FEATURE ARTICLES

Identifying top priorities for the NHS

The next Government will be tasked with tackling the major challenges faced by the NHS – from staff shortages, strikes over pay and huge waiting lists, to increasing demand from an ageing and increasingly obese population, health inequalities, and a crisis in social care. Recent major reports have outlined the priorities for future leaders. CSJ provides an overview of their key findings.

Tackling bad behaviour in the operating theatre

Future Surgery recently cast a light on bullying, discrimination, and sexual misconduct in the NHS, and discussed the efforts required to foster an inclusive culture to support staff wellbeing. Louise Frampton reports.

The challenges ahead for delivering integrated care

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS considers the challenges around delivering ‘better integrated care’ and explains the frameworks and strategies that seek to focus on 
prevention, better outcomes and reducing health inequalities.

COVER STORY: Let’s elevate the status of decontamination

Training of decontamination staff is vital for patient safety, but can also have other key benefits – including boosting morale and enhancing the overall performance of the department.

Calls to tackle attrition and recruitment in nursing

Last year, the Nuffield Trust warned that the domestic training pipeline for clinical careers is ‘unfit for purpose’ – with too many staff dropping out of training and leaving their NHS careers. Now, the Royal College of Nursing is highlighting issues with recruitment too.

Practice-changing research in cardiology

New research, presented at a major cardiology congress, is set to inform best practice in cardiovascular care, with the aim of improving outcomes and reducing mortality. The Clinical Services Journal highlights some key findings.

Patient data at the bedside and beyond

A report published by the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) previously highlighted the dangers of incorrect patient information. Sean Kelly & Dan Johnston argue that establishing a digital identity strategy for clinicians, devices and patients will usher in a safer and more efficient workflow.

Hand hygiene improvement strategies: US vs UK

Gerry Lacey discusses the changes in emphasis that are being driven in the US by the Leapfrog Group Hand Hygiene Standard and the lessons that can be learned in the UK

The missing link in point of care diagnostics

Nick Collier highlights the need for innovation in sample collection, to overcome key human factors challenges, and to ultimately improve point of care diagnostics.

Calprotectin home testing: what do patients think?

Basildon Hospital is using calprotectin home testing to support IBD patients. Kezia Allen, Associate Practitioner, Clinical Trials, Basildon Hospital, reveals the feedback from patients who are using calprotectin tests, as well as some key considerations for the Trust.

Virtual wards: achieving the NHS ambition

Virtual Wards are a crucial part of NHS plans to increase capacity and tackle the increasing operational pressures facing the NHS. But what is a Virtual Ward? What benefits will they deliver? Furthermore, how well is the NHS doing in delivering on its ambition for Virtual Wards? Tracey Barr provides an insight.

Harnessing smart phones to improve surgical care

Smart phone technology is being implemented by UK hospitals for preoperative assessment, as well as remotely monitoring patients’ wounds. The Clinical Services Journal spoke to Chris Taylor, a director at Isla, to find out how the technology could help improve perioperative care.

CSC’s scientific conference to ‘push the boundaries’

Dr. Jimmy Walker, chair of the Central Sterilising Club, provides an insight into what the 2024 Annual Scientific Conference has to offer. He reveals that delegates will be “in for a big surprise”.

CDCs: the challenges and triumphs

Following an inquiry into Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs), the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diagnostics has published its first report, highlighting the benefits of the programme, as well as its concerns. This article provides an overview of the report findings, highlights CDCs’ efforts to tackle the backlog, and looks at the role of investment in MedTech in driving efficiency.

Surgical site infections surveillance report

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS explains why surgical site infection surveillance is an important element of practice development. She looks at the latest data and discusses the frameworks for best practice

COVER STORY: 40 years of ensuring patient safety

2024 is a key moment in history for Wassenburg Medical. The company will be celebrating its 40-year anniversary in business. Having designed the world’s first automated endoscope reprocessor, the company continues to drive innovation.

Rapid creation of a surgical hub to reduce waiting lists

As delays for elective surgery continue to grow nationally, compounded by the winter pressures being experienced by most Trusts and health boards, Chris Blackwell-Frost speaks with key people at South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust, about how they established a surgical hub for elective orthopaedic surgery in a Vanguard mobile laminar flow theatre.

Weaving art therapy into chronic pain management

For chronic pain patients, pain will always be a part of their life. No effort for pain modulation is 100% curative for these patients, which means a careful balance of support needs to be considered. Liza Tharakan, Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia and Lead Clinician for the Chronic Pain Service at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, discusses the role of art in holistic pain management for chronic pain patients.

Bringing an ‘Olympian mindset’ to orthopaedics

In this exclusive interview, DePuy Synthes UK’s General Manager, Gavin Meadows outlines his priorities for 2024. Patient outcomes, efficiency, and supporting diverse talent are top of his agenda.

Driving efficiencies in diabetes management

Sean Gaffney says that the use of digitalised blood glucose monitoring systems can streamline diabetes care for those living with the condition, their caregivers and healthcare providers. He provides an insight into how the financial burden of diabetes on the healthcare system could be reduced through the use of connectivity.

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AfPP Annual Conference 2024

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12th September 2024

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