Shire Innovation Fund for Specialist Nurses in Bowel Care
Monday, 21 October 2013 11:15
The Shire Innovation Fund for Specialists Nurses (SpNs) in Bowel Care (formally the Shire Innovation Fund for IBD Nurses) is part of Shire Pharmaceuticals' continuing commitment to supporting initiatives that improve the outcomes for patients with IBD and bowel continence disorders.
The Shire Innovation Fund for SpNs in Bowel Care can provide grants of up to &1,500 (total Fund &7,500) for nurse-led projects that further medical care for patients with IBD and bowel continence disorders.
All applications must be received by the dates below: Wednesday 3rd April 2013
The completed application forms for this round can be posted to
Shire Innovation Fund,
16 Petersham Road,
Surrey TW10 6UW
or can be returned by email to:
Alternatively, you can apply online at www.shireinnovationfunds.co.uk
Decontamination Alert - August 2013
Thursday, 22 August 2013 08:19
Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedures 01-06: Decontamination of flexible endoscopes details that manufacturer's instructions must be followed at all times when using an Endoscope Washer Disinfector (EWD), and selecting chemicals for use.
All units are asked to check that the chemicals (detergents and disinfectants) used in their EWDs are those tested by the machine manufacturer at the type-test stage with supporting evidence of efficacy. Under no circumstances should a chemical (i.e. disinfectant) be used that was not included in the type test data for that machine, this supports the need to follow manufacturer's instructions, as non-type tested chemicals may damage the internal mechanics of the EWD, therefore a possible risk to patients may occur.
If you are unsure which chemicals are recommended in your EWD please speak to your manufacturer requesting information specifically on 'type tested' chemicals.
Dr Helen Griffiths
Nurse Consultant Gastroenterology
Decontamination representative BSG Endoscopy Committee
On behalf of the Professional Expert Communications Forum: Decontamination of Medical Devices.
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Updated Guidelines: Decontamination of Equipment for GI Endoscopy
Thursday, 16 May 2013 15:35
In 2012 the Department of Health published the Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedures CFPP 01-06, a technical document that replaces HTM 2030. The vCJD risk reassessment is discussed in this. It is no longer necessary to quarantine endoscopes following procedures in most patients at risk of vCJD (including blood product recipients) provided that national recommendations on decontamination practice are scrupulously adhered to. This update was released by BSG in February 2013. In this there are links to related documents including the CFPP.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have also recently updated their poster on Top Ten Tips for endoscope decontamination. This should be prominently displayed in all endoscope decontamination areas.
Attention: Increase in Membership Fees
Monday, 19 July 2010 09:24
Fees for all membership types have been raised following a meeting at the annual conference in Liverpool in March. Membership fees for associate members have risen to £50 per annum.
Shire Innovation Fund for SpNs in Bowel Care Awards
Thursday, 07 February 2013 17:07
A nurse specialist from Harrow has been awarded a grant from the latest round of the Shire Innovation Fund for Specialist Nurses (SpNs) in Bowel Care. The Fund supports initiatives that improve the outcomes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or bowel continence disorders.
Marian O'Connor, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist (IBD) at St Mark's Hospital in Harrow successfully applied to the Fund to run an IBD patient open day. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the services that the hospital offers to IBD patients and their families and to recruit new members to the IBD Patient Panel. The award will be used to pay for posters and leaflets to advertise the event and refreshments for attendees.
The next round of funding opens for applications on 14 February 2013. The deadline for submitting applications is 5pm, 3 April 2013.
The aim of the Shire Innovation Fund for SpNs in Bowel Care is to fund nurse-led projects that benefit patient care. The Fund can provide grants of up to £1,500 (total fund £7,500). Any nurse or continence adviser providing care for UK patients with IBD or bowel disorders can apply.
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