Patients to get better care from healthcare assistants


apronsandfeetA new independent review will look at how the training and support of healthcare and care assistants can be strengthened so they give better care to patients, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today.

The review will be led by Times journalist Camilla Cavendish who will report back to Government at the end of May. It will look at how healthcare assistants can have the training and support they need to provide essential services to the highest standards. Ms Cavendish will also look at how recruitment can be strengthened to place the right people, with the right values and behaviours, in the right settings.

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Better health outcomes for children and young people

Department of Health

GP_mother_and_child_380x150This pledge aims to make improvements to the health of children and young people and is part of the government’s response to the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum.
It commits signatories to put children, young people and families right at the heart of decision making and improve every aspect of health services – from pregnancy through to adolescence and beyond.

Asthma quality standard

The King’s Fund
This quality standard on the diagnosis and treatment of asthma in adults, young people and children aged 12 months and older argues that an integrated approach to services is vital. The new quality standard on asthma consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements that, when delivered collectively, should contribute to improving the effectiveness, quality, safety and experience of care for people with the condition.

Fertility: assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NICE have updated their guidelines on the treatment of infertility so that more women can receive appropriate and timely fertility treatment such as IVF. Under the updated recommendations, under certain criteria, women aged between 40 and 42 years should be offered one full cycle of IVF. It also recommends that IVF treatment should be made available for eligible women earlier than was previously recommended.

Video: Doctors’ English skills under scrutiny

Extract from BBC News

“Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has confirmed.

Concerns were raised after a German doctor, Dr Daniel Ubani, gave a patient a fatal overdose on his first and only shift in the UK. He had earlier been rejected for work because of poor English skills.

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter spoke to BBC Breakfast to explain more about the changes.

He said it was essential that medics’ English skills were “up to scratch” in order to ensure patients were treated safely.”

TAKE 10 from today


paedsbksTo help reduce the amount of book stock being moved to our new premises in March, we are encouraging our members to take out 10 or so books at a time as from today.


Please come along and see what we have available and also how we might be able to assist you in your studies or practice.

EXTRA BONUS:  To help those of you who take up this offer, we are giving away our latest jute bag which is just perfect for holding those extra books.


Introduction of tariffs for education and training

The details for the implementation of tariffs for education and training have been announced. By moving to a tariff based system for education and training, the Department of Health aim to enable a national approach to the funding of all clinical placements (both medical and non medical) and postgraduate medical programmes to support a level playing field between providers. Following this impact assessment, it has been agreed that the following will be implemented: tariffs for non medical placements and undergraduate medical placements in secondary care from 1 April 2013; tariffs for postgraduate medical training in secondary care from 1 April 2014.