As part of the NHS Long Term Plan to save thousands more lives, hospital staff must alert senior doctors if patients with suspected sepsis do not respond to treatment within an hour. The guidance was drawn up with the Royal College of Physicians, The Royal College of GPs, NICE and the UK Sepsis Trust.
The NMC Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe has published her latest blogs which talk about why some Fitness to Practise hearings are held in private and about her latest visit to The Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
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Public Health England has launched a new campaign ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ which urges women to attend their cervical screening. Data shows that the number of women attending screening has fallen to a 20-year low.
New guidance regarding homeless women whilst pregnant has been published by the Royal College of Midwives. The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) came into force in England on 3rd April 2018 to prevent and stop homelessness by offering early support to those at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless. It also places a new duty on health services, including maternity, to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
A new research project, led by the University of Leicester and funded by Sands, is set to explore how websites and apps can provide better support to women during the perinatal stage of pregnancy. The study aims to make recommendations that will improve identification of at risk pregnancies and improve interventions.
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Sands have funded research which has found that a simple blood test to measure bile acids in the blood can provide information about the risk of stillbirth for pregnant women with a common liver disorder called Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy or ICP. The research was carried out by teams based at King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust. This discovery means that pregnant women can now be targeted to receive the right care to keep themselves and their baby safe.
Tommy’s have launched a new campaign #TogetherForChange encouraging conversation around talking openly and honestly about baby loss. In the UK, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. Parents are left with so many unanswered questions and the emotional impact is devasting. The campaign is to raise greater awareness and more research to stop it happening.
Ovarian cancer is the biggest gynaecological killer of women in the UK, with survival rates among the worst in Europe. Three quarters of women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making treatment more difficult. This is why awareness is so important, to drive forward improvements in diagnosis, treatment and survival.
During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the ovarian cancer charities come together to reach as many people as possible with the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) is to remain in Special Measures despite some progress and a series of improvements across several areas. A written statement published by the Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething outlines the outcomes of a recent meeting between the Welsh Government, the Wales Audit Office and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.
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From the 1st of April 2019, the NMC will no longer allow people to revalidate by meeting a reduced set of requirements. This option was available when revalidation was launched but is now no longer required as the process is fully embedded. New guidance on health and character and revalidation is available on the NMC website.
Read the revalidation guidance booklet | Read more about health and character