Monthly Archives: October 2014

Dementia: Demand Pressures in Wales (BBC News)

Summary NHS hospitals in Wales could “grind to a halt” unless more community-based support is provided to help care for dementia patients. Roughly one quarter of patients in district general hospital beds in Wales have dementia and other complex needs. … Continue reading

Posted in Acute Hospitals, BBC News, Commissioning, Community Care, For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), In the News, Integrated Care, Management of Condition, Models of Dementia Care, NHS, Patient Care Pathway, Quick Insights, Standards, UK, Universal Interest, Wales | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conflicts of Interest in Dementia Diagnosis Incentive Payments? (BBC News / Alzheimer’s Society)

Summary Family doctors in England are to be paid £55 for each diagnosis of dementia, NHS England has decided. This ruling is broadly compatible with the national dementia strategy and the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, whereby NHS England is … Continue reading

Posted in Alzheimer's Society, BBC News, Charitable Bodies, Commissioning, Community Care, Department of Health, Diagnosis, For Carers (mostly), For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), In the News, Integrated Care, Management of Condition, Mental Health, Models of Dementia Care, National, NHS, NHS England, Non-Pharmacological Treatments, Patient Care Pathway, Patients Association, Personalisation, Quick Insights, Standards, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conflicts of Interest at NICE? (BBC News)

Summary Doctors and researchers have written to MPs on the Health Select Committee, expressing concern about potential conflicts of interest at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) regarding medicines recommendations. This debate appears to have arisen, in particular, … Continue reading

Posted in BBC News, For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), In the News, National, NICE Guidelines, Pharmacological Treatments, Quick Insights, Standards, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Innovation Via Untested Medicines / Repurposing of Approved Drugs? (BBC News / BMJ)

Summary The law may soon be changed in England and Wales to allow untested medicines to be used under certain conditions. People dying from cancer might one day be allowed to be treated voluntarily with unlicensed drugs, under the Medical … Continue reading

Posted in BBC News, For Doctors (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), In the News, National, Pharmacological Treatments, Quick Insights, Standards, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Community Pharmacists: the Potential of Minor Ailment Centres (BBC News / RPS / NHS England)

Summary The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has proposed that community pharmacies could save the NHS over £1 billion per year. This assertion is endorsed by research from Pharmacy Research UK published earlier this year and led by the University of Aberdeen. … Continue reading

Posted in BBC News, Commissioning, Community Care, For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), In the News, Integrated Care, Management of Condition, National, NHS, NHS England, Northern Ireland, Pharmacological Treatments, Quick Insights, Scotland, Standards, Statistics, Systematic Reviews, UK, Universal Interest, Wales | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Failings in the Complaints System in Health and Social Care? (Healthwatch England / CQC)

Summary An estimated 250,000 incidents of poor care were unreported last year. There are concerns that NHS and local authority “red tape” make it difficult to complain, that there is insufficient independent advice and support to help those who need … Continue reading

Posted in Acute Hospitals, Commissioning, Community Care, CQC: Care Quality Commission, For Carers (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), In the News, Integrated Care, National, Quick Insights, Standards, Statistics, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Glasgow Coma Scale Update (Nursing Times / BBC News / PLoS Computational Biology / Nature Communications)

Summary The Glasgow Coma Scale has been updated forty years after its initial implementation. This Nursing Times article reviews the variations in technique which have developed since then, the scale’s current composition and application and the “structured approach” to the … Continue reading

Posted in BBC News, For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), In the News, International, Quick Insights, Scotland, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dementia Ambassadors: New Help For GPs and Patients (NHS England)

Summary NHS England has appointed seven clinical experts in dementia, or “dementia ambassadors”, to offer one-to-one support for CCGs and GP-led local health committees. These seven ambassadors are to be based in London, the south, the north, the midlands, and … Continue reading

Posted in Community Care, Diagnosis, For Carers (mostly), For Doctors (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), In the News, Integrated Care, Management of Condition, Models of Dementia Care, National, NHS, NHS England, Patient Care Pathway, Person-Centred Care, Practical Advice, Quick Insights, Scotland, Standards, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Trust to Run Stafford Hospital (BBC News)

Summary A new trust is being created (“renamed”) to run the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital and another hospital in Stoke. On November 1st 2014, the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust will become the University Hospitals of North Midlands. The NHS … Continue reading

Posted in BBC News, In the News, Local Interest, NHS, Quick Insights, Standards, UK, Universal Interest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment