Getting to grips with governance: assurance framework for aspiring NHS foundation trusts

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Aspirant foundation trusts boards (FTs) will now receive extra guidance to help develop strong and sustainable governance arrangements, through the launch of a new board assurance framework.

Laura Roberts, Head of Provider Leadership Development at DH and a former primary care trust chief executive, led the development of the framework as part of the overall work in provider development.

Listen to Laura’s view as on why this new framework will be so valuable for NHS trusts: Original audio source (562385-laura-roberts-on-the-board-governance-assurance-framework.mp3)

With strong governance in place, patients and the public can have confidence that their local trust board will be equipped to effectively and efficiently deal with future challenges and deliver high quality health outcomes for their patients.

Laura worked in partnership with chief executives and other board members in existing FTs, as well as other stakeholders, to create the framework, which will offer valuable support and guidance to NHS trusts.

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New start date and funding for local HealthWatch

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Further details on the establishment of local HealthWatch bodies, including a new start date and extra funding, have been set out by Health Minister Andrew Lansley.

Following feedback from local authorities and Local Involvement Networks, they now have until April 2013 to work with local health experts and volunteers to establish the local HealthWatch. The new local health bodies are set to replace Local Involvement Networks and will be the local consumer champion for patients, service users and the public.

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Consultation on a revised version of the Cancer of Unknown Primary Measures

The King’s Fund

A draft version of the Cancer of Unknown Primary Measures for inclusion in the Manual for Cancer Services has been issued for a 12 week consultation period ending 14 March 2012. This consultation is aimed at interested stakeholders only.

Banks, DS: Journal of the Intensive Care Society: October 2011

Citation: Journal of the Intensive Care Society, October 2011, vol./is. 12/4(289-292), 1751-1437 (October 2011)

Author(s): Banks D.S.

Abstract: Acute kidney injury in the intensive care unit (ICU) requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) is common and mortality is high. The dose delivered is important and is usually inadequate. Evidence for dose is quoted as clearance, but RRT is usually prescribed as pump flow rates. Accurately delivering an evidence-based dose to a patient is difficult because of inefficiencies of RRT, the complexity of its mathematics and poor understanding. Inadequate dose can result from inadequate prescribing, which should be by ideal body weight and possibly by indication. Inadequate delivery of a prescription can occur because the delivered dose depends not only on the dialysate and ultrafiltrate pump flow rates, but also blood flow rate, predilution inefficiency, fluid removal rate and downtime. To investigate the feasibility of using a web-based calculator to make prescribing by clearance easy and to predict and compensate for these factors, a web page with a RRT calculator using JavaScript was used. Data were collected from 19 treatments before the introduction of the calculator and 20 after. Results showed that dose delivery was significantly improved (p<0.001). There was an improvement in prescribing an evidence-based dose which did not reach statistical significance (p=0.056) but the standard deviation was significantly smaller, indicating more rational prescribing. The calculator significantly improved prescribing and delivery of RRT in our ICU. The Intensive Care Society 2011.

Publication Type: Journal: Article

Source: EMBASE

FREE 1HOUR online HDAS training for healthcare managers and administrators

Health Business Elite training on Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

EBSCO Publishing is offering free online training sessions to NHS England users through the HDAS interface on NHS Evidence. These sessions are open to anyone within NHS England.

Health Business™ Elite contains full-text content for nearly 600 journals such as H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks, Harvard Business Review, Health Facilities Management, Health Management Technology, Healthcare Financial Management, Marketing Health Services, Materials Management in Health Care, Modern Healthcare, and more.

This database provides comprehensive journal content detailing all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management. Topics covered include hospital management, hospital administration, marketing, human resources, computer technology, facilities management and insurance.

Session outline

By the end of the session you will have seen how to:

· Identify different search modes e.g. phrase searching, searching with AND, OR, NOT

· Utilise specific field codes to refine a search e.g. title, abstract, geography

· Use truncation to search for words with multiple endings e.g. hospital, hospitals, hospitalisation, hospitalization

· Combine searches to refine your search

· Apply limits to retrieve those pertinent to your search e.g. in a specific age group

· Manage your results including number of articles to display and sorting

· Link to the full text of the articles

This training will last up to 1 hour. There will be opportunity to ask questions throughout and at the end of the session. Your trainer for these sessions will be Richard Crookes [] previously a healthcare librarian in NHS England, now a Training Specialist for EBSCO in the UK and Ireland.

Session Dates and Booking information

You will need a PC with internet access to take part in the session and either a telephone or headphones to listen to the audio. HEADPHONES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE STAFF LIBRARY. The available sessions are listed below. Please click on the date of your choice and you will be directed to a self registration page.

Tuesday 17 January 2012 2.00pm

Wednesday 8 February 2012 10.30am

Thursday 8 March 2012 11.00am

You will be registered automatically. If you haven’t received your confirmation after 2 hours please check your junk / spam email folder.