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Macmillan Coffee Morning

MedSolve Bristol is joining The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning which is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. We would love you to join our Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September 9pm – 5pm in aid of McMillian Coffee Morning.  This is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause. [pdf-embedder url="http://medsolve.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bristol-coffee-morinng.pdf" title="Bristol coffee morinng"]

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NHS and Tinder to Promote Organ Donation

Dec 15, 2015Uncategorised
As a campaign to raise awareness about becoming an organ donor, NHS and Tinder have paired up to encourage young people to literally give their hearts away. The inventive initiative from Tinder will run for two weeks to help the health service promote organ donation amongst a decline in younger organ donors.High-profile Tinder users, such as Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones MBE and Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing, have all backed the campaign, and will be featured on the social app.The way the campaign will work, is that by swiping right on a Tinder profile, you will receive a message saying “if only it was that easy for those in need of a life-saving organ to find a match”. There will then be more information on becoming a donor.The reason behind the campaign comes from NHS Blood and Transplant, acknowledging that the number of post-death donors had drastically fallen for the first time in over a decade. Sally Johnson, director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS…

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New Whistle-blowing Policies to Protect Healthcare Staff

Nov 20, 2015Uncategorised
3 NHS bodies – Monitor, NHS England and NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) have released new whistle-blowing policies that will support healthcare staff who need to raise concerns about the quality of care they witness.The new policy will mean organisations will have to completely commit to listen to staff, learn from mistakes, and fully investigate all reported concerns. Tom Grimes, Monitor’s Head of Enquiries, Complaints and Whislteblowing, said about the new policy: “we want to encourage a culture where raising concerns becomes normal practice”.  By inspiring all healthcare staff to be more open with Whistleblowing, the new policy aims to make improvements to accept mistakes and be prepared to improve, rather than to be scared.Medsolve actively encourages all our healthcare staff to embrace the Whistleblowing policies in place. Join the discussion @Medsolve

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Experts Recommend More Physical Activity Sessions in Care Homes

Nov 11, 2015Uncategorised
‘Physical inactivity’ is known amongst experts to be just as much of a threat to our health as smoking, alcohol abuse and obesity; which is why it is becoming a major public health priority. Research by UK Active showed that physically inactive people are at risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, dementia and mental health problems, which contributes to 70% of the NHS annual budget.  Reports launched by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson aim to increase physical activity sessions in care homes and councils to help prevent the problem from getting worse. The baroness, Chair of UK Active, said “what we’ve set out, together with a coalition of health experts, is a plan for how we can build physical activity into everybody’s lives.” The baroness has suggested subsidised physical activity sessions in care homes, alongside personal trainers in GP surgeries, and “exercise on prescription”, with low-interest loans to boost health schemes. Have any thoughts on physical inactivity in care homes?  Tweet us @medsolveuk to join the discussion!…

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Care Quality Commission Annual Report

Oct 25, 2015Uncategorised
  The vast majority of adult social care services in England are caring but there are still issues around safety, the care regulator has found. In its annual report, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that almost 60% of services were providing good or outstanding care; 85% of services – which includes nursing and residential homes and domiciliary care – were found to be caring, one of the five key categories measured by the CQC. But one in 10 services were rated as inadequate when it came to safety. Social care is on the cusp of a crisis Following the trend of previous years, nursing homes performed worse than residential homes and homecare services. One in 10 nursing homes were rated as providing inadequate care, and less than 50% as good or outstanding. The State of Care report recognised the difficult financial circumstances in which the sector is operating, but said: “The variation in the quality of care we see so far cannot all be…

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New look for NHS urgent care

Oct 24, 2015Uncategorised
  NHS 111 and GP out-of-hours services are to be brought much closer together under a fundamental redesign of urgent care delivery throughout the National Health Service. Announcing the plans, NHS England said the new “front door” will offer patients simpler and better access to urgent care through a novel 24/7 clinical assessment, advice and treatment service via the 111 number, streamlining provision around the country “Most patients access urgent healthcare through their own GP practice in the daytime and we expect this will remain the first point of contact in the future. But around the clock the ‘111’ number will find you GP and other urgent health care advice - so it makes sense to align the GP out of hours calls behind the same ‘111’ number,” explained Keith Willett, NHS England’s Director for Acute Care. “In some areas of the country NHS 111 and Out Of Hours services have had separate working arrangements that have been confusing for patients. This will ensure they…

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What Paperless Should Mean For The NHS

Oct 23, 2015Uncategorised
Another announcement from the NHS details its next flagship pledge towards a paperless future. What should this mean for patients, and how can the organisation achieve this goal? The NHS has once again committed itself to a paperless future. Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information, stated that health and social care services in England must end the “unnecessary” reliance on paper in the treatment of patients, when he recently addressed leaders at the NHS Innovation Expo Conference in Manchester. Senior NHS management have earmarked 2020 as the date they want to achieve this ‘paper-free at the point of care’ goal. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have to submit delivery plans by April next year, detailing how they will eradicate the use of paper in their region in this timeframe. If reducing paper wasn’t top of the priority list for decision-makers before, it certainly is now. This, of course, isn’t the first time the NHS has made statements committing to its paperless future. Back…

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Tyneside Dementia Friendly Cinema

Oct 22, 2015Uncategorised
  Fortnightly daytime screenings of some of the world’s most beloved musicals for people with dementia and their carers and families. These events are open to everyone and enhanced to suit the needs of people with dementia. Staff are on hand to assist if needed, and we screen the films with the lights up a little and sound down a touch in our beautiful Classic auditorium. There is a list of all films screening at the bottom of this page. Tickets are just £4.50 per person and carers go free. The Dementia Friendly Cinema project was initiated by the Elders Council of Newcastle who also provided seed funding to start the project.  It has been developed and informed by a steering group which includes the Elders Council, Tyneside Cinema, Alzheimer’s Society, Newcastle Carers, Dementia Care, Newcastle Quality of Life Partnership and Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing. You can sign up to keep informed about the project and find out about the Dementia Friendly Cinema screenings.…

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Lloyds targets pharmacies in NHS hospitals

Sep 28, 2015Uncategorised
    Lloyds Pharmacy is looking at taking control of pharmacies in hospitals as a way to relieve the burden on the NHS Lloyds Pharmacy is planning to take over a string of chemists in NHS hospitals as part of efforts to ramp up the group’s expansion plans. The NHS is estimated to have a £30bn funding gap , which has led to the belief that more services will need to be provided by private companies and pharmacies as the country deals with a growing ageing population. Nationally it has been found that one in seven people who goes to A&E for treatment does not have an urgent problem and could have been seen by a GP, according to data collected by the College of Emergency Medicine. Lloyds, which is owned by Germany’s Celesio, is understood to be talking to health chiefs about taking over NHS pharmacies. Earlier this year a pilot saw 140 pharmacies given access to patients’ medical records in a move, it…

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Government to review nursing home payments

Sep 18, 2015Uncategorised
The government has announced it will review the amount of money nursing homes are paid by the NHS to look after residents. Nursing homes are currently paid £112 for every resident who receives care from a registered nurse, LGC’s sister title Health Service Journal reports. Around 85,000 people received NHS funded nursing home care in 2013-14 Clinical commissioning groups make these payments out of their budgets. The review will consider whether the current rate paid reflects the costs of providing care and if it supports high quality out of hospital care. In 2013-14, approximately 85,000 people received NHS funded nursing home care. The Department of Health expects to complete the review within this financial year. Workforce shortages in nursing homes and a lack of provision in some areas of the country has been an ongoing concern for trusts as they struggle with increased admissions in emergency departments and delayed transfers of care. A Department of Health spokesman said: “Care in nursing homes is critical for…

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