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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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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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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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.
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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:
Domestic violence or abuse
Psychological or emotional abuse
Financial or material abuse
Organisational or institutional abuse
Neglect or acts of omission
Self-neglect or self-abuse
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Nursing and Midwifery Council, 29 January 2015
This revised code of practice places public expectations at the heart of good nursing and midwifery practice. It has been written with the input of many patients, carers, nurses and midwives. It is shaped around four statements, which state that good nurses and midwives will prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety, and promote professionalism and trust.
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NHS England, January 2015
NHS England has published the new model specification for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) targeted and specialist services (tiers 2 and 3) which treats patients with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties such as behavioural problems, depression and eating disorders, to help improve the standards of care being given to vulnerable youngsters.
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