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Half of heart patients miss out on life-saving recovery care

Half of heart patients in the UK are missing out on vital recovery care that could prevent them dying prematurely, according to a new report from the British Heart Foundation.

DNA testing announced to fast track diagnosis for critically ill infants

The NHS in England is providing a new form of DNA test capable of rapidly diagnosing rare diseases for critically ill babies and children, as part of its Long Term Plan to use world leading technologies to improve care for the sickest infants.

Survey reveals appetite for telehealth, but poor adoption

More than 90% of doctors said they hadn’t recently conducted any outpatient consultations by video but 70% thought that at least some could be carried out in this way, according to a survey conducted by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Bespoke mobile healthcare suite will offer ophthalmic hub for NHS Trust

A leading medical technology company is working with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide a bespoke ophthalmic “hub” in an innovative project. Over the next two years, Vanguard Healthcare Solutions will provide two laminar flow theatres which will create the basis for an eye-surgery hub at Royal Preston Hospital.

Nurse numbers show increase, but shortages remain in specialist areas

The latest mid-year figures published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reveal the number of nurses, midwives and nursing associates on its register is at an all-time high of 706,252. However, the Royal College of Nursing warns that the increase could be "short term" unless there is increased investment and greater efforts to attract more students into the profession.

Proton therapy as effective as standard radiation with fewer side effects

Cancer patients who receive high-tech proton therapy experience similar cure rates and fewer serious side effects compared with those who undergo traditional X-ray radiation therapy, according to a study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Blood test can quickly match advanced breast cancer patients to targeted treatments

A blood test can help identify rare mutations in advanced breast cancer, which may enable patients to access effective treatments more quickly in the future, Cancer Research UK scientists have found.

New data reveals infection rates for private hospitals

The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) has published new information about health outcomes and risk of infections for privately funded patient healthcare in the UK.

Student nurses to receive £5000 per year in bid to boost recruitment

Nursing students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs. The funding will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020. It is expected to benefit more than 35,000 students every year.

Doctors seeking work-life balance: what are the implications for a sustainable workforce?

Doctors are making deliberate choices to manage their careers and wellbeing which must be considered by the new Government, the General Medical Council (GMC) argues in a new report. 'The state of medical education and practice 2019' (SoMEP) report highlights changing approaches to work-life balance and career development which impact on UK health services’ ability to plan for patient demand.

AfPP seeks views on challenges faced in theatres

The Association for Perioperative Practice has launched a nationwide survey in a bid to understand the challenges faced by those working within operating theatres, following worldwide claims that healthcare workers are experiencing severe burnout.

First Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering MPACE accreditations granted

The first UKAS accreditations for Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering have been awarded to The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Guidelines aim to ensure the safe transfer of patients with brain injury

The transfer of patients is potentially hazardous if poorly executed and new guidelines aim to reduce risks and improve outcomes.

Lack of support leaving pregnant women with diabetes at risk of serious complications

Gaps in the support available to women with diabetes before and during pregnancy are leaving thousands at risk of serious complications.

NICE relaunches international division

As the development of clinical guidelines can be expensive and time consuming, NICE International will work with clients to adapt guidelines for their healthcare system.

Calls to tackle slowdown in mortality improvements

New analysis of mortality data exploring reasons behind stalling life expectancy improvements in the UK, has uncovered worrying trends affecting some of the population, including a rising number of avoidable deaths among the under 50s.

Two thirds of people want tax increase to pay for health and social care

A survey conducted on behalf of the Health Foundation indicates that there is increasing public support for paying more tax to maintain and improve health and social care.

New guidelines to help make anaesthesia safer

The Association of Anaesthetists has announced that new guidelines have been published which will help anaesthetists perform safer airway management for patients undergoing general anaesthesia.

New guidance for surgeons acting as expert witnesses

Medical experts should undergo appropriate medico-legal training before they appear as an expert witness, the Royal College of Surgeons of England has advised in new guidance published.

Cancer survival hindered by staff shortages

Progress in improving cancer survival is at risk of being limited by staff shortages, an inquiry into the future of cancer care in Scotland has concluded.