Survey of medical clinical academics released

The results of a study into the clinical academic staffing levels in UK medical schools have been unveiled this week by The Medical Schools Council. The study, the 13th to be published by the Council, features analysis by academic grade, source of funding, specialty, region, gender and ethnicity. It also focuses on professors, readers/senior lecturers and lecturers. The survey findings include data highlighting that there were 3,131 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) clinical academics in UK medical... Readmore

CQC wants public to share experiences of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Members of the public are being asked their opinion of the services provided by Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust prior to the Trust being inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 14 July 2015. The opinions are to help CQC inspectors decide what to look at when they undertake their inspection. "The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many... Readmore

Pharmacists recruited by GP practices to help ease workload

250 clinical pharmacists are to be recruited to GP practices to provide direct patient care and help to ease workload NHS England has announced. The £15m, three-year pilot project - part of the GP workforce 10-point plan agreed between the BMA GPs committee, Royal College of GPs, NHS England and Health Education England - will see pharmacists support about one million patients with self-limiting illnesses or long-term conditions. To be able to take part in the pilot GP practices will have... Readmore

Monitor takes steps to secure services for patients in Nottinghamshire

Healthcare regulator Monitor and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have agreed the steps that need to be taken to tackle the financial and leadership problems being experienced by the trust, which has been in special measures since July 2013. The trust, which provides services for patients at King’s Mill, Mansfield Community and Newark Hospitals, is expected to post a deficit of £32.7m for 2014-15. And despite having made some improvements to the care offered, it is not seeing... Readmore

London Bridge Hospital launches new Specialised Sleep Centre website

London Bridge Hospital, one of the largest private hospitals in the UK, has today (20 April) launched the website for The Sleep Centre at London Bridge Hospital. The website has been designed as a one-stop shop for sleep disorders, providing rapid assessment, intervention and treatment for numerous common and complex conditions. The website will complement the work of the Centre by providing up-to-date information regarding the different types of sleep disorders, tips for better sleep and the special... Readmore

RCN produces new diabetic care guidance

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced new guidance to assist nurses caring for people with diabetes. The RCN’s guidance concerns the issues surrounding the use of pre-loading insulin syringes. "A small but significant number of people need to use pre-loaded syringes to help manage their diabetes”, explains Libby Dowling, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK. “In these cases, it is vital that care is delivered safely and nurses are aware of the legal position surrounding this practice.... Readmore

Innovative diabetes project wins top award

An innovative project - entitled ‘My Diabetes My Way’ - which allows people with diabetes electronic access to their medical records has been recognised with a top UK award. Led by the University of Dundee in partnership with NHS Scotland, the project has been named winner of the Education and Self-Management Award at the 2015 Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference. The project offers people with diabetes anywhere in Scotland online access to their medical records, explaining the clinical... Readmore

NHS Trust placed into special measures having “not given sufficient priority to safety”

Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, has been placed into special measures after services were rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). An inspection team led by England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals Sir Mike Richards found a culture of bullying and harassment, low staff morale, and too few doctors and nurses to ensure good standards of patient care after spending six days at the hospital in November 2014. Inspectors also rated urgent... Readmore

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals publishes findings on BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital

The Care Quality Commission's (CQC) Chief Inspector of Hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards has published his findings on the standards of treatment and care at BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford. The hospital is one of the first independent hospitals to be inspected under CQC’s new methodology which looks at whether services are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well led. CQC identified five areas for improvement: (i) the provider must ensure that CQC is notified... Readmore

MHRA appoints chair of new Devices Expert Advisory Committee

Dr Peter Nightingale has been appointed as chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) Devices Expert Advisory Committee (DEAC). The DEAC has been formed following an independent review on MHRA access to clinical advice and engagement with the clinical community. It will be responsible for providing independent, expert strategic advice to the agency in support of its role to ensure that medical devices are acceptably safe and are used both safely and effectively. Dr... Readmore

Healthcare leaders to address first UK e-Health week

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh and National Director for Patients and Information Tim Kelsey are to be the key attendees when UK e-Health Week comes to London’s Olympia on 3-4 March. A world-class learning and networking opportunity, e-Health Week brings together the latest e-Health innovations with those who commission, implement and use them on the frontline. Tim Kelsey, national director for patients... Readmore

Department of Health proposes new pharmacy standards

The Department of Health has put forward proposals which would give a new defence against criminal prosecution for pharmacy professionals should they make a dispensing error. The proposals are contained within a consultation (due to run until 14 May 2015) which will also gauge the opinion of pharmacy professionals, patients, the public and stakeholders as to changes to the regulation of pharmacy premises. The proposals are UK-wide and have been developed by a multi-disciplinary Board drawn... Readmore
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