National adult cardiac surgery audit – annual report 2010/11

The main objective of this audit is to collect information on activity, trends and outcomes in adult cardiac surgery in Great Britain and Ireland. This report presents the data for surgery performed in England and Wales up to the end of March 2011. It is aimed at healthcare professionals, medical directors, managers, clinical governance leads and the public.

Extract from National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research, University College London

Staying safe with medication

Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – getting the medicines right
This report calls for improvements to the transfer of information about medicines when patients move between care settings. It outlines the results of a six-month project involving over 30 healthcare organisations which volunteered to implement RPS guidance on transfer of medicines information.

A career in health visiting

A health visiting career
This guidance aims to promote understanding of the current picture, identifies areas of good practice, and suggests ways that these can be shared and enhanced. It gives an overview of the novice to expert journey and the pathway for newly qualified health visitors in their first two years. It was published for commissioners, practice educators, line managers, service leads and newly qualified health visitors, including all those who have responsibility for the skills, support and experiences of newly qualified health visitors.

Guidance from GMC and RCN

General Medical Council (GMC)

Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors
This guidance was published to help doctors across the UK keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their working life. It is aimed at helping doctors as they reflect on their practice, prepare for their annual appraisal, and ultimately for their revalidation. It was developed in co-operation with doctors, medical Royal Colleges, employers, patients and the public, following widespread public consultation earlier this year and emphasises that doctors must take account of the needs of their patients and their healthcare teams when considering the learning they may need to undertake.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Advice for RCN members during British Medical Association (BMA) industrial action
This guidance is for nursing staff who may be affected when members of the BMA take industrial action on Thursday 21st June. The RCN is not involved in the dispute and members will be working as normal on that day.