The King’s Fund: Hospital workforce: fit for the future?

Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

Hospital workforce: fit for the future?
This report brings together findings from the medical registrar report and the 2011 RCP consultant census and looks at the key challenges that are facing the medical workforce. It concludes that there needs to be a rethink of the skills in which doctors are trained, in order to better meet patients’ needs; while the role of the medical registrar and the esteem in which it is held must be reassessed and better valued.

Council’s view on Tatton Ward not needed until 2014

Extract from Knutsford Guardian

EAST Cheshire NHS Trust has confirmed that its decision whether it will reopen Knutsford’s Tatton Ward will not have to be discussed by the borough council until 2014.

The consultation into Tatton Ward finished in February and campaigners were expected to hear the matter discussed at the next Cheshire East Council health scrutiny meeting taking place on Thursday, March 7. But the trust told the Guardian the council only has to discuss it a YEAR after the decision has been made by the trust board.

A spokesperson for East Cheshire NHS Trust said: “The Trust will make recommendations following the Tatton Ward Consultation at its Public Trust Board on March 28.  “The Trust has been advised that the Scrutiny committee do not expect a report on the conclusion of the Tatton Ward consultation until approximately 12 months post decision making and implementation.” A notification of the decision of the Trust Board will be sent to the committee for information after March 28.”

BMJ Learning – FREE modules for NHS Change Day

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NHS Change Day is about making a difference with one simple action.  BMJ Quality Improvement Programme and BMJ Learning have made the following modules free for one day only as part of NHS Change Day.

These modules are usually exclusively available for individual users subscribed to the BMJ Quality Improvement Programme

Staff Library re-opens: Wednesday 13 March

The Staff Library is pleased to welcome visitors and members to it’s new space in New Alderley House.  Take the lift or stairs to the 2nd floor and turn right – Angela, Alison, Carole, Jan and Steve will be pleased to see you and show you around.  Books and journals are in place but there may be some disruption to printing and IT services.  However, we hope the delay will be minimal. Existing users who have 24hr access will continue to use their badges to gain access out of hours as before.

Our thanks to all those involved in the move especially Andy Hall of Estate Services, Cheshire IT Services and the removal team.

Blackpool PACES course for doctors launched

A new course for the PACES component of MRCP exam has been launched. ‘Blackpool PACES’ is a two day comprehensive and intensive weekend course, carefully designed to ensure doctors are equipped with correct method and strategy to negotiate this challenging exam. The first Blackpool PACES course will be held on May 18 and 19th 2013. There is a ‘Mock Exam’ on day two and an opportunity for every candidate to practice full clinical examination for all PACES stations, with individual, constructive and structured feedback.

For further information, visit the website:

Please forward this to your contacts / trainees in your hospital.