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 older people
This online resource from the GMC aims to support doctors in their daily care of older patients. Read more »
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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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 »
Smaller hospitals have a future in the NHS, but need to change
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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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 »
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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.
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.
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.
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 National End of Life Care Programme newsletter has published its August newsletter.
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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.
The Department of Health is launching a repeat of the national bowel cancer awareness campaign next week.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
This toolkit is organised around five key areas for improvement in maternity care: teamworking; communication; training; information and guidance; and staffing and leadership.