NHS England has confirmed its plans to recruit pharmacists to take on an expanded role at the heart of local primary care networks across the country. Clinical pharmacists will be based in each primary care network, which will also comprise a range of health professionals including GPs, nurses, physios, therapists and social care providers.
The NMC have launched the future midwife consultation, which sets out the skills and knowledge future midwives will need to learn so they can deliver safe and expert care. Midwives will play a greater role in promoting healthy lifestyles and mental wellbeing. Views are being sought on these new education standards.
Find out more about the consultation here
Read more about the NMC standards here
The Alzheimer’s Society publish blogs with real stories from people living with dementia, along with the latest dementia news, research and campaigns.
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The Department for Health has published the UK’s five-year plan for tackling antimicrobial resistance. Antibiotics are the only really effective treatment for sepsis and globally, there are 30 million cases of sepsis each year. If antibiotics run out that bacteria are not resistant to, it may well tip the scales of population growth.
The NMC have launched a new, online referral service for employers who wish to raise concerns about a nurse or midwife. This online service can also be used by senior managers within the NHS who may wish to refer an agency nurse or midwife. The NMC appreciates that employers are very busy and it can be difficult to submit key supporting information in tight time-frames so this new service allows supporting material to be uploaded and progress saved so it can be returned to at a later date.
Access the service on the NMC website
The Chief Medical Officer is among a group of leading doctors and nurses who have written to NHS staff urging them to get vaccinated as soon as possible to help reduce the spread of flu. The letter reminds healthcare workers of the key role they play ‘in protecting the health of the public’. It states their ‘shared professional responsibility’ to protect patients.
Across the NHS, 59% of staff have had the vaccine but in some Trusts less than 3 in 10 staff are protected.
The dementia ward in Wales which was the subject of The Ockenden Review into alleged patient abuse could soon be demolished. Ysbyty Glan Clwyd’s Tawel Fan shut in 2013 amid mistreatment allegations and could now be knocked down as part of a planned £25m revamp of inpatient mental health services in north Wales.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have arranged a series of workshops on their new approach to fitness to practise. This approach encourages openness, learning and compassionate care. The workshops provide an opportunity to discuss how working together with the NMC can help to promote the shared goals of patient safety, professionalism and accountability.
View the events and book a place here
Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, has set the NHS in England a target to cut the amount of antibiotics it uses by 15% by 2024, as well as reducing the overall number of hospital-acquired infections by 15,000 and the number of treatment-resistant infections – both those acquired inside and outside hospitals – by 5,000. It is part of The national action plan and 20-year vision.
Findings from the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) national survey of more than 17,600 women who gave birth in February last year show that many had a good experience, particularly in relation to interactions with staff, access to midwives and emotional support during pregnancy. However, for some women the care they received fell short of expectations with issues highlighted around continuity of care, choice in antenatal and postnatal services and access to help, information and support after giving birth.
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