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5 mins to spare – call in the Library and see what’s new!

Don’t forget to visit the Staff Library on the 2nd Floor, if you’re in between meetings or are attending training (listed below) at New Alderley House.

Level 2 Safeguarding training – children and adults basic awareness

It is mandatory for all clinical staff to complete this training every three years.

A number of extra sessions for Level 2 Safeguarding training have been organised for staff on the following dates at New Alderley House (NAH)

2nd Sept 12.30 – 17.00 Board Room, 2nd floor,  NAH
9th October 12.30 – 17.00 Board Room, 2nd floor NAH
23rd October 13.00 – 17.00 Board Room, 2nd floor NAH
27th November 13.00 – 17.00 Board Room, 2nd floor NAH

DSCF0548If you can’t find a quiet space or an available computer on which to complete your Statutory and Mandatory elearning, then look no further – come and visit us in the Staff Library!

We have 11 computers in a very pleasant space on the 2nd floor of New Alderley House, where you can work in peace and receive support from library staff, who will help you to get started.

There’s no need to book, so please just come along with your username and temporary password details.  

Sepsis-associated mortality in England

: an analysis of multiple cause of death data from 2001 to 2010

Duncan McPherson1 Clare Griffiths  Matthew Williams  Allan Baker
Ed Klodawski   Bobbie Jacobson   Liam Donaldson

To quantify mortality associated with sepsis in the whole population of England.

Design: Descriptive statistics of multiple cause of death data.

Setting: England between 2001 and 2010.

Participants: All people whose death was registered in England between 2001 and 2010 and whose certificate contained a sepsis-associated International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) code.

Data sources: Multiple cause of death data extracted from Office for National Statistics mortality database.

Statistical methods: Age-specific and sex-specific death rates and direct age-standardised death rates.

Results: In 2010, 5.1% of deaths in England were definitely associated with sepsis. Adding those that may be associated with sepsis increases this figure to 7.7% of all deaths. Only 8.6% of deaths definitely associated with sepsis in 2010 had a sepsis-related condition as the underlying cause of death. 99% of deaths definitely associated with sepsis have one of the three ICD-10 codes—A40, A41 and P36—in at least one position on the death certificate. 7% of deaths definitely associated with sepsis in 2001–2010 did not occur in hospital.

Conclusions: Sepsis is a major public health problem in England. In attempting to tackle the problem of sepsis, it is not sufficient to rely on hospital-based statistics, or methods of intervention, alone. A robust estimate of the burden of sepsis-associated mortality in England can be made by identifying deaths with one of the three ICD-10 codes in multiple cause of death data. These three codes could be used for future monitoring of the burden of sepsis-associated mortality.

Maternity guidance for doctors in training

This factsheet from NHS Employers, provides guidance for doctors in training who need to plan maternity leave. The factsheet includes information on timelines for telling your employer you are pregnant, when to take maternity leave, maternity pay and advice for doctors in training who may be moving between employers. It also includes a helpful flowchart, which gives an indication of actions to take and what to expect when planning maternity leave.

NB: Employers need to be aware of the potential for overpayment in circumstances where a doctor moves on rotation at a late stage of the pregnancy when SMP and NHS maternity pay may be paid by different employers. The two employers involved will need to liaise closely to ensure that total pay is at the correct level.

Maternity issues for doctors in training

New Test to Predict Death Risk from C. difficile

Extract from University of Exeter

Accurate, robust and simple method of identification has potential benefits to patients, hospitals and health services around the world.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection is one that can affect the digestive system and most commonly affects people staying in hospital.

It is not generally a problem for healthy people but may infect those on antibiotics with an imbalance of ‘good bacteria’ in the gut.

A research paper published today, 2nd August 2013, in BMC Infectious Diseases has for the first time identified a unique four-point test using easily measurable clinical variables which can be used to accurately predict the death risk to patients from C. diff. Accurate prediction means that those patients at risk can be managed accordingly by the clinical team.

NHS to have own comparison site

Extract from BBC News

moneyA price comparison website is being created to help the NHS in England save millions of pounds in the way it purchases good and services.

It will include details of what NHS trusts are paying for everything from rubber gloves and stitches to new hips and building work.

The post of procurement champion has also been created to help improve purchasing systems.

The NHS has been heavily criticised for the way it buys supplies.

Two years ago the National Audit Office estimated that more than 10% could be saved through better procurement.