GPs to target those with multiple health issues

Taking a radical look at how Scottish healthcare services are organised
Taking a radical look at how Scottish healthcare services are organised

Published on 11 Sep 2009

Family doctors can do more to help patients with multiple long-term conditions such as obesity, heart disease and arthritis, according to researchers.

A team from the University of Glasgow is to work with Stirling and Dundee universities as well as four GP practices to develop new ways to work with patients.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the £820,000 Living Well with Multiple Morbidity programme will focus on those in deprived areas where such conditions are more common, strike earlier and tend to have a disproportionate impact on people’s quality of life.

Researchers will investigate a range of measures that could help patients with multiple morbidity – two or more co-existing medical conditions – to manage their conditions and improve quality of life. It will also look at how changes to the NHS primary care system could improve care for patients and make practices more efficient.

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Hospital patient safety improving

surgeons washing hands
Pre-operative checklists are being implemented to cut infection rates

Simple changes to the way patients are
cared for in hospital are having a significant impact on infection
rates, according to the Scottish Government.

Hospitals are being urged to adopt stricter treatment regimes as a way of cutting
hospital deaths by 15% and “adverse incidents” by 30%.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon is highlighting the measures as part of Patient Safety Month.

She visited Stirling Royal Infirmary where infection rates are down.

Prior to adopting a stricter treatment regime, the hospital recorded at least one incident per month where a patient who required a “central line” tube for food or medication, suffered from bacterial infection.

However, NHS Forth Valley said new procedures had resulted in no cases of infection being recorded since January last year.

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NHS National Services Scotland Selects Lumension to Protect Vital Information

Friday, 24 July 2009 Lumension®, the global leader in operational endpoint security, has been selected by NHS National Services Scotland to enforce security policies governing the storage of data on portable storage devices such as laptops, USB sticks and CDs or DVDs. NHS National Services Scotland procures IT software on behalf of the 22 Scottish Health Boards. The organisation is responsible for delivering the best value for public money when new information security products are sourced.

The “Data Handling Procedures in UK Government” report, published by the Information Commissioner’s office in June 2008, highlighted the need to restrict access to public sector data and to encrypt data held on removable storage devices. Following its publication, the Scottish Government made £1million available to the Scottish Health Boards to enable them to comply with the latest data handling requirements. The report led to rigorous product specifications being developed for the procurement of information security products by public sector departments throughout the UK.

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