FEATURE ARTICLES

Transforming patient care with medical asset tracking

Rob Kinnersley discusses the benefits of leveraging technology to accurately and efficiently track vital hospital equipment in healthcare environments.

A profession to be proud of…

As one of the largest gatherings of perioperative professionals in the UK, the AfPP Annual Conference is essential for anyone working in the perioperative field. CSJ provides an overview of this year’s programme and the many reasons to attend.

How can we help clinical entrepreneurs to succeed?

It is important for everyone that clinical entrepreneurs are able to succeed and bring new innovations to market. Angie Reynolds, head of Birmingham Research Park, discusses how this innovation can be supported.

Spotlight on medical equipment management

The EBME Expo medical equipment exhibition and conference will take place at The Coventry Building Society Arena, 28–29 June 2023. CSJ provides an insight into the hot topics to be discussed at the event and the innovations on show.

SSI reduction: a sustainable solution

At the recent Infection Prevention & Control conference, held in Birmingham at The National Conference Centre, surgical site infection (SSI) was high on the agenda – from infection prevention in theatres and the importance of care bundles, to antibiotic stewardship within the surgical pathway, and SSI surveillance. Louise Frampton reports on some of the highlights

The Hewitt Review: plans for integrated care

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the findings of the Hewitt Review on plans for Integrated Care Systems. The Review identifies six key principles, which will enable the ICSs to thrive. However, it remains to be seen how much of the report and its proposals will be accepted by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Future of clinical trials: is mobile the answer?

An independent review of clinical trials by Lord James O’Shaughnessy is due to report imminently. Helen Jones looks at how taking trials into the heart of communities can play a pivotal role

COVER STORY: Tackling NHS waiting lists: the way forward

One of the strategic objectives of the New Hospital Programme, which aims to transform the delivery of healthcare infrastructure for the NHS, is to ‘deliver hospitals for less cost and less time’. Modern Methods of Construction are meeting this strategic objective, while enabling Trusts to tackle the backlog

Managing vital equipment in hospitals

The Clinical Engineering team at Chesterfield Royal Hospital has improved the management of medical equipment by tracking assets with a RFID system, resulting in reduced costs and improved patient flow.

Taking the wider view of employee engagement

Toma Pagojute says that training and development, recognition, and culture are all key to employee retention – it isn’t just about the pay. She reports on a recent survey which showed that stress was the biggest reason prompting healthcare staff to consider leaving the profession.

NHS ‘falling short’ on cancer waiting times

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee has criticised NHS England’s recovery programme for its ‘over-optimism’ and highlights a need for improved workforce planning – particularly around social care. CSJ provides an overview of the key findings and recommendations.

NHS staff increasingly unhappy with care quality

The latest NHS staff survey reveals concerns over the care provided to patients and a decline in morale. The findings also highlight increasing levels of discrimination.

Decontamination: the importance of education

Trevor Garcia, the new chair of the Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc), calls for a focus on education and training within the sector, to safeguard the next generation of highly motivated and competent decontamination science staff

New approach needed to manage MedTech in the NHS

Dr. John Sandham CEng FIHEEM warns that when medical technology fails its ‘MOT’ so does the whole of the NHS. He argues that effective medical technology management can lead to better clinical outcomes, happier staff, and a more efficient NHS.

Considering the role of the independent sector

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS discusses the role of the independent sector in healthcare and whether it could mitigate the extreme pressures in the NHS – both in acute and primary care services.

Collaboration on hand hygiene to support the NHS

Over the last five years, NHS Supply Chain procurement exercises have benefitted from increased frontline clinical engagement, ensuring high-quality and cost-effective products that meet the needs of the NHS. In this article, Sue Green outlines how clinical engagement has supported the development of a robust infection prevention and control framework for the provision of hand hygiene products and services.

Asking the right questions in hand hygiene

During the pandemic, increased demand for alcohol-based hand rub led to some questionable solutions entering the market. So, what questions should healthcare providers ask suppliers to ensure that their product is suitable and effective for hospital use? Thomas Oh, Mandy Michie, Pearleen Ho and Lars Passvogel provide an insight.

COVER STORY: Digital solution improves bed management

Getinge’s digital patient flow management solution, INSIGHT, has successfully improved patient flow, reduced staff stress levels, and increased efficiency for a leading orthopaedic hospital in Japan.

The next, brushless step in endoscope reprocessing

In this article, Pentax Medical explains how a new brushless solution could offer an alternative to manual pre-cleaning, while addressing hygiene and sustainability challenges faced in daily clinical practice.

Electrostatic application of disinfectant

Daniel Sullivan explains how electrostatic technology offers significant benefits for environmental decontamination. A trial has shown that contamination is reduced, while beds can also be turned around much faster, but stakeholder engagement and targeted training are vital.

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