This blog covers the latest UK health care news, publications, policy announcements, events and information focused on the NHS, as well as the latest media stories and local news coverage of the NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire.
Cardiac patients living in Daventry and South Northamptonshire are set to benefit from rehabilitation services closer to home. From Thursday, cardiac rehabilitation services including education and exercise programmes will be delivered from Danetre Hospital.
This report shows that a great deal has been achieved since Sir Robert Francis’s public inquiry into Mid Staffs, and that the improvements made since must be sustained and embedded for the future and applied equally and rigorously across all sectors of the health and care system.
Each chapter sets out the main areas where further action is needed to ensure that safe, effective and compassionate care is the norm.
The supporting annex sets out in detail the substantial progress made against the 290 recommendations of the Francis report.
The NHS Constitution sets out: rights to which patients, public and staff are entitled responsibilities owed to each other to ensure the NHS operates fairly and effectively.
This consultation proposes to amend the NHS Constitution to respond to recommendations made by Sir Robert Francis QC and to: give greater prominence to mental health reflect the importance of access to transparent and comparable data include the Armed Forces Covenant reflect the new fundamental standards in April 2015
When people imagine nurses, it could be Florence Nightingale or Mary Seacole, or the nurses working in GP surgeries or on busy hospital wards. They are less likely to think about the growing body of NHS nurses who specialise in clinical research to develop next generation treatments.
Dr Susan Hamer, workforce development director at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, says that the last 10-15 years have seen a significant shift in clinical research in the NHS. Instead of “being a bit of a hobby”, it is now a mainstream activity with a large workforce of the NIHR Clinical Research Network sponsored clinical research nurses (CRNs) – about 4,000-strong - who support, manage and lead trials.
Researchers defend Prof Susan Jebb after journal says food companies funded 10 projects in which she was involved
The government’s leading obesity adviser has strongly denied suggestions from a medical journal that her independence has been compromised by taking funding from the sugar and other food industries for research projects.
The British Medical Journal says many public health scientists have links to the sugar industry, including Prof Susan Jebb, chair of the government’s Responsibility Deal food network.
The Care Act 2014 has put in place a new criminal offence applicable to care providers who supply, publish or otherwise make available certain types of information that is false or misleading, where that information is required to comply with a statutory or other legal obligation. The offence also applies to the ‘controlling minds’ of the organisation, where they have consented or connived in an offence committed by a care provider. This guidance sets out the context for the offence and explains how the offence is applied. Department of Health Guidance Department of Health - publications
Public Health England today (11 February 2015) launches its campaign to highlight the hidden dangers that secondhand smoke in homes and cars can cause to children’s health, coinciding with the passing by Parliament of regulations to end smoking in cars carrying children in England.
Secondhand smoke is particularly harmful to children as they breathe more rapidly and have less developed airways. Children being exposed to secondhand smoke results in more than 300,000 GP consultations and 9,500 hospital admissions every year.
The government estimates that 3 million children in England are exposed to secondhand smoke in their family car, which puts them at risk of serious conditions, including respiratory infections and meningitis and triggering asthma. A survey by the British Lung Foundation found that 86% of children who are exposed to smoking in cars would like the smoker to stop, yet only 31% actually feel able to ask them to do so.