Making it Real tools

Extract from The King’s Fund

Think Local Act Personal

Making It Real tools
The Making it Real programme encourages organisations that pay for or provide social care services to get real about improving people’s lives. These tools have been produced in order to support this programme and include practical examples of what organisations are doing to transform their services, in partnership with the people who use them and will help people to understand and engage in the personalisation of the care and support agenda.

Latest from BMJ Learning

Case Study:
An 84 year old woman is having trouble sleeping at night. This has been a recurring problem for some months. You know she has had a fall earlier this year. She wants some medication to help her sleep as she feels that this is affecting her ability to do things during the day. What would you advise? What if she didn’t want to follow your advice? If you would like to learn more about this topic, then click on the link to complete this module today.

Falls in older people: prevention and management

And here are our most popular modules in urology for you to complete.

Idiopathic constipation and nocturnal enuresis in childhood: a guide to management – in association with NICE

Lower urinary tract symptoms in men: a guide to management – in association with NICE

Erectile dysfunction: diagnosis and treatment

Managing patients at risk of prostate cancer: in association with the NHS prostate cancer management programme

Urinary tract infection in children: diagnosis, treatment, and long term management – in association with NICE

Doctor know: a knowledge commons in health

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta)

Doctor know: a knowledge commons in health
This paper argues that society’s growing ability to mobilise knowledge from different fields and sources is beginning to show the potential of a ‘knowledge commons’ in healthcare: an open system of knowledge with researchers, practicing clinicians, patients, their families and communities all involved in capturing, refining and utilising a common body of knowledge in real time. It sets out what this might mean in practice, and steps that can be taken to get there.

WebWatch: Cancer Commons

Extract from website at:


CANCER COMMONS “is an open science initiative linking patients, physicians and scientists in rapid learning communities. Our mission is to ensure that patients are treated in accord with the latest knowledge on targeted- and immunotherapies, and to continually update that knowledge based on each patient’s response.”


Advisory boards, comprising leading physicians and scientists in each cancer, curate the molecular model that identifies the most relevant tests, treatments, and trials for each molecular sub type of that cancer, based on the best current knowledge.

Test and Treat

Patients and physicians access knowledge derived from the model, as soon as it’s deemed actionable, through alerts, notifications, news, and applications that inform testing and treatment decisions.

Report and Analyze

Physicians, researchers, and patients report clinical observations and outcomes and new data are analyzed in our Rapid Learning Communities by collaborative, interinstitutional teams to validate, refute, and amplify the current model’s knowledge and hypotheses.


The advisory boards review these results and update the framework in real time.

BMJ Learning: Help with revalidation and assessment

You will need to register with BMJ Learning which only takes a couple of minutes

Background on revalidation

If you’re looking to get up to speed, or are just after some useful links, we’ve put together several pages of information that will help.

Help with your appraisal

BMJ Learning has produced a series of modules in association with the London Deanery to help you with your appraisal.

IT Skills Training for Pharmacy staff

General News

Basic IT Skills Training: eLearning Available to Pharmacy Staff

The IT Skills Pathway was developed to provide an officially recognised route of IT skills learning and certification for the NHS workforce. It has been confirmed that e-learning via the IT Skills Pathway Tracking System will continue to be available free of charge to the NHS, including pharmacy contractors, however, Microsoft exams, practice tests and printable learning material will no longer be centrally funded after 1st July 2013. In some areas, exams may continue to be offered through local NHS funding arrangements.

A communication has gone directly to registered learners to alert them to this change; learners may want to consider arranging any outstanding Microsoft exams before the 1st July 2013 when the central funding for exams is withdrawn.

More information about the NHS IT Skills Pathway can be found in the Pharmacy IT section of this website.

New resource to make hospitals dementia-friendly

dementia_action_allianceD:Kit A self assessment resource to support hospitals in becoming dementia-friendly

From the Dementia

 Action Alliance DAA, (republished in the Quality & Service Improvement newsfeed)
“This resource should provide everything you need to get you started on your journey to becoming dementia friendly and to deliver on our shared purpose.

‘To enable people with dementia to experience high quality care in acute hospitals and support them, their families, carers and staff to have the confidence to champion best practice and create a culture of excellence’

You can download the D:KIT, including this introduction, or carry on reading the introduction below. You may also want to bookmark theD:KIT resource page which may be helpful when you work with the kit.”

The D:KIT is presented in 5 Domains (each one of these is related to and informed by the RCN SPACE principles).


Each domain is broken down into 4 sections:

  • Section 1 – self assessment questions
  • Section 2 – NICE standards
  • Section 3 – examples of evidence you could use
  • Section 4 – resources that will be of further help to you

DoH website on the move in March

The Department of Health website will move to the new single website for government in March 2013.

GOV.UK is the new single website for UK Government. In October 2012 it brought together government  information and guidance from Directgov and Business Link into one place.  GOV.UK will also replace all UK central government department websites. Some departments can already be found in the ‘Inside Government’ section of GOV.UK. Information from the Department of Health will be found there from Tuesday 26 March.

The Inside Government section of GOV.UK has been designed to make government information easier to find and more transparent for the user. You can see what the new website looks like by visiting

Health content for citizens will remain on NHS Choices.

Prostate Cancer Awareness month: 1-31 March 2013

prostate_cancerMarch is Prostate Cancer Awareness month and listed below are a number of useful websites, where additional information and resources may be found.  If you require assistance with researching this or any other topics, please contact the Staff Library on 01625 66 1362 or by email to

eResources and websites:


Cancer Research UK  (Prostate Cancer)
The websites on cancer listed below are valuable sources of detailed information on cancer. This is an extract from Cancer Research UK

Prostate Cancer UK

Offers information and support to anyone with concerns about prostate cancer. Has a helpline and leaflets (send a large stamped addressed envelope please) and funds research into prostate cancer. Has a website with helpful information.

Helpline: 0800 074 8383

Prostate Cancer Support Federation
This organisation was set up by a group of men with prostate cancer in 1995. They run a helpline and a website and have local groups around the country. It use to be called Prostate Cancer Support Association (PSA).

Helpline: 0845 601 0766

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Great value from Athens

It’s a good time to remind everyone who has registered for an Athens account, of all the electronic resources it provides access to via NHS Evidence.
Clicking on this link will take you to a complete list of nationally purchased databases and journals (correct as at Nov 2012).

If you haven’t registered for Athens yet, then follow this link – it only takes a couple of minutes and all you need is your NHS Mail address.  If you would like a refresher about getting the best from your Athens account, please call 01625 66 1362.


BMJ Learning: 14 January 2013

This module will help you support patients who have a diagnosis of cancer, especially after they have finished their primary treatment in hospital. It will also provide information and guidance about what you should cover in the cancer care review.

Additional modules include:

New version of end of life care quality assessment tool launched


Extract from National End of Life Care Programme website

endoflifeThe National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) has released the new version of its End of Life Care Quality Assessment (ELCQuA) tool, which is now structured around the NICE quality standard for end of life care for adults.

ELCQuA is a free, online self-assessment tool designed to support local service improvement and the commissioning of end of life care services. It can be used by any organisation caring for people at the end of life, across the health, social care, voluntary and private sectors. This includes commissioners, local authorities, acute hospitals, primary care, community, palliative care and ambulance services.

Read more about it by following the link at the top of this post.

Free Learning Leadership online demonstration

Free Learning Leadership online demonstration

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FMLM’s Learning Leadership resource can help you to find out as it provides a fantastic resource full of articles, video interviews, CPD tracking, journals, e-books and much more. It gives you access to the latest best practice information on leadership and management direct from your PC. Visit this link to find out more,  FMLM is holding a free online Learning Leadership demonstration to show members how to get the most out of this system.

Potential dates for the online demonstration are 27 November at 1.30-2.30 pm and 6 and 7 December at 6.00-7.00 pm. To put down your name down and click here to choose which date(s) you can attend, we will pick the date that most attendees are available. We will pick the date confirm the date by 12 November when the demonstration will take place.

Resource Watch: DoH Dementia website

“Dementia is one of the most important issues we face as the population ages. There are estimated to be over 750,000 people in the UK with dementia and numbers are expected to double in the next thirty years.”

At the Department of Health’s website, a dedicated section is being developed to include resources and best practice guidance …  to make it the first port of call for anyone with an interest in improving services for people with dementia.  It is already a most comprehensive collection, useful for carers and professionals alike,  with links to all the key topics eg: residential workshops, medication, elearning, research and the benefits of cognitive stimulation as reviewed by Cochrane.

There is also a Dementia Commissioning Pack which contains a selection of additional resources. These are organised into  four key themes. Within each page the resources are grouped under key topic areas.

Resource Watch: PILLARS

Pillars is an online resource designed to help you to improve your ability to search for and use high quality, up-to date information for your NHS role, professional development and academic work.  

Pillars also offers ways to improve your IT and Study Skills, tapping into quality  materials from providers including the Open University.

Choose a subject of interest, then select from a list of topics and resources. Resources could be demos or tutorials, documents or web pages.  

Visit PILLARS at

Free Microsoft eBooks

At  MSDN Blogs  there is a large collection of free eBooks provided by Microsoft. If you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.

In addition another large collection has been recently added – these are suitable for developers and those interested in Cloud applications, SharePoint, and Dynamics.

For anyone concerned about their teenage son or daughter’s safety online there is this one which is also free to download.



Focus on National Health Executive (NHE)

Visiting the NHE website provides access to a wide variety of news media, resources and information.

Choose from interviews, featured articles, jobs, blogs, videos, news categories and health service focus.

Registration is free if you want to access all areas but you don’t need to do this in order to subscribe to a newsletter or individual news feeds.

An interesting and easy to navigate site.

NICE: Patient experience online training resources

Online training resources for patient experience themes

A range of online training resources covering various patient experience themes, such as dignity, pain management, communication and social inclusion and equality, have now been added to the support for commissioners’ tools for the guidelines on:

3 part online Diabetes course

OnMedica are offering a comprehensive three-part course on diabetes covering all the aspects ranging from epidemiology to latest treatments. Each independently authored module contains exclusive videos with diabetologist Professor Steve Bain and is worth 2 hours of CME credit. And as with all the OnMedica learning, the course is accredited by the RCGP’s EPASS scheme. Don’t miss out, click on the links below to start the modules now: