Scotland Archived News: 2008

December 2009
This month's NMC/Regulatory Body Update - Maintaining your registration over the Christmas period ; NMC Position statement: remote assessment and prescribing ; FtP are moving to a new location; New guidance for the care of older people

HPC UPdate:New Employer Events UK-wide during February-March 09; HPC in Focus - December Issue available now; Dietitian, nutritionist, food advisor, do you know the difference?

ISD Scotland publish their Community Nurses Census

Journalists warned of possible ECS breach

MMR uptake breakthrough in Scotland

A new national uniform and a dress code are being introduced for NHS staff in Scotland, to promote a professional corporate image and minimise the risk of infection.

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland create new mental health information web site PIRAMHIDS

Electronic fit notes to replace sick notes - this is related to Improving health and work: changing lives
The Government's Response to Dame Carol Black's Review of the health of Britain's working-age population and in some form is likely to be UK wide

An Apple A Day Helps Keep You Fit

November 2008
Nursing & Midwifery regulator seeks practitioner views on revalidation . NMC response to Mail on Sunday – Atos Origin loses records with nurses’ names and PIN numbers

New targets for healthcare

£1 million fund to help aspiring social entrepreneurs launch new ventures is ready to begin operating from March next year

October 2008
This month's NMC/Regulatory Body Update - NEW ADVICE SHEET (October) Providing care in an emergency situation outside the work environment be sure and read this

Scottish NHS gets £1m to secure USB ports

The National Clinical Dataset Development Programme (NCDDP) was established in 2003 and it is currently seeking your feedback on National Clinical Data Standards for NMAHP Care Planning, Long Term Conditions Core and Child & Adolescent Mental Health. Do take part in this opportunity - you have until October 22nd

New data security protocols for NHS boards

September 2008
Look at the top of this page - see the new eHealth Nurses Network Survey Feature! This is a new addition (this month we're looking at e-records) - we will be feeding back results on these pages - plus we'd like to hear what you think are the key eHealth elements in need of investigation from your viewpoint. Please take part and help us trial this feature

The Scottish Government's main corporate website has won a WebAward in the 12th annual Web Marketing Association competition

New pharmacy walk-in services

Funding to support Gaelic

NHS Lothian implements USB stick lock-down

Heart tests for young athletes

Half of Scottish prescriptions sent electronically

Health Board Funding

August 2008
New Information Literacy Framework from NHS Education for Scotland: "Better informed for better health and better care: A framework to support improved information use for staff and patients"

Scottish health sector investigations - Ombudsman emphasises the importance of good record keeping.

RCN issues important new e-Health Policy Documents: “Consent to access, share and create eHealth records” and “Nursing content of electronic patient / client records”.

Work in Primary Care? e-Library launches on line general practice nurse toolkit and Scottish GPs to prescribe telephone therapy

Interested in Advanced Practice? Scottish government releases interesting document: Supporting the Development of Advanced Nursing Practice

Care for infants and toddlers in your practice? The Infant & Toddler Forum aims to provide healthcare professionals with practical help and information on infant and toddler nutrition and development and has a new CPD accredited on line learning tool called Open Book - all you need to do is register

HPC Education Presentation - Edinburgh 30/10/2007 - 13:30 Napier University, Craighouse Campus, Edinburgh

July 2008
This month's NMC/Regulatory Body Update - it's been quite an eventful month, with lots happening to read about; First see the New Report on Extending Regulation; plus the Special CHRE report to the Minister of State for Health Services on the NMC and the NMC's response to the review. Plus A new governance structure for the NMC . Finally Update on NMC projects (eg Pre-Reg Nursing Education, Advanced Practice), and you have a chance to Have your say about what goes in 'NMC News'

You are also invited to to take part in a consultation on the content of new constitution rules for the four NMC statutory committees (Investigating; Conduct and Competence; Health; and Midwifery), all of which play a key role in the work of the NMC. Meeting Edinburgh 18th July

Scotland's National Care Standards web site

Web site celebrating 60 years of the NHS in Scotland

New e-Health Strategy published - Beller eHealth: Better care ; Scotland commits to incremental e-health

Do not miss this new framework - Information Governance in NHSScotland: A Competency Framework

Scottish GPs to get choice of systems

NHS Lothian declares 'data amnesty'

Up to £2.65 million is to be made available to allow GP practices to extended surgery opening hours with nursing support

Involved in a Hospital at Night service? Read the Hospital at Night 2008 UK Implementation Survey Report

Review of Capital Projects in Scotland

June 2008
This month's NMC/Regulatory Body Update; Extending Professional Regulation Working Group - Interim report; Warning: Email scam plus Advice for nurses working with children and young people and there are New Midwifery Advice Sheets

GMC Review of Confidentiality Guidance - for information

New Website Celebrating 60 years of the NHS in Scotland

New Resource - Using Information - Improving Healthcare

Parliament Endorses New Drugs Strategy

Join in the National Conversation on Scotland's Future and read about the Scottish Futures Trust

Scotland Performs goes live

See the Skills Framework for Working in an Information Age

Royal College of Nursing proudly presents - e-Health: we’re UP FOR IT –are you? a lunchtime meeting, sponsored by the Information in Nursing Forum on 16th July from 12md – 2pm (buffet lunch provided) Venue: Seminar Room 2, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh University, Chancellors Building, Little France Crescent. This is promising to be a most interesting event with presentation of new data from the RCN pre-reg e-Health educational project and discussion on options to develop local e-Health Community of Practice. To register your place please email

See the NMAHP June Newsletter

May 2008
This month's NMC/Regulatory Body Update; Subscribe to the NMC newsletter NOW.. Trust, Assurance and Safety - what does it mean for the NMC?- From October 2008 the way the NMC hears Fitness to Practise (FtP) cases will change to using the Civil standard of proof. Also Publication update: Standards to support learning and assessment in practice
Call for papers for the 2008 NMC Midwifery Conference

The draft Scottish Government e-Health Strategy for 2008 - 2011 is out for consultation - if you would like to see the document and take part in the consultation please email The NMAHP e-Health Strategy is already published and the NMAHP KM Network is available for you to join. Get involved in the e-Health developments in Scotland!

Nurse pay - you MUST have your say - the RCN is running a consultation on the new Pay Proposals - register your opinion now

Scottish National Telecare Project April Newsletter

Carestream mid-way through NHS Scotland PACS

Scottish GPs call for GP system choice

New Funding for fitness activities and Play@Home in NHS Fife

Funding for care

Campaign urges better telecoms for deaf users

ICN Congress Dirban June 2009: Call for Abstracts Sub Theme 8. Technology, innovations and informatics

New Rowntree Report 'Supporting older people in care homes at night' based in Scotland

Heart and lung centre opens

April 2008
Job opportunity at RCN ! - Closing date: 19th May 2008. The RCN are seeking to appoint an e-Health Adviser This is an opportunity to influence policy and practice in the area of e-Health and to support and engage nursing staff in it.  You will participate in UK government and international initiatives and build the RCN’s profile in relation to e-Health issues. See the advertisement

Are you a student nurse – and would you like to win an iPod? Take part in the latest RCN on line Survey which is investigating your Pre-Registration e-health learning needs– all who complete the survey will be entered into the draw

Do not miss the RCN Information in Nursing Forum’s Fringe Meeting at Congress Computer says No – Are you bothered?’ – This session will be stimulating,  interesting and challenging – and everyone who attends will stand the chance of walking away with a new MP4 player Do not miss this

This month's NMC/Regulatory Body Update;The new Code is available now to read and download

New funding for telecare in Scotland announced

Scottish NHS to receive £201m for e-health

Scotland to pilot new sexual health system

NHS Tayside launches video GP trial

NHS Scotland rolls out document management

The Scottish Government has announced £4 million pounds funding for research programmes over the next five years which will help improve healthcare for patients in Scotland.

Getting to GRIPS with Chronic Pain in Scotland new report on chronic pain

The Scottish Management of Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan 2008 (ScotMARAP) available on line

Do you find barriers at work which hold back e-health developments? NICE have published guidance'How to Change Practice' which might be useful

Work in telephone consultation? See this newly published work based on NHS Direct Wales: SNOOKS H.A., WILLIAMS A.M., GRIFFITHS L.J., PECONI J., RANCE J., SNELGROVE S. , SARANGI S., WAINWRIGHT P. & CHEUNG W.-Y. (2008) Real
nursing? The development of telenursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing 61(6), 631–640

March 2008
Scotland plans sexual health patient records

Funding lifeline for healthy living centres in Scotland

NHS waiting lists in Scotland are now at an all-time low.

International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) Bulletin plus on line article Standardized Nursing Language: What Does It Mean for Nursing Practice?

Interested in Telecare? Join the Telecare Knowledge Network (TKN)

Priority treatment for veterans

The transport and energy links between Scotland and Northern Ireland are set to be strengthened

Lecturer in Health Informatics post advertised at University of Dundee

NMC Education Road Show 29th May Glasgow - Education Road shows - Case studies sought

February 2008
Aberdeen A+E pilots video booths and
Virtual health care gets UK trial

Work in telephone consultation? Interesting study with NHS 24

Scottish citizens to shape cancer strategy

Better planning and funding needed to sustain Scotland’s free personal care

Gene analysis site launches in Europe

GMC launches Consultation on Confidentiality - Protecting and Providing Information

Enhanced protection for NHS workers

Work in the Community? QNI has launched a new Campaign: ' Nursing N°1 - encouraging you to spend as much time on your own health and wellbeing as you do on your patients’ and be sure to visit the Community Nursing Team Census pages

New NHSS Fraud website

January 2008
The eHealth Nurses Network wishes you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Why not start the year by recycling your Christmas Cards?

NHS 'now four different systems'

Integrated patient record system rolls out from acute to community sector in NHS Fife

Standards for adult hearing services

Britons ‘to get free EU care’

Interested in Health Screening? New report on the use of CT for the health assessment of asymptomatic individuals

Care for clients with long term conditions? Interesting new report 'The Future of Care Funding: Time for A a Change' well worth a read

New Scottish Action Plan released: Better Health, Better Care

Interested in Falls Prevention? Interesting new research

Scottish Government publish Consultation Document on a Local Healthcare Bill

Like to get published? Nurse Author & Editor journal offers advice on writing quality manuscripts, avoiding rejection, finding publishing opportunities, editing and reviewing. 

Overview of Scotland's health and NHS Performance in 2006-7 published

Health Protection Scotland publish audit of National Hand Hygiene Campaign

Visit the Audit Scotland Web Site

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