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CSC Annual Scientific Meeting: have you booked your place?

The Central Sterilisation Club (CSC) is hosting its Annual Scientific Meeting 2024 on the 15-16 April 2024, at the Crowne Plaza at Gerrard’s Cross.

First patients with inherited blood disorders to get world-first NHS test to curb transfusion side effects

Thousands of people with sickle cell disorder and thalassaemia in England will have access a world-first ‘blood matching’ genetic test on the NHS to better match their blood transfusions, reducing the risk of side effects and offering more personalised care.

Paperless placement for University of Dundee Nursing Students

A new digital tool developed by NES Technology Service (NTS) in collaboration with NES Nursing and Midwifery pre-registration and practice education team, has been piloted by nursing students at the University of Dundee. The team have created e-Pad (Electronic Placement Assessment Documents) - a digital app which allows nursing students to electronically record practice learning progress and achievement of learning outcomes throughout their placements.

First bowel cancer vaccine to be tested in international clinical trial

A ground breaking vaccine to treat early bowel cancer will go on trial for patients thanks to a worldwide collaboration between scientists and doctors at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust and in Australia.

Medstor re-appointed to the NHS SBS framework

Medstor has once again been awarded a place on the prestigious NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) framework. For the next four years, Medstor will be working with the many healthcare Trusts using the framework to deliver on the NHS SBS vision: "Helping the NHS to save money and enhance quality so that the NHS can improve health, innovate to save lives and deliver better outcomes with care and compassion."

Scottish partnerships should apply now for share of £7.5m regulatory innovation funding

InnoScot Health is urging Scottish innovation and science collaborators to take advantage of a £7.5m pot of grant funding available from Innovate UK.

British Thoracic Society announces Asthma Attack Bundle

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) has published a new care bundle for use in adult patients (aged 16+) following an acute asthma attack. Building on the first Asthma Care Bundle produced in 2016, the new “Asthma 4” - Asthma Attack bundle is introducing a set of clinical interventions designed to improve outcomes for patients following an asthma attack.

Cutting-edge technology to optimise Stereotactic Radiosurgery demonstrated live at Arab Health 2024

Cutting-edge technology to optimise diagnostic angiograms for treatment planning for neurosurgery in real-time, will be demonstrated live by a renowned clinician at Arab Health 2024.

Climate change linked to spread of diarrhoeal illness

Temperature, day length and humidity have been found to be linked to the increased spread of a diarrhoeal illness, a new study from the University of Surrey reveals. The findings could help predict further outbreaks of the illness, potentially leading to better preparedness within health services.

Research shows new benefits of weight loss for type 2 diabetes

​Researchers in the School of Population Health, at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, have provided new evidence of the health benefits of weight loss efforts that lead to diabetes remission for type 2 diabetes patients.

Government seeks views on new pay scale for nurses

The government has published a call for evidence to seek views on a new pay scale for nurses. It will collate feedback from across the health sector on the merits of a separate pay structure for nursing staff in the NHS, considering both the risk and benefits of this approach.

Summit Medical successfully attains MDR certification

Summit Medical has announced the successful attainment of the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) certification. Securing the EU MDR 2017/745 certificate, granted by the Notified Body SGS Belgium NV, signifies the company’s ongoing commitment to maintaining pinnacle standards in quality and patient safety.

Digital records system saves 80,000 staff hours

Nourish’s digital records system has saved Priory, a leading independent provider of mental health services, more than 80000 staff hours, releasing them from admin tasks and allowing more time for direct resident support. As a result, Priory has been nominated at the 2023/4 Health Tech Awards for its use of the system.

Groundbreaking treatments for early Alzheimer’s to be presented at Arab Health 2024

In 2023, new-generation medications, in international clinical trials, have demonstrated slowing of the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease and its symptoms. The implications of these historic results for the global Alzheimer’s Disease pandemic will be presented at Arab Health 2024.

SARS-CoV-2 can infect dopamine neurons causing senescence

A new study reported that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, can infect dopamine neurons in the brain and trigger senescence, when a cell loses the ability to grow and divide.

NIHR launches annual competition for NHS Trusts to buy research equipment

The NIHR has launched the first in a series of annual capital investment calls for NHS Trusts in England following last year’s highly successful NIHR Infrastructure capital competition. Up to £30m is being made available to pay for cutting-edge equipment, associated building refurbishment, and modular buildings to enhance NHS Trusts’ ability to carry out innovative research.

1.4 million more people at risk of severe COVID-19 to have access to antivirals

NICE already recommends Paxlovid for people who do not need supplemental oxygen for COVID-19 and who have an increased risk for progression to severe COVID-19. This includes people with certain cancers, people who have had haematological stem cell transplant or who have a haematological disease and people with liver or kidney disease. Following a partial review NICE, has published updated final draft guidance which increases the number of people eligible to access Paxlovid to an estimated 5.3 million.

Norovirus cases grow as thousands still in hospital with winter viruses

Thousands of people were in hospital with seasonal viruses last week – including rising numbers with norovirus – as NHS staff continue to deal with a range of winter pressures.

New platform launched for retired consultants to return to NHS

The NHS is encouraging retired doctors to return to the health service to help bring down long waits for elective care, with the aim of making it easier and more flexible for staff to return to the NHS as part of the Long Term Workforce Plan.

Health Secretary announces new women's health priorities for 2024

The Health and Social Care Secretary has named problem periods, women’s health research and support for domestic and sexual abuse victims among the government’s priorities for women’s health in 2024.

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Upcoming Events

Infection Prevention & Control

National Conference Centre, Birmingham
23rd - 24th April 2024

ESGE Days 2024, Symposium – ‘Elevating Endoscopy: Inspiring Progress and Innovation’

Estrel Congress Center (room 15), Berlin, Germany
25th April 2024, 16:30 – 17:30 CEST

National DERS and SMART pump conference

BCEC, Birmingham
29th April 2024

Theatres & Decontamination Conference 2024

Coventry Building Society Arena
16th May 2024

The AfPP Roadshow - Birmingham

Millennium Point, Birmingham
18th May 2024

BAUN Summer Educational Event – Essential Urology Skills

Crowne Plaza, Newcastle Stephenson Quarter
6th June 2024

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

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