Diary date: Nurses Day on 14 May 2012

If you are visiting the Education and Training Centre next Monday, why not call in the Staff Library and sign up to the Horizon Scanning service which is featured in the Nurses Day event. You might also like to find out more about:

  • literature search training
  • ordering articles and books
  • 24/7 access to all our facilities
  • drop-in access to email, Internet and eresources
  • help with presentations and much more

We look forward to seeing you and explaining what our service can do for you!




£70+ million wasted under dental contract

Over £70 million wasted on fraud under current dental contract | Media Centre.

Under the current dental contract system an estimated £70 million was wasted on dental fraud in a year, the Government announced today.

Figures published today by NHS Protect, the lead on tackling and identifying crime across the health service in England, show dental fraud may have cost the NHS £73.1 million in 2009-10.

Surplus NHS land for housing published | Department of Health

Details of potentially surplus land for housing in the NHS published | Department of Health.

Details of potentially surplus land for housing, currently owned by NHS organisations, which is no longer required nor likely to be needed for health service purposes in the future have been published. The information was provided by each of the 399 NHS trusts in England to the Department of Health through a central data collection.

The main findings from the 2012 data collection from NHS trusts, which related to parcels over 0.25 hectares, include:

  • of the total 399 NHS trusts, 188 (47 per cent) declared at least one parcel of surplus or potentially surplus land and 211 (53 per cent) gave a nil response
  • a total of 414 separate parcels of land were identified by the 188 NHS trusts who declared surplus or potentially surplus land.

See the main findings and the details of the surplus land data collection.

Clinical Evidence reports on Diabetes

The worldwide increase in diabetes is focusing more attention on all aspects of treatment, including associated hypertension. Untreated hypertension in people with diabetes is linked to high rates of cardiovascular and microvascular disease. Our update examines new evidence questioning the effectiveness of angiotensin II receptor antagonists for this co-morbidity. In addition, while the evidence supports the idea of aggressive blood pressure targets, we highlight the uncertainty surrounding the exact level of those targets.

Visit the Clinical Evidence website to see the full review.

Other useful links:

Early diagnosis of Dementia needed – GP survey results

Dementia diagnosis rates – GP survey

65 per cent of GPs say people with dementia don’t get diagnosed because they don’t visit their doctor
Published 3 May 2012

“Two thirds of GPs say many people with dementia are not being diagnosed because they are not making an appointment to see their doctor, an Alzheimer’s Society survey has revealed.

The survey of 382 GPs provides new insight into why diagnosis rates for dementia continue to be so low. Currently, just 43 per cent of people with the condition in the UK are diagnosed.” Extract from Alzheimer’s Society – click for full article

‘Clean your hands’ study

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Evaluation of the national Cleanyourhands campaign to reduce Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection in hospitals in England and Wales by improved hand hygiene

This study evaluates the impact of the ‘Clean your hands’ campaign on rates of hospital procurement of alcohol hand rub and soap; reports trends in selected healthcare associated infections; and investigates the association between infections and procurement.

Online survey of NHS health professionals 2012

From The King’s Fund

This joint union survey is asking RCN members working in the NHS about their views on pay and working conditions. The findings will be used to help inform the RCN’s next submission to the NHS Pay Review Body, which makes recommendations to the Government on the level of pay and pay-related terms and conditions for NHS staff. The survey closes on Friday 8th June 2012.

Warfarin v Aspirin – new research published

“Aspirin could be as effective as more expensive drugs for heart failure patients with a normal heart rhythm, according to researchers.

Their study on more than 2,000 patients, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said aspirin was as effective as the commonly prescribed drug warfarin.   It said each drug had risks, but they had similar benefits overall.” (BBC News)

Read the full findings at http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMe1202504

“The benefit of warfarin in reducing the rate of ischemic stroke was offset by an increase in the rate of major bleeding (1.78 events per 100 patient-years with warfarin vs. 0.87 events per 100 patient-years with aspirin, P<0.001; number needed to harm, 110), although there was no excess of intracerebral bleeding events (0.12 events per 100 patient-years with warfarin and 0.05 events per 100 patient-years with aspirin, P = 0.35).”

A new look at OnMedica

The onmedica.com website is designed for UK healthcare professionals. Registration is required to access materials which are suitable for general practitioners, locums, secondary care doctors, registrars, nurses and practice managers. OnMedica contains information about drugs and treatments that is aimed at healthcare professionals, including promotional presentations about drugs (in the Medicines Interactive section), which it is illegal to show to consumers under UK legislation regarding direct to consumer advertising of medicinal products.  Sponsored material is clearly identifiable.

OnMedica also provides a number of educational activities/courses which usually take some hours to complete. There are case histories which use the same learning approach but are shorter exercises. Both provide OnMedica continuing medical education (CME) credit.

Registered users can easily stay in touch with updates and changes to the site either via email or by subscribing to a wide selection of news feeds.