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November 2018

Donna Ockenden has been nominated to receive a Chichester City Council civic award in recognition of the contribution she has made to life in the city. The formal presentation will be hosted by the Mayor and will take place at the Assembly Rooms in early February 2019.

November 2018

A year ago the national bereavement care pathway was launched with 11 Wave 1 pilot sites. Now, a further 21 sites are live as part of wave 2 with more to follow. This milestone has been marked with the publication of the NBCP external evaluation conducted by Fiveways Research. Additionally, updated materials for professionals to use in all sites in England are also now available.

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November 2018

Stillbirth rates have declined by 20% over the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundles period (but the change cannot specifically relate to the SBLCB interventions) in participating Trusts. Significant variation in the stillbirth rate persists across the early adopter Trusts, but it was not possible to determine whether this was due to the implementation of SBLCB. However, due to the nature of the interventions it is highly plausible that it contributed to the continued improvement in stillbirth rate.

Read the independent ‘SPIRE report’ for NHS England

November 2018

A report by NHS Digital, into the study of mental health in children and young people suggests hundreds of thousands of toddlers have mental health problems, with one in 18 suffering a disorder. The rate rose to one in ten as children went through primary school and one in seven during secondary education. By late teens the figure was one in six. NHS Digital’s study is the first survey into children’s mental health in England since 2004 and includes two to four-year-olds for the first time.

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November 2018

The NMC has published new draft midwifery education standards ahead of a planned publication consultation next year. They place greater emphasis on mental health and public health and aim to equip midwives with the skills to identify individual health and mental health needs early on in the pregnancy.

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November 2018

NHS trusts will be forced to publish concerns raised by staff and patients about their care in the wake of the Gosport patient deaths scandal, the health secretary has announced.
In a statement to Parliament, Matt Hancock said he would “strengthen protection” for staff whistle-blowers as he set out the government’s response to the Gosport Independent Panel’s report.

Read more | Read the NMC response

November 2018

The NMC are proposing changes to the English language test requirements for nurses outside the UK. The Council will be discussing amending the level of ILETS they will accept from a 7 across all four test areas to a 6.5 in writing. The NMC have released a press statement covering the proposal.

Read the press release

November 2018

A recent report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has found that three quarters of babies who died or suffered brain damage during birth could have been saved by better care. In fact, hundreds of babies are dying every year because of problems such as poor training and miscommunication among staff.

Read the report

November 2018

The NMC have created a short animation that explains what they do and why it matters to everyone. The NMC regulates nurses, midwives and nursing associates ensuring they’re learning and working to the very best possible standards so that everyone gets the best care and support when they need it.

Watch the animation

November 2018

A joint report by the King’s Fund, Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust had warned that NHS trusts in England could be short of up to 350,000 staff by 2030 if current trends around patient demand, training, recruitment and retention continued. It also stated that the workforce issues actually posed a greater threat than funding to the NHS.

Read the report

November 2018

More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS. The errors were made between January and June, including 182 test results that were not sent out which showed abnormalities. The mistake was made by Capita, the outsourcing company. NHS England is in the process of contacting everyone affected.

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November 2018

The Four Streets Project Community Coat rack in Chichester returns for the third year running having ‘re-homed’ hundreds of coats over the last two winters. The aim is to ensure that no one in the city or surrounding area lacks a warm coat this winter.

Founder; Donna Ockenden said “Our simple message is: If you have a spare coat in clean and good condition please leave it on the rack. If you need a coat please come and take one!” Anyone wishing to donate a coat is asked to visit the rack, which will be kept underneath the portico of the city council’s Assembly Rooms in North Street.

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