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Older People's Day marks a national and international celebration of the ahcievements of older people and recgonises the contributions that they make to society. The initiative also aims to challenge negative stereotypes of older people and promote positive attitudes towards ageing.
See: Older People's Day
As people live longer and the population ages there are increased challenges for society and in particular health and social care services. We are highlighting a number of resources from the RCN including the older people's forum, the RCN's webpages with guidance on caring for older people with diverse needs across care settings and a subject guide from the RCN Library recommending books and journals on the topic of caring for older people. We are also focusing on news stories and research relating to the care of older people and positive ageing.
The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.
The RCN has warned nurses not to put future at risk in pension opt-out offer. The RCN has advised members not to take up the offer without taking financial advice, as doing so could risk their financial stability in retirement.
School nurses are vital to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM). The RCN has highlighted that cuts to school nursing roles are leaving vulnerable children exposed, as a report criticises failures to deal with FGM.
Alzheimer’s Disease International
The latest report from Alzheimer’s Disease International has argued that current dementia services are over-specialised, and that rebalancing is required with a more prominent role for primary and community care.
King's Fund & Nuffield Trust
A report from the King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust has highlighted that social care for older people is under massive pressure, with increasing numbers of people not receiving the help they need, which puts a strain on carers.
Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in healthcare.
In a commentary from the Guardian, doctors have urged an inquiry into Jeremy Hunt's NHS 'weekend effect' claims. Stephen Hawking, Robert Winston and a number of senior doctors are urging Theresa May to hold an inquiry into Jeremy Hunt’s claim that 11,000 patient deaths a year are caused by a lack of medics on duty in hospitals at weekends.
Home Affairs Committee
A report from the Home Affairs Committee has highlighted that the Government has made significant efforts to raise the profile of the dangers of FGM and to identify ways to eradicate it within a generation. This report also provides a further update on the extent to which these measures have been effective in tackling FGM.
This theme explores what it means to practise in line with best available evidence. It highlights evidence based practice guidelines, research and other tools and updates on evidence based techniques and processes from across the UK. International content from credible resources is also included.
NHS National institute for Health Research
A Cochrane review found that 24 out of 100 people who took paracetamol for regular tension-type headaches were pain free at two hours, compared with 19 out of 100 who took an inactive placebo. There was no difference in risk of side effects between paracetamol and placebo.
This quality standard covers advice about all methods of contraception for women, including emergency contraception. It applies to young people (under 25) and adults. This includes all women of childbearing potential, and young people under 16 who are competent to consent to contraceptive treatment under the Department of Health’s Reference guide to consent for examination or treatment.
Patient focus looks at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making. It covers people’s human rights including the right to privacy and confidentiality.
This document is intended to clarify the expectations on stakeholder involvement, in particular patient and public participation. It also covers legal duties around engagement and consultation and will be of particular interest to communication and engagement leads for STPs and footprint leaders.
Helping children and families open up about experiencing domestic violence needs to be a public health priority, NICE experts are warning. NICE has set out how NHS staff can have a more active role in spotting and responding to victims of domestic violence.
eHealth covers the ways technologies can act as key enablers in delivering healthcare in today’s society. It’s much more than any one type of technology or device. We are seeing the appearance of new operational models supported by technology.
Care Quality Commission
The CQC has updated the code of practice that CQC staff will follow to obtain, handle, use and disclose confidential personal information. The code explains how the CQC makes decisions relating to people’s confidential personal information.
NHS Digital has announced a more efficient way to update Summary Care Records (SCRs) with additional information from a patient’s GP record. Additional information can be added with the patient’s explicit consent, by someone with the appropriate role profile.
This theme highlights health and morale of the workforce. A positive working environment benefits staff and patients. Creating the best possible working conditions for nursing staff enables them to deliver the highest standards of patient care.
NHS Employers has produced a new podcast, the first in a two-part series, discussing bullying and harassment in the NHS. In the first edition Bernadette El-Hadidy, NHS Employers' London area head of engagement, talks to Jon Restell, Jon Lenney and Dr Madeline Carter to find out what the issues are and how they can be tackled.
NHS England is launching a major consultation on proposals to strengthen the management of conflicts of interest, clamp down on inappropriate behaviour and ensure that the NHS is one of the leading healthcare organisations in the world in tackling these issues.
This is a unique event which will reflect on the past 100 years of nursing and help plan for the next 100, while celebrating the RCN’s centenary.