Library refurb – closure notice

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The Library and Knowledge Service is due to be refurbished between the 17th and 24th of February inclusive. The Service will be closed between these dates, and no items will be due back during the weeks beginning 15th February and 22nd February.

Note that you can borrow extra items during this time, which will help the move as it means fewer items of stock will need to be stored and moved.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lynda Cotterill, Library Services Manager on 01625 663923 or

New Clinical Outreach Librarian: Anne Webb!

Anne WebbThe Library and Knowledge Service would like to give a warm welcome to our newest member of staff. Anne Webb joins us as Clinical Outreach Librarian, replacing Carole Keeling. Anne will be mainly responsible for staff members based in Macclesfield Hospital, providing e-resource training, evidence searching, support for research and current awareness amongst other services. Why not contact her to find out how she could help you?

Telephone 01625 663398


Learning at Work Week: 18-25th May 2015

The Library and Knowledge Service is taking part in Learning at Work week next month, with a variety of free training available!

  • All through May at lunchtime you can request training on basic computer skills from Amanda Gardner, our E-Resources Librarian
  • You can learn how to register for an NHS Athens account and how to perform basic searches with Carole Keeling, our Outreach Librarian
  • You can learn how to use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others with Steve Collman, our Community Outreach Librarian, on 15th and 18th May, 12-1pm.

Why not ask us for more information in any of these and other areas? Call 01625 661362 or email today and find out what you could learn!


Sign up for NHS Change Day 2015!

NHS Change Day

Thanks to NHS IQ website

The countdown has begun to NHS Change Day 2015 on 11 March. It is hoped that Change Day 2015 can surpass both the 189,000 pledges of action made in 2013 and the phenomenal 500,000 made by individuals, teams and whole organisations last year.

Change Day is a grassroots movement for change backed by the NHS but instigated, developed and managed by frontline staff throughout the country.

It began with a single tweet two years ago and since then has grown into a remarkable success story.

Outreach Librarian will be at Eagle Bridge this Thursday!


If you work at Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre in Crewe and you need help finding information for research, patient care or just to keep up to date, why not drop into the library on the second floor? Steve Collman, Community Outreach Librarian, will be available on the 12th of February all day to give you help and advice.

Mens’ Health Matters public lecture: Tues 4 Nov

Extract from Staff Matters 27/10

Men’s health will be in the spotlight at the trust’s next Health Matters public lecture.

The free event will cover prostate and testicular cancer in reference to Movember – the themed month which encourages men to grow moustaches to help raise awareness of male health issues.

The talk, which takes place on Tuesday, November 4th, will be delivered by Dr Steve Bromage – a consultant urological surgeon with Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which also provides urology services at Macclesfield Hospital.

Trust staff are welcome to attend the event but places are limited, so please book in advance by contacting the Communications and Engagement Department on freephone 0800 195 4194 or email

Do drop-in. World Arthritis Day

World_arthritis_day_posterDo you know … ?

  • the symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis
  • how to stay healthy and active
  • how to find quality information on the web

Staff and students are invited to ‘drop-in’ the Staff Library, 2nd Floor, New Alderley House, next Tuesday 14 October between 10:00-4:00pm as part of World Arthritis Day. There will be information and light refreshments available plus staff on hand who would be happy to help you research this complex and painful disease.

Lunchtime with Library Staff

nice_nhs_evidenceOn Monday lunchtime 13 October, Library staff will be on hand in the Staff Canteen. It’s a great opportunity to register, find out all the benefits and bombard them with questions. If you have recently enrolled on academic study and would like to brush up on your evidence based searching skills, then look no further!  Book a 1:1 session with Steve or Carole and demystify the various databases!


Health Visitors celebrate good practice in Leeds event

HV_NWHV Celebrate Share and Learn Event :
16 October 2014

Follow what is happening at this free event on Twitter using #HVcelebration
It is supported by NHS England, Health Education North East, Health Education North West, and Health Education Yorks and Humber.

There will be opportunities to:

  • Listen and learn from national and local speakers
  • Network with other professionals
  • Share your good work by running a workshop, displaying a poster

Apart from being of interest to health visitors, the  organisers are pleased welcome midwives, school nurses, local authority staff, managers and any other early years staff

Read more on the website     Download the flyer here.

Click here to book your free place on this event, the password is NEHV151014

Keep calm and mind your Blood Pressure

relax_BPPlease join us in the Staff Library, 2nd floor of New Alderley House, on Monday 18 August when the importance of blood pressure (BP) is the theme of the day.  As well as BP checks and advice there will be the opportunity to experience 15 minute massage therapy taster sessions.  You can choose from:

Alexander Technique – Head or Neck Massage – Foot Massages

Don’t miss out – put the date in your diary: 18 August 10:00-2:00pm



Barefoot Science Insoles Promotion and Shop

10th July, MDGH Library, 10am until 2pm

barefoot_scienceThe Barefoot Science team will be presenting their products on Thursday, 10 July on the 2nd floor of New Alderley House.

This is an internationally patented product showcasing “the only insoles in the World that have the ability to rebuild weak foot muscles and as a consequence, eliminate / reduce your physical aches and pains.”

Discount available for East Cheshire NHS Staff 

More information available at


November 18: A date for your diary!

Staff Library Open event – Libraries are good for you

DSCF0548On November 18 it won’t be business as usual in the Staff Library because all sorts of activities will be taking place there. Demonstrations, a free prize draw, reflexology and other relaxing alternative therapy sessions plus the opportunity to meet a local Para-Olympian medalist, Matthew Walker.  The theme of the event is LIBRARIES ARE GOOD FOR YOU.  If you haven’t already found your way across to the 2nd floor of New Alderley House, then this is a great time to visit.  John Wilbraham will be there to officially open the Library at 12.30.

We look forward to seeing you so why not bring your lunch or bring a friend any time between 11.30 and 2.30pm? There are light refreshments available and you can purchase sandwiches from the lunchtime trolley.

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Event: Improving Patient Flow within Urgent and Emergency Care Workshop

Improving Patient Flow within Urgent and Emergency Care Workshop event taking place at the Manchester Conference Centre on the 15 November 2013.

The workshop will look at the linkages between emergency care, frail older people, and the concerns about safety, patient experience, and mortality that have emerged from the Francis and Keogh Reports.

To register please go to and sign in.

Grand Round: 1 May 2013

The next Grand Round will take place on Wednesday, 1st May, 2013 and will be a presentation given by Dr. M Silverdale, entitled ‘Headache’.

The lecture takes place at 1:00pm in the new lecture theatre, 1st Floor Macclesfield District General Hospital. It is preceded by a buffet from 12:15pm.

The next Grand Round will take place on Wednesday, 8th May, 2013 with a presentation by Dr. Marchetti, entitled ‘Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction and Delirium’.

AQuA: forthcoming February events

These AQuA events are starting soon – have you booked your place?

31 Jan 2013
Advancing Quality Cheshire and Wirral CCGs locality meeting (part of Reducing avoidable mortality)
GPs and commissioners from across the Cheshire and Wirral cluster are invited to attend a locality meeting to discuss the role of CCGs in Advancing Quality (AQ). Advancing Quality is a clinically-led quality improvement programme designed to driv…

31 Jan 2013
Motivational Interviewing (part of Better Patient Experience)
See attached document for a summary of the Event and alternative dates.

04 Feb 2013 — 04 Feb 2013
Human Factors of the AQuA Improvement Methodology Plus programme

08 Feb 2013
Children & Young Peoples (part of Quality of life for people with long term conditions)
Avoiding unnecessary Hospital Admissions and inappropriate A&E attendances of Children & Young People with Long Term Conditions Following the successful launch in September, we would like to invite you to Workshop 2 of the Children & Young People’…

08 Feb 2013
Shared Decision Making – Train the Trainer (part of Better Patient Experience)
Learning Objectives are to: Increase the awareness of SDM in clinical environments Provide tools and examples of SDM language that could be used Identify potential challenges around engagement and identify solutions. Agenda Setting the scene In…

13 Feb 2013
Action Learning Set 3 (part of Integration)
Third Action learning set for the Integrated Care community 2

14 Feb 2013
Motivational Interviewing (part of Better Patient Experience)
See attached document for a summary of the Event and alternative dates

15 Feb 2013 — 15 Feb 2013
Coaching Essentials of the AQuA Improvement Methodology Plus programme
There is a half day follow up with this module which will be held on 21st March 2013 am.

15 Feb 2013
Motivational Interviewing (part of Better Patient Experience)
See attached document for a summary of the Event and alternative dates

22 Feb 2013
Motivational Interviewing (part of Better Patient Experience)
See attached document for a summary of the Event and alternative dates

25 Feb 2013 — 25 Feb 2013
Measurement of the AQuA Improvement Methodology Plus programme

26 Feb 2013 — 02 May 2013
Cohort Three of the Advanced Team Training Programme in Healthcare programme
Cohort three of the Advanced Team Training Programme in Healthcare

26 Feb 2013
Advancing Quality Programme Leads meeting of 2013 (part of Reducing avoidable mortality)
Ideally, the programme lead (or alternative representative) from each acute and mental health trust participating in the Advancing Quality programme should attend. The meetings are the most beneficial for attendees when we’ve got representation fr…

27 Feb 2013 — 05 Apr 2013
Cohort 11 of the AQuA Improvement Methodology programme

27 Feb 2013
Advancing Quality Greater Manchester CCGs locality meeting (part of Reducing avoidable mortality)
GPs and commissioners from across the Greater Manchester cluster are invited to attend a locality meeting to discuss the role of CCGs in Advancing Quality (AQ). Advancing Quality is a clinically-led quality improvement programme designed to drive…

28 Feb 2013
Unlocking Diagnosis: Sharing Good Practice in the Assessment of people with Memory Problems (part of Quality of life for people with long term conditions)
The focus of this event will be to share good practice in the assessment of people with memory problems and to provide an update from the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme


Free event: Adopting innovation in the NHS: working in partnership

A free event, run in partnership with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)  Adopting innovation in the NHS: working in partnership is taking place on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 in London.  This event has been designed to help you understand the process of adopting innovation, how to engage colleagues and other stakeholders and cross-agency involvement.

The speakers include:

  • Helen Bevan, Chief of Service Transformation at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
  • Kathy McLean, Medical Director of the Provider Development Agency
  • Stephen Whitehead, Chief Executive, ABPI

Four case studies that represent leading-edge work will be used to show innovation in practice. The case studies will focus on how partnerships can accelerate innovation and stimulate radical change, and will give you practical information on how to transfer these approaches to your workplace.

  • A new paradigm for admissions avoidance  Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust working in partnership with Baxter Healthcare Ltd
  • Enabling patients to manage long term conditions at home – a whole pathway approach    Derby Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospital of North Staffordshire and The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust working in partnership with Baxter Healthcare Ltd 
  • Reaching ‘at risk’ and ‘hard to access’ populations through innovative media channels     Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust working in partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb Ltd.
  • New ways of experienced led commissioning, placing the patient at the centre of the commissioning process   Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd.  

When and where:    Wednesday 27 February 2013 at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London.


Future event: Cervical Cancer

20 – 26 January 2013 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (CCPW). CCPW is a European wide initiative led by the European Cervical Cancer Association and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust take the lead role in promoting the week in the UK. “Prevention Week will focus on all things relating to cervical cancer including information about symptoms and causes of the disease, ways to prevent it and support us.

As you will be aware cervical cancer is a preventable disease yet the charity supports too many women diagnosed because they delayed or ignored their cervical screening invitation and we are greatly concerned that uptake is getting worse. In addition to raising awareness about prevention we will also be highlighting cervical cancer symptoms based on data from a survey we ran to women diagnosed with the disease that showed a high percentage were not aware that their symptoms were related to cervical cancer. As a result we will be launching a new poster which will help increase awareness of symptoms. “

News round-up from National Health Executive

August News from National Health Executive

NHS receives over 3,000 complaints a week
Written complaints are on the rise in the NHS, new data shows. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reported that over 3,000 written complaints a week were made against the NHS in 2011-12.

This resulted in just over 162,100 complaints for the year, an 8% rise on the previous year. However, the HSCIC cautioned that the comparison was affected by 23 FTs submitting data in 2011-12 but not for 2010-11.

Comparing the 501 NHS organisations who reported for both years, the rise was just over 1%, from 148,900 to 150,900.

The report present information from NHS hospitals and community health services, as well as from family health services by PCT area.

Grim NHS spending forecasts mean free services may have to go. Some free NHS services may need to become paid-for or the public will have to have their taxes hiked to pay for them, according to a detailed investigation into future health and social care spending.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Nuffield Trust plots future spending scenarios for the NHS inEnglandand examines their consequences for other public service spending and for taxation.

Report co-author Carl Emmerson, deputy director of the IFS, said: “The current spending plans that run to March 2015 are tighter for the NHS than any delivered in the last fifty years, and the outlook for spending on public services beyond this suggests that, if it grows at all, NHS spending is not likely to keep pace with the amount that it has been estimated it needs to keep pace with the costs of an ageing population.

Better, Together
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was the overall winner at the QIPP Awards and Conference in Manchester on June 28, chaired by Sir Muir Gray, for its ‘Better Together’ collaboration initiative. Here, Nick Hodson, head of service improvement and programme assurance at the trust, describes its work with the independent sector.

Sir Muir Gray absolutely pinpointed the reason why we have been so successful here at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in delivering efficiencies.

Delivering efficiencies sustainably requires an underpinning assurance process which embeds QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity, Performance) as business as usual, and not some transient initiative that will eventually go away.

‘Better Together’, our trust’s offering, describes how we minimised risk and maximised opportunity through working with the independent sector.

RCN Stroke Care conference: 19 September

Stroke is one of the top three causes of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the UK; rising numbers of people who are morbidly obese with Type 2 diabetes brings additional risk of an increasing number of people who will have a stroke.

These events are aimed at all health care professionals who are involved in stroke management and rehabilitation.

Speakers will discuss their experiences and offer suggestions as to how you can help your patients regain skills, make adjustments to living with the long-term conditions of stoke and adapt to a different way of life.

More information from