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DBS Changes to Identity Checking Guidelines

We’ve been working with the Home Office to identify
changes that can be made to our identity checking
guidelines. We want to address some of the issues
you’ve been raising since the last changes were
introduced in May 2012.

In particular, we’ve been looking at the use of adoption
certificates and EU driving licences. The guidelines will
be amended to provide that from 1 July 2014, adoption
certificates are to be treated the same as an original
birth certificate, and that EU driving licences are treated
the same as a UK driving licence.
If any further changes to the guidelines are introduced,
we’ll give you plenty of time to make any necessary
changes to your documentation and systems.

Extract taken from DBS Disclosure News - MAY 2014

Posted by: on May 22nd, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

New nursing code: Patients asked to help shape draft

Patients and the public are being urged to have their say over what standards nurses and midwives should abide by.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is drafting a new version of its code, which sets out standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

It will say patients should be treated with kindness, consideration and respect.

The NMC decided to revise the existing code partly because of events such as the scandal at Stafford Hospital.

There, patients were found to have died needlessly.

One of the criticisms made of the failings in care there was a lack of compassion from some nursing staff.

The Francis report made 290 recommendations to prevent "another Stafford" including a pilot for nurses to spend time working as support workers and healthcare assistants before taking their degrees.

The draft code covers areas such as care, communication, teamwork, professionalism and complaints handling.

The NMC regulates the UK's 670,000 nurses and midwives. Nurses have to be registered with the NMC to practice - and they have to abide by the code.

To read more about this please click here.

Posted by: on May 19th, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

End-of-life care 'deeply concerning'

The care given to people dying in hospital is "deeply concerning", according to doctors who have carried out a review of standards in England.

The audit found only a fifth of hospitals provided specialist end-of-life care seven days a week - 10 years after this was recommended.

Communication was also particularly poor, the joint Royal College of Physicians and Marie Curie review said.

More than 500,000 people die each year in England - half of them in hospital.

The review looked at the care given to more than 6,500 people who had died last year in 149 hospitals.

Some but not all of them had been on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway.

This covers care given during the final stages of life and can involve withdrawal of medication, food and fluids, but is being phased out following criticism about how it was being used.

More than 800 bereaved relatives were also asked for their views. Three-quarters said they felt supported during their loved-one's final two days of life.

To read more about this, please click here.

Posted by: on May 15th, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

Multiple sclerosis discovery may explain gender gap

A key difference in the brains of male and female MS patients may explain why more women than men get the disease, a study suggests.

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in the US found higher levels of protein S1PR2 in tests on the brains of female mice and dead women with MS than in male equivalents.

Four times more women than men are currently diagnosed with MS.

Experts said the finding was "really interesting".

MS affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, which causes problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. It is a major cause of disability, and affects about 100,000 people in the UK.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by: on May 9th, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

Mental health patients forced to travel miles for care

A lack of beds is forcing mental health patients in England to seek treatment in other NHS facilities up to hundreds of miles away, BBC research has found.

The number of patients travelling to seek emergency treatment has more than doubled in two years - from 1,301 people in 2011-12 to 3,024 in 2013-14.

Earlier this year one patient was admitted to a deaf unit as no beds were available anywhere in the country.

Health minister Norman Lamb said out-of-area treatment was a "last resort".

The care and support minister added that it was "unacceptable" if patients had to travel "hundreds of miles" for treatment and said he was determined to drive up standards of care in the NHS.

To read more click here.

Posted by: on May 6th, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

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