King’s Fund: Name change for NHS Commissioning Board

Use of the name ‘NHS England’ by the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB)

From the 1st April the NHS Commissioning Board will change its name to NHS England. The main aim of NHS England is to improve the health outcomes for people in England. It will set the overall direction and priorities for the NHS as a whole. Chairman Malcolm Grant said: “The name ‘NHS England’ gives people a greater sense of what the organisation is because it is more closely aligned to the responsibilities of the new organisation, which are to achieve real improvements for patients for every pound invested by the nation in the NHS”.


From East Cheshire Trust to National Trust

AD award

On 27 March, friends and colleagues took the time to say ‘goodbye and good luck’ to Angela Donnelly, manager of the Staff Library for almost 3 years.

Angela will be greatly missed by many library users for her generous support, innovative ideas, energy and enthusiasm.  Her notable achievements have included showcasing the artwork of our talented workforce, through exhibition at The Barnaby Art Festival in 2011 and 2012; achieving various NW and HR awards and steering the Library to attain its highest ever Library Quality Assurance Framework score.

It’s true to say that Angela won’t be sorry to say goodbye to her daily 90 mile round trip from her home near Wrexham.  Instead she will be working for the National Trust at Erddig, which is a mere 15 mins away.  We wish Angela all the best for the future and don’t forget to look out for her if ever you’re visiting Erddig this summer!

Latest BMJ news: 28 March 2013

Vitamin D sufficiency in pregnancy  readiconRobyn Lucas, Fan Xiang, and Anne-Louise Ponsonby
Taking the sting out of lumbar puncturePaul Rizzoli
What should clinical commissioning groups do on 1 April 2013?Clare Gerada
Future proofing the Quality and Outcomes FrameworkVeena S Raleigh and Niek Klazinga
Inaccuracy of forehead thermometersGervase Vernon
Evidence base needs to be developed for the whole process of end of life careSuzanne M Kite, Fiona Hicks, Elizabeth Rees, Claire Shepherd, and Christopher Stothard
Protests about having to structure time off to enable the NHS to work at weekends as it does in the week may be hypocriticalKevin J H Newman
The NHS working at weekends as it does during the week is a non-starterS Blair
Training of young surgeons would be problematic if the NHS worked at weekends as it does during the weekStephen Brearley
BMA calls for national launch of 111 urgent care hotline to be haltedGareth Iacobucci
Healthcare neglects effects of smoking among mentally ill people, says reportJacqui Wise
Study of genetic variants in common cancers paves way for targeted screeningGeoff Watts
Two thirds of Welsh district hospitals have higher than predicted mortality, figures showSusan Mayor
In brief
NICE recommends training programmes for parents to tackle children’s antisocial behaviourNigel Hawkes
Telehealth can be beneficial when used properly, say expertsBob Roehr
Would doctors routinely asking older patients about their memory improve dementia outcomes? NoMargaret McCartney
How do we know whether medical apps work?

Staff Library opening/closing times for Easter

Please note the Staff Library will be closed on Friday 29 March and Monday 1 April.  If you wish to renew your books please do so by contacting us on 01625 661362 or email us at

Our ‘out of hours service’ for those people who have already applied for 24hr access, will enable admittance to the self-service and IT facilities by using swipe cards.

We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday 2 April from 08.30 – 5.00pm

Happy Easter!

New titles in the Health Technology Assessment Journal

17.11 Evaluation of mammographic surveillance services in women aged 40-49 years with a moderate family history of breast cancer: a single-arm cohort study  (Duffy)

17.10 The CRASH-2 trial: a randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of the effects of tranexamic acid on death, vascular occlusive events and transfusion requirement in bleeding trauma patients  (Roberts)

17.09 A systematic review and economic evaluation of new-generation computed tomography scanners for imaging in coronary artery disease and congenital heart disease: Somatom Definition Flash, Aquilion ONE, Brilliance iCT and Discovery CT750 HD  (Westwood)

17.08 Adjunctive colposcopy technologies for examination of the uterine cervix – DySIS, LuViva Advanced Cervical Scan and Niris Imaging System: a systematic review and economic evaluation  (Wade)

17.07 Study of the use of antidepressants for depression in dementia: the HTA -SADD trial – a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of sertraline and mirtazapine  (Banerjee)


BMJ analysis: NICE’s end of life decision making scheme: impact on population health

Reference: BMJ 2013;346:f1363, published 21st March 2013

Date published: 22/03/2013 16:56


by: Devika Sennik

The authors of this article estimate the effect of the end of life criteria on the NHS in England and Wales since they were introduced in 2009.  They quantify the impact of raising the cost effectiveness threshold for end of life drugs and find that the effect on other NHS services could be substantial.

Cavendish Review terms of reference

The Cavendish Review was announced in February 2013. This document outlines the areas the review will be investigating, including: considering what can be done to ensure that all people using services are treated with care and compassion by healthcare and care assistants in NHS and social care settings; and making recommendations about the recruitment, training, management, development and support of those staff, who do a challenging but vital job in health and care settings.