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News In Brief

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News In Brief

 Nurses will be encouraged to report infection control concerns to the new regulator for health and social care services, health secretary Alan Johnson said last week. The proposed Care Quality Commission, to be formed by the merger of the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission, will have the power to close down wards.

 The NMC is to host a summit in spring on HCA regulation, following concerns about their lack of education in tasks that nurses had previously done. The NMC wants greater clarity over the roles of HCAs so patients can better differentiate between them and nurses.

 No national guidance will be given to SHAs or PCTs on how to carry out the deep-clean hospital programme, junior health minister Ann Keen told the Commons last week. She said individual trusts would be best placed to know what is required and how to achieve it.

 The DH is consulting on its code of practice for the Mental Health Act 2007. This outlines the competencies nurses will need to take on an approved clinician or approved mental health professional role. The consultation runs until 24 January 2008.

NT's Top 100 annual workplace survey is open. Nurses can rate trusts on criteria ranging from staff benefits and family friendliness to morale and training opportunities. It has been won in the past two years by Sunderland PCT. Entries must be received by 30 November. For details visit

See Feature, p16

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