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 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.



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://

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

If you feel there are any topics that could be added to this page please let us know. You can add your comments at the foot of this post.

Atrial fibrillation (stroke prevention) – Rivaroxaban

Rivaroxaban for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in people with atrial fibrillation.  (Full Guidance (PDF))

Technology appraisals, TA256 – Issued: May 2012

NICE recommends rivaroxaban as a possible treatment to prevent stroke and systemic embolism in some people with atrial fibrillation (see below).

Who can have rivaroxaban?

You should be able to have rivaroxaban if you have atrial fibrillation without underlying heart valve disease and at least one of the following applies:

  • you have congestive heart failure (when the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should)
  • you have high blood pressure
  • you are 75 or older
  • you have diabetes
  • you have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (mini stroke) in the past.

via Atrial fibrillation (stroke prevention) – rivaroxaban.

RCN: New technology guides for nursing staff

RCN launches new technology guides
These guides are aimed at helping nursing staff utilise technology to complement their clinical practice. The guides cover: using technology to complement nursing practice, using telephone advice for patients with long-term conditions, using text messaging services, developing and using websites and using telehealth to monitor patients remotely.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

RCN launches new technology guides
These guides are aimed at helping nursing staff utilise technology to complement their clinical practice. The guides cover: using technology to complement nursing practice, using telephone advice for patients with long-term conditions, using text messaging services, developing and using websites and using telehealth to monitor patients remotely.

The King’s Fund: Delivering the NHS Safety Thermometer CQUIN

2012/13: a preliminary guide to measuring ‘harm free’ care
This guidance is intended to support the NHS in implementing the NHS Safety Thermometer. The NHS Safety Thermometer gives nurses a template to check basic levels of care, identify where things are going wrong and take action. It is being used by frontline healthcare workers to measure and track the proportion of patients in their care. NHS organisations are being encouraged to use the NHS Safety Thermometer in 2012/13 using a CQUIN incentive payment that rewards them if they collect data on the safety of the care they provide.

Trusts can improve care by engaging their staff better, says think tank | BMJ

A UK health think tank says it has produced “compelling evidence” that NHS organisations are safer, more effective, and financially stronger when they “engage” properly with doctors and other staff.

Studies show that performance improves across a range of measures, the King’s Fund says, with fewer errors, lower infection and mortality rates, higher staff motivation, and better experiences for patients.

Chris Ham, the fund’s chief executive, said it was clear that the NHS should give greater priority to involving doctors and other clinicians in decision making and encouraging medical leadership.

via Trusts can improve care by engaging their staff better, says think tank | BMJ.

MHRA News: for Anaesthetists

Latest news and hot topics

23 May 2012 | Medical Device Alert: Neonatal endotracheal tube SCP clamp/holder manufactured by Capatex Medical (MDA/2012/029)

This Medical Device Alert has been issued as there may be a risk of airway loss due to slippage or airway obstruction, as a result of over-tightening of the clamp/holder when using neonatal endotracheal tube SCP clamp/holder manufactured by Capatex Medical.

23 May 2012 | Medical Device Alert: Power cords and transformer boot cables of patient monitors manufactured by Welch Allyn (MDA/2012/028)

This Medical Device Alert has been issued as the MHRA has received reports of clinical staff receiving electric shocks from power cords with damaged outer insulation. The damage is caused mainly by accidentally pulling the plug out of the wall when moving the monitor on its stand.

22 May 2012 | Drug Safety Update: May 2012 (Volume 5, Issue 10)

Drug Safety Update is essential reading for all healthcare professionals, bringing you the very latest information and advice to support the safer use of medicines.

09 May 2012 | Medical Device Alert: Point of care diagnostic test for monitoring anticoagulation therapy – i-STAT PT/INR cartridges manufactured by Abbott Point of Care (MDA/2012/025)

This Medical Device Alert has been issued as there is a potential for INR results from the affected device to be falsely elevated by approximately 20%. This may lead to inadequate anticoagulation and potential thromboembolic complications when using i-STAT PT/INR cartridges.

09 May 2012 | Medical Device Alert: Endoscope accessory holder, all manufacturers (MDA/2012/024)

This Medical Device Alert has been issued as the MHRA has been informed that the use of inappropriate accessory holders within automated endoscope reprocessors (AER) may lead to contamination of devices, equipment and processing media by retained soil and corroded material from the endoscope accessory holder.

Countdown to NHS Evidence and new HDAS

The newly redesigned NHS Evidence Healthcare Databases search (HDAS) will be launched later this week.  Look out for more news about the improvements and differences from 31 May when it goes live.

Your existing NHS Athens usernames and passwords will enable you to access not just the regular databases (BNI, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE etc) and The Cochrane Library but ejournals and ebooks too.

*** If you do not yet have an Athens account then please follow this link and sign up today for free.  Make sure you quote your NHSnet email address for instant access. If you experience any difficulty please email Jan Read or contact the Staff Library on 01625 661362

News | PJ Online

The Staff Library now has access to PJ Online.

PJ Online content is produced by PJ Publications, part of Pharmaceutical Press, the publishing division of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. All PJ publications are editorially independent of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Among other matter, PJ Online includes content published since January 2005 in

  • The Pharmaceutical Journal
  • Prescribing & Medicines Management
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Retail Round-up
  • PJ Business Insight
  • Tomorrows Pharmacist

Articles published between August 1999 and January 2005 are available on PJ Online’s legacy website. Details of any articles published before August 1999 are available from the information centre of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

News | PJ Online.

Contact the Staff Library for a username and password.

Long-term Reduction in Adverse Drug Events:

A multifaceted, evidence–based model for safe prescribing guideline implementation, engaging multidisciplinary clinicians, was effective in reducing medication error and harm in hospitalized children, resulting in sustained long–term improvement.
Author: Gazarian, M

Subject: Children, Medication errors, Drug toxicity , Inter disciplinary communication
Source: Pediatrics. May 2012:129(5)p.e1334 – e1342.
Published: 2012

Date added: 24/05/2012

Created by: Uma Devalapalli
Published by: East Midlands Strategic Health Authority

Skills for Health: online consultation

Have your say on the development of the minimum training standards and code of conduct for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England.

An online consultation was launched today to get the views of healthcare staff and education and training providers across health and social care on the minimum training standards and code of conduct for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers. If you would like to participate in the consultation visit our website. The closing date for the consultation is Friday 29th June.

Skills for Health and Skills for Care have been commissioned by the Department of Health to jointly convene the project to develop a code of conduct and standards which set out high-level proficiencies for the role and expectations around:

  • healthcare support workers (reporting to registered nurses and midwives)
  • adult social care workers (working in support of health and social care professionals, independently, for Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered residential care providers, or as domiciliary care workers in England)

The expectation is that the output from this work will be used by a body (or bodies) establishing a voluntary register(s) for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England as part of its standards for inclusion on a register. For more information please see the briefing document.

Race equality in mental health

This briefing summarises the findings and recommendations from a recent report into race equality in mental health commissioned by the Department of Health . The report is based on a series of interviews with NHS and local authority leaders. The briefing outlined findings such as black and minority ethnic groups, particularly people from black African and black Caribbean backgrounds, historically experiencing poorer outcomes than the rest of the population. It was also found that some groups continue to have higher rates of admission to inpatient units and greater rates of detention than the rest of the population.

End of life care modelling tools

The National End of Life Care Programme has published a suite of tools in conjunction with partner organisations designed to support end of life care commissioning and planning. These tools were developed to support organisations to achieve the vision of the National End of Life Care Strategy and the NHS QIPP agenda of improving quality and productivity through innovation. Together the tools are designed to enable commissioners and providers of end of life care services to identify the end of life care needs of their population over a 10-year period, to assess what workforce skills are required to ensure quality care provision and to establish how many people dying in hospital could reasonably end life in an alternative care setting and to calculate costings for this.