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.

A resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities

Preparation for birth and beyond: a resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities
This resource pack has been developed to help the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector in planning or leading preparation for parenthood groups and activities. It aims to improve outcomes for babies and parents through a refreshed approach to antenatal education.

Loughran, CF and Keeling, CA : British Journal of Radiology (2011)

This review article was published in British Journal of Radiology (2011) 84, 869-874 Seeding of tumour cells following breast biopsy: a literature review

Needle biopsy of the breast is widely practised. Image guidance ensures a high degree of accuracy. However, sporadic cases of disease recurrence suggest that in some cases the procedure itself may contribute to this complication. This article reviews evidence relating to needle biopsy of the breast and the potential for tumour cell migration into adjacent tissues following the procedure. A literature search was undertaken using Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library.

Full text available at: http://bjr.birjournals.org/cgi/reprint/84/1006/869