NICE: List of Evidence Updates 2012

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Evidence Updates and NICE guidance
Evidence Updates aim to inform health and social care professionals about new evidence that reinforces or may be a consideration in a future update to a NICE clinical guideline; they are not intended to replace current guidance or provide formal practice recommendations. To remain current, each Evidence Update follows a development process that is considerably shorter than that of clinical guidelines, and is distinct from the processes for developing, reviewing or updating clinical guidelines. Evidence Updates do not consider evidence for drugs if a related NICE technology appraisal or Rapid Review is in progress.

Actions set out on government commitment to health visiting

Actions set out on government commitment to health visiting

 from Health Visitors – DoH by webteam-d
 The Department of Health has today set out the actions needed to keep on track the government’s commitment to increase the number of health visitors and to maximise the potential of their role to support children and families.

A letter to chief executives and directors of nursing:

  • provides a reminder of the requirements already stated in the 2012/13 NHS Operating Framework
  • presents a trajectory of growth in health visitor numbers to April 2015
  • indicates the regional breakdown of target numbers, including planned training commissions for 2012/13 and 2013/14
  • describes arrangements for delivery and assurance
  • recommends preparation of documents containing local information about health visitor services – to help prepare for forthcoming changes in the way these services are commissioned

Read the letter

The Department is funding a four-year transformational programme of recruitment and retention, professional development and improved commissioning linked to public health improvement. This will secure a future health visiting service that is universal, energised and fit for long-term growth.

At the local level, health visiting teams will be able to provide parents with health and development advice, as well as help connect families to the range of health and wider community resources that supports children – giving them the best start in life.

Department of Health: National cancer programme

 The DH has published the latest edition of the National Cancer Programme bulletin to provide updated information about policy developments and implementation news for the National Cancer Programme. Among other things, the bulletin includes information on the new structures for the Department of Health, the NHS Commissioning Board and Public Health England, an update on ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaigns 2012-13, and the announcement of significant event audit in cancer diagnosis for GPs.

Staff Library membership goes from strength to strength

Analysis of the Staff Library Services shows a growing interest in evidenced based health information.

Angela Donnelly, Library Services Manager was pleased to note an overall increase in service usage and some of the highlights are listed below.

Whilst collating the Annual Report, some interesting data confirmed our impressions that the Library had been busier than ever!  In fact we (the Staff Library) processed a total of 746 requests for journal articles and books in the 12 months, an average of 63 per month. Of these only 79 were not able to be satisfied either by us or our wide network of suppliers. “This is almost double the volume of requests placed in the previous 12 months”, said Angela.

Books lent:  8,105 items of stock were circulated to borrowers from both Trust staff and our North West regional network. This is an increase of 2,000 items over the previous 12 months.

New members:     Library membership grew as 590 new members of staff and students were welcomed to the Staff Library over the last 12 months.

NHS Athens Use:  254 new Athens accounts were registered during the 12 months, bringing the total to 589 accounts. The increase came largely from community staff who signed up in order to access the electronic books. Monthly usage reports indicate a steady average of around 560 hits of Athens resources per month. This has increased from an average of just 330 previously and reflects not only increased awareness but the interest and relevance our increased collection has to our membership.

Training:  Following poor uptake of regular scheduled training sessions while at the same time seeing an increase in demand for ad hoc or customized group sessions, we replaced our advertised sessions with a flexible program. This meant we were able to run 125 sessions in total and were able to deliver these to staff at a time and place that suited them. This has proved to be more satisfactory for both library staff and users.

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NHS Employers News: Spending wisely

Ensuring education reform enhances patient outcome: providers’ planning and driving a workforce budget of £5bn 

This briefing looks at how the creation of Health Education England and Local Education and Training Boards provides the opportunity for employers to ensure that the £5 billion annual national investment in education and training delivers the best possible patient outcome.

Andrikopoulou M.; Sridhar A.N.; Nausheen S: BJOG: June 2012

A complicated case of small bowel obstruction in pregnancy: A case report and review of literature

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, June 2012, vol./is. 119/(106-107), 1470-0328 (June 2012)

Author(s): Andrikopoulou M.; Sridhar A.N.; Nausheen S.

Institution: (Andrikopoulou, Sridhar, Nausheen) Macclesfield District General Hospital, United

Conference Information: 10th International Scientific Congress of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, RCOG 2012 Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia. Conference Start: 20120605

Publication Type: Journal: Conference Abstract