AQuA Bulletin: Issue 80

Issue: 80 of the AQuA Bulletin is exclusively available on the AQuA Portal (click here to log on and download).aqua-logo_

AQuA aims to bring a mixture of tools and publications aimed at improving healthcare services, providing links to more information and resources, highlighting areas for action and participation.

In the current issue:

Top Stories

  • Reducing harm to patients
  • Updated Asthma IOP launched
  • BMJ Quality & Safety: a collection of key articles
  • Horizon Scanning  A new settlement for health and social care
  • Safer Care – New drive to end deliberate face-down restraint
  • Patient Experience – Right to ‘ask’ for personal health budgets begins
  • Innovation – Mental health teams in police stations and courts scheme goes live
  • Patient Experience -Hospital stays improving, finds CQC
  • Innovation -Guidance for unplanned admissions enhanced services
  • Horizon Scanning – Clinical commissioning groups one year on.
  • Safer Care – Professionals divided over hip fracture care
  • Public Health – CMO annual report published on state of the public’s
  • Prevention – NICE recommends tests to help diagnose and manage asthma
  • Horizon Scanning – Update on rising scarlet fever numbers across England
  • Data & Intelligence – Data round up…

New addition to Horizon Scanning

The list of topics available on the Horizon Scanning page has just grown to 20.  The latest one to be included is Learning Disabilities which sends the latest information direct to your inbox.  Why not sign up and give it a try – subscription is FREE. Click here.

Sample feed includes:

Behavioural family therapy used to support system around person with learning disabilities and mental health needs by John Northfield

Studies have suggested a higher incidence of mental health problems in people with learning disabilities, although there are some differences in estimates, which have varied in studies looking at people with learning disabilities who also have a co-morbid psychiatric disorder from 14 to 39%. There is also evidence of increased likelihood of family members and […]
People with learning disabilities have faced a range of barriers when attempting to negotiate the legal system. Public law is complicated but this new guide hopes to provide clear, accurate advice in a range of areas, The guide, called ‘Know Your Rights’ has been broken down into six main themes: Housing Social and Health Care

CQC finds half of learning disability services did not meet essential standards   by John Northfield

Last year, the BBC  screened its secret filming at the Winterbourne view home in Bristol which showed shocking scenes of abuse. The subsequent inquiry led to arrests and convictions, but there were concerns that this was not an isolated incident. The care services minister stated his determination to strengthen safeguards and the Care Standards Commission […]

Health Information Week

Health Information Week
On Tuesday 3 July, as part of Health Information Week, Jan and Steve staked out a spot in the Staff Restaurant, Treetops just as the lunchtime rush began. With the aid of the latest technology, an iPAD, their aim was to raise awareness of the many quality eresources available to Trust and Community staff and students.

The iPAD was used to demonstrate the number of useful clinical and healthcare apps freely available for download to smartphone and iPAD users.  One such example was the BNF app. This provides users who have an Athens username and password (a must for every healthcare professional), that there is nothing to stop them from having the latest pharmacology advice and updates at their fingertips. No more scrabbling around the department looking for that one dog-eared copy!  If you have a clinical or healthcare  ‘app’ you would like to recommend, please let us know.

There were even some free books to give away. As part of the Staff Library’s stock downsizing prior to their move later this summer, a number of free hardback medical journals were passed on to new owners. Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to acquire one, it’s not too late to call in the Staff Library and see what else is available.

There was plenty of opportunity to discuss various topics such as how to register for Athens and what it enables registered users to access; how to book for training; who it was best to talk to regarding literature searching and there was also plenty of interest in Horizon Scanning – the library’s latest service.

Horizon Scanning (HS) aims to bring the latest news and information direct to an individual’s inbox. It is very easy to sign up to and if you are not completely satisfied you can unsubscribe at any time. Best of all the service is free and if your particular interest isn’t included on the list of subjects offered, then one of the Staff Library team, will be happy to customise something which is more suited to your exact needs.


NEW Horizon Scanning page

Please see the newest page on our web portal – Horizon Scanning.  We hope this feature will prove popular whatever your area of expertise or discipline.

The Staff Library is developing a new service.  Horizon Scanning or current awareness as it is sometimes known, is a time saving method of keeping up to date on a chosen topic, with the minimum of effort on your part. 

We regularly review news and information published from many quality Internet sources such as BMJ, Harvard Business Review, King’s Fund and Cochrane Library to name but a few.   We then collate the results for you in a format that is easy to read, review and share.  News is already published on this web portal under appropriate page headings eg: Nursing, Orthopaedics and Community Care for instance.  However, instead of you having to remember to visit our website, we can send the news directly to your Inbox.

If you have a specific topic in mind, please contact us so that we can discuss a bespoke service.   This is a FREE service and all that is required is a valid email address. Why not give it a try?  Take a look at the current collection now

Falls Awareness | Services and practice | Professional resources | Age UK

Falls Awareness Week 18 – 22 June 2012

Falls represent a serious problem for older people; they occur in around 30% of over 65s and 50% of those aged over 80 every year, often resulting in serious consequences, both physically and psychologically. In addition to bruising, fractures, and in some cases, death, a fall can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence.

via Falls Awareness | Services and practice | Professional resources | Age UK.

Don’t forget you can subscribe to the regular monthly bulletin by following this link at Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning