DoH: Duty of Candour consultation launched

Duty of Candour consultation launched

10 October 2011, 01:00:27 | webteam-ln

A consultation has been launched on implementing a ‘Duty of Candour’, a contractual requirement on NHS providers to be open with patients when things go wrong with their healthcare.

The contractual Duty of Candour, which forms part of the Government’s plans to modernise the NHS by making it more accountable and transparent, will be an enforceable duty on providers.

The aim is to ensure providers are open and honest with patients, or their families, and give them information about any investigations that have taken place or any lessons learned.

The consultation asks:

  • how best to design a contractual requirement for organisations to be open, including the scope and the kinds of sanctions that should be available
  • how best to support patients and clinicians to ensure people are told when things go wrong.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: ‘We must develop a culture of openness in the NHS. This is a key part of how a modern NHS should be – open and accountable to the public and patients to drive improvements in care.

‘That’s why we are introducing a requirement on providers to be transparent in admitting mistakes. We need to find the most effective way to promote openness and hold those organisations who are not open to account.

‘A more transparent NHS is a safer NHS where patients can be confident of receiving high quality care.’

The consultation runs until 2 January 2012.

Cochrane mini tutorials online

Online self-paced tutorials

Learn at your own pace and place!
These online tutorials are designed to provide a quick and informative overview and demonstration of The Cochrane Library. Part 1 provides an introduction to The Cochrane Library and Part 2 includes tips on advanced and MeSH searching, plus showing you how to save searches and set up email alerts.

Part 1. The Cochrane Library – an introduction         

Part 2. The Cochrane Library – Searching and MESH

The modules use sound and are free – brief details required when registering at the opening screen.

Here is a brochure about The Cochrane Library – click here

Bespoke training opportunities

The Staff Library provides support and guidance to all staff and students in central and eastern Cheshire from its location in the Education and Training Centre, West Park and also through its comprehensive website.  

Utilising excellent IT facilities we specialise in providing 1:1 and small group training sessions
, tailored to the learner’s requirements. This enables us to offer a high quality training service, supporting clinical governance and evidence based healthcare.

Popular areas of interest include how to:

  • register for an Athens account
  • become familiar with some of the many resources in NHS Evidence
  • conduct effective literature searches using the Cochrane Library
  • search for full text journal articles using MEDLINE, CINAHL, BNI and others
  • maximise the benefit of online information using our website – setting alerts and subscribing to newsfeeds

Additional services from our Clinical and Community Outreach Librarians:

Carole Keeling, Clinical Outreach Librarian, offers staff and students at Macclesfield DGH, the following:

  • assistance with research and improving your information searching skills
  • literature searching service for individuals or departments, journal club, research groups
  • Manuscript publication assistance – help with proof-reading, references and advice on submitting your work to publishers.

Steve Collman, Community Outreach Librarian, works exclusively with community staff and students to:

  • discuss how to search more effectively and save time
  • support and guide your research and
  • discover ways in which our service can support yours!

Please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 1362 to discuss your training requirements

New forum for IBD

Extract from Trust news bulletin

Earlier this year East Cheshire NHS Trust teamed up with Crohn’s and Colitis UK and The NHS Smoking Cessation Team to launch a new patient forum for people suffering from debilitating bowel conditions, such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

The new support forum was established as part of a number of service developments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients at East Cheshire NHS Trust, to improve access, education and early diagnosis of IBD.

Following the success of the first forum in March 2011, the trust will host their second patient forum on 16 November from 17.30pm at Macclesfield District General Hospital’s Education and Training Centre. The trust is encouraging patients, relatives and visitors to come along and take part in the group and learn more about their condition, management and long term outcomes.

Read more on the trust news page

Unwitnessed in-patient falls

S Hignett, G Sands… – Age and Ageing, 2011 –
British Geriatrics Soc
 … doi:10.1136/qshc.2007.024695. Abstract/FREE Full Text. 

Healey F, Scobie S, Glampson B, Pryce A, Joule N, Willmott M

Slips, Trips and Falls in Hospital:
The Third Report from the Patient Safety Observatory. London: National Patient Safety Agency; 2007.

News from NHS Networks: 7 October

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Annual Report 2010/11 has been published today.  Read more »
A ban on the sale of tobacco from vending machines starts today across England.    Read more »
A non-emergency telephone number for NHS services is to launch across England, the Department of Health says.

News from NHS Networks: 7 October

Physical activity in Mental health
Promotion of physical activity, exercise and sport to improve the health of people with a mental health diagnosis.

My Shared pathway
My Shared pathway is part of the National Secure services Qipp Programme. It is developing a recovery approach to identifying and achieving outcomes and aims to streamilne the present pathway for service users in secure services.