Will NHS.UK be the next GOV.UK?

A blog post from the King’s Fund about the possibility of a single NHS portal for all services. NHS.uk is currently the site NHS Choices, an information site for patients who want to know about information about health and local services amongst other things, but the possibility is being mooted of it being the one stop portal for booking appointments, managing repeat prescriptions, and (eventually) for accessing health records and care plans.

Library and Knowledge Service unstaffed for Bank Holiday

liblogo2015Please note that the Library and Knowledge Service will not be staffed over this Bank Holiday weekend. You are still welcome to use the books, computers, self-service machine and other resources Saturday to Monday, using your staff badge to swipe into the building out of hours, but there will be no members of staff available for enquiries.

We will be available once again from 8.30am on Tuesday 1st September. We hope you have a good Bank Holiday!

A healthy culture for quality patient care

The Kings Fund have updated web pages which look at the six characteristics of a healthy culture in the NHS. Areas including values, teamwork, performance, leadership and learning are covered.

There is also a tool for organisations to assess their culture and to identify the ways in which it is working well and the areas that need to change.

Access the tools here

Better Knowledge, Better Care

NHS IQ has developed four animations which take the viewer on a journey to build an understanding of what better knowledge means in health and care.

Take a look by viewing the new animations developed by NHS IQ.

The short series of four animations explain key concepts and the value of knowledge in health and care, covering aspects of Knowledge Management, it’s development and application.

Access the animations here

If you need any help finding evidence, keeping up-to-date  and other aspects of Knowledge Management, the Library and Knowledge Service can help you.
Ask us and we will do our best to help.

5 Million people at high risk of Diabetes Type 2

Public Health England (PHE) have just published a new report estimating figures for how many people over 16 in England have blood sugar levels in a range indicating a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.   The report underlines the need to act on Type 2 diabetes, especially as it already results in 22,000 early deaths and costs the NHS £8.8billion every year.

The press release also has links to further information and the latest evidence report

NICE recommends tighter blood sugar control in diabetes to reduce risk of complications

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended tighter blood sugar control for patients with diabetes, to minimise the risk of long term vascular complications, according to the BMJ.

An updated NICE guideline on diagnosing and managing type 1 diabetes in adults is now available.

 

Long term NSAIDs are associated with lower colorectal cancer risk, study shows

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Taking low dose aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) continuously in the long term is associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, a Danish case-control study has shown.

The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, analysed data on drug use, comorbid conditions, and history of colonoscopy from Danish prescription and patient registries.