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The Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP) is a new research and quality improvement programme which will measure and improve patient outcomes after major surgery. Over 70 hospitals have registered interest in participating and it has been adopted onto the NIHR's portfolio of approved studies - meaning that hospitals will get support from NIHR clinical research nurses to support their efforts. PQIP will measure, analyse and provide feedback on the quality and outcomes of perioperative care and will recruit 70,000 patients from hospitals all over the UK over the next 5 years. PQIP is a collaborative programme, being led by the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia’s Health Services Research Centre (NIAA HSRC) on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. There are real opportunities for nurses working in the perioperative setting to get involved with data collection and local quality improvement based on PQIP data. Have a look at the website - and get in touch at email@example.com to find out if your hospital is involved.
The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.
The RCN has responded to the planned curriculum for the new nursing associate role by expressing concern about the speed of implementation.
Cecilia Anim has been re-elected as RCN president. Priorities for her second term include increasing engagement with members and fighting for nursing in the face of ongoing challenges.
World Health Organization
New guidance from the World Health Organization contains a series of recommendations to improve the quality of antenatal care in order to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications and give women a positive pregnancy experience.
The Alzheimer’s Society has produced a personal budgets guide of easy and cost-effective actions councils can take to improve the personal budgets process for people with dementia and their 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.
BMJ Quality and Safety
A BMJ Quality and Safety study has highlighted that a bedside care workforce with a greater proportion of professional nurses is associated with better outcomes for patients and nurses.
Canadian Institute for Health Information
A Canadian report has suggested that in 2014–15 there were 138,000 patients admitted to a Canadian hospital who suffered some kind of harmful event that could potentially have been prevented.
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.
NICE has issued new and updated guidance for hypertension in adults, diabetes in children and young people and minimal change disease and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in adults.
Public Health England
This document summarises recommendations for the prevention and control of acute respiratory infections in healthcare settings for clinical and public health colleagues. Preventing infection in healthcare settings requires the consistent application of infection control measures by healthcare workers and the involvement of the local infection control team.
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.
The Self Care Forum is calling on people to make more use of their local pharmacist this winter to help ease the burden on frontline NHS services. As it launched Self Care Week today, the Forum highlights the huge number of consultations with GPs and visits to A&E by patients with common ailments – health issues that could be dealt with by their local pharmacist.
The number of patients in England who were medically fit to leave hospital but unable to be safely discharged has reached a new high for the sixth month in a row, increasing pressure on the government to tackle the social care shortage.
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.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has rolled out the North-West London care information exchange to patients for the first time, allowing them to access and share their record.
NHS Wales Informatics Service
Hospital outpatient clinics across North Wales were the first to use a tablet enabled patient e-questionnaire for Orthopaedic care that has been designed by the Informatics Service. 497 patients in pre-operation assessment clinics were asked to input answers into the e-questionnaire on the hip or knee conditions they are being treated for.
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.
This case study from Kettering General Hospitals shares their experiences of how they've improved their staff engagement levels through the implementation of a workforce development strategy. The strategy focuses on eight key objectives and is based on findings from the NHS Staff Survey and is aligned to the trust's wider five year organisational strategy.
As Mencap’s Learning Disability Work Experience Week kicks off, the number of NHS organisations pledging to employ more people with learning disabilities has hit 100, with NHS England calling on more trusts and hospitals to join the growing list.
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