Safeguarding Adults – Everyone’s Responsibility: RCN guidance for nursing staff

Royal College of Nursing, July 2015

This RCN guidance outlines the key interventions that should be followed and provides signposts to resources that will help you understand the issues and the required actions. Safeguarding activity aims to ensure the best possible outcome

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Housing and Health Exchange

Public Health England, July 2015

Supported by Public Health England, this free online resource for practitioners working across housing, adult social care, public health and primary care practitioners lists relevant policy and showcases examples of practice that have either helped to transform people’s lives and/or improve local service delivery.

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A Guide to Quality Improvement Methods

Health Quality Improvement Partnership, July 2015

The guide brings together twelve quality improvement (QI) methods, providing an overview of each and practical advice on how and when to implement them, with illustrative case examples.  QI methods covered include clinical audit; Plan, Do, Study, Act; model for improvement; LEAN/Six Sigma; performance benchmarking, process mapping and statistical process control and it is aimed at all professionals with an interest in QI.

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A qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the Advancing Quality pay-for-performance programme in the NHS North West

National Institute of Health Research, July 2015

Advancing Quality (AQ) is a voluntary programme providing financial incentives for improvement in the quality of care provided to NHS patients in the north-west of England. This objectives of this research were to identify the impact of AQ on key stakeholders and clinical practice; to assess its cost-effectiveness; to identify key factors that assist or impede its successful implementation; and to provide lessons for the wider implementation of pay-for-performance schemes across the NHS.

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Petals – FGM APP launched at Coventry University

Coventry University – July 2015

Researchers from the Centre for Communities and Social Justice (CCSJ) at Coventry University have created a new app, endorsed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), to help protect young girls and women from female genital mutilation (FGM).

The app, which works across most smartphones, tablets and laptops via an internet browser, is aimed primarily at young girls living in affected communities and at risk from FGM. But it can also be used as an educational tool to teach young people and others the facts and realities of FGM.

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Royal college strengthens its guideline on female genital mutilation

BMJ, 9 July 2015

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guideline on female genital mutilation to clarify healthcare professionals’ legal responsibilities, the requirements to notify cases, and the management of women who have undergone mutilation who are pregnant or giving birth…

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Viewpoint: reconsidering accountability in an age of integrated care

Nuffield Trust, July 2015

This paper examines the future of governance and accountability in the NHS and social care amid the rise of new provider models, a growing focus on integration and deep cuts in council funding.

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