Extract from GMC
“The UK Government has announced plans to give the GMC new powers to check the English language skills of doctors from Europe when we have concerns about their ability to communicate effectively.
We are already able to check the language skills of doctors who qualified outside Europe, and to refuse to grant their registration if they cannot speak English to a safe standard. But UK law prevents us from checking doctors who qualified within the European Union.”
The GMC also produces some useful standards and ethics guidance for doctors
The code: standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives
This code sets out a foundation for good nursing and midwifery practice, and will act as a key tool in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the public.
The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) launched its new standards book, Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners, at the British Dental Conference.
Speaking at the launch, dean of the FGDP(UK) Russ Ladwa said: ‘This is a very timely book. I was at a talk this morning on the non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease, where the speaker talked about the over-prescription and misuse of antimicrobials.
via Dental News | FGDP(UK) publishes new standards book.
End of life care co-ordination: core content
This national information standard specifies the core record content to support the provision of high-quality co-ordinated care at the end of life. The standard facilitates consistent recording of information by health and social care agencies and, with the consent of the individual, supports safe and effective management and sharing of information.
Extract from Skills for Health
Healthcare support workers and adult social care workers play an important role in delivering high quality care.
We are pleased to announce that Skills for Health and Skills for Care have been invited by the Department of Health (DH, England) to develop a framework that will ensure healthcare support workers and adult social care workers in England are supported in delivering safe and effective care through the development of a Code of Conduct and minimum standards including those for induction. The outcomes of the project will be used to inform any future plans for voluntary regulation of these roles.
In discussion with DH, Skills for Health and Skills for Care are developing the project plans and identifying the outcomes to be delivered. We will present a first draft of the project plan to DH by the end of January 2012. Once these have been agreed by all parties, we will begin the project with a range of stakeholders to progress the initiative taking account of similar work that has already been undertaken especially in other UK nations.
To find out more please email Christina.Pond@skillsforhealth.org.uk
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recently published consultation comments relating to the End of Life Care for Adults quality standard which was published last November.
Extract from The National Back Exchange website at http://www.nationalbackexchange.org
Manual Handling of Children Standards Manual
New Manual Handling of Children publication available from NBE.
Following the success of the Standards in Manual Handling (2010) NBE has continued with its plan to publish specialist books and now presents: Manual Handling of Children 2011.
Manual Handling of Children aims to be the definitive publication on the issues surrounding the manual handling of children in a variety of community settings.
This book is written by Carole Johnson and Pat Alexander both of whom have a wealth of experience in paediatric manual handling and have presented at both national and international conferences on this subject.
The assessment, measurement and monitoring of vital signs are important skills for all practitioners working with infants, children and young people.
Courtesy of Skills for Health
Following joint working with the National Cancer Action Team (England) and input from UK practitioners, the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for chemotherapy and chemotherapy-related pharmacy have been approved by UKCES and the UK NOS Panel. The new standards will shape the development of new transferable roles for chemotherapy practitioners. For guidance on how NOS can be used to enhance service provision, please visit the Skills for Health website.