A degree-level nursing apprenticeship has been announced and will be aimed at healthcare assistants who have proven skills in high quality patient care but do not have the academic qualifications required to do a nursing degree.
The Department of Health (DH) is consulting on whether to make the “Medical Innovation Bill” law, and whether this would help encourage doctors to develop innovative treatments in a responsible way and prevent irresponsible innovation.
An independent commission on whole-person care has published recommendations about how health and care services can be integrated within existing resources and without another structural reorganisation.
The HSE has published Myth Case 257 following an enquiry from an employee who was told that due to the COSHH Regulations, they could not leave hand wash materials they purchased themselves in the toilets and could not use any of their own cleaning materials.
NICE has proposed new indicators to improve the quality of care developed for the 2014/15 Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). However, their implementation is unclear in accordance with plans to update this years QoF.
The regulator Monitor’s final report on its review of walk-in centres has made recommendations, including the need to introduce more scrutiny of GP practices’ opening hours if they have high numbers of registered patients who attend walk-in centres.