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!

Homeopathy is not an effective treatment for any health condition, report concludes

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A large review by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has reported that homeopathy is not an effective treatment for any health condition. It cautioned that “people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence.”

The council, the country’s highest medical research body, conducted an extensive assessment of scientific evidence to develop a position statement on the use of homeopathy. The report incorporated an evaluation of more than 1800 papers, including systematic reviews, published guidelines, and information provided by homeopathy advocacy groups. The analysis identified a total of 225 studies that compared a homeopathic treatment group with a control group and therefore met criteria to be further examined for effectiveness.

Integrated care: the end of the hospital as we know it?

‘Hospitals are often seen as an impediment to integrated care. The concern frequently voiced is that their dominant role in the health system makes it harder for commissioners to shift resources into the community and to develop more co-ordinated services that cross organisational boundaries.’

This blog post talks about how the role of hospitals compared to other healthcare providers, particularly in the community, can change and develop as integrated care is brought in more. It also contains a link to the publication discussed in the blog post.

Healthcare scientists revolutionise stroke rehabilitation

Healthcare scientists and clinicians at the Royal Berkshire Hospital are using gaming technology to revolutionise the rehabilitation of stroke patients in Reading. A new NHS Confederation presentation exploring how commissioners can support innovation, published on Friday, explains how.

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Working with Microsoft Kinect, the developers of the Xbox games console, healthcare scientists at the Royal Berkshire are writing programmes to address stoke patients specific needs and are seeing significant improvement in patients’ clinical outcomes.

Using the latest developments in medical physics, the initiative has also reported increased uptake and enthusiasm from patients and their families, reduced levels of depression and enabled patients to continue their rehabilitation at home without the need of NHS staff.

Major bid to prevent illness with launch of national diabetes prevention drive

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The NHS and Public Health in England on Thursday started a major national initiative to prevent illness by unveiling the first ever at-scale National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s Chief Executive, announced the move in a major speech at the Diabetes UK conference in London.

The programme, which is a joint initiative between NHS England, Public Health England (PHE) and Diabetes UK, aims to significantly reduce the four million people in England otherwise expected to have Type 2 diabetes by 2025

Brain training, exercise, and healthy eating slow cognitive decline in elderly people at risk, study finds

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A comprehensive programme incorporating individual support for healthy eating, regular exercise, and brain training, plus managing metabolic and vascular risk factors reduced cognitive decline in older people at risk for dementia, results reported in the Lancet show

HRT increases risk of blood clots and stroke, finds new analysis

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Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers women no protection against having or dying from a myocardial infarction while increasing the risk of blood clots and stroke, a new analysis published by the Cochrane Collaboration has shown.

But, complicating the message, a subgroup analysis of women who were given HRT below the age of 60 or within 10 years of the menopause did show a reduction in the risk of myocardial infarction and death from any cause while also showing an increased risk of blood clots and possibly stroke

Vegetarians have lower risk of colon cancers, study finds

thebmj_logoVegetarian diets are associated with an overall lower incidence of colorectal cancers, a large prospective cohort trial has found.

The US study, published online by JAMA Internal Medicine, included 77 659 men and women who were assessed by a food frequency questionnaire and categorised into four vegetarian groups (vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, and semi-vegetarian) or a non-vegetarian group. During a mean follow-up of 7.3 years 380 cases of colon cancer and 110 cases of rectal cancer were recorded.

Study shows statin use is associated with lower risk of liver cancer

thebmj_logoTaking a statin is associated with a near halving of the risk of liver cancer, show the results of a new study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Previous research has linked statins to a reduced risk of liver cancer, but much of the evidence has been from areas of the world with high rates of this type of cancer. So, researchers analysed data from the United Kingdom to investigate the effects of taking statins in a country with a relatively low incidence of liver cancer.

Welcome to new East Cheshire starters

 

The library would like to welcome all new starters from the corporate induction this morning. We hope to see some of you here soon, to take advantage of our many resources.

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We have computers for emailing, e-learning and training, books on a wide variety of specialities as well as the fiction collection.

We also have our team members who can answer any questions you might have and are available to explain procedures and give training on how to use resources.

Or you could just drop in for a cup of tea or coffee!coffee