Protecting resources, promoting value: a doctor’s guide to cutting waste in clinical care – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – November 2014

Posted on November 21, 2014. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice, Medicine | Tags: |

Protecting resources, promoting value: a doctor’s guide to cutting waste in clinical care – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – November 2014

Cut NHS waste through NICE’s ‘do not do’ database – NICE – 6 November 2014

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Guidance for Taking Responsibility: Accountable Clinicians and Informed Patients – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges [London] – 12 June 2014

Posted on June 16, 2014. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement, Patient Safety | Tags: |

Guidance for Taking Responsibility: Accountable Clinicians and Informed Patients – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges [London] – 12 June 2014

“The Francis Report made a number of recommendations on the need for there to be a named clinician who is  accountable for a patient’s care whilst they are in hospital. In addition the Secretary of State for Health in England has supported the concept of having an accountable consultant and nurse with their “name over the bed”.”

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Recommendations for safe trainee changeover – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – April 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

Recommendations for safe trainee changeover – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – April 2014

“Doctors in training in the UK have historically started new six-monthly rotations in February and August, with the majority of junior doctors rotating to new training programmes during the first week of August. There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that simultaneous trainee changeover is associated with higher mortality, reduced efficiency and lower satisfaction. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and NHS Employers have worked with partner organisations to develop simple, practical recommendations that can help mitigate these problems.

The four key recommendations are recognised as best practice and could be implemented within the current arrangements:
1. Consultants must be appropriately available
2. Flexible and intelligent rota design
3. High quality clinical induction at all units
4. Reduction of elective work at changeover times”

Media Release: Changes to Trainee Doctor Rotations are Needed to Improve Patient Safety and Quality of Care

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Measuring up: The medical profession’s prescription to the nation’s obesity crisis – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 15 February 2013

Posted on February 21, 2013. Filed under: Preventive Healthcare, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Measuring up: The medical profession’s prescription to the nation’s obesity crisis – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 15 February 2013

“Medical professionals – from surgeons and psychiatrists to paediatricians and GPs – have set out their recommendations for tackling obesity in a report published today by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).
 
Measuring up: the medical profession’s prescription for the nation’s obesity crisis follows a 6-month inquiry by a steering group comprising representatives from 20 of the Royal Medical Colleges and Faculties.
 
The report presents an action plan for future campaigning activity, setting out 10 recommendations for healthcare professionals, local and national government, industry and schools which it believes will help tackle the nation’s obesity crisis.”

… continues

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Hospital Episode Statistics and Revalidation: Creating the evidence to support revalidation – Royal College of Surgeons of England, funded by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 9 January 2013

Posted on January 15, 2013. Filed under: Surgery, Workforce | Tags: , , , |

Hospital Episode Statistics and Revalidation: Creating the evidence to support revalidation – Royal College of Surgeons of England, funded by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 9 January 2013

Extract:

“Background
This report outlines the results of a project which started in September 2009. The project’s aim was to assess the strengths and weaknesses of using administrative data for revalidation in the areas of ischaemic heart disease, urological malignancies, and peripheral vascular disease. We distinguished between procedure-specific indicators and disease-specific indicators as well as between hospital-specific and consultant-specific outcomes.”

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Core Guidance on Supporting Information for Revalidation – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – June 2012

Posted on July 3, 2012. Filed under: Medicine, Workforce | Tags: , |

Core Guidance on Supporting Information for Revalidation  – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – June 2012

“The final version of the core guidance framework is available to download below. The guidance has been devised to simplify the appraisal process and the supporting information doctors need in order to revalidate. Following extensive work and consultation coordinated by the Academy, the specialty guidance frameworks have been produced based on the Academy’s core framework (agreed by all member Colleges and Faculties) to ensure commonality in appraisal for revalidation regardless of a doctor’s specialty.

Each of the specialty guidance frameworks has been developed by the relevant medical Royal Colleges and Faculties who are responsible for setting the standards of care within their own specialty, and for providing specialty advice and guidance on the supporting information required of doctors to demonstrate that professional standards have been met in line with the GMC requirements. ”

… continues on the site

covers Specialty Guidance for:

Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation: guidance for doctors in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine

Guidance on Supporting Information for Revalidation: College of Emergency Medicine

Guidance on Supporting Information for Revalidation for General Practitioners

Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation: Guidance for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and/or Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation: Guidance for Occupational Medicine

Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation: Guidance for Ophthalmology

Guidance on Supporting Information for Revalidation for Paediatrics and Child Health

Guidance on Supporting Information for Revalidation for Pathology

Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation: Guidance for Pharmaceutical Medicine

… continues

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Academy [UK] publishes new guidance on Return to Practice – April 2012

Posted on April 18, 2012. Filed under: Medicine, Workforce | Tags: , |

Academy publishes new guidance on Return to Practice – April 2012

“The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges today publishes guidance about doctors returning to practice. Measures to support doctors returning to practice after an absence, planned or otherwise, are essential as time away from practice can affect doctors’ skills, confidence and knowledge base.

The guidance, based on the considerable experience of the Return to Practice working group set up by the Academy, alongside a review of existing evidence on return to practice, contains:

Advice for managing the issues facing doctors returning to practice
Practical checklists for evaluating doctors on and/or before their return to practice
Recommendations for establishing an organisational policy on return to practice
Recommendations for setting up an action plan to assist in returning to practice. ”

… continues on the site

Return to Practice Guidance (April 2012)

Return to Practice – Background document (April 2012)

Draft Academy reflective Template for Revalidation (March 2012)

Information on the quality of medical note keeping to support appraisal for revalidation (April 2011)

Evidence on the quality of medical note keeping: Guidance for use at appraisal and revalidation (April 2011)

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Benefits of Consultant Delivered Care – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 24 January 2012

Posted on February 3, 2012. Filed under: Medicine, Workforce | Tags: , |

Benefits of Consultant Delivered Care – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 24 January 2012

“On the basis of the best evidence available, the Academy concluded that medical care delivered by fully trained consultant doctors has demonstrable benefits in terms of:

•Rapid and appropriate decision making
•Improved outcomes for patients
•More efficient use of resources
•GP’s access to the opinion of a fully trained doctor
•Patient expectation of access to appropriate and skilled clinicians and information
•Benefits for the training of junior doctors.

The Academy recommends:

•That the identified  benefits of consultant-delivered care need to be taken into account alongside cost implications when considering the future shape of the medical workforce at local or national level
•Current contractual arrangements for consultants need to be separated from the question of the benefits of consultant-delivered care
•The benefits of consultant-delivered care should be available to all patients throughout the whole day and the whole week
•Implementing a full system of consultant-delivered care will require  different thinking about consultant working patterns
•Work should be undertaken between clinicians and employers to map out the staffing requirements and service implications of implementing a consultant-delivered service throughout the week.”

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Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – July 2011

Posted on August 4, 2011. Filed under: Patient Safety, Pharmacy | Tags: , |

Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – Professional Guidance – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 12 July 2011

“Research has shown time and again that there is a significant risk that patients’ medicines will be unintentionally altered when they move care providers. The NHS outcomes framework has already recognised the significance of this to patient safety. All NHS providers, and commissioners of those services, are now charged with reducing harm to patients caused through medication errors.

Having safe systems in place for managing information and supply of medicines across care providers is also seen as central to safe, high quality care by the Care Quality Commission.

The development of this guidance was led by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, in collaboration with other royal colleges, patients, health and social care professionals, and is closely mapped to a range of related national initiatives and guidance. It gives organisations tools to develop their systems, and to help effect the culture change necessary in their organisations to raise this important patient safety issue higher up everyone’s agenda.”

Help get the Right Medicines when you Move care providers – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 11 July 2011

Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – Organisational Guidance – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 11 July 2011

“Research has shown time and again that there is a significant risk that patients’ medicines will be unintentionally altered when they move care providers. The NHS outcomes framework has already recognised the significance of this to patient safety. All NHS providers, and commissioners of those services, are now charged with reducing harm to patients caused through medication errors.

Having safe systems in place for managing information and supply of medicines across care providers is also seen as central to safe, high quality care by the Care Quality Commission.

The development of this guidance was led by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, in collaboration with other royal colleges, patients, health and social care professionals, and is closely mapped to a range of related national initiatives and guidance. It gives organisations tools to develop their systems, and to help effect the culture change necessary in their organisations to raise this important patient safety issue higher up everyone’s agenda.”

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A guide to finance for hospital doctors (UK) – 9 July 2009

Posted on July 9, 2009. Filed under: Health Economics, Medicine | Tags: , |

A guide to finance for hospital doctors (UK)  Released  09 July 2009

Summary

“The Audit Commission and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have jointly published a short, practical manual that aims to help hospital doctors to get to grips with the way the money works in the health service. By understanding how the money flows and some of the principles of financial management in the NHS, hospital doctors will be well equipped to deliver better patient care.

The guide is aimed at medical students and doctors in the early stages of their training.

The guide was produced following the Audit Commission report, A prescription for partnership, published in December 2007, which clearly illustrated the benefits to patients, clinicians and the NHS as a whole when doctors are fully engaged in the finances of the hospitals in which they work.

A joint statement on clinicians and finance was also published in February 2009 by the Audit Commission and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, along with the Royal College of Nursing, the NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Department of Health.

You can watch a video of Andy McKeon, the Audit Commission’s Managing Director for Health, and Professor Dame Carol Black discussing the guide and the importance of clinical engagement in financial management.”

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