A process for rapid learning:

NHS Alliance

A process for rapid learning: sharing experience when things go wrong in out-of-hours services – reflections one year on This paper reviews the collaborative work of ten out-of-hours providers over the past year. It highlights the benefits of rapid learning and some of the key issues around how providers learn and share information within organisations and across the wider out-of-hours system.

Manual Handling of Children Standards Manual 2011

Extract from The National Back Exchange website at http://www.nationalbackexchange.org

Manual Handling of Children Standards Manual

New Manual Handling of Children publication available from NBE.

Following the success of the Standards in Manual Handling (2010) NBE has continued with its plan to publish specialist books and now presents: Manual Handling of Children 2011.

Manual Handling of Children aims to be the definitive publication on the issues surrounding the manual handling of children in a variety of community settings.

This book is written by Carole Johnson and Pat Alexander both of whom have a wealth of experience in paediatric manual handling and have presented at both national and international conferences on this subject.

Kings Fund: RCN and Sharps safety

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Sharps safety: RCN guidance to support implementation of the EU Directive 2010/32/EU on the prevention of sharps injuries in the health care sectorThis guidance covers the law on sharps injuries, including the European Directive 2010/32/EU and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers. It includes information on preparing an organisation, introducing risk assessments, selecting and evaluating safety-engineered devices and what employers should be doing to comply with the directive. It also includes a checklist to help safety representatives assess organisational and ward/departmental level compliance with the directive. 

Norovirus advice from NHS Confederation

Extract from The Kings Fund 29 November

NHS Confederation

Guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings This guidance gives recommendations on the management of outbreaks of vomiting and/or diarrhoea in hospitals and community health and social care settings, including nursing and residential homes.

News from The Kings Fund: 29 November

Extract from The Kings Fund 29 November

NHS Confederation

Guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings This guidance gives recommendations on the management of outbreaks of vomiting and/or diarrhoea in hospitals and community health and social care settings, including nursing and residential homes.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Sharps safety: RCN guidance to support implementation of the EU Directive 2010/32/EU on the prevention of sharps injuries in the health care sectorThis guidance covers the law on sharps injuries, including the European Directive 2010/32/EU and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers. It includes information on preparing an organisation, introducing risk assessments, selecting and evaluating safety-engineered devices and what employers should be doing to comply with the directive. It also includes a checklist to help safety representatives assess organisational and ward/departmental level compliance with the directive.

Making the business case for ward sisters/team leaders to be supervisory to practice This guidance has been developed to help nurse leaders make the business case for ward sisters and team leaders to take up a supervisory role. It looks at the evidence nurse leaders need to complete the business case and is underpinned by the RCN definition of supervisory practice. It contains helpful and practical steps for making an effective case to ensure ward sisters and team leaders have dedicated time for improving the quality of care experienced by service users and patients.

Kings Fund News: Dr Foster

Dr Foster Intelligence

The hospital guide 2011 This report shows that patients are less likely to get treated promptly and more likely to die if they are admitted to hospital at the weekend. It finds that the chances of survival are better in hospitals that have more senior doctors on site but some hospitals with A&E departments have few senior doctors in hospital at weekends or overnight. It also identifies trusts with low levels of staffing and high mortality. It calls for re-organisation of services to ensure safe care 24/7.