The week: issue 219

In this edition of ‘the week’, read about the launches of the Birth and Beyond resource pack and the NHS staff survey. Also, find out about a new campaign to promote FRANK and download the latest medical device alerts from the MHRA.

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On the agenda

1. Birth and Beyond resource pack launched for health visitors
A new resource for health visitors has been launched to help prepare mums and dads for parenthood. The resource pack is aimed at midwives, health visitors, children’s centre staff and others in organisations that provide these services. Commissioners may also find the evidence, framework, content and approach useful when planning local pregnancy and preparation for parenthood services.

NHS chief executives may wish to encourage their staff to access this resource.

For further information, see Preparation for Birth and Beyond: resource pack to help parenthood groups

2. NHS staff survey launched
The Department has commissioned GFK NOP, an independent research agency, to conduct a survey among NHS staff from October to December 2011 to gauge staff awareness around a range of key issues including major NHS policy initiatives and attitudes towards them. The survey will be conducted across all SHA clusters in order to ensure that staff views are represented across the country.

NHS chief executives will wish to ensure their organisation fully participates in this survey.

For further information, see Department of Health NHS staff tracking survey launched

Policy news

No news this week

Consultations and evaluations

3. Better Training Better Care invitation for NHS pilot sites

Publications

4. New ‘Talk to FRANK’ campaign goes live
5. Readiness for revalidation report

Conferences and events

i. what’s new

6. Expert on Call: Productivity in challenging times – Part 2

ii. places still available

No news this week

Patient safety alerts

Refer to website below

Extra notes

Chief executives are reminded that all communications requiring the attention of NHS and local authority management must include a Gateway reference number. In order to streamline the number of communications issued by the Department, these will continue to be summarised in ‘the week’ every Thursday.

Policy news

No news this week

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Consultations and evaluations

3. Better Training Better Care invitation for NHS pilot sites
(Gateway Reference Number: 16757)
Medical Education England is taking forward recommendations from its reports ‘Time for Training’ and ‘Foundation for Excellence’. It is seeking around 10 pilot NHS trusts to identify how aspects of those reports might be delivered to achieve benefits to patients, trainees and consultants.

Action: NHS chief executives will wish to discuss this with their medical directors and directors of medical education and consider applying for the programme.

See the invitation for NHS pilot sites at: Better Training Better Care

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Publications

4. New ‘Talk to FRANK’ campaign goes live
(Gateway reference number: 16768)
A new campaign to promote and signpost FRANK, the national drugs information and advice service, to young people launched on 17 October. FRANK provides a friendly, confidential and non-judgemental service to anyone wanting advice about drugs. FRANK aims to give young people the skills and confidence they need to reject drugs and offers parents the information they need to talk to about drugs with their children.

The new campaign sees the online re-use of original FRANK video adverts from when FRANK first launched in 2003 as well as new posters and radio adverts.

Action: NHS chief executives may wish to ensure their organisations get involved with local FRANK campaigns.

More about the campaigns at Talk to FRANK

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5. Readiness for revalidation report
(Gateway reference number: 16586)
This report sets out for the first time a comprehensive snapshot of clinical governance and appraisal systems in the context of revalidation for the health sector in England at 31 March 2011. It is based on responses from designated bodies that employ or contract doctors as defined in the Responsible Officers Regulations 2010 and had a 90 percent response rate.

Action: NHS chief executives are encouraged to note the content of the report and identify through their SHA responsible officer what further action can be taken locally to strengthen clinical governance and appraisal systems.

Read more at A review of integrated clinical governance in the context of medical revalidation

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Conferences and events

i. what’s new

6. Expert on Call: Productivity in challenging times – Part 2
(Gateway reference number: 16778)
During this session, Helen Bevan will complete the presentation she started on 19 September about how to build a platform of engagement for delivering quality and cost improvement in challenging times. This session on 8 November 2011 includes a number of examples of putting the theory into practice.

Action: NHS chief executives and their colleagues can register for this free web seminar at Event information
Part one slides and recording are available at Expert on Call

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ii. places still available

No news this week

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Patient safety alerts

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has sent the NHS the latest medical device alerts in the link below. NHS trusts are expected to take the specified action by the date given.

MHRA Medical Device Alerts

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Unless otherwise stated, guidance referred to in the bulletin has not been commissioned or endorsed by the Department of Health – it is evidence that organisations and professionals may find helpful in improving practice. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is the Department’s provider of accredited evidence and guidance, which can be found on the Institute’s website

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