Tuesday, 30 September 2014

NGH staff spotted serious child abuse or neglect 230 times in a year

NGH staff spotted serious child abuse or neglect 230 times in a year Staff at Northampton General Hospital referred more than 230 children to social services over serious abuse or neglect in a 12-month period. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

NHS chief Simon Stevens launches £650,000 prize fund for innovation

NHS chief Simon Stevens launches £650,000 prize fund for innovation Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive, launched a £650,000 prize pot to reward innovation in the NHS.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize encourages, celebrates and rewards innovation driven by the frontline doctors, nurses and NHS staff who deliver care every day. The 2014/15 NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes, worth £650,000, will be announced at the Queen’s Nursing Institute conference in London.

Ahead of the announcement, Mr Stevens said: “We have a strong track record in developing and using new medical technologies to revolutionise the way we care for and treat patients – diagnostic ultrasound, the MRI scan, the ophthalmoscope used to examine our eyes – to name but a few. All developed or invented by British innovators and used across the world to deliver healthcare to millions of people every day.”

“We need to find new ways of working if our health service is going to be fit to face the challenges ahead and we know that those ideas come from the brilliant people working in frontline caring and research roles.”

Now in its fourth year, this year’s programme will offer prizes across seven categories including for recognising innovations that support patient safety, enhance care for those with diabetes and prevent people from dying prematurely through the innovative use of technology to speed up diagnosis or improve care.

Previous winners include Dr Neil Guha and Professor Guruprasad Aithal from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust who were awarded £100,000 after developing a new way of detecting early stage liver disease in the community.

The pathway uses a test first developed to detect the ripeness of cheese, to identify early stage liver disease, and has proven its potential to save lives and increase detection rates for cirrhosis. If rolled out nationally, this project could save the NHS as much £74.6 million in the first year.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize is open to all NHS organisations in England and deadline for entry is 7 November. For more information, visit the The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize website. NHS England

PM vows seven day GP access by 2020

PM vows seven day GP access by 2020 David Cameron pledges more money to ensure seven day GP access across is rolled out across England by 2020. BBC News

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Midwives vote for strike action

Health Education England launches nurse ‘Come Back’ campaign

Health Education England launches nurse ‘Come Back’ campaign Health Education England (HEE) is putting £4.7 million into training resources over the next three years as part of a major national campaign that will allow former nurses to return to the workforce.

The focus of this campaign is that it has never been easier to return to nursing. It follows a fresh approach offering a supportive, flexible and varied learning experience across England.

Across the country, the Come Back campaign will engage with nurses through social media and digital communications, to deliver news of the refreshed return to practice programmes now available.

Although HEE’s role is to secure the future supply of the workforce, the on-going impact of Francis warrants concerted and special action. So we have been working with stakeholders including the Royal College of Nursing and NHS Employers to deliver this Come Back campaign.

Penny Simmons from Kettering is an experienced nurse who had to leave nursing due to family commitments, at the time her role was not flexible enough for her to support those commitments and continue working as a nurse.

Co-ordinated care survey findings

Co-ordinated care survey findings This report details the results of a survey of RCS members and patients looking into the coordination of care including discharge processes and re-admission for surgical patients in England and Wales. Overall, the results showed that discharge from hospital is an area of particular concern with only one quarter of those surveyed agreeing that there is a thorough coordinated discharge process in place to enable effective transfer of care from the hospital environment. It makes a number of recommendations for where the integration of care for patients can be improved including calling for greater discharge planning to take place from the outset, more information to be available to patients and carers, and greater communication between professionals and services. Royal College of Surgeons

Will a 'wonder drug' be available in 10 years?

Will a 'wonder drug' be available in 10 years? "Wonder drug to fight cancer and Alzheimer's disease within 10 years," is the headline in The Daily Telegraph.

This headline is a textbook example of hope (and hype) triumphing over reality, as the new "wonder drug" is neither available today nor inevitable in the future.

The headline was based on a study that provides new information about the role of the protein N-myristoylation (NMT) in human cells and a mechanism that inhibits it.

The study's authors suggest NMT could be involved in the development and progression of a range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

Inhibiting the actions of NMT could help combat these diseases. But this remains to be seen: if true, this greater understanding may open up new avenues for medical research, which could ultimately lead to new treatments in the future.

While the results are both intriguing and promising, it is very difficult to predict the precise route or timing of future medical developments (drugs, treatments or therapies) based on early laboratory investigations.

Even if treatments based on NMT inhibition were developed and found to be effective, there is no guarantee they would also be safe or free from serious side effects.

All in all, the 10-year timeframe suggested by The Daily Telegraph should be taken with a pinch of salt.

As a nurse I dont feel equipped to treat patients with mental health problems

As a nurse I dont feel equipped to treat patients with mental health problems Nurses qualify with little training in mental health. Is it surprising that sometimes care falls short as a result?

I once heard a nurse tell a patient, who was half dressed and standing in a corridor screaming, to stop acting like a child. I wondered how somebody committed to caring could show such a lack of empathy to somebody so unwell. After years of working in and around the NHS and having qualified as a nurse, I am no longer surprised that the care of people with mental health problems in hospital sometimes falls short. I know that I too have fallen short.

I look after the same people in hospital now whom I met working untrained for mental health support groups. People struggling to cope with poverty, people without support networks, people with chronic illness, people who have lived through awful things. According to Mind, one in four people experience mental health problems each year. This statistic covers a complex range of problems which are as varied and profound as physical illness. Continue reading... The Guardian

Up to 200 'dangerous' GP surgeries face closure under inspection regime

Up to 200 'dangerous' GP surgeries face closure under inspection regime Dozens of GP practices that are failing to provide safe care could be closed down under a new inspection regime, chief inspector of family doctors says. The Daily Telegraph

Women denied drugs which slash breast cancer risk

Women denied drugs which slash breast cancer risk 4,000 cases of breast cancer could be prevented each year, if not for NHS red tape, scientists warn. The Daily Telegraph

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700,000 face ‘hidden risk’ of breast cancer, warns charity

700,000 face ‘hidden risk’ of breast cancer, warns charity More than 700,000 women in the UK are living with a “hidden risk” of developing breast cancer, a charity has warned. The Independent