Posts Tagged 'NHS_Networks'

NHS Networks: Improving patients’ cancer experience

New guide will help trusts improve patients’ cancer experience

NHS Improving Quality and Macmillan Cancer Support have joined forces to launch a guide to help trusts improve their patients’ experience of cancer care and boost their overall performance.

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Better care for the elderly

Holding Hands with Elderly PatientBetter care for older people

This online resource from the GMC aims to support doctors in their daily care of older patients.   Read more »

 

NICE guidance for ward staffing

NICE unveils safe staffing plans for nursing care in wards

NICE has published new guidance for ‘red flag events’ where nurses in charge of shifts must act immediately to ensure they have enough staff to meet the needs of patients on that ward.

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NHS Networks News

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Patient safety alert on the risk of cutting in-line suction catheters

NHS England has issued a patient safety alert on the risk of inadvertently cutting in-line (closed) suction catheters.  Read more »

Phone app emergency alert for medically trained

A smartphone app has been developed that aims to help doctors improve patient survival rates during medical emergencies.  Read more »

CKD guidance updated to help improve diagnosis

NICE has updated its clinical guideline on chronic kidney disease (CKD) to include new recommendations on the diagnosis and classification of the condition, and on its relationship with acute kidney injury. Read more »

 

 

Small hospitals adapting service for the future

Smaller hospitals have a future in the NHS, but need to changehospital_building

Small district general hospitals can thrive but the way services are provided to local patients must change to guarantee quality care, according to a report from Monitor.

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NHS Networks: News updates – children

Children and young people’s health report The first annual report by the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum has praised progress but also highlighted areas where more needs to be done.    Read more »

New resources for keeping children safe Public Health England has launched two new resources for local authorities on preventing accidents to children and young people in the home and on the road.   Read more »

Number of pregnant mums smoking falls to record low New figures show that only 12 percent of mothers said they were smokers at the time they gave birth, the lowest percentage in eight years of data collection.   Read more »

Antibiotics for early-onset neonatal infection A summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 149 ‘Antibiotics for early-onset neonatal infection: antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of early-onset neonatal infection’ (2012).  Read more »

News update from NHS Networks

A survey commissioned by the all-party parliamentary group for continence care has vividly demonstrated a decline in the level of provision for continence care services in England.
Dementia is a major and growing challenge for both health and social care.
The Children and Young People’s Health Forum was asked by the secretary of state to help develop a new strategy for improving care for children and young people.
The NHS Confederation has published a briefing for non-executive directors (NEDs) interested in improving their understanding of their organisations’ data.
The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading charity for people affected by stroke and has recently taken over running a fortnightly email bulletin from the now defunct Stroke Improvement Programme.
This narrative was developed with service users, by National Voices and partners and shows what coordinated care would look like from the perspective of patients, service users, families and carers.
NHS England has published its latest bulletin for CCGs.
This letter invites local areas to express an interest in becoming ‘pioneers’, demonstrating the use of ambitious and innovative approaches to delivering integrated care.
New recommendations, published by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Radiologists and the Society and College of Radiographers, have outlined improvements for patients by ensuring that timely and appropriate medical imaging services such as scans are provided to them and their referring doctors.
This report looks at the nature of employee voice and the impact of social media.
This case study is part of a series designed to share good practice and lessons learned by local NHS organisations involved in major reviews of local health services.
The Dementia Challenge report describes achievements in the three main areas of the challenge: driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia friendly communities and better research.
Bob Ricketts, director of commissioning support, strategy and market development for NHS England, will outline the vision for service transformation.
Health sector regulator Monitor and NHS England are working together to reform the way NHS services are paid for.
The government has announced plans for a more joined up health and social care system by 2018.
A new guide by the BMA will help doctors tackle some of the dilemmas that they face on a daily basis.
The direct specialised commissioning function of NHS England is supported by a devolved clinical leadership model.
This report was commissioned as part of a review of HIV services in London and the aim was to gather data from patients to better understand patterns of service use and what they value in HIV services.
This update has been released in response to the government’s consultation on safeguarding power of entry between 11 July 2012 and 12 October 2012.
New chair-elect for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
This briefing examines what the NHS mandate means for mental health services and the people who use them.
NHS England has published detailed data about the first four of the 14 hospitals involved in the review of mortality data.
Figures published by Public Health England (PHE) show that confirmed cases of whooping cough in England have continued to decrease in 2013 with 434 cases reported in March.
Report from NHS Change Day.
The Local Government Association and PHE have produced a guide for local councillors about the national child measurement programme (NCMP).
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is seeking to recruit the following professional members to the NICE accreditation advisory committee.
Plans to strengthen performance in urgent and emergency care are being put in place across the country to help hospital A&E departments meet demand and tackle waiting time pressures.
NHS England has written to NHS Trust medical directors and area team medical directors setting out interim arrangements for issuing healthcare professional alert notices.
This publication supports local authority health and wellbeing boards to develop and update pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs).
The Care Bill will modernise the law to put people’s wellbeing at the heart of the care and support system.

BMA releases doctors’ guide to medical ethics dilemmas

Extract from NHS Networks

Such dilemmas could include whether serious but unproven allegations of patients’ violence and abuse should be recorded in their medical notes, or whether doctor should tell people if their partners are HIV positive.

Everyday Medical Ethics and Law, extracts the practical advice on everyday ethical dilemmas found in the BMA’s more extensive ethics handbook, and presents it as a reference guide in paperback format.

It summarises best-practice standards, legal benchmarks and advice from expert organisations on areas such as the doctor-patient relationship, consent, capacity, confidentiality and the management of health records.

News from NHS Networks: 15 March 2013

Patient Information Conference in its eighth year

The government’s information strategy asserts that “access to good quality information… is an important health and care service in its own right”. It is a powerful statement, but what does it mean and how do we deliver?

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Regulations on procurement, patient choice and competition

The regulations laid last month have been amended in light of concerns expressed by GPs and others.

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Interim arrangements for NHS CB number two

The NHS Commissioning Board has announced interim arrangements for the post of chief operating officer and deputy chief executive.

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Mental health panel issues new guides

Advice and support for commissioners.

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The patient online: the road map

This guidance from RCGP supports GP practices to provide online access for patients.

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New network launched for rehabilitation professionals

A new network has been launched to bring together all qualified rehabilitation workers in the UK.

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New operating model for the commissioning of offender health care

The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has published the single operating model for the commissioning of offender health services.

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Bulletin for proposed CCGs: 7 March 2013

Latest CCG bulletin from the NHS Commissioning Board.

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Resources to improve research information for patients

Resource pack to help NHS trusts raise awareness of clinical research among patients and carers, and deliver on the NHS constitution commitment to provide research information supporting patient choice.

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Best practice for managing medicines shortages in secondary care

These standards provide advice to NHS hospitals in England in managing medicines shortages at local level to minimise any risks to patients through delays to treatment.

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Chief medical officer warns over antibiotics

The second volume of the CMO’s annual report covers the threat of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases.

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GP-led groups ready to take charge of NHS budgets in every community in England

NHS Commissioning Board establishes fourth and final wave of clinical commissioning groups.

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March issue of Commissioning Excellence

Commissioning support needs to be focused on transformation not on transactions, according to Bob Ricketts, the man in charge of commissioning support at the NHS CB.

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What’s worrying your CCG?

CCGs have no shortage of challenges as they prepare to take the reins on 1 April. Initial responses to the survey point to predictable concerns about the financial pressures on CCGs but some more surprisingly relaxed attitudes in other areas – about the ability to engage with other organisations, for example.

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Healthy phone apps

The NHS Commissioning Board has launched a library of apps to help people manage their health.

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England to host international initiative for mental health leadership in 2014

Norman Lamb, minister of state for care services has accepted an invitation for England to host the 2014 exchange.

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CQC second care update

Care for people with dementia is not meeting their needs as services are struggling to cope, according to the latest care update from Care Quality Commission.

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Patient and public engagement: still an aspiration?

Engaging with patients and public is vital if NHS and social care organisations are to achieve outcomes, improve quality of services and strengthen bonds with local communities.

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Local Healthwatch regulations explained

Document to help local Healthwatch audiences understand the legal requirements that have been set out in regulations.

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Commissioning an integrated footcare pathway

Key recommendations for CCGs to help reduce diabetic amputations by 50%.

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New network launched for rehabilitation professionals

The Rehabilitation Workers Professional Network (RWPN) is hosted by VISION 2020 UK. The aim of the network is to represent the interests of rehabilitation workers and promote the work of the profession as it continues to move towards becoming a professional body. The network will enable members to promote best practice and share information.

Membership for the network is free and is open to any qualified rehabilitation worker. To join, please email Matt Broom atm.broom@vision2020uk.org.uk

Avoiding information governance risk

NHS organisations regularly fall foul of the Information Commissioner. In the last year a provider received a £60,000 fine after sensitive medical details were sent to the wrong address.

NHS Network News – Cancer

This report highlights the need for improvements in integrated care for cancer patients. Five key areas where patients thought improvements could be made to deliver integrated care were: securing quicker referral from GPs to hospitals for testing and diagnosis; ensuring patients find out the results of their tests as quickly as possible; providing patients with access to a named clinical nurse specialist or other ‘key worker’ throughout the care pathway; supporting patients to feel involved in key decisions about their treatment and care; and putting systems in place to make sure records and test results are available to all clinicians and staff involved in patients’ care.
Emergency admissions for patients with cancer remain problematic despite the development of acute oncology.

Online self management support resource centre

Online self management support resource centre

The Health Foundation’s new and improved resource centre provides information and practical tools that can be adopted and adapted locally to enable services and health professionals to develop their own self management support programmes.
The health foundation - Inspiring improvementThe Health Foundation is an independent charity working to continuously improve the quality of heatlhcare in the UK

Newsletter for End of Life care

The National End of Life Care Programme newsletter has published its August newsletter.
From NHS Networks
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) has launched a toolkit to empower local people to push for the right end of life care services following reform of the health and social care system.

Bowel cancer awareness campaign revisited

The Department of Health is launching a repeat of the national bowel cancer awareness campaign next week.
NHS Networks
The Department of Health has published the second national cancer patient experience survey based on feedback from 72,000 inpatient and day case cancer patients.

Monitor publishes review of annual plans for NHS Foundation Trust Sector

from NHS Networks by Maria Axford

The review of NHS foundation trust plans (2012/13) shows that the sector still faces challenges in meeting greater demand and more challenging health care targets while delivering significant savings each year.

Lives will be saved as junior doctors shadow new role

Junior doctors will spend a minimum of four working days shadowing the job that they will be taking up from this summer, according to NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.
Extract from NHS Networks

Managing back pain in the NHS

This report highlights the need for all NHS staff to be given good advice about back pain. It finds that musculoskeletal problems such as back pain account for 40% of sickness absence amongst NHS staff and costs approximately £400 million per year.

NHS Networks: Improving safety in maternity services: a toolkit for teams

This toolkit is organised around five key areas for improvement in maternity care: teamworking; communication; training; information and guidance; and staffing and leadership.

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