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  1. News Article
    "I'm not sure I want to be a nurse anymore," she tells me. "I've seen more people die in the past two months than in the whole six years." Some 70% of health workers dealing with COVID-19 in Italy's hardest-hit areas are suffering from burnout, a recent study shows. "This is actually the hardest moment for doctors and nurses," says Serena Barello, the author of the study. Read story Source: BBC News, 26 May 2020
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    Weston General Hospital has stopped admitting new patients – including to the accident and emergency department – following a spike in coronavirus cases. The hospital announced yesterday it was taking this “precautionary measure” due to the “high number of coronavirus patients” on site. MP for Weston-super-Mare John Penrose tweeted that he had spoken to local health chiefs and a deep clean is being carried out at the hospital “following a spike in infections”. He added that a temporary A&E has been set up outside the hospital, while inpatients will be re-directed to hospitals in Taunton or Bristol. Out of hours GP practices, pharmacies and walk-in services at the minor treatment unit in Clevedon and Yate have also been given as alternative options for patients seeking medical treatment. Read full story Source: HSJ, 25 May 2020
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    The MHOST can be used in any mental health hospital within England, covering the following specialisms: Working age adult admission wards Old age functional and dementia wards Forensic (high and medium secure wards) CAHMS tier 4 wards Eating disorder wards Perinatal wards Psychiatric intensive care units Low secure and rehabilitation wards. The MHOST is part of a suite of Safer Nursing Care Tools (SNCT), delivered by the Shelford Group chief nurses in partnership with Imperial College London, which include those for adult in-patient wards, acute medical units and children and young people’s wards. The SNCT is endorsed by NICE and supported by NHS Improvement and NHS England. The SNCT are widely used across NHS organisations in England, as well as in private health providers and in many overseas healthcare organisations. Kenny Laing, deputy chief nurse at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and national lead nurse of the MHOST, said: “The Mental Health Optimal Staffing Tool is an innovative, yet simple to use, way of helping to ensure that mental health hospitals can make evidence based decisions on safe staffing levels that support patients’ needs. This new tool will not only help to improve the care and outcomes for some of the most vulnerable patients, it will also help to improve the working environment of staff in the mental health sector. I would urge all mental health hospitals to use the MHOST to guide them in their safe staffing decisions.”
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    This NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) funded study, published in the Health Services and Delivery Research journal, used quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate the programme in six acute hospitals in England. It found some evidence of a lasting impact, such as wards continuing to display metrics and using equipment storage systems. But most hospitals that adopted the programme had stopped using it after three years, often due to a change in their approach to quality improvement. Productive Ward resources are still available from NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team, but are under review. This evaluation may be helpful in designing future similar schemes.
  5. News Article
    Tests for coronavirus are being increased to include people displaying flu-like symptoms at 11 hospitals and 100 GP surgeries across the UK. The tests will provide an "early warning" if the virus is spreading, Public Health England Medical Director Prof Paul Cosford said. Up to now, people were tested only if they displayed symptoms having recently returned from one of the countries where there has been an outbreak, including China, South Korea and northern Italy. However, Prof Cosford said Public Health England was now working with hospitals and GP surgeries to conduct "random" tests. These will target some patients with coughs, fevers or shortness of breath, regardless of whether they have travelled to a place where the virus is spreading. "If we do get to the position of a more widespread infection across the country, then it will give us early warning that's happening," said Prof Cosford. Read full story Source: BBC News, 26 February 2020
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    The evidence from this study demonstrates that the effectiveness of intentional rounding, as currently implemented and adapted in England, is very weak and falls short of the theoretically informed mechanisms. There was ambivalence and concern expressed that intentional rounding oversimplifies nursing, privileges a transactional and prescriptive approach over relational nursing care, and prioritises accountability and risk management above individual responsive care.
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    Action must be taken now if the NHS is to avoid an even worse winter crisis next year, the chief inspector of hospitals has warned. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the use of corridors to treat sick patients in A&E was “becoming normalised”, with departments struggling with a lack of staff, poor leadership and long delays leading to crowding and safety risks. Professor Ted Baker said: “Our inspections are showing that this winter is proving as difficult for emergency departments as was predicted. Managing this remains a challenge but if we do not act now, we can predict that next winter will be a greater challenge still. “We cannot continue this trajectory. A scenario where each winter is worse than the one before has real consequences for both patients and staff.” Read full story Source: The Independent, 18 February 2020
  8. Content Article
    Key findings Local reporting on complaints is inconsistent and inaccessible. Staff are not empowered to communicate with the public on complaints. Reporting focuses on counting complaints, not demonstrating learning.
  9. News Article
    It has been revealed that three patients a day are dying from starvation or thirst or choking on NHS wards. In 2017, 936 hospital deaths were attributed to one of those factors, with starvation the primary cause of death in 74 cases.The Office for National Statistics data reveals malnutrition deaths are 34% higher than in 2013. Over-stretched nurses are simply too busy to check if the sick and elderly are getting nourishment. However, Myer Glickman from the ONS says the data is not conclusive proof of poor NHS care. He said:“There has been an increase over time in the number of patients admitted to hospital while already malnourished. This may suggest that malnutrition is increasingly prevalent in the community, possibly associated with the ageing of the population and an increase in long-term chronic diseases.” Yet campaigners say too many vulnerable people are being “forgotten to death” in NHS hospitals and urgent action is needed to identify and treat malnutrition. In a recent pilot scheme the number of deaths among elderly patients with a fractured hip was halved by simply having someone to feed them. Six NHS trusts employed a junior staff member for each ward tasked with getting 500 extra calories a day into them. More survived and the patients spent an average five days less in hospital, unblocking beds and saving more than £1,400 each. It wasn’t just the calories though – it helped keep their morale up. Because, as one consultant said: “Food is a very, very cheap drug that’s extremely powerful.” Read full story Source: Mirror, 4 February 2020
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    Watch Professor John Radford's interview with Sky News, explaining the importance of research at The Christie:
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