Cold Weather Alert!

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 1200 on Wednesday 28 Jan and 1200 on Tuesday 3 Feb in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

More details about the weather alert is available on the MET Office website.

Safer changeover of doctors recommended

Extract from NHS Networks

Recommendations for the safe changeover of doctors in training have been published jointly by NHS Employers and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).

Doctors in training in the UK have historically started new six-monthly rotations in February and August, with the majority of junior doctors rotating to new training programmes during the first week of August.

There is increasing evidence to show that simultaneous changeover is associated with reduced efficiency and increased mortality.

NHS Employers and the AoMRC have outlined four key recommendations to help organisations mitigate these potential problems.

BMJ Learning – FREE modules for NHS Change Day

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NHS Change Day is about making a difference with one simple action.  BMJ Quality Improvement Programme and BMJ Learning have made the following modules free for one day only as part of NHS Change Day.

These modules are usually exclusively available for individual users subscribed to the BMJ Quality Improvement Programme

The King’s Fund: Delivering the NHS Safety Thermometer CQUIN

2012/13: a preliminary guide to measuring ‘harm free’ care
This guidance is intended to support the NHS in implementing the NHS Safety Thermometer. The NHS Safety Thermometer gives nurses a template to check basic levels of care, identify where things are going wrong and take action. It is being used by frontline healthcare workers to measure and track the proportion of patients in their care. NHS organisations are being encouraged to use the NHS Safety Thermometer in 2012/13 using a CQUIN incentive payment that rewards them if they collect data on the safety of the care they provide.