Website to watch

primarycare_protocolsFor staff working in primary care a website called PRIMARY CARE PROTOCOLS may be of interest.

It’s target audience includes practice managers, district nurse teams, clinic nurses, GPs – anyone involved in governance and setting protocols.

Extract from the site  

“Primary Care Protocols is a website which aids collaborative development of protocols to aid managers and clinicians working within the NHS. By using an innovative approach we are able to allow our users to collaborate in an online environment to work together to develop gold standard protocols.”

Some recent protocols include:

For more information please visit Primary Care Protocols

 

District Nurse numbers falling

The number of district nurses in England fell by 39 per cent between 2002 and 2012, while preventable emergency admissions rose by 40 per cent over the same period.

Extract from RCN website

“Short sighted cuts to the nursing workforce are still taking place across the NHS despite being identified as an important factor in the catastrophic failings at Mid Staffordshire, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Today the RCN urged the Government to take immediate action to tackle warning signs across the health service, including staff cuts, an ageing workforce, and soaring patient demand, which if ignored could be disastrous for the health service.”

Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing

Department of Health

Care in local communities: a new vision and model for district nursing
This vision and service model builds on ‘Compassion in practice’, the national vision for nurses, midwives and care staff. It was developed by a strategic partnership of the Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board Authority, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, alongside district nurse leaders and practitioners. It sets out the foundations of district nursing services, the developments and innovations that ensure services can meet current and future needs, and the district nurse-led team contribution to providing care and support in the community, including peoples’ homes. It aims to be a resource for those designing and providing local community health services, including nurse leaders, health and wellbeing boards, clinical commissioning groups, and others with an interest in developing integrated care for older people.

Palliative Care roundup

A tormented death: End of life care for people with dementia

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 04:34 AM PDT

Source: British Journal of Nursing 2012, 21(12), p723 – 727

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: June 2012

In a nutshell: District nurses are often faced with difficulties when patients with dementia lack the capacity to express how they feel and the family has to make end-of-life decisions for the sufferer. Although 25% of palliative care is concerned with controlling physical symptoms, health professionals are sometimes faced with challenges when one co-morbidity masks another. The GP-patient relationship is central to improving overall care for these vulnerable patients and there is a continual need for a workforce to be trained and empowered to provide care with precision. This article discusses the importance of correct diagnosis during end-of-life care and makes recommendations on how this can be achieved.

Length of publication:5 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library

Acknowledgement: Internurse.com