SP Morapudi, R Zhou, K Barnes: Bone and Joint Journal of Orthopaedics: 2014

Another publication from the Orthopaedics Dept, this time in The Bone and Joint Journal of Orthopaedics

PROPHYLACTIC ANTIBIOTICS FOR DENTAL PROCEDURES IN PATIENTS WITH PROSTHESES: IS THERE A NEED?–A SURVEY OF 163 SURGEONS

SP Morapudi, R Zhou, K Barnes – Bone & Joint Journal Orthopaedic Proceedings …, 2014

Abstract. Summary There is little knowledge in surgeons about the guidelines for prophylactic antibiotics in patients with prosthetic joints when undergoing a dental procedure. read more 

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News from NHS Networks

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Elearning: If you are looking for a less physically demanding alternative to gym membership in January, try our e-learning courses for practice managers looking to build a healthier, more robust business to meet the challenges of the new year.  There is a free course on CQC compliance, plus several courses on finance, employment and HR issues and primary care medical contracts.

Children and young people’s health and wellbeing in changing times
The NHS Confederation has published a report on the impact of the health reforms on children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Read more »

NHS Improvement turns spotlight on stroke
NHS Improvement has published Spotlight on Stroke.  Read more »

Health survey comes of age
The Health and Social Care Information Centre is running the annual health survey for England (HSE) for the twenty-first time.  Read more »

Action plan for improving the use of medicines and reducing waste
A report commissioned by the Department of Health looks at how the NHS is working to improve the use of medicines and tackle avoidable medicines wastage.  Read more »

Direct access to diagnostic imaging for cancer 
NHS Improvement has produced a document to help diagnostic imaging for cancer. Read more »

The health and social care ratings review  The Nuffield Trust has been commissioned by the secretary of state to review whether aggregate ratings of provider performance should be used in health and social care.  Read more »

National continence survey
The all party parliamentary group (APPG) for continence care is pushing to make integrated services more widely available to all age groups, and also to help break the taboo which prevents individuals seeking and receiving medical attention. Read more »

Key performance indicators for improving access to psychological therapies
Latest figures from the NHS Information Centre.  Read more »

Smoking campaign gets under way
The Department of Health has launched a new campaign to encourage smokers to quit in the new year.  Read more »

Making integrated out of hospital care a reality
This report discusses the foundations for integrated care for adults, children and young people, with a focus on implementing out of hospital care, and connecting primary, community and social care. Read more »

Primary care IT services operating model published The NHS Commissioning Board has published a document setting out how the management of IT systems will be organised for primary care providers (dentists, pharmacists and optometrists) from April 2013.  Read more »

New child abuse alert system for hospitals announced  Hospitals will have a new system to help doctors and nurses spot children suffering from abuse and neglect, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has announced.  Read more »

Lessons learned from the hospital pathways programme The hospital pathways programme aims to improve both processes of care and interactions between staff and patients through a collaborative programme involving five acute trusts, the King’s Fund and the Health Foundation to apply techniques, not widely used in the NHS.  Read more »

Allied health professionals bulletin – December 2012
December edition of the Allied health professionals bulletin.   Read more »

Cancer services coming of age report published   The cancer services coming of age report has been published.   Read more »

NHS funding transfer to local authorities
The Department of Health has written to the NHS Commissioning Board with provisional information on the transfer of £859m in 2013/14 to from the NHS to local authorities.  Read more »

Transforming end of life care in acute hospitals
A short report reflecting the views from a focus group complements progress reports from acute trusts involved in the transform programme pilot.
Read more »

NHS Commissioning Assembly: next steps
The NHS Commissioning Board has published further information about the NHS Commissioning Assembly, the community of leaders for NHS commissioning.  Read more »

Payment by results 2013/14 road test package   The road test exercise provides an opportunity for the service to test out the new tariff and supports the planning process. Read more »

Advance care planning toolkit   A team at the National End of Life Care Programme (NEoLCP) has developed an advance care planning toolkit to help care providers approach the planning process with confidence and knowledge.  Read more »

OnMedica – Drug and Therapeutics Update

Health Protection Agency

The latest survey on radiation doses to individual patients from x-rays in hospitals and dental surgeries between 2006 and 2010, shows that doses have fallen, but that there is still room for improvement. The team, which carried out the survey, compared representative X-ray doses to patients in 320 hospitals, (about a quarter of the total number of hospitals with diagnostic x-ray facilities), and more than 4000 dental surgeries (about a third of the UK’s dental surgeries). The HPA will publish an assessment of radiation doses from CT scanning later in the year.

via OnMedica – Clinical Article – Drug and Therapeutics Update.

FGDP(UK) publishes new standards book

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) launched its new standards book, Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners, at the British Dental Conference.

Speaking at the launch, dean of the FGDP(UK) Russ Ladwa said: ‘This is a very timely book. I was at a talk this morning on the non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, where the speaker talked about the over-prescription and misuse of antimicrobials.

via Dental News | FGDP(UK) publishes new standards book.

£70+ million wasted under dental contract

Over £70 million wasted on fraud under current dental contract | Media Centre.

Under the current dental contract system an estimated £70 million was wasted on dental fraud in a year, the Government announced today.

Figures published today by NHS Protect, the lead on tackling and identifying crime across the health service in England, show dental fraud may have cost the NHS £73.1 million in 2009-10.

Pope, H: Community Dental Health; March 2012

Community Dent Health. 2012 Mar;29(1):5-7.

This article ‘A description of a specialist led primary care based oral surgery service’, was written by Heather Pope.

Heather is Clinical Director for Dental Services, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre, Dunwoody Way, Crewe, Cheshire,
CW1 3AW, UK.

AIM:

To describe the establishment of a referral only oral surgery service in a primary care setting together with the challenges, benefits and successes of the service.

PROBLEM:

In 1994 waiting times for hospital for oral surgery and maxillofacial procedures were unacceptably long. A proposal to establish a primary care oral surgery service aimed to complement the hospital-based service, reduce treatment delays.

OUTCOME:

Referrals commenced immediately in response to a managed launch with local dentists recognising the service as a source of expedient and convenient treatment for their patients. The service now treats up to 1300 patients per year.

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