New adult safeguarding improvement tool published

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The NHS Confederation has joined forces with four other leading national organisations to produce a new resource for those involved in adult safeguarding.

Overview

This improvement tool based on the Adult Safeguarding Standards has been refreshed in March 2015. It has been developed in partnership by:

  • Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
  • Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
  • Local Government Association (LGA)
  • NHS Confederation
  • NHS Clinical Commissioners

Developed by the sector, the key areas of focus have been used in numerous peer reviews and challenges and as a means of self-assessment. The characteristics of a well-performing and ambitious partnership are described, particularly in relation to the three key partners in safeguarding adults: the council, NHS and Police.

Library book sale

The Staff Library is currently pruning its shelves to make space for new titles across all specialities. We have a large number of books in good condition that we are offering for sale to all staff. Each book costs 20 pence per title on a first-come first-served basis.

DSCF0853The sale is taking place Monday-Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30p.m. until all the old stock has been sold. Money raised from the sale of books will be spent on new stock.

 

You are welcome to come and browse and buy – if you come over to see us at lunchtime, please feel free to browse and bring your lunch with you, we offer free tea and coffee all day to library users. Please contact any member of the Library team if you would like further information on extensions 3923; 1705; 1547; or 3398. We look forward to seeing you in the Staff Library, 2nd floor, New Alderley House.

Terminally ill patients could benefit from stopping statins, study says

Discontinuing treatment with statins in patients with terminal illnesses is safe, could improve quality of life, and could reduce costs, US research published in JAMA Internal Medicine concludes.

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The pragmatic randomized trial looked at 381 patients with a mean age of 74.1 years. Half of the patients had cancer, and all had an estimated life expectancy of between one month and one year. The patients had been taking prescribed statins for three months or more for primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease but had no recent active cardiovascular disease

NHS Mental Health Apps Library to increase access to psychological therapies and help to improve mental health outcomes

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NHS England has launched a ground breaking initiative to help treat depression and anxiety and improve access to psychological therapies by unveiling the first ever directory of NHS-endorsed digital mental health services.

The Mental Health Apps Library will feature online tools, resources and apps that have a proven track record of effectiveness in improving mental health outcomes.

It will be accessible through the NHS Choices platform, a website which gathers over 40 million visits per month, 9.7 million of which are to pages on depression; 6 million per month to stress and 9.4 million to anxiety.

Commission to improve urgent care for older people launched

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An independent commission to drive improvements in urgent and emergency care for older people in and outside of hospitals was launched by the NHS Confederation yesterday.

The Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People aims to find workable and patient-centred solutions to address the challenges of caring for the frail elderly across the country.

“Apps” that harm patients will be hunted down, says regulator

A UK health regulator has issued a warning to makers of mobile medical “apps” that may harm patients.

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Neil McGuire, clinical director of devices at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said, “Be under no illusion—if you have a medical device and it’s software or an app and patients come to grief, we’re coming looking.”

Easter Bank Holiday

The library will be unstaffed from the 3rd to the 6th of April for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Rest assured, you’re still welcome to come in and use our facilities, including computer, email and electronic resources, and borrowing books via our self-service system.

Library staff will be available once again from Tuesday 7th April, 8.30am onwards.

We hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend!