Good nurse handover reduces errors

A study in Israel examined whether the strategies hospital nurses employ during handover influence the number and types of adverse incidents in the following shift. Handovers that involved 1) face-to-face verbal updates, 2) interactive questioning, 3) updates from a variety of practitioners, not solely those who were leaving, 4) topics initiated by both the incoming and outgoing team and 4) writing a summary prior to handover were associated with fewer adverse incidents.

Link to article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jan.12615/abstract

Advice on being active should be routine in bowel cancer care – Cancer Research UK – Science blog

Advice on being active should be routine in bowel cancer care via Advice on being active should be routine in bowel cancer care – Cancer Research UK – Science blog.

It’s well established that leading an active lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer, as well as a range of other cancers.

But what about after diagnosis? Intuitively, you might think that ‘rest is best’ for cancer patients recovering from treatments that can be both mentally and physically exhausting.

But over years the evidence has begun to build that being active after cancer treatment can significantly reduce fatigue, boost physical health and well-being, and improve quality of life.

And there’s even promising new evidence that being active might improve a person’s chances of surviving the disease, and cut the risk of the cancer coming back.

In this context, being ‘active’ doesn’t have to be anything extreme: it can just mean being on your feet more, and gradually working towards the amount recommended for healthy people of two and a half hours a week of moderate physical activity (e.g. walking, cycling, swimming) – which can be done in chunks.

Taken together, the evidence that getting active can help after, and even during, treatment for bowel cancer, is promising. And it’s also the case for other types of cancer – there’s good evidence that being active can help people recovering from breast and prostate cancer, but more work needs to be done in other cancer types.

So that’s why the results of our new study, published today in BMJ Open, give cause for concern.

Better Care Exchange

A collaborative online space for sharing learning, information and good practice on delivering better integrated health and social care and implementing Better Care Fund plans has been launched.  The Better Care Exchange has been commissioned by the Better Care Support Team.  It will help individuals to collaborate with and learn from colleagues in health and social care, access good practice and keep up to date with the latest integration resources and products.  Registration is required to access the content but is free of charge.

Additional link: SCIE press release

Improvement support for care providers

Skills for Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have developed an online resource which pulls together relevant resources useful for providers of care services for adults.  Care Improvement Works gives managers, owners and care staff the confidence to challenge and change practice.  Care providers can use the online resource before and after inspection, or at any time, to identify products that support improvement in areas where they may have concerns, or to review their current practice against recognised good practice. People who use services, and carers, can also use the products to challenge their care providers.

Additional link: SCIE press release

Bowel cancer diagnosis statistics

New figures released by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer show the majority of bowel cancer patients are still diagnosed too late, costing the NHS millions. There is currently a large variation within the NHS across England in terms of early diagnosis of bowel cancer, with the best performing Clinical Commissioning Groups diagnosing 63% of patients early, compared with only 30% in the worst. The figures show that if every NHS region in England performed as well as the best at diagnosing bowel cancer early (stages 1 and 2), 3,200 lives could be saved and £34 million could be diverted to other bowel cancer services and treatments.

New guidance for registered pharmacies providing services at a distance

The General Pharmaceutical Council has published Guidance for registered pharmacies providing pharmacy services at a distance, including on the internet. This guidance sets out the key areas that need to be considered by registered pharmacies that provide services at a distance and covers all pharmacies that provide services such as the electronic prescription service, a collection and delivery service or an internet pharmacy service.  It covers risk assessments, regular audits, managing websites, providing patients with the information they need so they can make an informed decision about their medicines and the pharmacy services they use, and ensuring that patient information is held securely and in line with data protection legislation.