Revised patient safety alerting system announced

14 February 2014

NHS England has announced a new alerting system, which will create alerts of potential risks to patient safety much more quickly and be rapidly disseminated across the NHS.

New Mental Capacity Act Qualifications and Credit Framework Unit - Awareness in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 qualification

14 February 2014

Skills for Care has developed an Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 qualification after a Department of Health Evidence study flagged up understanding of the Mental Capacity Act amongst staff in health and social care agencies is still patchy. In addition, CQC State of Care Report, 2012 indicated that in some cases the care and treatment to people who lack capacity remains below an acceptable standard.

NMC approves revalidation model for nurses and midwives

14 February 2014

Revalidation will require registered nurses and midwives to consistently demonstrate they remain fit to practise and will take place at the point of renewal every three years. Current legislation stipulates nurses and midwives need to declare that they have practised for 450 hours during that time period. The amount of continuing professional development (CPD) required will be assessed and the definition of what constitutes appropriate CPD activity refined.

NHS sustainability events organised for 2014

14 February 2014

NHS Sustainability Day for 2014 has been organised for 27 March. The day has been made the focus for a range of different events to celebrate, support and encourage environmental sustainability in the NHS.

Recommendations made on measuring health and social care integration

13 February 2014

New research and recommendations on measuring health and social care integration have been published by the Picker Institute, and include questions that have been developed for use in relevant national surveys to help local providers and commissioners understand what is working well and what needs to change.

Government responds to consultation on language controls for EU doctors

7 February 2014

The Government has published its response to the consultation on proposed amendments to the “Medical Act 1983”, which will allow the General Medical Council (GMC) to apply proportionate language tests for the 5000 doctors from within the EU who apply to practice in the UK every year.

Health provider joint working could ease GP care plan workload

6 February 2014

Under the new GP contract, general practices will be required to identify the most vulnerable patients who are at risk of hospital admission in their area and create detailed care plans for each patient identified. A local medical committees (LMCs) chief has said that the amount of funding involved in the contract means that practices cannot afford to opt out. However, the new requirements could be seen as an opportunity to improve integration between health and social care and draw on existing funding available through the £3.8 billion Better Care Fund announced in June 2013.