The King’s Fund: Oral healthcare for older people

British Dental Association (BDA)

Oral healthcare for older people: 2020 vision – check-up, January 2012
In May 2003, the BDA published Oral Healthcare for Older People: 2020 Vision. This policy document was produced in response to concerns from the BDA’s membership about whether those responsible for planning and delivering dental care were prepared for the evolving oral health challenges of the ageing population. This short report provides a check-up on these recommendations and updates demographic information and recommendations for how commissioners and social care services can ensure that the oral health needs of their patients are met.

Guide for commissioners on end of life care for adults

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). This guide aims to support commissioners in designing high quality, evidence-based services to improve outcomes for patients and to help the NHS make better use of resources. It also includes an end of life care commissioning and benchmarking tool to help users determine the level of service that might be needed locally and to help cost and identify potential savings associated with commissioning end of life care services.

Eyes on Evidence: Meningitis

The Meningitis Trust

NHS Evidence provides access to more than 300,000 reliable resources from 1,300 sources. The number of evidence providers we receive information from is increasing every month.

Fact sheets from the Meningitis Trust are a recent addition to the search. The resources are primarily patient support information and cover a range of issues including developmental difficulties following meningitis, recovering after leaving hospital, entitlement to statutory benefits, and coping with bereavement. There are also fact sheets written specifically for child carers, teachers and pupils, employers, colleges and universities, and health professionals. 

The Meningitis Trust was one of the first charities to become a certified member of The Information Standard.

Best Bets – Best Evidence Topics

For a list of the Best Evidence Topics, this website provides a list of critical appraisal topics for download by PDF.  Go to

Some of the latest BETs include (zoom to read) or click here:

Focus on Maccgas – all about anaesthesia in MDGH

We are indebted to Dr David Banks, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and College Tutor for allowing us to link to his very extensive website Maccgas. As a keen advocate of information technology, Dr Banks has ensured the site is easy to navigate and contains everything from Induction to more in depth knowledge of the various specialties, yet not forgetting every day essentials like staff rotas and where to find the best coffee pot in the Trust!
Dr Banks is also Associate Medical Director for Appraisal and Revalidation. He has created another site specifically about revalidation providing excellent information about appraisal and assessment for anaesthetics staff.
Take a look and I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Maccgas
Associate Medical Director for Appraisal and Revalidation Macclesfield District General Hospital

Infection prevention and control by e-learning aids medical students: publication in process

J Hosp Infect. 2011 Dec;79(4):368-70. Epub 2011 Sep 25.

Use of e-learning to enhance medical students’ understanding and knowledge of healthcare associated infection prevention and control.


Department of Clinical Microbiology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.


An online infection prevention and control programme for medical students was developed and assessed. There was a statistically significant improvement (P<0.0001) in the knowledge base among 517 students after completing two modules. The majority of students who completed the evaluation were positive about the learning experience.

Copyright © 2011 The Healthcare Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

[PubMed – in process]

Resource Watch: Commissioning and Quality Improvement

A one stop shop for everything commissioning managers and teams might require can be found at

The latest information alerting readers to hot topics like GP consortia development, public health intelligence, outcomes based contracts and all relevant papers will shortly be included on our Health Management page.

Health Business Elite online training sessions – free for Athens users

Ebsco Publishing is offering free one hour online training sessions to NHS Athens users on NHS Evidence.

Please see the attached flyer which provides full details of session dates, times, requirements and how to book.

Using the Health Business Elite database which contains full text content from over 600 journals, this course is suitable for anyone working in hospital/healthcare management, administration, marketing and human resources.

If you would like to take part in one of the training sessions but don’t yet have an Athens account, simply complete the online registration form at quoting your email address.

Implementing the Equality Act 2010: interim guidance for the NHS

From NHS Employers

The Equality Act includes specific deadlines that all public bodies are legally required to meet. NHS Employers has published interim guidance to support NHS organisations with this. The guidance signposts the best advice and answers the most popular questions asked in relation to employer responsibilities.


FREE equality and inclusion web seminar

Free equality and inclusion web seminar programme for 2012 – 9.45am, Wednesday 18 January

The Leadership for Equality team is continuing its series of free web seminars for anyone in the NHS working towards equality and inclusion in the service. The first seminar of the year is being held on Wednesday 18 January. Professor David Clutterbuck, one of the world’s leading authorities on mentoring, will explore the nature and skills of effective mentoring both generally and in the context of diversity.

Click here to register

Click here to find out more about future web seminars in 2012

If we can assist you with this event please contact the Staff Library on 01625 66 1362 – book a computer, headphones etc.

Coaching matters in the NHS

What coaching could do for you

The NHS Institute’s leadership team manages a register of executive and team coaches who have gone through a rigorous recruitment process and are familiar with the needs and workings of the NHS. We now provide regular online columns covering coaching matters in the Health Service Journal.

Click here for more information on our coaching registers and what coaching might do for you

Click here to read coach Carole Pemberton’s item on “How resilience training can help staff and managers deal with workplace challenges” 

Applications welcome: Patient Safety Leaders’ Programme

Extract from the Institute of Improvement and Innovation

Apply now for the Patient Safety Leaders’ programme

The NHS Institute’s Patient Safety Leaders’ (PSL) programme provides practical guidance on safety improvement tools and techniques. Accredited by the University of Derby, it helps PSLs identify, implement and measure improvement projects and successfully achieve the aims of the Safety Express QIPP workstream. The next wave of the programme starts in February 2012.

Click here to find out more and register your interest

Institute for Innovation and Improvement: The productive ward

New initiative kick starts The Productive Ward
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has come up with an innovative idea for helping clinical staff to return from long term sickness absence. The trust invites clinical staff who are in the recovery phase of long term sickness absence to take up the role of Productive Ward Facilitators.

Click here to read their story

NHS Networks: Royal College of Nursing (RCN) – lone working

RCN lone working survey 2011 This survey finds that over 60 per cent of nurses working in the community have been subjected to abuse in the past two years. The RCN is calling on employers to do all they can to protect their nursing staff and is urging all lone working nurses to consider the risks and act with caution at all times.

Mahto, M: BMJ, Letter, 22 December 2011

Response to ‘Comparative performance of culture using swabs transported in Amies medium and the Aptima Combo 2 nucleic acid amplification test in detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from genital and extra-genital sites: a retrospective study’

  1. Mrinalini Mahto      1East Cheshire Centre for Sexual Health, Macclesfield District General Hospital, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield, UK
  2. Harry Mallinson

Correspondence to Dr Mrinalini Mahto, Department of Sexual Health, Macclesfield District General Hospital, Macclesfield SK10 3BL, UK;

The King’s Fund: Commission on Assisted Dying

The Commission on Assisted Dying
This report concludes that the current legal status of assisted suicide is inadequate and incoherent. It finds that while the current legal regime can be distressing for the people affected and their families, it is also unclear for health and social care staff, and lays a burden on police and prosecutors, which could be eased by a new statutory framework. A proposed legal framework for assisted dying is laid out in detail, including strict criteria to define who might be eligible to receive assistance and robust safeguards to prevent abuse of any new law.

eResource focus: metaRegister of Controlled Trials

This international database contains ongoing and some completed controlled trials in all aspects of health care.  It is free and enables users to search, register and share information about randomised control trials, as well as a separate one for mental health. Publication services are also available via the range of open access peer-reviewed journals published by our sister company, BioMed Central.

Established in 1998 – see


Vinnie Jones stars in CPR AD campaign with new advice

Extract courtesy of the BBC  4 January 2012

The British Heart Foundation is urging people not trained to perform CPR to forget “mouth-to-mouth” and to concentrate on chest compressions when faced with an emergency situation.  The new advice is being communicated in an advertising campaign featuring footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones.    See the video at:

What do you think about this article – do you agree with the advice given?


NHS whistleblowers helpline launched

Extract from the BBC website

A free helpline for whistleblowers in the NHS and social services is to be launched on Sunday 1 January 2012.  The move is part of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s drive to ensure staff can raise “genuine concerns” about standards “without fear of reprisal”. But a whistleblowers’ group said the announcement was an “admission of failure” that existing internal processes were not working. The helpline – 08000 724 725 – will be provided by the Royal Mencap Society.

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