Involving NHS staff in research

Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, February 2019

This report looks at the different ways NHS staff are getting involved in the research process including designing studies, collecting data, and disseminating and implementing research findings.  It also looks at how staff involvement in research could be improved and describes some of the barriers to active involvement, from lack funding and support through to a tendency for research opportunities to be offered to certain healthcare professions and specialties.

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Universal personalised care: implementing the comprehensive model

NHS England, February 2019

Personalised Care will benefit up to 2.5 million people by 2024, giving them the same choice and control over their mental and physical health that they have come to expect in every other aspect of their life. This document confirms how personalised care will be rolled out across England by 2023/24.

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Polypharmacy: getting our medicines right

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, February 2019

This guidance is for pharmacists and all healthcare organisations involved with medicine and provides a summary of the scale and complexity of the issue of polypharmacy. The guidance outlines how healthcare professionals, patients and carers can find solutions when polypharmacy causes problems for patients and points to useful resources that can help.  The guidance recommends that all healthcare organisations have systems in place to ensure people taking 10 or more medicines can be identified and highlighted as requiring a comprehensive medication review with a pharmacist.

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British Journal of Mental Health Nursing – February 2019

The February edition of British Journal of Mental Health Nursing has been published.  This issue includes articles on boundary violations between nurses and patients, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults and the role of the mental health nurse, and positive psychology.

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British Journal of Healthcare Assistants – February 2019

The February edition of British Journal of Healthcare Assistants has been published.  This issue includes articles on an improvement resource for the deployment of nursing associates in secondary care, skin cancer, and the role of the maternity support worker in infection control.

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Juggling work and unpaid care: a growing issue

Carers UK, February 2019

The report finds that 2.6 million people in the UK have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone.  The report findings also show that more people are caring than previously thought, with almost 5 million workers now juggling their paid job with caring – a dramatic rise compared with Census 2011 figures of 3 million.  The report recommends that employers support staff with caring responsibilities to stay in the workforce through flexible working arrangements and increased Carers’ leave.

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