The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists has published the first annual report from the Each Baby Counts initiative.
The report identifies that the quality of local investigations into cases of stillbirth, early neonatal death and severe brain injury occurring as a result of incidents during term labour must improve. 27% of the 921 reports examined so far were classed as poor quality. This is an early brief report which has been released as there are clear messages for improvement identifiable from the interim data.
Some recent developments – such as the ‘footprints’ proposed for delivering STPs and the potential hospital savings identified by Lord Carter – are seen as providing real chances for improvement. However, respondents remain concerned about the continuing decline in staff morale, and pessimistic about the state of finances within individual trusts and the health service in general.
My Health Guide is an app for iPads and Android tablets, as well as a web service, that puts adults with learning disabilities at the centre of their health care. The app enables people who struggle to communicate to have a voice, and to be empowered about their health care.
It lets adults with learning disabilities capture what’s important for them and helps them manage their health care. Families and friends can keep in touch using the web interface, and healthcare professionals can stay on top of what’s happening in the lives of learning-disabled adults.
The project is undergoing a 6-month trial in 2016 with 200 people at Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
The charity AntiCoagulation Europe has launched a campaign Blood Clots Cancer and You to raise awareness of cancer associated thrombosis (CAT).
It is vitally important that both cancer patients and health care professionals are aware of the risk of CAT.
In order to raise awareness a diary video has been developed that helps patients to understand the risks of CAT and what signs and symptoms to look out for and what they should do if they suspect they have a blood clot (CAT).
Over 4000 lives a year are needlessly lost because of cancer associated thrombosis.
Help save some of those lives by encouraging patients to be aware of the risk of CAT and what they can do to help themselves.
The Kings Fund has published ‘Map of technology and data in health and care’.
This interactive map brings together case studies from across England and the rest of world, highlighting some of the places that are experimenting with and implementing new technologies to achieve better health outcomes or more efficient care.
The map is not a comprehensive listing of all such projects – it is limited to case studies featured in The King’s Fund publications and events, plus the NHS test bed sites set up to evaluate the real-world impact of new technologies.
New Mind campaign, ‘Find the Words’offers advice on talking to GPs about mental health problems.
Around one third of all GP appointments are related to mental health. Mind have made a short film and guide on how patients can make the most of the few minutes they have with their GP or practice nurse.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring by highlighting the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
The campaign encourages others to organise activities and events throughout the UK.
This year the campaign will be focusing on building Carer Friendly Communities: Communities which support carers to look after their family or friends well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.