Guidance for the use of audio-visual recording in child psychiatric practice

Royal College of Psychiatrists, July 2015

This report presents guidelines that address all forms of recording, storage and transmission of audio-visual recording within child mental health practice, regardless of whether or not the recording forms part of the clinical record.

The report outlines the procedures involved in audio-visual recording including ensuring confidentiality and obtaining consent. It provides guidance for all child and adolescent psychiatrists, and all other professionals in CAMHS, who are involved in the making and subsequent use of audio-visual recordings.

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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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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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NHS must prioritise ‘a good death’ – Nursing solutions for palliative care

Royal College of Nursing, 23 June 2015

The RCN has called for greater focus on the care of dying people, as it responded to Triggers for Palliative Care, a new report by Marie Curie, and launched new RCN guidance to help nurses meet the needs of patients at the end of their lives. Almost half a million people die in the UK every year and the RCN is supporting Marie Curie’s call for better training for staff and an end to the barriers around the recognition that a patient needs palliative care.

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Care After Death: Guidance for staff responsible for care after death (Second edition)

Hospice UK, May 2015

First published in 2011, the ‘Guidance for staff responsible for care after death’ showed that care after death is the first stage of a process which involves a range of professional groups and that coordinated working is vital if the process is to run smoothly. Endorsed by three royal colleges and other national organisations, the focus of the second edition has been extended to include recommendations relating to the training of staff and to addressing deaths in mental health services and prisons. Author: Jo Wilson on behalf of National Nurse Consultant Group (Palliative Care).

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New Mental Health Act Code of Practice published

NHS Confederation, 1 April 2015

The revised Mental health Act Code of Practice is now in effect, replacing the 2008 Code.

The revised Code seeks to provide stronger protection for patients and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities. This includes involving the patient and as appropriate, their families and carers in discussions about the patient’s care at every stage; providing personalised care; minimising the use of inappropriate blanket restrictions, restrictive interventions and the use of police cells as places of safety.

Click here for further information from the NHS Confederation website.

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Adult safeguarding – Signs and indicators of abuse: At a glance 69

Social Care Institute for Excellence, January 2015

People with care and support needs, such as older people or people with disabilities, are more likely to be abused or neglected. They may be seen as an easy target and may be less likely to identify abuse themselves or to report it. People with communication difficulties can be particularly at risk because they may not be able to alert others. Sometimes people may not even be aware that they are being abused, and this is especially likely if they have a cognitive impairment. Abusers may try to prevent access to the person they abuse.

Signs of abuse can often be difficult to detect. This At a glance briefing aims to help people who come into contact with people with care and support needs to identify abuse and recognise possible indicators. Many types of abuse are also criminal offences and should be treated as such.

Types of abuse:

Physical abuse
Domestic violence or abuse
Sexual abuse
Psychological or emotional abuse
Financial or material abuse
Modern slavery
Discriminatory abuse
Organisational or institutional abuse
Neglect or acts of omission
Self-neglect or self-abuse

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