery, and children and young people’s experience of healthcare, have been announced.
 
CQC published a report into the standards of care that older people receive in hospital – and calls for a system-wide response to combat the failings identified.
 
Marketing strategy published by Chage4Life

News from NHS Networks: 21 October

This briefing paper is about the findings and recommendations from a research project conducted at the University of Nottingham, with funding awarded by Macmillan Cancer Support.
 
The first of a new style “evidence update” from NHS Evidence summarises new evidence relevant to the NICE cancer services guidance manual 2006 (partially updated 2010).

New from The Kings Fund: 21 October

Response to the NHS Future Forum consultation (second phase)
This document presents the RCN’s response to the second round in the listening exercise conducted by the NHS Future Forum. The second round focuses on public health; information; and education and training.

When someone asks for your assistance to die: RCN guidance on responding to a request to hasten death
This guidance aims to support the relationship between patients and nurses, protect the vulnerable and set out the legal position for health care workers. The document emphasises that assisting a suicide is illegal but provides practical examples of how to deal with difficult conversations and deliver good quality end of life care.