News from NHS Networks: 28 October

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), on behalf of the Department of Health, has launched the first ever national bereavement survey to measure care at the end of life.
 
NICE has recommended a drug for treating bone cancer in children and young people.
 
The Royal College of Nursing has issued guidance to support the relationship between patients and nurses, protect the vulnerable and set out the legal position for health care workers.
 
Radiotherapy following breast-conserving surgery in breast cancer patients almost halves the risk of the cancer recurring, according to latest research published in the Lancet.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme Newsletter issue 38 has been published.
 
The Department of Health has commissioned GFK NOP, an independent research agency, to conduct a survey among NHS staff from October to December 2011 to gauge staff awareness of and attitudes to a range of issues including NHS policy.

News from NHS Networks: 28 October

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), on behalf of the Department of Health, has launched the first ever national bereavement survey to measure care at the end of life.
 
A new charity has been established by the Department to provide financial assistance for those people who were infected with hepatitis C before September 1991, as a result of NHS treatment by blood transfusions or blood products.
 
Speaking to the Royal College of General Practitioners, health secretary Andrew Lansley announced 11 new areas of medicine whose outcomes for patients will be audited, monitored and regularly published in future.
 
Report published by the improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) team for service managers
 
Prime minister David Cameron has announced that the government is investing up to £15 million to support the recommendations to improve prosthetics services for military veterans who have lost a limb due to activities while serving their country.
 
Mixed sex accommodation in the NHS has fallen by over 90 per cent in under a year, according to new data published by the Department of Health.
 
The National End of Life Care Programme Newsletter issue 38 has been published.
 
The Department of Health has commissioned GFK NOP, an independent research agency, to conduct a survey among NHS staff from October to December 2011 to gauge staff awareness of and attitudes to a range of issues including NHS policy.

New from The Kings Fund: 21 October

Response to the NHS Future Forum consultation (second phase)
This document presents the RCN’s response to the second round in the listening exercise conducted by the NHS Future Forum. The second round focuses on public health; information; and education and training.

When someone asks for your assistance to die: RCN guidance on responding to a request to hasten death
This guidance aims to support the relationship between patients and nurses, protect the vulnerable and set out the legal position for health care workers. The document emphasises that assisting a suicide is illegal but provides practical examples of how to deal with difficult conversations and deliver good quality end of life care.

News from The Kings Fund: 14 October

NHS National End of Life Care Programme

When a person dies: guidance for professionals on developing bereavement services
This publication covers the principles of bereavement services, along with bereavement care in the days preceding death, at the time of death and in the days following death. It also includes guidance on workforce and education and the commissioning and quality outcomes of bereavement care.

News from NHS Networks: 23 Sept

The September edition of the National End of Life Care Programme newsletter is now available.    Read more »
 
Carrying out NICE recommended risk assessments among the elderly could limit the numbers who have falls, a review in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests.              Read more »
 

News from NHS Networks: 18 August

The Mental Health Foundation has launched a suite of films aimed at raising awareness about dementia and the use of self directed support in helping people with dementia, their families, carers and social care professionals.
 
Subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, the Department of Health will allocate funding for Local HealthWatch, NHS complaints advocacy and, potentially, PCT deprivation of liberty safeguards from October 2012.
 
Exercising for just 15 minutes a day could increase life expectancy by three years and cut the risk of death by 14%, latest research suggests.
 
A national challenge that will fund teams to develop new design-led ideas for products and services that make lives simpler, better and more enjoyable for those with dementia and their carers was launched by the Design Council and the Department of Health.
 
NHS Employers’ second monthly health, work and well-being (HWWB) update is now available.
 
Review published by NHS Choices covering Alzheimer’s disease.
 
The dementia engagement and empowerment project (DEEP) aims to identify and map out groups, projects and activities across the UK that are led by people diagnosed with dementia to influence the services and policies that affect them.
 
A new deal is needed for people at the end of their lives to ensure they are treated well and receive high quality care and support, according to a report published today by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).