Launch of new alliance in health and social care

News from NHS England announcing details of a major new alliance committed to improving care and support for people with long-term conditions was launched on 21 November.

The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) puts people with “long-term health conditions at the heart of its powerful alliance and brings together some of the sector’s most influential national groups and organisations.”

Launch of MYNHS (Beta) Performance information website

MYNHS_betaAs it says on the new MYNHS website, “Here you can see key data used by the NHS and local councils to monitor performance and shape the services you use. We’ll continually add to the information, listen to what you want, and work to make it as clear as possible.”

Data currently includes that of Hospitals, Mental Health Hospitals, Social Care, Public Health, and Consultants. GP data has yet to be added.



Hospital Care for Frail Older People report published

frail_older_poeple_reportAnother important report, Hospital Care for Frail Older People has recently been published and is available to download.

The SERCO commission addressed the problem of how the NHS should care for the country’s increasing number of frail older people.  As the British Geriatrics Society say “Age should never be a barrier to care”

NHS Five Year Forward View

Recommended reading for all staff

The NHS Five Year Forward View was published on 23 October 2014 and sets out a vision for the future of the NHS. It has been developed by the partner organisations including NHS England, Public Health England, Monitor, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission, the NHS Trust Development Authority, patient groups, clinicians and independent experts.

5yearforward_logoIt is a collective view of how the health service needs to change over the next five years if it is to close the widening gaps in the health of the population, quality of care and the funding of services.

Follow the conversation around this important topic on Twitter using #futurenhs.


Latest Top Six books

Thinking of borrowing a book and need some inspiration?  Last week’s most popular loans were:

  • Making sense of the ECG
  • The pocket guide to critical appraisal – don’t forget our website section on ‘Understanding Evidence
  • Promoting health – a practical guide
  • Foundations of psychology
  • Essential Orthopaedics and Trauma
  • Transforming nursing through reflective practice



LOVELY NEW BOOKS: Look out for new ‘wellbeing’ stock which has just arrived and will be available soon.

Nursing Standard: A well-deserved higher profile: Health visitors are gaining greater recognition thanks to a new fellows programme

The work of Health Visitor Team Leader, Andrea Johns of East Cheshire Trust, is recognised in this recently published article A well-deserved higher profile: Health visitors are gaining greater recognition thanks to a new fellows programme” reported by Petra Kendall-Raynor, Well done Andrea!

Read the full article in the Nursing Times here

Selected BMJ topics: 11 November 2014

Clinical review
Renal cell carcinoma   –     Eric Jonasch, Jianjun Gao, and W Kimryn Rathmell

Carpal tunnel syndrome   – Scott D Middleton and Raymond E Anakwe

Measuring symptomatic relief in men with lower urinary tract symptoms

Marco H Blanker, Kenny R van Deventer, and Dick Bijl

Safety of modern treatment for cervical pre-cancer

Björn Strander and Jan Adolfsson

Journal choice: JRSM v NEJM

Clinical staff were recently emailed to state their preference between these 2 esteemed journals. The Staff Library is able to fund one but sadly, not both. If you haven’t already voted you can still contact us and let us know your preference –
Journal of the Royal Society for Medicine or New England Journal of Medicine.

Please email us at or marking your choice clearly JRSM or NEJM.

The closing date is 19 November.

Thank you

Health Technology Assessment: The SNAP Trial

The SNAP trial: A randomised placebo-controlled trial of nicotine replacement therapy in pregnancy – Clinical effectiveness and safety until 2 years after delivery, with economic evaluation 

Citation: Health Technology Assessment, 2014, vol./is. 18/54(1-128), 1366-5278;2046-4924 (2014)

Author(s): Cooper S.; Lewis S.; Thornton J.G.; Marlow N.; Watts K.; Britton J.; Grainge M.J.;
Taggar J.; Essex H.; Parrott S.; Dickinson A.; Whitemore R.; Coleman T;  Coughtrie M.;
Mannion C.; et al

East Cheshire Trust (Macclesfield Hospital) participated as a source of recruitment.

Abstract: Smoking during pregnancy causes many adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is effective for cessation outside pregnancy but efficacy and safety in pregnancy are unknown. We hypothesised that NRT would increase smoking cessation in pregnancy without adversely affecting infants.

Objectives: To compare (1) at delivery, the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness for achieving biochemically validated smoking cessation of NRT patches with placebo patches in pregnancy and (2) in infants at 2 years of age, the effects of maternal NRT patch use with placebo patch use in pregnancy on behaviour, development and disability.

Design: Randomised, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial and economic evaluation
with follow-up at 4 weeks after randomisation, delivery and until infants were 2 years old.

Read the full article here


Mens’ Health Matters public lecture: Tues 4 Nov

Extract from Staff Matters 27/10

Men’s health will be in the spotlight at the trust’s next Health Matters public lecture.

The free event will cover prostate and testicular cancer in reference to Movember – the themed month which encourages men to grow moustaches to help raise awareness of male health issues.

The talk, which takes place on Tuesday, November 4th, will be delivered by Dr Steve Bromage – a consultant urological surgeon with Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which also provides urology services at Macclesfield Hospital.

Trust staff are welcome to attend the event but places are limited, so please book in advance by contacting the Communications and Engagement Department on freephone 0800 195 4194 or email