Archived News: March 2007

NMC Update: NMC Announces New Quality Assurance Contracts for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales Also see the Q&A Media Briefings on Advanced Practice and the New Code of Conduct

TAKE NOTE SURVEY ENDS March 16th - HAVE YOUR SAY! What web-based information do you need at the point of care? The RCN has launched an online survey, which will run until March 2007, to poll as many nursing and midwifery professionals as possible, to ensure that it has a solid view of their needs.

Do you have strong feelings about the importance of nutrition? Please take part in this quick RCN On-Line Survey

Live in Northern Ireland? Health Minister Paul Goggins said that there will be no let up in the drive to meet waiting time targets for surgery and outpatient appointments. - For this and more news see your own Northern Ireland page

Live in Scotland? See Scotland leading the way on patient safety - Read more Scottish news on your own Scotland Page

Live in Wales?See the New NHS Direct Wales website is the first place to look for health information. Read about this and more on your very own eNWI page - plus lots about Informing Healthcare

Live in England?-Sign up for the new monthly e-bulletin from The Information Centre for health and social care plus always check NHS Connecting for Health - Events Online for anything going on in your area

Are you interested in the eHealth educational needs of nursing? Read this discussion document - and see if you agree with Professor Dame June Clark and Sharon Levy.

Latest on e-records in England See Summary care records planned for end of 2008 and be sure to read Safeguarding Patients. The Government’s response to the recommendations of the Shipman Inquiry’s fifth report and to the recommendations of the Ayling, Neale and Kerr/Haslam Inquiries.

NPfIT champion suspended after speaking out

Interested in e-learning? New Report on a Research Study available

Interested in Outcome Focused Delivery, changes in NHS or LEAN management techniques? See and reflect upon Scope For NHS To Create Substantial New Value For Patients and Airedale Hospital aims for Japanese efficiency and Clare Chapman, NHS workforce director-general, says staff engagement is key to health service culture change and Hewitt calls for end to sickness service and finally the Review Of NHS Service Improvement is Published

Work with children? See Concerns over child hospital care and Progress on NHS hospital services for children patchy, says healthcare watchdog and New Swansea book to help UK children with epilepsy - LASTLY be sure to input into the Child Health Dataset - Consultation

Interested in Practice Based Commissioning? See Intelligent Practice a report which sets out two frameworks of minimum information requirements: one for every GP and another more detailed one for lead commissioners.

Live near London? The Centre for Health Informatics invites you to A Critical Lecture and Discussion: Rebuilding Trust and Confidence in the NHS - Talking to the public - hard choices in the NHS on Wednesday 21st March 2007

Does the efficiency of Discharge Summaries play a key part in your work? See Gloucestershire Hospitals get new software to deliver patient information faster and read the Full Report and see Electronic hospital discharge summary rolls out

Care for the elderly in your practice? See Good facility management can reduce patient falls and Major new report shows the impact of dementia in the UK - dementia costs the UK £17 billion a year. Lastly see Cuts in dementia services being used to 'bale out NHS' say doctors

Work in Mental Health? SANE launches new email support service

Work in Primary Care? See Online GP practice results database and Over 21,000 patients search QoF Data

Care for clients with diabetes? See The Way Ahead: The Local Challenge. This report from the National Clinical Director for Diabetes and the NDST highlights progress over the first four years following the publication of the NSF and NHS must step up to challenge of better diagnosis of diabetes

Are you a leader in Health Informatics? Why not try for the The NHS Leadership in Health Informatics Accolade Scheme 2007

Fully funded PhD Studentship Opportunity: The Expert Patient’: How the public make use of the internet and electronic information sources in making choices about their health and treatment regimes. Plus see QNI awards schemes that offer funding and support for practice-based or research projects (currently seeking applications)

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