News from The Kings Fund: 29 November

Extract from The Kings Fund 29 November

NHS Confederation

Guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings This guidance gives recommendations on the management of outbreaks of vomiting and/or diarrhoea in hospitals and community health and social care settings, including nursing and residential homes.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Sharps safety: RCN guidance to support implementation of the EU Directive 2010/32/EU on the prevention of sharps injuries in the health care sectorThis guidance covers the law on sharps injuries, including the European Directive 2010/32/EU and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers. It includes information on preparing an organisation, introducing risk assessments, selecting and evaluating safety-engineered devices and what employers should be doing to comply with the directive. It also includes a checklist to help safety representatives assess organisational and ward/departmental level compliance with the directive.

Making the business case for ward sisters/team leaders to be supervisory to practice This guidance has been developed to help nurse leaders make the business case for ward sisters and team leaders to take up a supervisory role. It looks at the evidence nurse leaders need to complete the business case and is underpinned by the RCN definition of supervisory practice. It contains helpful and practical steps for making an effective case to ensure ward sisters and team leaders have dedicated time for improving the quality of care experienced by service users and patients.

Patient safety in patients who occupy beds on clinically inappropriate wards: a qualitative interview study with NHS staff

Article published in BMJ
Accepted 15 October 2011
Published Online First 18 November 2011

Objective To explore NHS staff members’ perceptions and experiences of the contributory factors that may underpin patient safety issues in those who are placed on a hospital ward that would not normally treat their illness (such patients are often called ‘outliers’ ‘sleep outs’ or ‘boarders’).

Design Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews.

Setting A single large teaching hospital in the north of England.

Participants 29 members of NHS staff (doctors, nurses and non-clinical or management staff).

News from NHS Networks: 14 October

The number of people subject to restrictions under the Mental Health Act in England has risen by five per cent in a year.
The public wants more say and greater choice over their NHS healthcare according to a new patient survey carried out by an independent research company on behalf of the Department of Health.
Guide for GPs to identify patients for supportive and palliative care.
The government is joining forces with Comic Relief to help tackle mental health stigma, with funding of up to £20 million for Time to Change, the leading stigma and anti-discrimination campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
The NHS will become more transparent under proposals set out by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
An audit of physiotherapy services in England.
Patients who need access to NHS physiotherapy are facing waits of up to 27 weeks, according to a new report.
Early diagnosis of cancer receives more pessimism from people who work for a lower wage than from those who are affluent, research shows.

Unwitnessed in-patient falls

S Hignett, G Sands… – Age and Ageing, 2011 –
British Geriatrics Soc
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Healey F, Scobie S, Glampson B, Pryce A, Joule N, Willmott M

Slips, Trips and Falls in Hospital:
The Third Report from the Patient Safety Observatory. London: National Patient Safety Agency; 2007.

News from NHS Networks: 1 Sept 2011

Improving Patient Safety
This developing website is for everyone – staff, patients,service users, carers, the general public – everyone who has an interest in promoting patient safety.
A “one stop shop” guide to help patients get the most from their GP practice is launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).