Health and Social Care Act explained | Department of Health

Health and Social Care Act explained via Health and Social Care Act explained | Department of Health.

15 June, 2012

A series of factsheets on the Health and Social Care Act 2012 explain particular topics contained in the Act, including its key themes. They include case studies of the policy in action, or answer frequently asked questions about the topic.

The factsheets were first published in October 2011 and have since been updated to reflect the changes made during the Act’s Parliamentary passage.

  • Overview
  • Case for change
  • Overview of health and care structures
  • Scrutiny and improvements
  • Key policy areas in the Act
  • Clinically-led commissioning
  • Provider regulation to support innovative and efficient services
  • Greater voice for patients
  • New focus for public health
  • Greater accountabilty locally and nationally
  • Streamlined arm’s length bodies
  • Factsheet on support worker regulation
  • Cross-cutting themes of the Bill
  • Improving quality of care
  • Tackling inequalities in healthcare
  • Promoting better integration of health and care services
  • Choice and competition
  • The role of the Secretary of State
  • Reconfiguration of services
  • Establishing new national bodies
  • Embedding research as a core function of the health service
  • Education and training

30 day trial to Health Information and Libraries Journal

Wiley-Blackwell are offering a free 30 day trial to the Health Information and Libraries Journal.

To access please follow the instructions below.

1. Log into Wiley Online Library  If you have not registered, please do so

2. Once logged in, go to the trial access page within your profile (in the left-hand menu bar)

3. Now enter the access code HILJTRIAL30 and click ‘Submit code’

4.When you have successfully submitted the code, you should see a confirmation message on-screen

Eyes on Evidence: Issue 38, June 2012

 People who are admitted to hospital with a psychotic disorder may have their illness misclassified. Diagnosis should be reassessed periodically to ensure that the most appropriate interventions are being used.

There may be differences in mortality risk between individual antipsychotic agents used to treat people with dementia. Patients should be monitored for adverse events in the acute treatment period, and periodic attempts to discontinue medication should be made.

Caution is urged over the long-term use of antiplatelets in people with chronic kidney disease. Treating 1000 patients with oral antiplatelet therapy for a year may prevent nine heart attacks, but this needs to be balanced against an increased risk of bleeding.
Pregnant women may experience some benefit from using relaxation techniques during labour, in relation to reduced pain, increased satisfaction and improved clinical outcomes. However, the available evidence is insufficient to make clinical recommendations.

Antimuscarinic drugs for urinary incontinence in women 

There is no strong evidence of a clinically important difference in efficacy between antimuscarinic drugs. The choice of antimuscarinic drug for an individual woman is likely to depend on tolerability, patient preference, and cost.

Details of a new resource available via NHS Evidence search.

Cochrane quality and productivity topics

Potential disinvestment opportunities highlighted this month are:
  • Aminosalicylates for induction of remission or response in Crohn’s disease.
  • Oral budesonide for induction of remission in ulcerative colitis.

Evidence Updates

This month NHS Evidence has published three Evidence Updates.
  • Improving outcomes in head and neck cancers.
  • Familial breast cancer.
  • Sedation in children and young people.

FREE Cochrane Library online training session

Wiley are offering instructor-led online training on how to use The Cochrane Library thecochranelibrary.com

All that you will need is a good internet connection and access to a telephone.  This training is completely free of charge and will be conducted over the telephone and via the internet using a product called webex that allows you to view live presentations from your desktop.  Once registered, the trainer will supply you with a Toll-Free number to dial, so that attendees can speak to the presenter, listen to the presentation and take part in the online meeting at the same time without incurring any costs.  A set of headphones is useful to avoid distracting others.   A pc and headphones can be booked in the Staff Library if that helps.

The session will last approximately 1 hour.  Places are strictly limited and to sign up just follow the link below and paste it and then select “Registration”:

Session date: Wednesday, 20 June 2012

See:
https://wiley-onlinelibrary.webex.com/mw0306ld/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=wiley-onlinelibrary

Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

 

Falls Awareness | Services and practice | Professional resources | Age UK

Falls Awareness Week 18 – 22 June 2012

Falls represent a serious problem for older people; they occur in around 30% of over 65s and 50% of those aged over 80 every year, often resulting in serious consequences, both physically and psychologically. In addition to bruising, fractures, and in some cases, death, a fall can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence.

via Falls Awareness | Services and practice | Professional resources | Age UK.

Don’t forget you can subscribe to the regular monthly bulletin by following this link at Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning 

 

 

An offer from BMJ – too good to refuse?

BMJ Learning is fast approaching two million module completions!

To celebrate, from 2-9 July, everyone will be able to access all of our modules for free – including journal related modules.

Plus, if you complete the two millionth module, you will win an iPad. We expect this module completion to happen this week.

Here are our latest and most popular modules which you could complete:

AQuA news

AQuA News Bulletin – June 2012  a regular newsletter which keeps you up to date with all the latest developments in AQuA. In this issue you’ll find:

How to apply the Shingo principles of operational excellence

The Manufacturing Institute has an excellent two-day workshop on offer.

Healthcare Foundation Shine Awards : Applications now open
The Health Foundation’s Shine programme open for funding applications – over £1 million available for support innovative healthcare teams.
Link to full details…

Recruiting for the next free “Nurse First” cohort in Manchester in September 2012
Nurse First is the most intensive innovation and leadership programme in the UK for clinical staff. It is a free 21 – day residential programme that runs over a year and includes masterclasses, learning sets and coaching support, developed in partnership with the Queens Nursing Institute, Bucks New University, the Shaftesbury Partnership and Johnson & Johnson. It will support you to: create innovative ideas to clinical challenges, raise the funding needed to make these ideas happen and help you implement them in your organisation.  For more information visit: www.nursefirst.org.uk

Get to grips with PDSA testing
Are you ready to start PDSA testing around the ‘Safe & Timely Discharge’ interventions? As we start work on PDSA testing of our 4 ‘safe & timely discharge interventions’ I invite you to join me for a practical ‘PDSA – Hands on, Getting to grips with PDSA’ afternoon on 23rd May at the Frank Rifkin Lecture Theatre, at the Mayo Centre, Salford Royal Hospital Trust, 2-4pm.

Avoiding unnecessary Hospital Admissions and inappropriate A&E attendances of Children & Young People with Long Term Conditions

Advancing Quality Pneumonia collaborative on 29th June
We are inviting you and your AQ pneumonia team to this Advancing Quality pneumonia collaborative learning session seven on Friday 29th June 2012. The meeting will include a number of presentations and networking opportunities where we hope to share best practice across the North West in pneumonia care.

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