The National Assembly for Wales’ Public Accounts Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry in to how two Tawel Fan inquiries could reach such different conclusions regarding the allegations of poor care, abuse and falsifying patient care records. Mental health services at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are to be examined as the AM’s stated that the families of the patients affected “must be able to have confidence that the historic failings and current shortcomings in mental health care are being urgently addressed.”
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The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) has been in special measures for more than three years and Vaughan Gething AM (cabinet secretary for health and social care) and Aberconwy AM Janet Finch-Saunders have had a debate in the Senedd about progress.
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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