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Great News NHS Lothian!

19
Nov
2018

We are pleased to hear about the fantastic work that you have been doing with RITA

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North Cumbria Hospitals reduce falls by 76.9%

31
Oct
2018

Who Cares about Falls?   RITA Does!

A harmed fall can cost the Trust upwards of £70K. However, I am strongly of the view that any fall causes harm! So, this was one of the many areas where we decided to place significant focus and how we can improve the patient experience for the elderly and particularly those living with dementia and reduce the risk to meet with our over-riding strategic aim of high quality, safe and effective service for our patients.

Having conducted a great deal of research into many different alternatives, we decided to try ‘RITA’.   This has been our additional resource and it has been powerful in stimulating the elderly patients on Elm C Ward. We noticed the falls rate on our other ward, Willow A had increased and as Falls Prevention Lead, quickly realised this was something we needed to address. We brought ‘RITA’ onto Willow A Ward, the change was significant.

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Building on Success: The Distraction Therapy – Library Service at Walsall The Manor Hospital

17
Sep
2018

The Distraction Therapy Collection is a range of specialist equipment, including touch screen monitors and tablet computers provided by My Improvement Network. Healthcare professionals at Walsall use the equipment at point of care to distract and stimulate patients with dementia. In a successful collaboration between the Older Adults Mental Health Team, Dementia Support Team and Library and Knowledge Services, a unique online tracking system for the collection was created and is now managed by the library specialists.

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The Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation in NHS Library & Knowledge Services 2018

09
Aug
2018

NHS Turns 70!

05
Jul
2018

Everyone is celebrating the NHS turning 70!

Our trainer, Simon Bower, visited Trafford General Hospital, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust on Thursday 5th July, to join in with the celebrations.

Whilst Simon was there, NHS nursing staff dressed up in old uniforms from the past 70 years. This picture shows how much the uniforms have changed over the past 7 decades.

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Have you visited the Better Care Fund

02
Jul
2018

The Better Care Fund (BCF) is a programme spanning both the NHS and local government which seeks to join-up health and care services, so that people can manage their own health and wellbeing, and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.

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Overview of our Prevention of Delirium/Falls and Dementia Study Day at West Suffolk Hospital

25
Jun
2018

Dr Stephen Dunn, Chief Executive, introduced the day, making a particularly strong point about the importance of getting to know the person, especially with the ageing population increasing, and so too the demands on the NHS. He talked about the importance of recognising delirium and the importance of continual education and further understanding on this subject, both trust-wide and nationwide.

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World Delirium Awareness Day

14
Mar
2018

RCN Older People's Forum Vicki Leah 14 Mar 2018

World Delirium Awareness Day provides us all with the opportunity to highlight that delirium is a medical emergency, but you can make a difference.

Today is World Delirium Awareness Day, an international effort to raise awareness of delirium among patients, carers, healthcare professionals, administrators and policy-makers.

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Dudley Group & Walsall the Manor Hospital Study Days

08
Feb
2018

We have just had two further remarkable Study Days at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley and Walsall The Manor Hospital, Walsall in the West Midlands.

The flavour for the two Study Days were both very different, the Russells Hall event’s  focus was around Falls Prevention, whilst The Manor Hospital’s main messages were around Dementia.    Both events were very well attended and the feedback has been incredible.  We are committed to a programme of these Study Days throughout the year, so if you would like to attend, or similarly, if you would like to host a Study Day at your hospital, please contact us by email: info@myimprovementnetwork.com   These Study Days are classed as authorised Study Days and an opportunity to share in best practice.  It includes an agenda from fellow clinical professionals, followed by lunch.   There is no subscription or costs to attend, you just need to register.

 

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9 Reasons why you should become a RCN Delirium Champion

07
Feb
2018

9 Reasons why you should become a RCN Delirium Champion

Delirium is a common and serious medical condition that can affect anyone, especially those who are older or seriously unwell. Someone with delirium will experience a sudden state of confusion, leaving them feeling disoriented and struggling to pay attention or make decisions.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU RECOGNISE DELIRIUM EARLY AND ESCALATE IT!

Below are 9 reasons why you should sign up to be a Delirium Champion with the Royal College of Nursing, I have only listed 9 but there are many more!

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