News from NHS Employers: 26 October

NHS Employers

Retaining your health visitor workforce
This document brings together suggestions and tips to help human resources, line managers and staff side representatives work together to develop a retention strategy health visitors as the number of health visitors has been in decline in recent years.

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/