Clinical News

Seven-day services work steps up pace

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:20

The NHS Services Seven Days a Week Forum is preparing to report its findings later in the Autumn. The forum, whose remit is to consider seven day a week provision in urgent and emergency care and diagnostics, has already gathered for a major stakeholder event to review progress across the Forum’s five workstreams. Seven day services was also a major part of NHS England’s first AGM.


Cross-government antimicrobial resistance strategy published

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:12

A five-year cross-government strategy has been published to manage the increasing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

It aims to slow the development and spread of AMR by focusing activities around three strategic aims:

  • improve the knowledge and understanding of AMR
  • conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments
  • stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and novel therapies

The strategy also provides £4million to set up a new NIHR Health Protection Research Unit which will focus on AMR and healthcare associated infections and a themed research call to encourage AMR research across a range of areas.


Shape the future of specialist commissioning by joining NHS England Specialist Services Clinical Reference Group

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:03

NHS England is looking for healthcare scientists to be part of the Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) that are informing the future organisation and commissioning of Specialist Services in the NHS.

You can help the work of a CRG either through becoming a member of the CRG itself or by signing up as a formal stakeholder of the CRG. We will be also looking to coordinate scientific input for the CRGs through the regional Scientific Directors.

Eight new specialist commissioning policies have just been published by NHS England, including a number pertaining to specialist radiotherapy and radiosurgery.

IBD Registry Launches at BSG 2013 in Glasgow

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 11:22

The IBD Registry was launched at this year's British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Conference in Glasgow.

The mood was positive and delegates very supportive of the work done to develop the Registry and many clinicians in the audience were committed to becoming involved.

One delegate commented that the Registry sounds "amazing", while Dr Anjan Dhar said the project represents "a fantastic effort". Reporting on his experience of piloting the Registry Patient Management System, Dr Matt Johnson commented that "patients love this", and that it "takes ten minutes to learn, and data can be entered in about four minutes by patient 15".

After the event the room was buzzing with enthusiasm and delegates were queuing up to get more information and sign up to get involved.

Redefining How We Use Information

IBD Registry chairman and consultant gastroenterologist Dr Stuart Bloom explained that the Registry – which has been in development for the past two years – provides an opportunity to redefine how we use the clinical information we all generate in routine consultation to improve care for patients as well as providing a tool for service development and research.

Further Information can be found in the full press release below

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