News from the Kings Fund: Fraud costs/Leadership/Industrial action


The financial cost of healthcare fraud: what data from around the world shows
This report investigates the true financial cost of fraud to the NHS. It estimates that the NHS loses £3 billion per year in fraud and in light of financial pressures, minimising fraud has the potential to aid with efficiency savings.

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What makes a top hospital? Leadership
This is the third in a series of publications centred around quality in hospital services. This report looks at the features of leadership that are found in top performing acute organisations.

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NHS Employers

Guidance on emergency cover during industrial action 
Unison and Unite have both produced guidance on emergency cover and exemptions from industrial action. It encourages their branches to engage with employers when they seek to discuss levels of cover.

Developing and Evaluating Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Systematic Approach

Levin, RF. 
Evidence based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice – 4th edn 

Clinical decision making that is grounded in the best available evidence is essential to promote patient safety and quality health eg: guidelines for falls prevention recommend developing a protocol for toileting elderly, sedated, or confused patients …

New Self Care resource



The Health Foundation has launched a new online self management support resource centre. “It is full of information and practical resources that can be adopted and adapted locally to help services and health professionals to develop their own self management support programmes.”


Self Care Week 2011   Self Care Week 2011 started yesterday. Read more »

Kings Fund: Design approach to violence in A&E

Design Council

Reducing violence and aggression in A&E
According to the National Audit Office, violence and aggression towards frontline hospital staff is estimated to cost the NHS at least £69 million a year in staff absence, loss of productivity and additional security. This project aimed to use a design-led approach in order to help reduce violence in A&E departments.

The Kings Fund: Case management

The King’s Fund

Case management: what it is and how it can best be implemented
This report examines how case management can improve delivery of integrated care for people with long-term conditions. It outlines the principles of case management; what the core components are; what the benefits are; and the factors needed for successful implementation of case management.

Trust me I’m a doctor – but should you trust the internet?

The Staff Library will be open in support of the next ‘Health Matters’ public lecture. This will take place on Tuesday 6 December and will be presented by
Dr Robert Stead, Medical Director at East Cheshire NHS Trust.


Entitled ‘A voyage of discovery – patient information on the internet’ the session aims to highlight the benefits and pitfalls of seeking health information on the internet.

The Internet has the largest medical library in the world. With over 100 million visits to the NHS Choices website last year, a recent report by the Department of Health (2010) highlights more patients than ever before are going online to find reliable health information and to self-diagnose.


Read the full story on the trust news page

Statistics from The Kings Fund: 15 November

Student midwives employment survey

A survey of 803 students and newly qualified midwives by the RCM found that more than a half (52%) of students “strongly agreed” that they were finding it difficult to get a job as a midwife. Nearly three-quarters (74%) said that there were not enough vacancies for the number of midwives seeking jobs and 64% said that they were finding it difficult to get a job in the location that they wanted. Of the respondents, 32% who have started looking for jobs had not secured a midwifery post. Sixty-two percent of students who had not secured a post said they were not optimistic about finding a job as a midwife. More than a third (38%) said they strongly disagreed that there were enough midwifery vacancies for the number of midwives seeking employment.

Extract from The Royal College of Midwives

News from The Kings Fund: 11 November

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) quality improvement guide

The guide offers advice on management or organisational actions to prevent and control HCAIs in secondary care settings. It is aimed at board members working in (or with) secondary care. It may also be of use to senior managers, those working elsewhere in the NHS, as well as those working in local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors.