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The Positive Impacts of Staff Networks in the Workplace

In 2018, 35% of LGBTQ+ staff reported hiding their sexuality at work for fear of discrimination, according to Stonewall. Ian Adams, Director of Engagement at NHS Resolution shares some reflections on his experience as an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Champion and the positive impact staff networks are having at NHS Resolution.

Using apprenticeships to support recruitment and retention in social care

There were 1.9 million requests for adult social care support received by local authorities in 2020-21, according to NHS Digital. We heard from Skills for care about improving recruitment and retention in the social care sector with the use of apprenticeships to help meet the demands for social care requests.

What Constitutes a Good Clinical Audit and Feedback Cycle?

Clinical audit is a way to ensure healthcare is being provided in line with service standards and lets both care providers and patients know the service is doing well. John Grant-Casey is the Programme Manager - National Comparative Audit of Blood Transfusions at NHS Blood and Transplant. He shared with us what makes a good audit and why audits are a necessary aspect of improving patient experience.

Providing Personalised Dementia Care for all

With almost 900,000 living with Dementia in the UK, and projections this will rise to 1.6 million by 2040, the need to improve dementia care services is high. We heard from Jan Oyebode, Chair in Dementia Care at the University of Bradford about the importance of developing a more personalised approach to patient care in dementia care services.

In conversation: Tackling Alcohol Addiction and Discovering the Impacts of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD) 

In 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in the UK increased by 19.6% compared to the previous year. We heard from Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Julia Lewis about how authorities can work better to support those who misuse substances.

Analysis of all-cause Mortality in the Substance Misuse Treatment Population Deaths January 2012 to August 2020

In this article, Martin Smith, Recovery Lead for Substance Misuse Services at Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, shares his analysis of mortality rates in the substance misuse treatment population between January 2012 and August 2020.

Representation of Ethnic Minorities in the NHS

1.3 million people were employed by the NHS in March 2020. However, only 22.1% of those employed were from minority ethnic backgrounds. In this infographic, we explore some of the data on the current make-up of the NHS workforce across England.

Learning Lessons from Safeguarding Adult Reviews

With a 14.6% increase in abuse concerns in 2019/20, the need for strong and consistent adult safeguarding policies has become increasingly essential. Using Safeguarding Adult Reviews, service providers can help identify areas for improvement to prevent abuse, and concerns surrounding abuse, from occurring.

How NEWS2 is Improving Health and Social Care in the West of England

Almost 50,000 deaths in the UK are caused by Sepsis every year. The West of England AHSN is ‘Spreading the NEWS2’ to help healthcare professionals make the right judgements and save lives.

Managing Transfers of Care & Reducing Hospital Admissions

Britain’s ageing population have complex needs, which the health and social care system is adapting to meet. Creating integrated care communities to reduce hospitalisations is key to this new strategy.

Emergency Services Wellbeing: Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for NHS Frontline Workers

NHS staff have been under immense pressure, having a significant impact on the mental health of the workforce. Steve Lee, Head of Staff Health and Wellbeing at NHS England and NHS Improvement discussed the wellbeing services for NHS staff as well as the importance of having wellbeing conversations.

Implementing Regulations to Achieve Better Healthcare Outcomes

Sean Weaver, Deputy Medical Director at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) discussed Never Events, how to ensure solid improvements following an investigation, and how to embed regular reiteration into the overall strategy.

Adult Social Care: A Local Government Approach

Cllr Paulette Hamilton from the Local Government Association spoke to us about the local government approach to Adult Social Care.

Public Health Campaigns: Developing Clear, Community-Led Messaging in the Fight Against HIV

Kat Smithson spoke to us about ways of developing clear, community-led messaging in the fight against HIV.

Public Health Campaigns: Tailoring Communication Strategies towards Minority Groups to Improve Engagement with NHS Services

Altaf Kazi from NHS Blood and Transplant spoke to us about tailoring communication strategies towards minority groups to improve engagement with NHS services.

Rebuilding Mental Health Services

As we emerge from the pandemic it is essential to acknowledge its impact on our mental health and mental health services. In turn, this article outlines reform plans for the sector set out by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Dementia Care: Using Technology in the Treatment of Dementia

We heard from Rachel Benn from Leeds City Council about the use of technology in the treatment of dementia.

Dementia Care: Working Towards Integrated Care

We heard from Dr Karen Harrison Dening from Dementia UK about ways of working towards integrated care in dementia services.

Dementia Care: Using Music Therapy in the Treatment of Dementia During Covid-19

David Moore and Dr Ming Hung Hsu from MHA speak to us about the use of music therapy in the treatment of dementia.

Improving Outcomes for People with Multiple Disadvantages

Doncaster Council’s Pat Hagan and Debbie McKinney spoke to us about the big vision for Doncaster Town Centre, the importance of ‘people and place’ to achieving this, and the Complex Lives Alliance integrated delivery model.