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.
BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f432 (Published 5 February 2013)
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
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 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 the BAPEN website.
Extract from Age UK
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 interactive map which allows you to see the results for your area.
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.
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
NHS governance review 2013: the formula for clear governance
This annual review is based on research of over 100 NHS trusts, FT and PCT annual reports. It assesses NHS governance and how these arrangements are communicated.