Welcome to our new E-Resources Librarian!

AmandaA very warm welcome to Amanda Gardner, who joined us last week. She replaces Jan Read as electronic resources librarian as well as doing work on e-learning modules. Amanda is very happy to answer any queries you may have about Athens accounts, electronic resources and general library information.

Doctors are urged to encourage patients to be more active to reduce chronic ill health

thebmj_logoDoctors in the United Kingdom have been urged to encourage patients to take small amounts of regular exercise and told that they have a leading role to play in reversing the growing contribution of sedentary lifestyles to chronic ill health.

More than 40% of adults do not reach the minimum recommended level of 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five times a week, figures reviewed in the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ report showed.

Sign up for NHS Change Day 2015!

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The countdown has begun to NHS Change Day 2015 on 11 March. It is hoped that Change Day 2015 can surpass both the 189,000 pledges of action made in 2013 and the phenomenal 500,000 made by individuals, teams and whole organisations last year.

Change Day is a grassroots movement for change backed by the NHS but instigated, developed and managed by frontline staff throughout the country.

It began with a single tweet two years ago and since then has grown into a remarkable success story.

US panel proposes new name and diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome

The condition known as myalgic encephalitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) thebmj_logois a serious, chronic multisystem disease that can cause significant impairment and disability, an expert panel convened by the US Institute of Medicine has concluded in a new report. The committee proposed a new set of diagnostic criteria and a new name for the condition: systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).

 

Health Visiting: listening to patients, transforming services

NHS_EnglandHealth visitors play a crucial role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life and provide a vital link between individual and community services, and between primary care and early years of a child’s life. NHS England is working with the Department of Health to showcase to showcase some of their health visiting development work and the differences improved services are making to new parents and children.

 

5 millionth feedback landmark for Friends and Family test

The NHS Friends and Family test has reached its 5 millionth piece of feedback, which is a landmark achievement in less than two years since its launch. It has quickly grown into the biggest ever collection of patient opinion in any health service anywhere in the world and gives staff the ability to react promptly and make swift and lasting improvements to care provided.

 

Outreach Librarian will be at Eagle Bridge this Thursday!

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If you work at Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre in Crewe and you need help finding information for research, patient care or just to keep up to date, why not drop into the library on the second floor? Steve Collman, Community Outreach Librarian, will be available on the 12th of February all day to give you help and advice.

NHS England launches new framework for commissioning support services

NHS_EnglandNHS England has today (Thursday) announced the organisations that have been approved to join the new Commissioning Support Lead Provider Framework, following a rigorous procurement process.

The organisations from across the NHS and private sector have successfully met the tough quality and value for money tests to deliver the best support services to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and other commissioners of health and social care services.

Leading change in diagnosis and support for people living with dementia

DementiaAccording to The King’s Fund, there are an estimated 850,000 people with dementia in the United Kingdom – a figure set to double over the next two decades – plus an estimated 500,000 carers for people with dementia.

On 24 February, The King’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Society are hosting a one-day conference to celebrate recent progress in support for people and families living with dementia.

Compassion in care campaign hits new milestone

hello-my-name-is-logo-web-smallNHS England’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Jane Cummings has praised the “Hello My Name Is…” campaign started by terminally ill Dr Kate Granger.

 

The CNO spoke out as it was revealed that more than 100 NHS organisations have now signed up to the social media campaign launched by the 31-year-old hospital consultant.

Dr Granger started it as a way of encouraging healthcare professionals to introduce themselves while she has been treated for cancer.

She felt frustrated by staff who failed to tell her their names.