The long awaited Mid-Staffs Public Enquiry: Report published

The final report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry was published today, Wednesday 6 February 2013. Please use the links below to access the executive summary and a full copy of the report, along with the Chairman’s public statement on the day.

Read the report

Statement by the Chair of the Inquiry, Robert Francis QC.  This video content will be available shortly.

Key facts and figures

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BMJ Clinical Review: Ulcerative colitis


BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 5 February 2013)

Summary points

  • Ulcerative colitis affects one in 200 people in developed nations

  • The condition commonly presents in young adults

  • Most people with ulcerative colitis will have a normal life expectancy

  • 5-aminosalicylates and thiopurines are effective at preventing relapse of disease activity

  • Patients are at increased risk of colorectal cancer and should undergo regular surveillance colonoscopy

  • Bone densitometry is recommended in patients who need repeated courses of glucocorticosteroids and those at high risk of osteoporosis

  • Most drugs used to treat ulcerative colitis are safe during pregnancy

NICE recommends use of ‘MUST’ tool for screening for malnutrition

Extract from Age Uk

On 21 January, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended the use of BAPEN’s interactive e-learning resource on nutritional screening using the ‘Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool’ (‘MUST’) for staff working in hospitals, primary care and care homes to aid implementation on the new opens link in new window NICE Quality Standards for Nutritional Support of Adults.

The three ‘MUST’ modules explain the causes and consequences of malnutrition, the importance of nutritional screening and how to screen using ‘MUST’. Customised versions are available to purchase via opens link in new window the BAPEN website.

Dramatic variation in dementia diagnosis across UK

Extract from Age UKdementiamap

Figures released on 15 January by the Alzheimer’s Society reveal wide variations in how many people are receiving a diagnosis of dementia in the UK, with rates ranging from 31.6 per cent in East Riding of Yorkshire to 75.5 per cent in Belfast.

There has been a 3 per cent increase in the number of people in the UK that have been diagnosed with dementia raising the number of people who now have a formal diagnosis to 46 per cent. However, there are thought to be another 428,000 in the UK (54 per cent people) who are living with the condition but who are not diagnosed.

Results can be accessed via an opens link in new window interactive map which allows you to see the results for your area.

NHS Networks: HR and Social Media guidance

NHS Employers has published guidance to help the NHS realise the benefits of social media and implement a more permissive approach to its use.
‘HR and social media in the NHS’ explains that social media is increasingly becoming central to the ongoing effectiveness of the NHS. It argues that there is a need for a more open approach alongside greater clarity on professional behaviour and the importance of confidentiality.  The guidance provides examples to help human resources managers, leaders and communications staff use social media more effectively within their organisations.

News from NHS Networks: NHS elearning course

The NHS has constantly changed since it was created in 1948. It is a complex organisation with complex issues. The most recent changes are arguably the greatest since its creation.
Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the world’s largest publicly funded health service. It provides genuine comprehensive health care that is free at the point of delivery. It is a hugely complex organisation with many aspects to it.

This course will give you an insight into the NHS through an understanding of its history, its structure and the challenges it is facing. It is designed for those who are new to the NHS or need to understand the recent changes and the organisations it created.

Introduction to NHS (£25 for 6 months access)

The NHS has constantly changed since it was created in 1948. It is a complex organisation with complex issues. The most recent changes are arguably the greatest since its creation.  This course explains in simple language the history of the NHS, the present structure and the challenges it is facing.

Introduction to the NHS enables you to:

• Understand the role and complexity of the NHS
• Develop an understanding of the history
• Consider the recent changes and their impact
• Identify the challenges the NHS faces

The Telegraph: Mid Staffs pays out over £1.1m in compensation

Extract from The Telegraph – 5 February 2013

The scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust has paid out more than £1.1 million in compensation for “gross and degrading” treatment that caused or hastened patients’ deaths, according to lawyers.

Leigh Day, the leading solicitors, said 120 of their clients had successfully brought claims over abuses of their loved ones’ human rights while they were at Stafford Hospital.

The London law firm argued that the trust had breached three sections of the Human Rights Act, including Article 3, which bans torture or inhuman or degrading treatment.

Seven out of ten of their clients were reported to have been left to sit in faeces or urine for up to five hours.

Food and drink was left out of reach of patients, who were forced to drink water out of flower vases, and people in agony were forced to wait up to 15 hours on occasion before being given painkillers, the law firm said.

In the past year Leigh Day has received eight new inquiries relating to treatment of patients at the hospital.