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Articles to keep you up-to-date on a range of important programmes and projects


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Procurement Transformation

In September 2010 NES senior management implemented a review of procurement activities across NES. The findings from this review resulted in the introduction of the ‘No Purchase Order (PO) No Payment’ policy and approval from the Executive Team and Change Management Board to develop a centrally managed Procurement function.

NES at the 2015 NHSScotland Event

The NHSScotland Event took place 23-24 June at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow. Now in its tenth year, the theme of the event was ‘Leading Integration for Quality’. NES contributed to the event via the exhibition (stand number 42), the presence of the Mobile Skills Unit, and the poster display.

Getting knowledge into healthcare discussions

To make safe and effective decisions about patient care, healthcare professionals need quick, easy, reliable access to current, relevant evidence and recommendations for action, in hospital and community settings, and through mobile and desktop routes. From an educational perspective, practitioners need resources that support evidence-based and problem-based approaches to learning about best clinical practice, and which link quick guidance to knowledge for deeper study. NES Knowledge Services is delighted now to offer this support as a result of its recent tender for evidence summaries for point of care decisions and everyday learning.

NES at NHSScotland Event

The NHSScotland Event 2015 is firmly positioned in Scotland’s calendar as a key networking and educational event for those who work in and with the NHS in Scotland. The theme of the 2015 event is Leading Integration for Quality.

One out of Four

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) award-winning project, One out of Four, was developed by the maternal and child health team in NMAHP. A small project in terms of finance but large in terms of scope and impact.

Local Delivery Plan 2015-16

We are pleased to introduce our local delivery plan (LDP) for 2015-16, setting out the detail of our activities for the year ahead and giving our staff and stakeholders clarity on what we are going to do and why.

Digital Transformation

As part of our commitment to continual improvement we have developed a Digital Strategy which provides a single vision for the development and delivery of all our digital and related services. This is based on the need to be Digital by Default. It has started a Digital Transformation which is the organisational change required to make the single vision possible.

Supporting the Scottish strategy for autism

The Autism Training Framework outlines the skills and knowledge required at different levels within the health and social care workforce to achieve key outcomes for people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It describes the knowledge and skills required by generic health and social care workers who will occasionally encounter a person with ASD through to those who provide highly specialist interventions in ASD services.

Death certification is changing

Every death in Scotland must be certified by a doctor who completes a form called a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD). The MCCD confirms that the death has occurred and records key information about the death, including the cause of death. From 13 May 2015The Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011 will introduce a number of changes to the current system.

Strengthening our Defences

How do you make HAI meaningful to all health and social care staff in the context of their role and environment? You make it person-centred and focus on the patient and their experience. And that’s exactly what we did.

The big picture

A new framework now exists to provide a structure for discussion about many of the learning needs of support workers across NHSScotland, and a starting point for looking at how existing resources can work together to address those needs.

Rose Marie Parr scoops pharmacy award

Professor Rose Marie Parr has received a special recognition award at the highly esteemed annual Scottish Pharmacist Ball and Awards – the industry’s premier awards ceremony recognising the contributions of Scotland’s finest pharmacy champions.

RCM Award success for NES

Having been shortlisted for two Royal College of Midwives (RCM) awards - for Compassionate Connections and One out of Four -NES won the President's Partnership award for the One out of Four project at the RCM Annual Midwifery Awards 2015 in London on 3 March.

Online portal keeps growing

Healthcare practitioners working in police custody and prison health care settings and staff providing forensic medical services can access an ever expanding source of learning and development resources tailored to their needs

Making communication even better

Making Communication Even Better is a resource created for health, education, social work and the voluntary sector staff by people with communication support needs. Find out how they promoted this valuable resource and their top five tips for frontline staff.

Improving care and support for people with dementia

Dementia is one of the foremost public health issues worldwide. Improved healthcare and better standards of living mean we are all living longer. In Scotland, this means that the number of people with dementia is expected to double between 2011 and 2031.

Hand dermatitis: guidance on hand care and precautions to reduce risk

Hand dermatitis may be considered as a relatively minor ailment, but if left unchecked, it can become a chronic condition which may have a significant impact on work and home life. Applying the three key elements of treatment can greatly improve or completely resolve the condition: 1. avoiding or minimising contact with the identified substance 2. good general skin care both at work and home 3. practice appropriate skin cleansing at work

Getting to grips with the SCQF

What do a Higher National Certificate (HNC), an SVQ3 and a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) have in common? You may recognise each as a type of post-school qualification but do you know how they relate to each other? This is one of the questions which the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SQCF) was designed to address.

Supporting recruitment and retention of the remote and rural healthcare workforce

Developing remote and rural education solutions requires coordination and careful management to ensure best value, avoid duplication and to build on existing resources. This is an important role for NES and its Remote and Rural Healthcare Education Alliance (RRHEAL) who have a range of initiatives and programmes of work in place to support improved recruitment and retention of the remote and rural healthcare workforce across Scotland.

Sepsis App shortlisted for BMJ Award

The NES/HIS/GG&C Sepsis Screening App has been longlisted for the BMJ Awards 2015, under the Patient Safety category.

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