Good Rostering Guide

NHS Employers | May 2018 |Good rostering guide

Aimed at both employers and doctors, the guidance sets out ways in which good rostering practice can be used to develop rotas. It aims to support and create an effective training environment that also meets the needs of the service, while enabling flexibility for doctors and employers, both of whom have a stake in the process.


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The full guide is available from NHS Employers 

Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI)

Department of Health and Social Care | May 2018 | Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have published a report on  Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI). The report summarises the activities that the group have carried out between April 2016 and March 2017, it also provides a brief overview of the work undertaken after March 2017 for the sake of presenting a complete picture. 

In the next  year, the committee will focus on supporting the development of the next strategy (2018-2023), including the reduction in inappropriate prescribing, the reduction in Gram negative infections, the issues arising from these two aims and monitoring and improving outcomes of patients admitted to hospital (Department of Health and Social Care).

The guidance is available from Department of Health and Social Care

Evaluating weight management interventions

Evidence-based guidance to support the evaluation of weight management interventions | Public Health England


This document is an update of the ‘Standard Evaluation Framework (SEF) for weight management interventions’, (2009) which was originally published by the National Obesity Observatory, and is now widely used across England.

It has been updated as a result of feedback from practitioners in the field following a consultation exercise, and to provide support for the Weight management: guidance for commissioners and providers collection.

The document contains a list of ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ criteria for data required for a comprehensive and robust evaluation. Essential criteria are the minimum data and information recommended to perform a basic evaluation of a weight management intervention. Desirable criteria are additional data that would improve the quality of an evaluation; and enhance understanding about what has been achieved and the processes that have taken place during the intervention.

Full document: Standard evaluation framework for weight management interventions

Choice in mental health care updated

Choice in mental health care: Guidance on implementing patients’ legal rights to choose the provider and team for their mental health care (2014) has been updated by NHS England. It provides guidance for commissioners, GPs and providers on how to implement patients’ legal rights to choose their care provider and the team they see for their mental health care. (NHS England)

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It has been  developed with colleagues from across the mental health sector. It seeks to promote a common understanding of what mental health patients’ legal rights are, outlines where they apply, and what they mean in everyday practice.

You can access the intereactive pdf here 

Maternity care guideline

Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience | The World Health Organization

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This guideline brings together new and existing WHO recommendations that, when delivered as a package, will ensure good-quality and evidence-based care irrespective of the setting or level of health care.

It highlights the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labour and childbirth for women and their babies.

Full document: Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience


Additional links: WHO press release | Royal College of Midwives press release

Revised Never Events policy and framework

The Never Events policy and framework sets out the NHS’s policy on Never Events. It explains what they are and how staff providing and commissioning NHS-funded services should identify, investigate and manage the response to them.

Never Events are serious incidents that are entirely preventable because guidance or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers are available at a national level, and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers.

The main changes to the revised policy and framework are:

  • the removal of the option for commissioners to impose financial sanctions on trusts reporting Never Events
  • to align the Never Events policy and framework with the Serious Incident framework, to achieve consistency across the two documents (a revised Serious Incident framework will be published later in 2018)
  • revisions to the list of Never Events, including two additional types of Never Event.

Full document: Never Events policy and framework – revised January 2018

See also: Never Events list 2018


Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities

Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities | The Royal College of Nursing  

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This guidance aims to improve dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities.  It is designed particularly to support the nursing workforce but other health care and social care staff may find this useful.

The guidance concludes with information relating to the particular health needs that people with learning disabilities may have, and provides ideas on working in collaboration with other service providers.

Full guidance available here