Patient safety is at risk, say learning disability nurses

Royal College of Nursing, 25 June 2015

A new RCN survey reveals that learning disability nurses have serious concerns about the impact that cuts are having on the 1.5 million people living with a learning disability in the UK. The RCN survey has found that 71% have witnessed cuts to learning disability services and 50% are now concerned for the safety of patients. Almost all of those of those surveyed said there are not enough services in the community to care for and support people with learning disabilities…

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Alone, afraid and under attack – nursing in the community

Royal College of Nursing, 24 June 2015

Almost half of nursing staff based in the community have been subjected to abuse during the last two years, according to a survey of RCN members working in community based roles during May and June 2015, published today. In more than 11% of cases, this involved physical abuse or assault as well as verbal abuse…

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NICE support for commissioning for personality disorders: borderline and antisocial SFCQS88

NICE, June 2015

This resource helps with quality improvement by providing information on key clinical, cost and service‑related issues to consider during the commissioning process and signposting other implementation support tools. It has been produced to support NICE quality standard 88 for personality disorders: borderline and antisocial.

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NICE Quality Standard Personality Disorders: borderline and antisocial – QS88

NICE, June 2015

This quality standard covers treatment and management of borderline and antisocial personality disorders. For borderline personality disorder, this quality standard applies to adults aged 18 and over and young people post puberty. For antisocial personality disorder, this quality standard applies only to adults aged 18 and over. NICE quality standard 59 covers antisocial behaviour and conduct disorder in children and young people under 18 years.

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Having a smear test: What is it about?

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, June 2015

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. They have produced a range of materials and resources around smear tests.  This includes an easy-read booklet which explains what a smear test is, the terminology and what will happen and is suitable for people with a learning disability.  The booklet and other resources can be downloaded for free.

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The Smear Test Film – for women with mild or moderate learning disabilities

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, June 2015

‘The Smear Test Film’ is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Professional guidance and support in the development of this resource was provided by the Better Health Team for Learning Disabilities at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The film has been designed and made by women who have learning disabilities. It aims to give women and their carers information about smear tests and their role in preventing cervical cancer. It is a resource that can help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation.

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Training psychiatrists in emergency and out of hours care: Report of the Emergency Psychiatry Training Taskforce

Royal College of Psychiatrists, June 2015

Core trainees have reported concerns that they are not getting enough emergency psychiatry experience to practice safely and confidently as they progress to higher training. This is a complex area that involves service reconfiguration, training and, most importantly, patient safety.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists set up the Emergency Psychiatry Training Taskforce to look at the issue in detail and to make recommendations regarding standards for emergency psychiatry training.

The Taskforce makes two sets of recommendations in this report. First, it describes a set of minimum standards for the provision of emergency psychiatry training. These are designed to ensure trainees gain experience, well-supported and supervised training out of hours. Second, it makes a number of further recommendations that aim to improve the quality of emergency psychiatry training.

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