Northern Ireland Archived News: 2007

December 2007
Minister to consult with frontline healthcare staff on draft budget

Work as a Midwife? New consensus statement from The National Childbirth Trust: Making normal birth a reality

Minister highlights key challenges of future public health

Hospital waiting lists continue to fall

November 2007
McGimpsey launches nursing recruitment campaign

Launch of nursing care standards for patient food in hospital

New reports published:
Knowledge, Skill and Attitude of NI DHSSPS Healthcare Professionals Towards Information And Communication Technology
An investigation of the emergent professional issues experienced by nurses when working in an e-health environment

This month's NMC Update:Resuscitation of Patients: new guidance ; NMC to host summit on the Regulation of healthcare support workers ; Updated guidance on how to refer a registrant to the NMC

Work as a School Nurse or with Children? 11 - 17 year olds willing to give their opinion about electronic health records sought by RCN for new survey

October 2007
This month's NMC Update: Standards to support learning and assessment in practice ; Review of pre-registration nursing education and Help the NMC review its website

McGimpsey launches all-Island mental health promotion campaign

Work with children and young people? - see the Partnership for Health web site plus Top Tips for Positive Parenting

£15.2million investment boost for Craigavon hospital

Minister moves to improve access to dental services

Minister acknowledges role of complementary therapies

Interesting Eu Document Health Systems in Transition: The Northern Ireland Report

September 2007
: The NMC has had reports of an email scam ; NMC Fee Rise - Your questions answered

HPC Update: Health Professions Council launches fourth Fitness to Practise annual report

New maternity allowance for Northern Ireland’s pre-registration student nurses and midwives.

Minister welcomes Stroke Awareness Week

FREE OFFER to all nurses! Access to Sage Health and Nursing Journals for a limted period

Aged between 40 and 69 and willing to input into a UK wide research initiative? See BioBank

Read the latest Wanless Review: Our Future Health Secured

FONS Research opportunity: Up to £5000 will be available for nurse-led healthcare teams who are committed to developing and changing practice through research

August 2007
AUGUST NMC Update: NMC issues new advice for delegation to non-regulated healthcare staff; Advice Sheet Plus Last chance to have your say on the Code!

Pay awards for healthcare professionals in Northern Ireland will match NHS pay awards.

Altnagelvin hospital system crashes

Work in Primary Care? Why not take part in the Information Centre's 2006-7 UK General Practice Workload Survey

UK-Wide PUBLIC HEALTH SKILLS AND CAREER FRAMEWORK Consultation runs until September 21st - Have your say!

Are you a Midwife? Read your latest RCM Newsletter Also see Safety in maternity conference - presentations, video clips and DVD

July 2007
NMC Update
: IMPORTANT NMC CONSULTATION: The Code is evolving - have your say and NMC Annual Midwifery conference - Call for Papers

McGimpsey issues effects of the troubles literature review

The Minister for Health has said he wants to introduce a bespoke contract for dental services in Northern Ireland.

Almost £12 million will be available during this financial year to provide a range of community services, including respite care

'Midwives play such a vital role'

Cambio gets smart on patient wristbands and Standardising wristbands improves patient safety

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers Fellowships to British Citizens resident in the UK and from all walks of life to acquire knowledge and experience abroad*.

The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals— to apply for a unique opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice

June 2007
NMC Update: NMC Annual Midwifery Conference: call for papers and Annual Lecture puts Patients Centre Stage - the "speech also touched upon the need for practitioners to 'live and breathe' the values and ethics underpinning their codes of practice - such as the Code of Conduct, currently under review"

NURSES EVERYWHERE in the UK - Please TAKE PART IN THE CURRENT RCN IT SURVEY - NOW! Please tell us about your experiences of the developement of the electronic patient record (EPR) in your country or region

McGimpsey says there must be a joined up approach to the challenges to of rural living

Publication of the march 2007 Northern Ireland waiting list statistics

550 Northern Irish barristers to register with the ICO in May

Useful overview of the UK eHealth Programmes

Patient Opinion web Site goes UK-Wide

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Active Health Partners survey finds mental ill health is UK's second largest cause of sickness absence

Work in an acute care area? Please take part in a survey on the Impact of Health Information Technology on the Role of Nurses and Interdisciplinary Communication

Work in cardiac care? Please take part in Cardiac Point of Care Survey

May 2007
The Minister for Health, Michael McGimpsey has committed £28million in funding for two new Health and Care Centres in Belfast.

Opportunities for learning disabled must be improved

NMC agrees latest version of the New Code of Conduct

Have a look at the Hospital Guide

Mobile phone that monitors health developed

What's new in mobile healthcare?

Diabetes prescribing decision support tool launched

April 2007
Take part in the 2007 State of Information Security Survey

See the new Nuffield Report: Electronic Personal Health records: emergence and implications for the UK

Northern Ireland Agrees Away Forward On Modernising Junior Doctors Training

NMC Update: About the NMC Read about the main items from the recent NMC Council Meeting

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

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.

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.

Work in Mental Health? SANE launches new email support service

Major new report shows the impact of dementia in the UK - dementia costs the UK £17 billion a year.

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

See the QNI awards schemes that offer funding and support for practice-based or research projects (currently seeking applications)

February 2007
NMC Update! NEW Draft NMC Code out for Consultation Be SURE and have your say!

IMPORTANT read this very carefully! If YOU were one of the nurses - or other healthcare colleagues - who were invited to take part in the DHSSPS Professional Staff Perceived Proficiency, Knowledge and Attitude Towards Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Survey - and you have not yet responded - please do this NOW - It is IMPORTANT that if you were NOT approached that you do NOT respond please

Day Of Action 3 March 2007 Rally in Belfast from 12pm in the Cornmarket, Belfast City Centre.

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.

EU Cross Border Health services House of Commons Committee Report

New Report published on relationship between information and improving health and healthcare

Work with Older People? RCN Report Two years on - caring in partnership: Older people and nursing staff working towards the future

January 2007

Northern Ireland's NEW Space to Breath Web Site and see "Space to Breath " For Everyone - Goggins

Northern Ireland to invest in telehealth

Health Minister Paul Goggins has launched a pilot mentoring scheme aimed at providing additional support for those who self-harm

NI Cancer Screening Programmes Website

New RCN publication not to be missed! Competency Framework for information sharing in nursing practice

Great free e-learning opportunity for NHS nurses wherever you are in the UK! See NHS staff to be first for Office 2007 and Free E-Learning Modules for NHS staff

Care for clients with LTC's? The Combined Predictive Model predicts risk of admission to hospital across an entire patient population. Have a look at this new tool

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