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There are an increasing number of people in criminal justice settings who have multiple and complex health care needs.
These people can require attention in NHS settings outside prison/police custody. This guidance is aimed at nursing staff working in NHS settings and gives support and advice to provide care to this group of patients.
The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.
The RCN has published a career and education framework for cancer nursing for UK nursing staff, and for the first time it incorporates cancer-specific nursing outcomes.
Credentialing offers individual nurses recognition from the RCN for their skill and experience to practise at an advanced level. Watch our latest video to find out more.
National Audit Office
A National Audit Office report has warned that progress with integration of health and social care has, to date, been slower and less successful than envisaged.
Royal College of Midwives
The Royal College of Midwives report 'State of Maternity Services 2015' has examined the statistics and figures around maternity services, identifying emerging issues and trends.
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.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
This framework aims to provide clarity and direction to health care organisations on the key strategic, clinical, and operational components involved in achieving safe and reliable operational excellence — a "system of safety," not just a collection of stand-alone safety improvement projects.
When data for this report were extracted 326 serious incidents were designated by reporters as Never Events. Of these, 33 reports of wrong route of administration of medication were identified and 1 report of inadvertent administration of potassium was reported.
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.
A male contraceptive gel has been found to work reliably in a trial in primates, bringing the prospect of an alternative form of birth control for humans closer. The product, called Vasalgel, is designed to be a reversible and less invasive form of vasectomy and in the latest study was 100 per cent effective at preventing conception. A blob of the gel is injected into the sperm-carrying tube, known as the vas deferens, and acts as a long-lasting barrier.
Three new statements have been added: Older people are to be asked about falls when at routine assessments and those at risk should be offered a multifactorial falls risk assessment. Those at increased risk of falling should have individualised multifactorial interventions.
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.
Staff at a Worcestershire hospital admitted patients to a “virtual ward” to avoid breaching the four-hour A&E target, a whistleblower has claimed. Patients were kept in A&E but recorded as being admitted to a ward that did not exist. An investigation regarding the claims, carried out by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, found that breaches of the target may have been under-reported at Alexandra hospital in Redditch. The report also found patients whose recorded admission time did not match the time they were actually moved.
House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts
This inquiry examined the effectiveness of the recovery of treatment costs for overseas patients who are eligible for chargeable care. The final report of the inquiry argues that health managers must take urgent action to recover more money from overseas patients and improve the mechanism by which costs are recouped.
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.
A Midlands trust has gone live with a new electronic patient record system after migrating millions of records and merging with an existing patient administration system.
Public Health England
This document explains how PHE will make the best use of digital to meet the needs of their users and fulfil their remit to protect and promote health and reduce inequalities. PHE aims to take a digital-first approach to lead the development of new models of public health within the public health system and working with partners.
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.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute
The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charity set up to acknowledge the work of the voluntary organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
This report evaluates recent governments’ approaches to workforce design across the NHS, education, central and local government and the police. It argues that the current workforce is a legacy of past approaches and is built around siloed attitudes of past governments. The report makes the case for greater automation and user-centered service design in order to meet user expectations and improve outcomes
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