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Election of representatives to the BGS Trainees Council

Deadline Friday 17th November 2017

The BGS Trainees Council needs new representatives. Prospective candidates who want to join the BGS Trainees Council are welcome to self-nominate and invited to submit expressions of interest to for one of the four available voting positions.

  • Chair
  • Education, training & development representative
  • Finance
  • Less than full time representative

Applicants must be ST3+ and a member of the BGS

If elected, posts are for 2 years in duration (2016-2018 session). The deadline for applications is 5pm on 17th November 2017.

Should there be more than one nomination per position, a ballot will be held. Online voting will open in the week preceding the BGS Autumn conference and close during the trainees' meeting (24th November) where the results will be announced.

If you are keen to know what the roles involve please check out the BGS Trainee Council page or contact the current representatives individually.

All expressions of interest must be emailed to the chair of the trainees council at . Expressions of interest should be no longer than 1-2 paragraphs and outlining why you wish to take on the role.

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King's Fund Report: Quality improvement in mental health

Published by the King's Fund (20 July 2017): A growing number of mental health providers (in the UK and beyond) are beginning to embed quality improvement across their organisations, with some encouraging results. The approach is based on the concept that sustained improvement is best achieved by empowering frontline teams, service users and carers to design, implement and test changes to services.

This report describes the quality improvement journey of three mental health organisations (two in England and one in Singapore). It provides key insights and lessons for others considering embarking on a similar journey.

Key findings

  • Embracing quality improvement requires a change in the traditional approach to leadership at all levels of an organisation, so that those closest to problems (staff and patients) can devise the best solutions and implement them.
  • Doing quality improvement at scale requires an appropriate organisational infrastructure, both to support frontline teams and to ensure that learning spreads and is taken up across the organisation.
  • Tools and approaches used in the acute hospital sector can be adapted for use in mental health care, including in community settings.
  • Success is most likely when there is fidelity to the chosen improvement method, and a sustained commitment over time.
  • The strong emphasis on co-production and service user involvement in mental health can be harnessed as a powerful asset in quality improvement work.

Download the report from the KF website

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Ministers needs to provide answers on social care

Reported by Inside Housing (requires subscription) (19 July 2017): We’ve known for some time that sheltered housing is a precious resource. Now we know just how precious. Research by Demos, commissioned by Anchor, Hanover and Housing & Care 21, demonstrates the enormous social value of sheltered housing – which is worth £486m a year. According to Demos, supported housing saves the NHS, emergency services and social care services at least:

  • £300m per year from reduced length of in-patient hospital stays
  • £12.7m per year from preventing falls by residents of sheltered housing
  • £156.3m per year from prevention of falls which result in hip fractures
  • £17.8m per year from reduced loneliness

According to Demos, each year 600,000 older people attend A&E following a fall, and around a third of them are admitted to hospital. Every year 300,000 people aged over 65 are hospitalised for a hip fracture. In light of these statistics, Demos highlights how sheltered housing presents a very effective resource to tackle the primary drivers of health and care costs among older people – namely poorly insulated houses, falls and loneliness. Such findings should feature in government thinking as they consider the report of the joint select committee inquiry into funding reform for supported housing. 

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