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Getting your organisation GDPR ready

Getting your organisation GDPR ready

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies from 25 May 2018, and introduces a new set of rules relating to the collection, storage and processing of personal data. Martin Bonney, senior director at Epiq, discusses the reasons why healthcare organisations should prepare for the Regulation in order to remain compliant.
Steps for sterilising flexible endoscopes

Steps for sterilising flexible endoscopes

John Mills, marketing director EMEA capital equipment infection prevention technologies at Steris, discusses techniques used for the decontamination of flexible endoscopes.
Concerns over ageing scanners

Concerns over ageing scanners

A recent medical imaging equipment age profile report from the Association of Healthcare Technology Providers for Imaging, Radiotherapy and Care (AXREM) highlights a continuing increase in the age of the installed base of medical imaging equipment across the United Kingdom
Protecting patients: a diligent approach

Protecting patients: a diligent approach

A recent Patient Safety Alert from NHS Improvement has warned healthcare providers of the dangers and risks of patients being accidentally administered with medical air instead of oxygen – largely due to the fact that air and oxygen flowmeters can be difficult to tell apart and that, as they both have universal outlets, oxygen tubing can be attached to both.
Research delivery in the NHS: A league of its own

Research delivery in the NHS: A league of its own

The NIHR Research Activity League Table is published by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN). It shows the extent of research activity across all NHS Trusts in England, providing a picture of how much clinical research is happening.
Is your blood transfusion safe?

Is your blood transfusion safe?

Although blood transfusions are very safe, patients continue to be put at risk by errors; which were responsible for 87% of adverse incident reports last year. Dr Paula Bolton-Maggs –medical director for Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT), the UK’s national haemovigilance scheme –discusses the findings of the group’s annual report.
Intercommunication issues in the theatre

Intercommunication issues in the theatre

Tom Downes, CEO, Quail Digital, discusses how headset technology can transform crucial communications during interventional cardiovascular and minimally-invasive surgery.
Tackling the burden of pressure ulcers

Tackling the burden of pressure ulcers

World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day will be celebrated on 16 November 2017, providing a global focus on this major issue. The NHS has made significant strides in reducing the prevalence of pressure ulcers, in recent years, but can this progress be sustained?
A decade of fighting infection

A decade of fighting infection

Over 800 delegates and 100 exhibitors came together for Infection Prevention 2017. Organised by the Infection Prevention Society (IPS), the event took place at Manchester Central from 18-20 September.
Transforming maternity services in England

Transforming maternity services in England

Jacque Gerrard, Royal College of Midwives director for England, discusses the transformation of maternity services and why it’s important to keep making improvements in this area.
Making the case for statutory regulation

Making the case for statutory regulation

RCCP chief executive Paul Sharpe and chair Trevor Watts discuss the necessity of professions such as clinical physiology being subject to statutory regulation to guarantee patient safety.
QI Hub improving quality of care for patients

QI Hub improving quality of care for patients

Dr John Dean, clinical director for quality improvement and patient safety, provides an update on the work of the QI Hub at the RCP.
Protecting hospitals from cyber-attacks

Protecting hospitals from cyber-attacks

The National Performance Advisory Group’s (NPAG) annual conference took place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, in September. Alec Peachey reports.
Getting diabetes under control

Getting diabetes under control

Diabetes UK is recruiting a new group of clinicians to drive change across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The aim is for them to become ‘Clinical Champions’ and help to deliver better care for people with diabetes.
Tracking medical devices with RFID

Tracking medical devices with RFID

Managing and keeping track of a large fleet of mobile medical devices across three major acute hospital sites can be a serious challenge. That’s why East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) has implemented Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking of medical assets to support their three medical equipment libraries.
Helping the NHS cope with winter

Helping the NHS cope with winter

With the NHS bracing itself for a bad flu season, technical editor Kate Woodhead RGN, DMS, examines what’s being done to help the organisation cope with winter and highlights the importance of vaccinations for patients and healthcare staff.
The importance of ethical procurement

The importance of ethical procurement

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) recently published a number of critical recommendations to government to greatly improve safety in the delivery of surgical treatment and patient care. In this article, four of the co-authors of the report ‘Improving the working environment for safe surgical care’ discuss seven recommendations for best practice.
Recommendations for the delivery of safer surgery

Recommendations for the delivery of safer surgery

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) recently published a number of critical recommendations to government to greatly improve safety in the delivery of surgical treatment and patient care. In this article, four of the co-authors of the report ‘Improving the working environment for safe surgical care’ discuss seven recommendations for best practice.
The fight against AMR: where are we now?

The fight against AMR: where are we now?

A year on from the publication of Jim O’Neill’s review on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), new guidance is being issued by NICE on antibiotic prescribing and the latest data suggests that some progress has been achieved. However, WHO data shows that there are many resistant infections that continue to pose a significant threat to public health.
Managing the challenges of workforce planning

Managing the challenges of workforce planning

Technical editor Kate Woodhead RGN DMSlooks at the reasons why staff shortages exist in the NHS and what’s being done to address them.

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