Published in HSJ Local 13 March 2013
Three trusts to the south of Manchester are to work more closely together.
East Cheshire Trust, the University Hospital of South Manchester and Stockport Foundation Trust are to collaborate to ensure ‘clinical and financial sustainability’ while remaining separate organisations.
A report to the board of the East Cheshire Trust suggests this may give them more influence over commissioners in the area, who are seeking to establish clinical standards, and will better enable them to meet challenges.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
This report into the wellbeing of NHS staff finds that physiotherapy services play a vital role in improving staff health and wellbeing. The evidence shows that early access to physiotherapy can reduce staff sickness rates, stop people going off sick at all, or help them return to work more quickly. It recommends investing in good occupational health services and prioritising staff health and wellbeing to make potential savings which can then be invested in patient care.
Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI)
This paper is an assessment of current workforce issues and potential opportunities for improvement for the allied health workforce. It considers how best to organise this workforce across care pathways, considering factors such as optimum skill mix, education and leadership, and the QIPP toolkit. It is designed to support those who commission services and education, including local education and training boards.
The Francis report has called for a strengthening of the ward sister’s role. It recommends that sisters should operate in a supervisory capacity and should not be office bound. Effective ward leadership has been recognised as being vital to high-quality patient care and experience, resource management and inter-professional working. However, there is evidence that ward sisters are ill equipped to lead effectively and lack confidence in their ability to do so. University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust has recognised that the job has become almost impossible in increasingly large and complex organisations. Ward sisters spend less than 40 per cent of their time on clinical leadership and the trust is undertaking a number of initiatives to support them in this role. [Abstract].
Journal Title: Nursing Times .Year: 2013 .Volume: 109 .Number: (9) .Pagination: 12-15 . Nursing Times available from The Staff Library
This letter to chief executives of acute trusts follows up on a campaign by the Dementia Action Alliance launched in October 2012, which aimed to encourage all hospitals to commit to becoming dementia-friendly by March 2013.