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General practice opening hours to be scrutinised

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From October general practices in England will be financially penalised if they close during core working hours during the week, the chief executive of NHS England has said.

Simon Stevens told MPs on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee that changes to the GP contract, which will be introduced in October, will allow NHS England to scrutinise GP opening hours more closely and take action where necessary.

Swimming, aerobics, and racquet sports are linked to lowest risk of cardiovascular death

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Swimming, racquet sports, and aerobics seem to be the best forms of exercise for reducing the risk of death from heart disease and stroke, research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found.

The researchers said that the small number of events impaired the statistical power in some analyses. There were relatively few deaths from all causes among runners and football players, which may explain the wide confidence intervals. However, they concluded, “These findings demonstrate that participation in specific sports may have significant benefits for public health.”

Digital hub cuts care home referrals to GPs by more than a third

headphonespcA recent news article in the BMJ highlights a telemedicine service run by a Yorkshire NHS trust which has reduced care home referrals to GPs by 40% and ambulance calls by almost 30%.

Staff in care homes  are linked to a digital hub at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in Keighley and can seek advice 24 hours a day about the health of any of their residents. The service is run by a team of senior nurses who have online access to GP patient records and can consult doctors at the trust if they need to.

Access the full article here using your NHS Athens log in.

Falls prevention – October’s update published

The latest monthly update on Falls prevention has been published.

View the current research at: https://fallspreventionnwpctl.wordpress.com/

 

New dementia books

The Library has recently purchased lots of new books on dementia, which are all available for Library members to borrow. Click here for the list of new titles.

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Cranberry capsules do not reduce urinary tract infections in older women, study finds

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Taking cranberry capsules did not reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs) in older women living in nursing homes, a US randomised trial has shown.

UTIs are very common among nursing home residents: bacteriuria is detected in 25-50% of women living in nursing homes, and pyuria is present in 90% of these. Cranberry products have been of interest in preventing UTIs in this group of people, to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics.

Women are unaware of pregnancy risks linked with sodium valproate

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Doctors are being asked to make sure that women and girls with epilepsy know about the risks of taking sodium valproate during pregnancy, after a survey found that half of those questioned were unaware that it could harm the fetus.

The charities Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Society, and Young Epilepsy conducted a survey earlier this year, in conjunction with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), of 2788 women aged 16 to 50 with epilepsy.

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BMJ Infographics

Highlighted resource:

BMJ INFOGRAPHICS

These are great visual summaries of a variety of conditions, their management and treatments, and visual overviews of article recommendations. They are found attached to a variety of articles and editorials, and some of the key infographics are found on the infographics page. For example, the infographic of the NICE sepsis guidance or a visual guide to recognising past congenital heart surgery in adults.

New eBooks

The Library has recently purchased 13 new eBooks from the ‘Crash Course‘ series:

Visit http://ectlks.weebly.com/dawsonera.html to access all the eBooks from the DawsonEra collection or search our complete eBooks collection.

All the eBooks can be accessed with an NHS Athens username and password.

For more information please get in touch!

ecn-tr.stafflibrary@nhs.net

01625 661362

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Clinical Outreach Librarian Update- Pleased to meet you yesterday!

I enjoyed meeting everyone on my outreach visits to Congleton Hospital and Knustford Community Nurses yesterday.

Don’t forget to get in touch with the library service and outreach librarians  when you need help with training and healthcare resources. We can help you, save your time and enable you to provide the best patient care, keep up to date in CPD and develop your  service.

As promised, I will be back in touch again shortly- have a great weekend!

Anne Webb

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New books

NewBooksThe Library & Knowledge Service purchased a large number of new books last month ~ view a selection of the new titles here.

All members of East Cheshire NHS Trust staff, students on placement and volunteers are able to borrow books from the Library.

Contact the Library for more information: ecn-tr.stafflibrary@nhs.net / 01625 66 1362.

 

Sepsis Toolkit Launched by Royal College of General Practitioners

infectionThe Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in partnership with Health Education England and NHS England, has has launched a new sepsis toolkit to support GPs and healthcare professionals to identify and manage the condition in patients.

 

The toolkit has been designed to help GPs and other healthcare professionals in primary care tackle this challenge with a series of educational materials, up-to-date guidance and training resources.

You can access the toolkit here

Read the news post about it  here

Caring for our Carers: In Support of Older Peoples Day

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Three in five of us will be carers at some point in our lives and for many of us these responsibilities will begin or continue into our older age. Dawn Moody, Associate National Clinical Director for Older People, marks Older Peoples Day (1 October) with a blog on the importance of caring for our carers.

Clarity is needed on plans for digital NHS, says think tank

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The government and NHS leaders must set out a clear and compelling plan for expanding the use of digital technology to avoid losing the commitment of clinicians, the King’s Fund has said.

Digital technology can transform how patients engage with services, drive improvements in efficiency and care coordination, and help people manage their health and wellbeing, the think tank said in its report, A Digital NHS?

However, it said that expectations might have been set too high amid financial and operational pressures and that there was a lack of clarity about the funding available to support the work.

Burns from e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems

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With increasing use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) globally, the debate surrounding the potential harms or benefits may shift to ensuring that the devices are manufactured, marketed, and sold according to standards that reduce harm and promote health. Burns from overheating or explosions of ENDS are an emerging and under-researched concern. In light of the recent ruling that grants the US Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate ENDS1 and as their use becomes widespread worldwide, a clinical, public health, and regulatory framework to reduce ENDS related burns is needed.

Improving awareness and understanding of transgender issues

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The Chair of the NHS England Gender Task & Finish Group looks at what NHS England is doing to improve health services for transgender and non-binary people

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The library currently has a free trial to the internurse and MAHcomplete e-journal collections.

Internurse is the UK’s largest collection of peer-reviewed nursing content, and home of the British Journal of Nursing. Internurse covers primary and secondary care settings as well as the whole spectrum of specialist nursing practice including cardiology, neuroscience, mental health, palliative care and wound care.

Access the collection with your East Cheshire NHS Athens account: Login to Athens. Select ‘MAG Online Library’ from the list of resources.

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If you would like to find out more or have any questions please phone us on 01625 661362 or send us an email.

Improved GP retainer scheme with increased funding is launched

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NHS England has announced a range of improvements to its GP retainer scheme, including increased funding for GPs and practices. The scheme provides financial incentives and development support to encourage GPs who might otherwise leave the profession to remain in general practice.

NHS England said that, from 1 July 2016, it would increase the money for practices employing a retained GP and the annual payment towards professional expenses for GPs in the scheme.

Working up close with NHS 111

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Iain Upton, a Patient Representative working with the Integrated Urgent Care Workforce Development Programme gives his views on the workings of an NHS 111 call centre

Working with substance use: online resources

The Working with Substance Use online resources are for health and social care professionals. The main aim of these resources is to provide you with a basic understanding of a number of substance-related topics to inform and develop your practice.

They include presentations, film clips from experts (both service users and professionals), animations, individual and group exercises, and practice scenarios to help apply your learning. They also offer suggestions for future study and personal development.

You can find them at https://workingwithsubstanceuse.wordpress.com/

Abrupt quitting is more likely to work than gradual reduction of cigarettes, study finds

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Quitting smoking abruptly is more likely to lead to sustained abstinence than reducing cigarette use gradually, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found.

Although most current guidelines recommend stopping smoking abruptly, many people take a gradual approach to giving up.

New report spotlights GP-physician innovations

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A new report has shown how GPs and physicians are innovating together to improve patient care.

Published by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of General Practitioners, Patient care: A unified approach highlights nine case studies where GPs and physicians have worked closely to produce new and integrated services.

Zika virus- guidance for doctors

The BMA has published guidance which summarises key advice for those working in primary care, since they may be consulted by patients, including pregnant women, who are travelling to or returning from countries that are part of this outbreak (ie those countries with active Zika transmission).

To read the guidance go online here

The guidance is intended for primary care clinicians in England and Scotland.

It has been produced by Public Health England (PHE) in conjunction with the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

 

Caring Together Induction Pack: now available online

Caring Together Eastern CheshireThe new Caring Together Induction Pack is now available online.

The intention is to promote the pack to all new starters with health and social care organisations commissioning or providing services for the people of Eastern Cheshire. Organisations include third sector partners and providers of social housing.

For the avoidance of doubt, the pack is not relevant to employees involved exclusively in commissioning or providing services outside Eastern Cheshire. This pack is to be made available with immediate effect to new recruits, either salaried or voluntary.

At the end of every third month, a member of the Caring Together team will send managers a link to a brief online survey for new recruits to complete. This will enable them to measure awareness of the pack and the extent to which it is achieving its aim of improving understanding of Caring Together. Consultees will have the option to remain anonymous as the purpose of the survey is not to test individuals’ knowledge or pay attention to people who don’t answer all the questions correctly!

While the principal aim of the survey is to ensure that new starters are introduced to Caring Together as soon as practicable, the pack can also be shared with colleagues more widely. Reference copies of the pack are also available in the Staff Library (Top Floor, New Alderley House).

Many thanks to all in anticipation of your support for this important initiative to promote understanding of – and engagement in – our transformation programme.


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