News from NHS Networks: 3 November

Progress report from the Department of Health on the four year plan to improve training for health visitors.
 
Care Quality Commission will be inspecting a further 50 NHS hospitals and 500 adult social care services as part of its work on dignity and nutrition.
 
This report focuses on three Health Professions Council regulated professions – chiropodists / podiatrists, occupational therapists, and paramedics – and explores their understanding of what professionalism means and how it develops.   Read more »
 
 

Falls prevention articles

Reducing Falls and Fall-Related Injuries in Acutely and Critically Ill Patients

MA Halm… – American Journal of Critical Care, 2011
Nurses manage competing priorities for these patients, dealing with medically acute conditions and unexpected acute/emergent situations and complications while ensuring the patient’s safety.  These safety needs include protecting patients from falls and fall-related injuries

Not available via Athens but can be ordered if required through inter-library loan request

The National Falls and Bone Health Audit: implications for UK emergency care

J Banerjee, J Benger, J Treml, FC Martin, R Grant… – Emergency Medicine …, 2011

Introduction The National Clinical Audit of Falls and Bone Health, coordinated by the Royal College of Physicians, assesses progress in implementing integrated falls services across the UK against national standards and enables benchmarking between service providers. Nationally, falls are a leading contributor towards mortality and morbidity in older people and account for 700 000 visits to emergency departments and 4 million annual bed days in England alone.

Not available via Athens – see above

News from NHS Networks: 3 November

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.
 
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS stop smoking services in England during the period 1 April 2011 to 30 June 2011.
 
A major push forward in the implementation of a screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), which will save the lives of thousands of older men, has been launched by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
 
A survey by the Medical Technology Group to explore the provision of and access to uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE) treatment for fibroids, found significant variation between PCTs and acute trusts in the numbers of women undergoing UFE, and a lack of patient involvment in commissioning fibroid treatments.
 
Many news sources have reported that a “major review” of the NHS breast screening programme is to take place. BBC News said “the evidence for breast cancer screening in the UK is being reviewed amid controversy about the measure’s effectiveness”.
 

News from NHS Networks: 3 November

Care Quality Commission will be inspecting a further 50 NHS hospitals and 500 adult social care services as part of its work on dignity and nutrition.
 
The cold weather plan for England, which aims to protect people’s health throughout the cold winter months, was launched today – the official start of winter.
 
Carers UK has published a briefing outlining a joint call with over 50 other members of the Care & Support Alliance for action to reform social care
 
Four new case studies outline how some NHS trusts have trialled a variety of solutions to reduce spend on agency staff.
 
The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research in partnership with Health and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has announced the creation of a new Clinical Practice Research Datalink service, which will be fully established by 1 April 2012
 
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. A copy of the Executive Report is available in The Staff Library.
 
This quarterly report presents provisional results from the monitoring of the NHS stop smoking services in England during the period 1 April 2011 to 30 June 2011.
 
A major push forward in the implementation of a screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), which will save the lives of thousands of older men, has been launched by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
 
A survey by the Medical Technology Group to explore the provision of and access to uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE) treatment for fibroids, found significant variation between PCTs and acute trusts in the numbers of women undergoing UFE, and a lack of patient involvment in commissioning fibroid treatments.
 
Many news sources have reported that a “major review” of the NHS breast screening programme is to take place. BBC News said “the evidence for breast cancer screening in the UK is being reviewed amid controversy about the measure’s effectiveness”.
 
GPs will be able to prescribe ticagrelor (Brilique), in combination with low-dose aspirin for up to 12 months, for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), following final guidance from NICE.

News from The King’s Fund: 4 November

Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS)

2011 thoracic surgical blue book
This audit found that the number of lung cancer patients benefiting from life-saving surgery has risen by 60 percent while the operative mortality rate has halved in recent years as a new generation of specialist lung surgeons start to come through into the NHS. In the last year alone the number of lung cancer operations has increased by more than 17 per cent.