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  1. Content Article
    This alert is for action by all those responsible for the use, purchase, prescription and maintenance of medical beds, trolleys, bed rails, bed grab handles and lateral turning devices including all Acute and Community healthcare organisations, care homes, equipment providers, Occupational Therapists and early intervention teams. From 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2022, the MHRA received 18 reports of deaths related to medical beds, bed rails, trolleys, bariatric beds, lateral turning devices and bed grab handles, and 54 reports of serious injuries. The majority of these were due to entrapment or falls. Investigations into incidents involving falls often found the likely cause to be worn or broken parts, which should have been replaced during regular maintenance and servicing, but which were either not carried out or were carried out improperly.
  2. News Article
    The chief executive of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) said it is "alarming" that a survey found almost 1 in 4 jobs are vacant across the UK. A survey by the professional body found speech and language therapy (SLT) vacancies across the UK had reached 23% with almost all children's services (96%) and 9 out of 10 adult services (90%) which responded saying recruitment is more or much more challenging than at any time in the past three years. A delay to receiving SLT support can affect a person's ability to communicate with friends and family or to eat and drink as well as a child's ability to access the school curriculum, to regulate their behaviour or to form friendships. The COVID-19 pandemic added to the pressure on SLT services, exacerbating waiting times for assessment and support, as well as adding referrals to see young children whose language and social development was hampered by pandemic restrictions which meant they were not mixing with other children or adults at play groups, nurseries, and schools. RCSLT's new Chief Executive, Steve Jamieson, said, "By the time they are seen by a SLT their needs are a lot more complex and difficult to manage and to treat.” Read full story Source: Medscape, 5 April 2023
  3. Content Article
    This document offers advice and guidance for people with Long Covid who are having difficulties communicating with others as a result of their symptoms. It explains how Long Covid can impair communication by affecting speech, language and voice. It also outlines how many people are affected by Long Covid-related communication issues, explains how speech and language therapists can help and offers simple tips on how to improve communication with Long Covid.
  4. News Article
    The redeployment of health visitors to support the national coronavirus response has left remaining staff with increased workloads, worsened mental health and fears that the needs of children are being missed, a new survey has revealed. In the wake of Covid-19, University College London (UCL) gathered the views of 663 health visitors in England to find out how the pandemic had affected their work. Overall, 60% of respondents reported that at least one member of their team had been redeployed between 19 March and 3 June. Of teams that had lost staff, 41% reported that between six and 50 colleagues had been moved elsewhere during that period. The combination of increased caseloads and limited face-to-face contacts left “widespread concern” among health visitors that the needs of many children would be missed in the peak of the outbreak, found the survey. Study authors raised concerns about the “significant negative impacts” that increased workload and pressures had on staff wellbeing and mental health. Read the full article here.
  5. Content Article
    Anaphylaxis is a severe and often sudden allergic reaction that occurs when someone with allergies is exposed to something they are allergic to (known as an allergen). Anaphylaxis is potentially life-threatening, and always requires an immediate emergency response. Between 10 May 2017 and 10 May 2019, 55 hospital trusts reported 77 incidents relating to allergens in hospital, three of which involved the patient going into anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening condition. This e-learning course is for nurses, healthcare assistants, ward managers, staff educators, directors of nursing, dieticians and anyone else involved in patient care on the ward. It has been designed to equip participants with knowledge and understanding about food allergies so that they can ensure the necessary processes are in place to keep inpatients with food allergies safe.
  6. Content Article
    The Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) was introduced in England in 2019 as a key part of the government’s manifesto commitment to improve access to general practice. The aim of the scheme is to support the recruitment of 26,000 additional staff into general practice. This is a huge ambition and requires significant and complex change across general practice. While primary care networks (PCNs) have swiftly recruited to these roles, they are not being implemented and integrated into primary care teams in an effective way.  This research by The King's Fund focused on four roles to examine the issues related to their implementation: social prescribing link workers first contact physiotherapists paramedics pharmacists. The research examined the experiences of people working in these roles, and of the people managing them. It found a lack of shared understanding about the purpose or potential contribution of the roles, combined with ambiguity about what multidisciplinary working would mean for GPs. If the scheme is to be successfully implemented, it will require extensive cultural, organisational and leadership development skills that are not easily accessible to PCNs.
  7. Content Article
    This report, Long COVID and speech and language therapy, looks at the mid to long-term speech and language therapy needs of people with Long COVID, the impact these difficulties have on people’s lives and the essential role that speech and language therapy plays in supporting them. Published by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), authors conclude: "The RCSLT firmly believes that any person with a communication or swallowing difficulty has a right to access high quality speech and language therapy when and where they need it. Any person with such needs after COVID-19 must receive timely, individual, person-centred rehabilitation, which will support and maximise their mental health and wellbeing, participation in society, and ability to return to work." To achieve this, the report sets out a number of recommendations at national, system and workforce levels. They also set out recommendations for raising awareness to the wider public.
  8. Content Article
    In this article, Dr Yu Chye Wah discusses medical innovation in healthcare, the adoption process and how, whatever the innovation, it should not replace the human touch.
  9. Content Article
    This article in Frontiers in Global Women's Health highlights the importance of using sexed language to enable effective communication in pregnancy, birth, lactation, breastfeeding and newborn care.
  10. Event
    With general practice in crisis due to workforce shortages, an increasingly complex workload, rising public expectations, and further pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, The King's Fund are providing the time and space for you to reflect, think differently, share and learn. Join peers and experts from The King’s Fund to explore: what the future of general practice looks like how the experience for patients and staff can be improved how to ensure those actions are building blocks towards the future. This event is for GPs, commissioners, nurses, practice managers, allied health professionals, Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS)-funded roles, and other professionals working in multidisciplinary general practice teams and those responsible for general practice at place or neighbourhood level. Register
  11. Content Article
    Collectively, allied health professionals (AHPs) are the third largest clinical workforce in the NHS: there are 185,000 AHPs working in 14 professions across the spectrum of health and care, education, academia, research, the criminal justice system and the voluntary and private sectors. This NHS England strategy is for the whole AHP community, including support workers, assistant practitioners, registered professionals, pre-registration apprentices and students. It aims to reflect how AHPs work in multidisciplinary teams, so that the AHP community working in a variety of health and care sectors can use it to continually improve and redesign services.
  12. Content Article
    This is part of our series of Patient Safety Spotlight interviews, where we talk to people working for patient safety about their role and what motivates them. Bill talks to us about how patient safety and transparency have been key priorities throughout his career as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) and then a leader in the NHS. He highlights the need for a longer-term approach to workforce planning and talks about how leaders can set a culture that engages with and prioritises patients.
  13. Content Article
    This paper addresses information raised as part of a Delphi study of NHS hospital operating theatres in England. The aim of the first Delphi study round was to establish how the World Health Organisation’s Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) is currently being used in the peri-operative setting as part of a strategy to reduce surgical ‘never events’. It used a combination of closed and open-ended questions that solicited specific information about current practice and research literature, that generated ideas and allowed participants freedom in their responses. The study asked theatre managers, matrons and clinical educators that work in operating theatres and deliver the surgical safety checklist daily, and who are therefore considered to be theatre safety experts. Participants were from the seven regions identified by NHS England. The study revealed that the majority of trusts don’t receive formal training on how to deliver the SSC, checklist champions are not always identified, feedback following a ‘never event’ is not usually given and that the debrief is the most common step missed. While the intention of the study was not to establish whether the lack of training, cyclical learning and missing steps has led to the increased presence of never events, it has facilitated a broader engagement in the literature, as well highlighting some possible reasons why compliance has not yet been universally achieved. Furthermore, the Delphi study is intended to be an exploratory approach that will inform a more in-depth doctoral research study aimed at improving patient safety in the operating theatre and informing policy making and quality improvement.
  14. Content Article
    This 53-page document provides guidance for engaging stakeholders in reviewing and providing feedback to the investigator on specific areas of concern before a research project is implemented. The objective is to strengthen research proposals. The process involves a community engagement studio, which operates like a focus group but with key differences. This model and toolkit were developed by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, a program of the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
  15. Content Article
    Promoting patient and occupational safety are two key challenges for hospitals.  Recent studies have shown there are key topics that are interrelated and form a critical foundation for promoting patient and occupational safety in hospitals. So far, these topics have mainly been studied independently from each other. This study did a combined assessment of hospital staffs’ perceptions of four different topics: psychosocial working conditions leadership patient safety climate occupational safety climate.
  16. Content Article
    The use of checklists can help to prevent incidents and should be part of a culture of patient safety. This guidance set out by the Royal College of Radiologists highlights key considerations when writing and implementing safety checklists.
  17. Content Article
    This document, developed by McMaster University's School of Rehabilitation Science in Canada, provides a guide for rehabilitation practice during the COVID-19 crisis. Informed by the best available evidence, including consultation with the clinical community, this living document consolidates findings from resources for front line rehabilitation professionals.
  18. Content Article
    As COVID-19 spread throughout the world, clinicians and researchers rapidly published guidance and data and shared their experiences in the hope of understanding the virus better. Their shared purpose was to keep more patients safe from becoming acutely unwell or dying. While the initial focus was on treating the hospitalised, one Trust was also thinking ahead to the challenging recovery many would face.
  19. Content Article
    This patient information pack has been produced by staff at Homerton University Hospital. It is designed to help people recover and manage their symptoms following COVID-19.
  20. Content Article
    In this blog, Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for NHS England, urges colleagues to start describing service improvements they are undertaking as part of the COVID response and considering what evidence they may need to create a case to continue the good practice. She asks 'what could we be doing now to measure impact and are we capturing data already that could be developed or utilised to demonstrate and evidence the improvements created through changes in working practices?' 
  21. Content Article
    Rehabilitation is fast becoming the new priority in dealing with the impact of this pandemic and is crucial for people recovering from COVID-19 infection.The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) have published three guides to support people to manage post-viral fatigue and conserve their energy as they recover from COVID-19. These guides are endorsed by the Intensive Care Society.Practical advice for people who have been treated in hospitalPractical advice for people who have recovered at home’Practical advice for people during and after having COVID-19.You can download the guides via the link below.
  22. Content Article
    This statement outlines the UK's four nations’ collective strategic priorities and approach to Allied Health Professional (AHP) rehabilitation leadership during and after COVID-19. Rehabilitation is critical to ensuring our population’s recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and the long-term sustainability of the health and social care system. AHPs are at the centre in shaping the rehabilitation agenda while working as part of the wider multidisciplinary and multiagency teams across all sectors.
  23. Content Article
    Access to high quality community rehabilitation for those worst affected by COVID-19 will be critical. On the horizon is a significant increase in demand. These services already face major disruption from the pandemic due to the redeployment of the workforce and social distancing and shielding requirements. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have published some FAQs to help physiotherapists understand what this means for rehabilitation during the pandemic.
  24. Content Article
    Physiotherapy is critical for treating those worst affected by Covid19, including access to community rehabilitation after discharge from hospital. We face a huge increase in demand for high quality community rehab services. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) sets out what system leaders and policy makers will need to do to meet this challenge.
  25. Content Article
    The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC) has published the Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting: recommendations to guide clinical practice.This was based on international collaboration to provide guidance for clinical practice in patients with COVID-19. Please note that this is guidance only, and should be applied as appropriate to your own clinical area and local policies and guidance.
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