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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.

High case volumes reduce mortality

Researchers have found a clear correlation between the number of operations performed per year in a hospital and the chance of survival when treating colorectal carcinomas.

AI can detect low-glucose levels via ECG

Tracking sugar in the blood is crucial for both healthy individuals and diabetic patients. Current methods to measure glucose requires needles and repeated fingerpicks over the day. Fingerpicks can often be painful, deterring patient compliance.

Eastwood Park training calendar

Eastwood Park’s new training calendar for April 2020-March 2021 has been published. New this year is a ‘Safe management of healthcare waste’ course, which focuses on the HTM 07-01 guideline, as well as the cost savings that can be achieved.

Calls to protect time for research

Proposals to protect and strengthen research have been made by the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), in a report produced with input from NHS leaders, clinicians and patient representatives.

High numbers of healthcare providers suffer cyber security incidents

New research by data security provider, Clearswift, has revealed that 67% of healthcare organisations have experienced a cyber security incident in the past year, highlighting the serious threat that data breaches and malicious attacks pose to the UK’s health-related data.

Calls to ‘drive out bullying’ in NHS

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published the initial results of its first ever survey of specialty and associate specialist (SAS) and locally employed (LE) doctors, which found that 30% of SAS doctors and 23% of their LE counterparts had been bullied, undermined or harassed at work in the last year.