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  1. News Article
    Cancer drug information leaflets for patients in Europe frequently omit important facts, while some are “potentially misleading” when it comes to treatment benefits and related uncertainties, researchers have found. Cancer is the biggest killer in Europe after heart conditions, with more than 3.7m new cases and 1.9m deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization. Medicines are a vital weapon against the disease. But critical facts about them are often missing from official sources of information provided to patients, clinicians and the public, according to a study led by researchers from King’s College London, Harvard Medical School and the University of Sydney, among others. “Regulated information sources for anticancer drugs in Europe fail to address the information needs of patients,” the study’s authors wrote in The BMJ journal. “If patients lack access to such information, clinical decisions may not align with their preferences and needs.” Read full story Source: The Guardian, 29 March 2023
  2. News Article
    Bupa is set to cut 85 dental practices amid a national shortage of dentists, in a move that will affect 1,200 staff across the UK. The group said patients at some practices were unable to access the NHS dental service they need. Bupa, which provides NHS and private care, said the 85 practices would be closed, sold or merged later this year. The healthcare group's boss said the industry faced "systematic challenges" and the decision was a "last resort". In August the BBC revealed 9 in 10 NHS dental practices across the UK were not accepting new adult patients for treatment under the health service. Bupa has not been able to recruit enough dentists to deliver NHS care in many practices for months and in some cases years, it said. Read full story Source: BBC News, 30 March 2023
  3. Content Article
    The Prescription Charges Coalition, which brings together around 50 organisations and professional bodies to campaign to scrap prescription charges in England for people with long-term conditions, conducted the survey between February and March. It found: Nearly 1 in 10 people have skipped medication in the past year due to the cost of prescriptions. Of this group: Almost a third (30%) of those who have missed medication now have other physical health problems in addition to their original health condition. 37% now have other mental health problems in addition to their original health condition. And over half (53%) have had to take time off work as a result of worsening health. 12% of people who pay for their NHS prescription have cut medication in half to make it last longer. Over a third (35%) of survey respondents reported they had the duration of their prescription changed, meaning they’re paying more frequently for their medicines. Almost 2 in 5 (38%) people with long-term health conditions only learned about the prepayment certificate more than a year after their diagnosis. The survey shows that people with long-term health conditions that cannot afford their medication are seeing an increase in GP visits, trips to accident and emergency (A&E), and hospital stays. Some survey respondents reported they had to stay in hospital for up to 6 weeks. Not being able to afford medicine has also led to mental health is sues and increased time off work.
  4. Content Article
    Due to the scale of the pandemic, despite being in a healthcare setting, patients in hospital and other in-patient settings faced an increased risk of hospital acquired COVID-19. In its first year, the programme has supported NHS Wales organisations to assess and investigate over 5,000 cases of nosocomial COVID-19, where they meet the definition of a patient safety incident and is on track to have successfully investigated all cases of hospital-acquired COVID-19 by March 2024. Findings in the report include; The value of bereavement support and care-after-death services have for people experiencing grief and signposting to support at the earliest opportunity. The benefits of a single point of contact and support for people navigating the concerns process. The impact of visiting restrictions and visiting considerations should continue to be carefully balanced with risk. Inequities in the concerns process for people who receive healthcare via independent providers. Inconsistent approaches to the management and reporting of health care acquired infections across Wales.The need for improved application and improvement of DNACPR (Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. The need for improvement in how Infection prevention and control (IP&C) guidance, is reviewed and communicated to staff. Better communication with families and carers around ward movements.
  5. Event
    This one-hour webinar will be an opportunity for providers and professionals who work in health and social care services, organisations who represent them, other stakeholders, local authorities, integrated care systems and stakeholders that represent the public to hear about CQC's approach to assessing integrated care systems and what it means for them. The webinar will be led by Amanda Williams, CQC's Interim Director of integration, inequalities and improvement. Register
  6. Event
    This one-hour webinar will be an opportunity for providers and professionals who work in health and social care services, organisations who represent them and other stakeholders to hear the latest updates about CQC's new regulatory approach. The webinar will be led by Kate Terroni, CQC's Deputy Chief Executive and Chris Day, director of engagement. There will be a presentation and time to answer your questions from the live chat. Register
  7. Event
    The Health and Care Act 2022 gives the Care Quality Commission (CQC) new powers that allow them to provide a meaningful and independent assessment of care at a local authority level. This one-hour webinar will be an opportunity for providers and professionals who work in health and social care services, organisations who represent them, other stakeholders, local authorities, and stakeholders that represent the public to hear about CQC's approach to assessing local authorities and what it means for you. Register
  8. Event
    The Health Cover Conference is the premier event for industry professionals to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape. Attendees will gain valuable insights from thought leaders in the field, discussing the latest trends and innovations in health insurance, including claims trends and findings, the changing role of health plans, and the integration of primary care and virtual GP providers to reduce costs. The conference will also delve into the buzzworthy topics of company-funded health cover, workplace wellness and the future of contact centre technology. Panel discussions will focus on the consumer perspective, including how to select the best health cover providers and what customers value most and least. Attendees will also hear from disruptors in the industry, such as new UK health insurers and companies utilising technology to drive efficiency and customer satisfaction. Don't miss this opportunity to network with peers, gain new perspectives and stay ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of health insurance. Register hub members receive 10% using discount code: HCC23SPKR10
  9. Event
    This webinar shares the findings of a co-production project in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) to remove barriers to shared decision making. The partners in the project were the ICB’s Personalised Care Team, the My Life Choices lived experience panel, the Patient Information Forum (PIF), and us, the Patients Association. The project was one we highlighted during Patient Partnership Week last year; you can learn more about it before attending this webinar by watching the recording of the Partnering with patients and communities - what's happening in ICSs session. Over the course of six co-production meetings, we developed simple resources to support patients and professionals to have better shared decision making conversations. This webinar shares the findings of the project. Speakers will discuss practical solutions to help patients and professionals get the most from limited appointment times which can be applied nationally. Register
  10. Event
    Attend Europe’s Largest Infection Prevention and Control 2-Day Conference in Birmingham at The National Conference Centre. There are 40 free spaces available for AfPP Members. Bookings can be made by contacting t.shuttleworth@knowlex.co.uk quoting code AfPP1.
  11. Event
    DECON UK is back for 2023, providing valuable insights into decontamination and infection prevention it is a free event for healthcare professionals. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Wallsall Healthcare NHS Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust jointly brings you DECON UK 2023. This event is expected to host over 150 healthcare professionals from various fields within the decontamination sector. We aim to provide a high quality of educational content to our delegates with a comprehensive programme covering water, air and sustainability. Register
  12. Event
    Energy-based devices, lasers and diathermy are some of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in operating theatres today. Dangerous emissions can be produced that affect the respiratory systems of everyone in the operating theatre. This study day will look at the occupational hazards of exposure to surgical plume in the operating theatre, as well as the associated risks to the surgical team, patients and visitors. It will also highlight how to assess risk and mitigate against the dangers of surgical plume and how to implement changes. Topics Include: Electrosurgery/diathermy/laser. Anaesthetic airway fires. Laparoscopic surgery aerosolisation. Health and Safety and risk assessment. Surgical plume. Register
  13. Event
    Free online congress, in Santiago de Chile. Welcome to all of you. Please find attached the programme. FINAL FLYER OFICIAL 2 (1).pdf