Archived News: January 2005

Interested in Health Promotion? See the Health Promotion Access Catalogue maintained by Co Durham & Darlington Health Promotion Library

Freedom of Information Act: NPfiT have started a series of 'Freedom of Information' web pages and the British Computer Society has launched a qualification to help Public Sector workers ensure they are compliant

New 3 Year Information Strategy for England: 'Better information, better choices, better health: Putting information at the centre of health' provides a framework to ensure that there is a consistent and coherent approach to the way information is developed and used.

Consultaton opportunity: Healthcare Commission are still inviting you to have your say on how to improve local health services and via the RCN have made this explanatory Powerpoint available: . Be sure and offer suggestions re what should be monitored from a nursing/front line point of view - the Healthcare Commission want to hear your views re these central Performance Management proposals (which relate to England).Read around what is being proposed at and have your say - 2005 will be the last year of Star Ratings

Primary Care Contracting Jargon Buster: A Guide for Patients and Patient Representatives (and NHS staff) - See NPDT for a useful document

Single Assessment Process (SAP) 'goes live' in North East Cluster

Do you care for Children in your practice? Very IMPORTANT you take part in the following (before January 19th): Information Sharing Databases in Children's Services: consultation on recording practitioner details for potentially sensitive services and recording concern about a child or young person. This consultation seeks views on two aspects of the databases: recording practitioner details for potentially sensitive services and recording concern about a child

Work in Primary Care? Latest information on nGMS central e-Monitoring of quality (QMAS) and Electronic Prescribing available at NPfiT

NELH is now part of NLH - NELH reported 300,000 on-line visits in December-
The NHS Education for Scotland e-Library also saw an increase, in this case by 25%, in usage compared to the same time last year. See zdnet

Fujitsu To Improve Clinical Knowledge Through Map Of Medicine: ‘The Map’ is a clinical knowledge system that visually combines specialist knowledge with best practice, making the resources of medical information in the NHS available to all clinical staff in the south of England. See and

NHS Direct Interactive TV launched to get NHS to new audiences See:

New A&E system for Nottingham: a new A&E system has been procured and implemented to track patients through the busy casualty department. See eHealth Insider report

Public Accounts Committee looks into suspensions of NHS Staff See

Suggest a Topic for NICE - Healthcare professionals, patients and carers and the general public can now suggest topics for NICE to develop guidance on by filling in a suggestion form on the NICE website. You can also use this area of the site to check the progress of suggestions you have already made using this system.

As far as we know, the CRDB are still looking for nurses with knowledge of the following (as soon as we know more regarding Stakeholder involvement in England, we'll let you know):

Work in Outpatients? New Text Message Service launched to avoid DNA's

Community Nurses and using IT - interesting article in Nursing Times. See Chan T, de Lusignan S, Brew S 2004 Overcoming the barriers to using information systems Nursing Times Vol 100 No 49, 42-46.