Scotland Archived News: 2007

December 2007
Latest NMC News: Scottish midwife joins NMC Council

Voting begins in the Scottish by-election

Read about - and listen to the video on Clinical Templates

Choosing Scotland's Future: A National Conversation: Independence and Responsibility in the Modern World

Mental health is top priority

NHS Fife use Siemens to integrate systems

Support for 'at risk' young people

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

November 2007
NMC this month: NMC Council Elections: Scottish nominations extended;
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

Interested in Nurse Prescribing? See the Consultation on A Safe Prescription: Developing Nurse, Midwife and Allied Health Profession (NMAHP) Prescribing in NHS Scotland. Consultation open until February 2008 plus Scotland issues revised ETP schedule

The National Clinical Dataset Development Programme (NCDDP) in Scotland will shortly be commencing some work to look at data standards for care planning in nursingFor more information

Lanarkshire's mobile single assessment commended

NHS 24 signs new deal with Clinical Solutions

Health boards across Scotland are to benefit from an extra £23m to improve and modernise primary care premises

The statutory holiday entitlement is changing - did you know? Read about it and see this useful leave entitlement Ready Reckoner

National Care Standards now available for independent medical consultant and GPs

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth will hold its annual conference at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld, Glasgow over 20-21 November.

Conference: Managing Performance and Supporting Nurses in Difficulty Wednesday 30 January 2008at 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh RCN Accredited

New report published An investigation of the emergent professional issues experienced by nurses when working in an e-health environment

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
'Ambitions for a Celtic Lion economy'

NMC holds by-election for Scottish Council members

Health Inequalities task force set up and Homelessness in Glasgow

Last Call for Conference at RCN Scotland this coming Friday 19th October! eHealth - Tools or Toys?

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth will hold its annual conference at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld, Glasgow over 20-21 November.

NEW! National Care Standards for Independent Medical Consultant and General Practitioner Services in Scotland

Work with children and young people? - see the Partnership for Health web site Plus 'Doing it better for children in care'

Health check for Scotland's environment

September 2007
SEPTEMBER NMC Update
: 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

Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) See your draft eHealth Managed Knowledge Network Strategy. Comments and Suggestions welcome before 24th September

Smoking ban brings positive results

Interesting Conference in Dunblane 6th & 7th November: Building IT in Scotland: Sharing Records Sharing Care and Register your interest in the November Scottish Centre for Telehealth conference in Glasgow

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!

Bicycle shelter installation - report from NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Seminar – 4th September 2007 4.30 – 5.45pm Buchanan House, 3rd Floor, Room K316 Glasgow Caledonian University Refreshments provided ‘Telenursing as a professional project? The case of NHS Direct in England ’

NHS pay package endorsed

E. coli outbreak in Renfrewshire

Argyll and Bute older people's services

Psychologists are to investigate what stops NHS staff washing their hands as part of a drive to tackle hospital superbugs in Scotland.

NHS 24 Annual Review and NHS 24 struggles to cope with rise in calls

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!

A story of survival and a bouquet for the NHS

Cancer waiting times

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

BMA Working Party on NHS IT- UK wide Newsletter

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

Visit the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit and the Scottish Drug Services Directory

See Health Rights Information Scotland Website and Stakeholder Perspectives on the Scottish Diet Action Plan Review

HPC Update: 'Listening Event'Dumfries 10th July

Work in Mental Health in Scotland? Visit the See Me Website

NHS-HE Forum Meeting June

'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
Urgent Request! All Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals in Scotland - See your very own eHealth Action Plan - you are invited to send any comments BY 15th JUNE PLEASE to
Heather Strachan NMAHP eHealth Lead eHealth Division Scottish Executive Health Department St Andrews House Room GE.01 Edinburgh EH13DG or email: Heather.Strachan@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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

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"

Mobile phone pics help emergency NHS 24 diagnosis

A&E closures reversed

Visit the Scottish Centre for Telehealth

Pledge on cancer waiting times

Going for the Games

Useful overview of the UK eHealth Programmes

See Patient Opinion web Site goes UK-Wide and NHS 'failing public' with advice

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
NMC agrees latest version of the New Code of Conduct

Scottish GPs insist on explicit consent on shared records

Bursaries for Edinburgh Evaluation Summer School

East and Midlothian physios get referral call centre

Have a look at the Hospital Guide

'NHS 13½ failing to provide a proper service'

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

Did you know you can sign up to receive free Scottish Health Executive Podcasts?

Schools, libraries, museums and leisure centres, across the Highlands and Islands, will benefit from high-speed internet access as a result of a £70 million contract

Proposals for the future delivery of acute services in Inverclyde and Renfrewshire

Modernising medical careers

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

March 2007
New Strategy Document out: 'All our futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Poipulation'

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

Scotland leading the way on patient safety

Work in Mental Health? SANE launches new email support service

Increase in prescription charges

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
A £10 million new wave of radical preventative care programmes is to go live later this year, helping make the NHS more local than ever

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.

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

Scotland needs the right number of nurses, with the right skills. That’s the call from RCN Scotland and British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland

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

Work in OOH and Unsheduled Care ? See OOH/Unscheduled care education framework

Guidance for use of Scottish Woman-Held Maternity Record

January 2007

Life after GPASS

"Delivering for Mental Health", the mental health delivery plan for Scotland

SMART support for Scottish innovators

Staff are 'lifeblood of NHS'

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

New Blueprint for Community Hospitals includes eHealth

Minister praises NHS 24's 'tireless' staff

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

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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