NICE shared learning awards

The NICE Shared Learning Awards are returning in 2020 to celebrate the work of organisations and individuals who put NICE guidance and quality standards into practice to improve services.

Lack of beds halting operations, surgeons warn

A survey by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) has revealed that nearly eight in ten surgeons have been unable to operate due to a lack of beds.

Releasing artificially-infected mosquitoes could cut global dengue cases by 90%

International researchers from Imperial College London, the University of California and University of Florida, have highlighted the potential to dramatically cut the rate of Dengue transmission.

New £58.7 million funding boost for research to protect the health of the nation

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced a £58.7 million research investment to protect the public from health threats such as antimicrobial resistance, air pollution and infectious diseases.

Study shows sepsis rates double previous estimates

A new study, the most comprehensive to date, on the incidence of sepsis and sepsis deaths, was published recently in The Lancet. It confirms that the actual rates are double those previously estimated, and that 20% of global deaths are due to this under-reported but deadly condition.

Robocath completes first robotic coronary angioplasties

Robocath, a company that designs cardiovascular robotic systems for the treatment of vascular diseases, has announced it has successfully completed its first robotic coronary angioplasties.

New study confirms success of MenB vaccine in the UK

A new study by Public Health England (PHE) shows that infant vaccination against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has resulted in a significant decline in cases of the disease in young children since the programme was introduced. The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Call for new guideline adoption to get medicines to patients faster

Complex Innovative Design (CID) trials could be transformed for the better, following the publication of recommendations, published in the British Journal of Cancer. The authors believe, if implemented, the ten recommendations they’ve developed for CID trials could ultimately reduce the time it takes to get innovative treatments to patients with cancer.

Hull hospitals invest in new environmental monitoring systems for operating theatres

Hospital theatres in the Hull area are tackling the risk of surgical site infection with the use of specialist air sampling technology from Cherwell Laboratories.

Patient wins settlement for injury caused by 'never event'

A dad left permanently disabled after a hospital wrongly flushed food into his lung has called for lessons to be learned from his case. Michael Moy had liquid administered into his right lung instead of his stomach on at least two occasions after staff did not check the position of his feeding tube before commencing his feed.

Roll-out of new cervical screening test will save more lives

Hundreds of lives could be saved each year in England, following the introduction of a more sensitive cervical screening test.

Nutrition: a forgotten aspect of surgical care?

Kate Woodhead RGN DMS has warned that insufficient attention is paid to the consequences of dietary intake, for patients undergoing surgery. In the January edition of The Clinical Services Journal, she highlights the need to assess and manage patients' nutrition to improve surgical outcomes.

Brexit could drive strategic partnerships with Middle Eastern healthcare

As Britain leaves the European Union on 31 January, building links with global markets, the Middle East in particular, will be a key focus for UK healthcare companies.

Diabetes drug may help prevent recurrent miscarriage

An NIHR-supported study has found that an existing diabetes drug can be used to optimise the lining of the womb and reduce the risk of miscarriage in women who have already experienced pregnancy loss.

Report highlights common ‘never event’ that leaves women at risk of harm after childbirth

All too often, retained swabs are leaving women at risk of infection after childbirth and more action is required to tackle the occurrence of this 'never event'. The safety risk has been highlighted by a new report by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

Targeted screening could prevent one in six prostate cancer deaths

Nearly one in six deaths from prostate cancer could be prevented if targeted screening was introduced for men at a higher genetic risk of the disease, according to a new UCL-led computer modelling study.

Bandage material helps stop bleeding without adhering to the wound

Scientists from ETH Zurich and the National University of Singapore have applied for a patent for a new blood-repellant material that also promotes blood-clotting and has an antimicrobial effect. The breakthrough could improve wound care and reduce the risk of infection, the researchers claim.

Smartphone technology could speed up UTI diagnosis

Biological Engineers at the University of Bath have developed a test that could help medics quickly diagnose urinary tract infections (UTIs), using a normal smartphone camera.

Government to provide £40m fund to tackle staff concerns over IT inefficiencies

The government has announced it will provide £40 million to transform slow login times, one of the main technology frustrations facing NHS staff.

Empowering BAME communities to engage with 'living donation'

A 'Living Transplant Initiative' aimed at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities has had another successful year of engagement. NHS Blood and Transplant's latest annual report shows that more people, in more towns and cities, were engaged with the Initiative’s work than ever before.