Tackling bullying and harassment in the NHS

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NHS Employers Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) has launched a new set of resources and an infographic to support NHS organisations to develop cultures where staff are free from the fear of intimidating behaviour.

The partnership group recognises that bullying can have a detrimental effect on an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. The new resources also include a webpage containing practical tools, evidence and support for tackling bullying.


Campaign to reduce loneliness

The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) has published as part of its campaign to end loneliness The missing millions: In search of the loneliest in our communities.

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This report has been published to support commissioners and services to identify people experiencing or at risk of loneliness in older age. Divided into three main sections, the first is aimed at commissioning teams, including those who provide research and data analysis to help inform and prioritise commissioning decisions. The second section is focused mainly at service designers and providers, and the third is targeted at helping front line workers and volunteers prepare for and engage in constructive dialogue with older people experiencing loneliness, in ways that can bring about positive change.

New care models and staff engagement

NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association, have  published a  guide to the work vanguards are doing to engage their staff in the design and delivery of new care models.

The new report – New Care Models and Staff Engagement: All Aboard aims to help spread the learning from the vanguard programme across the health and care sector.

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The publication contains four case studies which examine the ongoing work of NHS and local government organisations that are ensuring staff are at the heart of all decisions about new models of care in local areas.

Building digital resilience

YoungMinds is calling for a new approach to ensure that the online world does not damage young people’s mental health.

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Resilience for the Digital World’ is the report produced by YoungMinds and research and consultation company Ecorys calling for more focus to given to building young people’s digital resilience.

Digital resilience is defined as  the ability for young people to respond positively and deal with risks they encounter online – rather than focusing solely on protecting them from risky content.

The report, which consists of an Evidence Review and a Positioning Paper, recommends:

  • Every school should think through and take action on how they help children develop digital resilience and embed this in their Ofsted-inspected E-safety curriculum.
  • Young people should have engaging, accessible and age-appropriate information about mental health on the sites and apps that they use, so they can help themselves and each other if they are struggling.
  • Industry needs to take on their responsibilities to support young people who may be struggling with the effects of social media addiction – for example, by providing pop-ups signposting to resources and support.
  • Teachers, social workers and professionals working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services should be skilled up to understand young people’s experience of the online world and how to help them to build their digital resilience.

Health and care integration

The NHS Confederation and Local Government Association have jointly published Stepping up to the place: the key to successful health and care integration.

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This document describes what a fully integrated, transformed system should look like based on the evidence. It builds on existing joint work and calls on local and national stakeholders to work together to ensure integration becomes integral to a transformed system.

HSJ Exclusive: NHS Improvement accused of ‘dismantling’ NICE safe staffing work

Litern, S. HSJ. Published online: 14 June 2016

  • NHS Improvement to revisit NICE safe staffing work on acute and maternity wards
  • Chief nursing officer had said NICE guidance would not be re-examined by NHS
  • Critics say move will confuse providers and risks undermining evidence based work
  • NHSI has eight “safe and sustainable staffing” committees

NHS Improvement has been accused of “undermining and dismantling” official safe staffing guidance after HSJ learned it is revisiting work already completed by NICE.

Senior sources close to the work at the regulator have told HSJ it is planning to publish safe staffing guidance for acute inpatient wards and maternity services – despite a pledge by NHS England’s chief nursing officer last year that this would not happen.

HSJ was told the action risks confusing hospitals and undermining the guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence following the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry.

NHS England CNO Jane Cummings said in a letter to providers on 11 June 2015: “Nothing we are doing changes the NICE guidance that has already been issued… The next phase of the NHS’s role in this area is focusing on new care areas and will not involve going back on the guidance already published.”

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