The NHS Information Strategy

This information strategy from the Department of Health sets a ten-year framework for transforming information for the NHS, public health and social care. One of the key commitments is that you will be able to view your GP record online by 2015.

View the easy read version of the information strategy or go to http://informationstrategy.dh.gov.uk/ for a wider perspective.

 

 

Dementia Awareness Survey

Dementia awareness survey  Extract from the Alzheimer’s Society website

Dementia a massive worry for many of us

Published 21 May 2012

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Dementia worries nearly two thirds of us according to a joint poll commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society and Saga Homecare.

The YouGov survey – released to mark Dementia Awareness Week™ – found that 63 per cent of people say they are worried about dementia in some way. The majority of people (61 per cent) are worried about either themselves or someone they know developing dementia in later life. Yet despite their fears less than a fifth (16 per cent) of people want to know more about the condition, with 18-24 year olds the most keen to learn more (25 per cent) in comparison to only 15 per cent of over 55 year olds.

Read more at http://alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=1202

 

Dept of Health: End of Life Care newsletter

National end of life care programme newsletter – Issue 45, May 2012

In this issue:

  • Focus on housing
  • A housing association pilot project to help people at the end of life stay in their own home
  • New modelling tools for commissioners which give a better understanding of local needs, workforce and cost implications.
  • Medical, nursing and social work students at Warwick and Coventry Universities learning about end of life care across professional boundaries.

Dept of Health: AHP Bulletin – May 2012

Allied health professionals bulletin – May 2012

The May edition of the AHP bulletin is now online- packed with the latest news and information for allied health professionals across the NHS.

In this month’s issue, Chief Health Professions Officer Karen Middleton revisits the Big Conversation in the aftermath of the SHA cluster AHP conferences, and encourage all AHPs to keep up the fantastic response received so far.

Leadership is a key theme this month, looking at the work of the new NHS Leadership Academy, encourage AHPs to apply for the latest round of Clinical Leadership Fellowships and meet current fellow Sally Greensmith, who shares her experiences of the programme so far.

Skills for Care: Supporting dementia workers

Supporting dementia workers: a case study-based manager’s guide to good practice in learning and development for social care workers supporting people with dementia
This guide supports leaders and managers in developing their workforces to enable them to provide the highest quality of care for people with dementia. It considers how workforce planning and development can best improve the outcomes for people with dementia, supporting managers to work in the most effective way with training providers to deliver service outcomes and implement the Common Core Principles to Support People with Dementia.

Changes to the community pharmacy Medicines Use Review (MUR) service

From 1st July 2012, new data capture requirements for the community pharmacy MUR service will be implemented. There are also planned changes to the requirement to inform the patient’s GP that an MUR has taken place but the implementation of these changes is subject to the amendment of the relevant Directions.

Community News

Visit our Community News page at http://http://www.netvibes.com/ecn-stafflibrary#Community_Care

There’s something for community nurses, health visitors, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, dental teams, and those who work in mental health areas and with drug and alcohol patients.

Steve Collman is the Community Outreach Librarian so please contact him if you have any literature search requests or would like some training in this area.  Steve can be reached by email at steve.collman@nhs.net

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