Increasing demand on Ambulance service

The Nuffield Trust has published Nuffield Winter Insight: Briefing 3: The ambulance service.  This briefing looks at the growing pressures on the ambulance service including increasing demand for its services, targets and quality, ambulance diversions and staff morale.  It identifies three key issues the service needs to address: staffing, morale and management.

Physical Inactivity

Report from The British Heart Foundation (BHF) suggests that large numbers of people in the UK are still failing to meet recommendations for physical activity, putting them at greater risk of heart and circulatory disease.

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The British Heart Foundation has published Physical Inactivity Report 2017. This report provides an overview of the levels of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in adults across the UK.

The Government recommends that adults undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and strength activities on at least two days a week . It is also recommended that adults minimise their levels of sedentary behaviour.
The data in this report suggests that large numbers of people in the UK are failing to meet these recommendations for physical activity.

The statistics also show that levels of sedentary behaviour in the UK remain high. This is of particular concern as evidence is growing which shows that sedentary behaviour  – time in which energy expenditure is very low – is an independent risk factor to physical inactivity.

The impact of physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles also weighs heavily on UK healthcare, estimated to cost as much as £1.2 billion a year.

The report suggests that making physical activity easier and more accessible for all is of paramount importance if we are to reduce the burden of inactivity-related ill health and improve the future cardiovascular health of our population.

Read the full report: Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour Report 2017

Updated revalidation standards and guidance

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has updated its revalidation standards and guidance in line with a planned review and stakeholder feedback | NHS Employers

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Key changes

All documents except the Code have been revised. The standards and guidance includes:
  • New examples of circumstances which would not count towards practice hours,
  • Changes in How to revalidate and the guidance sheet to explain why the reflective discussion partner must be a registrant and why the discussion must be a single discussion with one other person.
  • Changes to the continuing professional development (CPD) examples to clarify that CPD is separate and different from everyday learning.
  • An explanation on how confirmation differs from appraisal.
  • Amendments to the alternative support arrangements guidance sheet.

More detail at NHS Employers

Download the revised guidance documents via NMC

Long-term sustainability of NHS and Adult Social Care

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has published The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care.

The Committee highlights the ‘short sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care.  It makes a number of recommendations including the establishment of an independent Office for Health and Care Sustainability which will be able to identify clearly the healthcare needs of a changing population and the staffing and funding required to meet these needs.