- A mental health trust in Yorkshire has become the first NHS organisation to use Facebook, the social networking website, to engage with local people. Steve Michael, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust, said: ‘It is especially important that we try different methods of reaching out to young people.’
- The Welsh Assembly has made a one-off payment of £2m to shore up ‘patchy’ palliative care provision. ‘Altogether 20 different hospices, throughout Wales will receive more funding,’ said Edwina Hart, health minister for Wales. A planning group has also been set up to look at how the voluntary sector and the NHS should plan and fund palliative care services.
- A tool has been launched to help hospital nurse managers ensure they have the right skill-mix. The CD-based tool, which was developed by Katherine Fenton, director of clinical standards at South Central Strategic Health Authority, matches ward staffing levels with predicted clinical outcomes.
- Nurses are being urged not to accept violence and abuse as ‘part of the job’ during November, which is dubbed NHS Security Awareness Month in England. Presentations will be used to encourage staff to report incidents, according to the NHS Security Management Service.
- An extra £23m is to be spent on modernising primary care premises in Scotland this financial year, Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has said. ‘The Scottish government is committed to ensuring as much healthcare as possible is delivered locally,’ she said last week.