Archived News: August 2004

18th August 2004 : Want to input into the NPfiT CRS development in England? Opportunities for practitioners and patients for secondment to the CRDB - closing date August 27th See

18th August 2004 : NHS Wales Informing Healthcare is now seeking expressions of interest
from groups and individuals to be involved in the initial planning of the Single Electronic Health Record work that will set out what will be included in the 1st phase of the Single Record project. See

For more about Informing Healthcare See
Wales Region Page

18th August 2004 : NHS University cancels 'virtual campus' procurement

18th August 2004 : NPfiT has issued guidance to assist Suppliers who are not currently part of a Local Service Provider (LSP) consortium

18th August 2004 : The (NPfiT) Front Line Support Academy is being established
to provide a learning and leadership resource to staff involved in the implementation of information technology in the NHS and social care See

18th August 2004 : John Badham, national director of Essence of Care has been seconded to NPfiT as head of nursing. See

18th August 2004 : New Trust websites launched in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Region Page

18th August 2004 : NHS Pension Scheme Review - information for RCN members
Regions Home Page

18th August 2004 : Thinking of returning to nursing or midwifery?
Education/Training Page - On line Courses

18th August 2004 : National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke
Practice Development Page - Stroke Care

12th August 2004 : Nurse Learning Awarded Charitable Status
Training/Education Page

12th August 2004 : Kings Fund: Integrated Care for Older People
Offers a checklist for national and regional policy-makers concerned with improving the integration of services to older people. It also offers a checklist against which older people, carers and their organisations, and all those who are concerned to see change can review the policy of their national and regional government. See

12th August 2004 : Caring about Carers
The Government made a commitment to provide details of the services or benefits affecting carers on the Internet. We hope that this site will be useful to carers, to carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others. See

12th August 2004 : Health Check - On the State of the Public Health in England
Regions Home Page

12th August 2004 : What patients think about the NHS
Overall 'thumbs up' - but patients need more information about their care. Results of Survey - See

12th August 2004 : Meet the Mouse in Wales!
Wales Region Page

12th August 2004 : CCTV and Night Time observation of psychiatric patients
- is it ethical - and practical? See
Practice Development Page

3rd August 2004: New NMC register: Addendum to the Code of professional conduct
When the new register opens on 1 August, there will be changes to the NMC Code of professional conduct. See Circular 22/2004 at$circulars

3rd August 2004 : QMAS Training Site For Practices & PCTs Now On Line
A new training website to help GPs and practice staff understand the new Quality Management Analysis System (QMAS is a new single, national IT system, which gives GP practices and Primary Care Trusts objective evidence and feedback on the quality of care delivered to patients), is now online at  (please note this link requires an NHSnet connection)..

3rd August 2004 : A new suite of national occupational standards (units) for health informatics has been developed by Skills for Health,
working in partnership with the NHS Information Authority.  To develop units for this staff group extensive consultation will be required with a mix across clinical professionals, the four UK countries, and the different organisation types in those four countries. Four working groups will be held each month September through to December to complete the process of developing relevant units. The next step once the units are developed is to field test them with clinical staff in the health sector. This work will take place from January - March 2005. If you are a clinician and interested in joining these working groups ( all or some) then please complete the attached New Contact details form for SfH.  
See the units at:
Complete the form:
New Contact Details

3rd August 2004 : Read the latest progress update from the National Programme for IT
Regions Home Page

3rd August 2004 : What's in a name?
Did you know that the Council for the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals is now called the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence? See:

3rd August 2004 : The number of NHS bodies that work at 'arm's length' from the Department of Health will be reduced
saving at least £500 million in funds and increasing resources that can be channelled directly to frontline NHS patient care, Health Secretary John Reid announced today. See

3rd August 2004 : Patient and public involvement in disarray, warns King's Fund in response to cull of NHS arm's length bodies

3rd August 2004 : Nurses and Midwives can input into the appointment of the new CNO for England
Send your comments for consideration by the recruitment board to by August 6th LATEST

3rd August 2004 : The NHS Improvement Plan sets out the priorities for the NHS between now and 2008
It supports the ongoing commitment to a 10-year process of reform first set out in The NHS Plan See :

3rd August 2004 : Public Attitudes to Public Health Policy New Report from Kings Fund

3rd August 2004 : YoungMinds info centre
contains detailed information organised by topics relevant to children's mental health. Whether you are interested in eating disorders or government funding, the info centre will have all the details you need.

3rd August 2004 : Introducing Payment By Results
Getting the Balance Right for the NHS and Taxpayers See:

3rd August 2004 : NHS Leadership Assessment Tool
The NHS 360-degree feedback questionnaire has been specifically designed in conjunction with the Leadership Qualities Framework. The feedback you receive will therefore enable you to relate where your strengths and development areas lie in line with the NHS Leadership Qualities.

3rd August 2004: A report has just been published by the Scottish Parliament's Audit Committee.
Scottish Region Home Page

3rd August 2004: Agenda for Change Information
Regions Home Page