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University of Leeds project to develop new treatments for heart failure awarded Heart Research UK grant

A research project at the University of Leeds aiming to identify new drug treatments for heart failure patients has been awarded a grant of almost £150,000 by national charity Heart Research UK.

Overstretched NHS respiratory departments are hit by mounting pressures

In November 2019, the British Thoracic Society (BTS) ran a survey which found that for many respiratory departments across the UK, the increase in number of patients requiring hospital admission typical of the winter months, known as winter pressures, had started as early October or, in some cases, had never stopped since the Winter of 2018.

Call for action following latest 'never events' report

The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) is calling for action to be taken after a recent report suggests little progress has been made to prevent errors within the perioperative environment.

EU-funded project launched to tackle heart attacks

A new project, CoroPrevention, has nearly €20 million of Horizon 2020 funding to discover the lifestyle improvements and medications needed by individual patients with coronary heart disease to prevent another cardiovascular event.

UV technology eliminates 96% of pathogens in operating theatres

A new study suggests that UV technology could significantly improve the decontamination of operating theatres.

NHS must tackle gap in technology skills, warns EBME expert

The NHS is currently in a ‘technological meltdown’ as a result of decades of under-investment in technology, warns Dr. John Sandham, chairman of the EBME Expo.

NHS staff morale improves but too many facing abuse

​NHS staff say they are now happier and more likely to recommend their organisation as a place to work than last year, but too many still experience unacceptable abuse from patients and the public.

Report highlights ‘toxic’ risk of beta blocker to prevent overdose deaths

The toxicity of a commonly prescribed beta blocker needs better recognition across the NHS to prevent deaths from overdose, a new report warns.

New bill gives hospitals power to develop personalised treatment

NHS hospitals will be able to use personalised medicines for unique cancers and diseases, following the introduction of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill.

New consultant-led Medical Admissions Unit opens in London

The London Clinic, a leading private hospital and charity on London’s Harley Street, has opened a new consultant-led Medical Admissions Unit in central London that offers GPs and healthcare specialists an alternative to sending people with urgent medical care needs to an A&E service at an NHS hospital.

PHE highlights vital role of post-discharge surveillance in tackling SSIs

Pauline Harrington, National Surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance manager, Public Health England, has warned that, despite significant improvements in MRSA and MSSA infections, Enterobacterales have increased and now make up the largest proportion of causative organisms across all surgical categories [30.0% in 2018/19].

National Medical Director calls for increased focus on infection prevention in fight against AMR

To tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), there must be an increased focus on infection prevention, healthcare leaders warned at NHS England's IPC AMR conference. However, it will require a more 'integrated approach' between hospitals and the community...

Interfurn appoints Area Sales Manager for North of England

Interfurn Medical Systems has announced the appointment of Brent Hopper in the role of Area Sales Manager - North to drive forward the company’s next phase of growth and strategic development.

Nursing applications still 25% lower than bursary-era figures

The RCN has reiterated its calls for urgent investment to build the nursing workforce, as nursing degree applications remain far below what is required for staffing for safe and effective care.

Chief Nursing Officer calls for boost to nurse apprenticeships

England’s most senior nurse has called on NHS organisations to boost the number of nursing apprenticeships they offer to local people, to help deliver the health service’s Long Term Plan to improve patient care.

Digital transformation leaders debate priorities at Digital Health Rewired

NHS technology leaders are to kick off the Digital Health Rewired Conference and Exhibition on 3-4 March at the Olympia National, London. The much-expanded show, which will see a host of new tracks and events, is set to welcome thousands of key digital health leaders.

Patients missing out on early bowel cancer diagnosis due to staff shortages

Around 1,100 people in England could miss out on the chance of an early stage bowel cancer diagnosis through screening each year because of NHS staff shortages, according to new calculations released by Cancer Research UK.

RCN report says nursing profession is ‘undervalued’

A report commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing says that despite nursing being a graduate profession, with nurses routinely performing tasks previously undertaken by doctors, the role continues to be poorly paid and undervalued.

Researchers to investigate method of growing new blood vessels

​A new treatment for stimulating the growth of new blood vessels in the heart will be investigated by researchers at the University of Bristol thanks to funding of over £100,000 from national charity Heart Research UK.

Survey highlights growing concern for patient safety among theatre practitioners

Poor mental health among nurses and the effect it has on patient care is one of the most talked-about issues in healthcare, but a recent survey carried out by the Association for Perioperative Practice has highlighted that these issues could extend far beyond nurses and in fact appear to be prevalent in an area where patient safety is equally as vital: the operating theatre.

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Upcoming Events

EBME Expo 2021

Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes Stadium Way West Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
30th June - 1st July

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
4th - 5th April