Friday, 18 November 2011
The online hub will provide regular updates about the increased demand on the NHS during the cold winter months and offer practical advice on keeping well when the weather is very cold.
Winterwatch will be published at 2pm each Thursday and you can sign up for the weekly Winterwatch email alerts.
It is the second year that Winterwatch has been available and, for first time, it will also publish information about flu, pressure on A&E and hospital statistics in one place. This will provide an invaluable source of information for health and social care professionals around the country.
Figures released today show that 29% of healthcare workers are currently vaccinated compared to only 11% this time last year. Although this shows a positive increase in the early uptake of the vaccination, the numbers are still too low and more work needs to be done.
Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, said: “The cold winter months bring additional risks to our health and well-being. It’s important we all look after ourselves and those around us to make sure we stay safe and well.“Winterwatch will provide an invaluable source of information for doctors, nurses and commissioners around the country.“NHS staff keep our health service running and it is vital they continue to protect themselves, their patients and their families over the coming months.”The Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, has today also announced that five hospitals will be able to provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) this winter. ECMO is an additional treatment for patients with severe reversible respiratory failure.
Department of Health
A best practice framework for organisational changes affecting staff as part of the transition between the NHS and local government has been published.
The Public Health Human Resources Concordat sets out a range of principles jointly agreed by the Department of Health, NHS employers and the Local Government Association. The Concordat was developed in partnership with employers and trade unions.
‘Our aim in developing this Concordat is to help ensure that the HR transition processes are transparent, fair and clear,’ said Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, John Ransford, LGA Chief Executive, and Sir Neil McKay, Chief Executive NHS Midlands and East SHA Cluster, in a joint letter. Department of Health
Government forced to abandon opposition to NHS waiting time targets as number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks grows
The government has been forced to abandon its opposition to NHS waiting time targets and introduce a new rule to halt the growing number of patients not being treated within the promised 18 weeks. The Guardian
The world is being driven towards the "unthinkable scenario of untreatable infections", experts are warning, because of the growth of superbugs resistant to all antibiotics and the dwindling interest in developing new drugs to combat them. The Independent
The Foundations of Good Governance by the Foundations Network Trust brings together examples of good and best practice. Good governance underpins effective leadership, management and accountability within NHS Foundation Trusts.To access the document online you will need to login or register – if you already use NHS Confederation or NHS Employees websites you will have a login. Alternatively a print copy of the compendium is held in Poole Hospital library.
The Foundation Trusts Network website is well worth exploring for information on benchmarking, social enterprises (in Publications) and NHS management and finances (news). NHS Confederation