Safer changeover of doctors recommended

Extract from NHS Networks

Recommendations for the safe changeover of doctors in training have been published jointly by NHS Employers and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).

Doctors in training in the UK have historically started new six-monthly rotations in February and August, with the majority of junior doctors rotating to new training programmes during the first week of August.

There is increasing evidence to show that simultaneous changeover is associated with reduced efficiency and increased mortality.

NHS Employers and the AoMRC have outlined four key recommendations to help organisations mitigate these potential problems.

NHS Academy Award Programme

Edward Jenner

Edward Jenner

Do you want to make more of a difference in healthcare? Thinking of moving towards a leadership role? The Edward Jenner Programme – Leadership Foundations is an open access online learning package designed to support anyone looking to gain essential leadership skills. Designed for newly qualified clinicians, but open to all, this programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

Grand Round on 26 June 2013

The next Grand Round will take place on Wednesday, 26h June, with a presentation by Dr Losa, entitled ‘Vaccination Update’.

The lecture takes place at 1:00pm in the lecture theatre, 1st Floor, Macclesfield District General Hospital. It will be preceded by a buffet from 12:15pm.

The following Grand Round will take place on Wednesday, 3rd July, with a presentation by Dr Zafar and Dr Marc Nicol entitled ‘Simulation’.

Supporting nursing students in practice

A support service at the University of Southampton has found students have an important role in improving the quality of care

The publication of the Francis report has been described by health secretary Jeremy Hunt as a seminal report that will mark a turning point for the NHS. It resisted blaming individuals, focusing instead on what could be learned from the catalogue of appalling and tragic events, with an emphasis on developing the right culture of care within the NHS, through better leadership, training and transparency.

Among the 290 recommendations were calls for a stronger requirement for organisations and staff to speak openly and honestly when things go wrong. The duty of candour has now been placed on a stronger footing. No longer merely a contractual obligation, the non-fulfillment or obstruction of this duty would become a criminal offence.

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Health Matters – 2 July 2013

The latest ‘Health Matters’ talk will be looking at the Rapid Recovery Joint Replacement Programme the trust adopted earlier this year. The talk, ‘Knee and Hip Replacements, working together for a quicker, better and happier recovery’, will be led by Mr Graham Keys, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon & Project Lead.

Other speakers at the lecture include Dr Mick Rothwell, Consultant Anaesthetist and the author of the Anaesthesia and Analgesic Protocol; Christine Jackson, Occupational Therapist; Shirley Jones, Perioperative Specialist Practitioner; Selena King, Ward Six Manager; Sarah Clubley, Physiotherapist and Dot Pearson, Acute Pain Nurse and Project Co-ordinator. Several patients who have already been through the programme will also be on hand at the event.

For further information on ‘Health Matters’ and to book your place at the 2 July lecture, from 7-8pm, in the Lecture Theatre, Macclesfield District General Hospital, please contact The Communications and Engagement Department on 01625 661560 or email ecntstaff.comms@nhs.net

BMJ Best Practice looks at Dementia

Dementia is a syndrome characterised by an appreciable deterioration in cognition resulting in behavioural problems and impairment in the activities of daily living. Decline in cognition is extensive, often affecting multiple domains of intellectual functioning. The most common causes of dementia are degenerative or vascular; other causes include infection, inflammatory diseases, neoplasm, toxic insults, metabolic disorders, or trauma. It is important to consider potentially reversible conditions during diagnosis.  A number of conditions can present in a similar way to dementia syndrome and need to be considered during the evaluation. These include mild cognitive impairment (MCI), delirium, depression, amnesic syndromes, aphasia, or normal ageing.

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