backing for more staff at maternity unit
Forum for Northumbria Healthcare visited the Maternity
Unit and built relationships with midwives. This resulted
in a report for the hospital highlighting concerns –
especially about pressure on midwives and need for more
support. The Trust has now introduced a new grade of
midwifery assistant and employed seven new midwives.
They are also looking to upgrade and improve equipment
such as the travelling incubators.
champion cleaner hospitals
in London and around the country are championing hospital
cleanliness, alongside MRSA awareness and improving
services for older people.
PPI Forum for Ealing Hospital, the hospital at the centre
of the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches' programme will also be
holding its first public meeting on Wednesday 9 February
with a special focus on MRSA.
PPI Forum Members
Back Moves To ImproveThe Nation's Health
of PPI Forums have supported tough action to improve
the nation's health, according to a poll carried out
by the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement
in Health.For full article click here. In the
poll – which was conducted through the CPPIH's internet-based
Knowledge Management System (KMS) - Forum members were
asked their views on whether Government should act in
four areas.They voted overwhelmingly in favour of action:
- 86% of respondents supported a ban
on smoking in public places. 14% opposed a ban
- 89% of respondents said the Government
should make food companies publish warnings on fatty
foods. 11% opposed it
- 71% of respondents said free and
easier access to gyms and/or exercise equipment is
needed. 29% opposed it
- While 84% of respondents said that
prevention is better than cure and everyone should
have a yearly “health MoT” to help prevent illness,
with 16% opposing it.
More details and the results of the poll are availableby
clicking on this link.
your Say in Health
your view on the new arrangements for Patient and Public
here to go to the online questionnaire
drinkers sound alarm for Forums
Binge drinkers are tying up ambulance
and hospital services, prompting Forum members to highlight
the need for ‘Detox units'.
Forum members are to discuss
with police setting up the ‘Drunk tanks' for dangerously
intoxicated people, and staffed by nurses or people
trained to deal with drunks. They would offer them counselling
in how to reduce their consumption.
PPI Forum for Guildford and Waverley Primary Care
Trust is carrying out a binge drinking project in collaboration
with Surrey Police, who detain a considerable number
of people who are a danger to themselves because
of drink. The Forum is investigating solutions to binge
drinking, and member Anita Morris, is going to visit
a 'Police & Multi-Agency Binge Drinking Unit' in
Scotland to see how they tackle the problem.
The Forum is researching a pilot scheme
to improve the health care of incapably drunk people
held in custody overnight – probably with the establishment
of a detoxification unit, with appropriate care, in
collaboration with Surrey Police.
Forum members also aim to encourage
‘brief interventions' to help people cut their drinking
– such as at Royal Liverpool and St Mary's Hospital,
London , where they have already reduced A and E admissions, the
majority of which are for alcohol-related injuries at
Family benefits from KMS
The distressed family of an elderly Alzheimer's disease
patient turned successfully to the Commission's Knowledge
Management System for uniquely-available help when he
was threatened with eviction.
Mrs. G, of Dudley, West Midlands, requested
help over her father's Alzheimer's care arrangements.
He was under threat of being summarily moved from his
care home following allegations over his behavior, due
to his condition. Mrs. G and her husband looked at the
CPPIH Knowledge Management System for guidance, both
in dealing with her father's situation, and to learn
more about treatment of his condition.
"It is absolutely essential when you are looking
for help. No other website met our needs as this did.
The KMS was very accessible, and gave impartial advice.
It was very patient-orientated."
Armed with this knowledge, the family resumed negotiations
with the home. The threat to move her father has now
been removed, and the family has been told he can stay
as long as they wish.
Knowledge is power: and the sharing of more and more
information about health between patients, the public
and decision makers bring substantial benefits at a
personal level too.
This approach also translates to significant
cost savings compared to the use of technical project
or internet development staff. Substantial cost savings
have also been achieved compared to alternative systems
which would require dedicated networks and office systems
to connect together nearly 6,000 people in 650 organisations.
stage biggest public 'Bugwatch' survey.
than 170 PPI Forum Members have teamed up in the biggest
public MRSA survey of its kind, to put pressure on hospitals
to clean up. Forums have power to make unannounced spot
checks. But by giving notice, Forums who visited more
than 300 wards across North West England got a better
outcome. Forum member Mike Haworth, of Warrington, said:
"From experience I find you get better results through
working in cooperation, it cuts out the antagonism,
and everybody achieves something."
The results of the survey were remarkably positive,
and showed hospital staff scored nine out of ten for
having clean medical equipment and beds, and having
towels and soap available. However, Forum members found
there was room for improvement regarding hand-washing
between treating patients. Nearly a third of staff were
found wearing wrist watches and/or rings with stones
- against infection advice. Infection Control Nurses
have backed the Forums' survey. A spokesman for the
North West Infection Control Nurses' Association said:
"We support any initiative designed to improve patient
care, and look forward to a collaborative approach with
local patient and public Forums."
The full results of the survey, analysed by the Regional
Centre of the Commission for Patient & Public Involvement
in Health, are available to the public by clicking on
more about the Bug Watch Survey
more about Forums work - click here to go to the KMS
to the National Press Release
to Regional Press Releases
Cuts Waiting Times
local people complained about waiting times to their
new PPI Forum, Tewkesbury Hospital is introducing a
new appointment system to cut waiting times for blood
No Smoking in Shopping Centres
Forum for Ellesmere Port & Neston is getting involved
in the creation of a no smoking area in Ellesmere Port
town centre. This involves joint work with the Borough
Council, the Primary Care Trust, the Health Protection
Agency and local businesses.
Hospital plans in focus
hospital plans for Barts Hospital, London, are being
closely monitored by Forum members to ensure the views
of patients and public are taken on board. Recently
the Forum was involved in a patient/public consultation
over the scheme and will be championing adequate access
for the disabled among other priorities.
£10m spending plan
for a £10million refurbishment at a Hampshire
A&E department have come under the scrutiny of two
Forums in discussions on how the cash should be spent.
Forum seeks feedback
black and minority groups are being asked for their
views on accessing GP services. The initiative is being
taken by the local PPI Forum in response to a request
from a regional health watchdog.
Campaign for dentists
Forum members in Torbay have joined forces with their
local newspaper to campaign for more NHS dentists. The
Forum has raised its concerns with the Department of
Health that new dentists' contracts will further reduce
numbers in NHS practice.
Support in funding bid
Derbyshire PPI Forum for Mental Health is backing the
PALS service for Local Mental Health Service Users as
it seeks funding to improve its service throughout the