Clinical guidelines on advance care planning, multimorbidity and winter deaths
Clinical guidelines from the BGS / RCP and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on advance care planning, multimorbidity and the risks associated with cold homes in winter.
BGS News, May 2018: What is John's campaign?
People with dementia are not children. They are adults with a lifetime’s experience. Yet they are not entirely dissimilar. They are vulnerable and they can be as distressed and disoriented as a child.
Collaborative working with patients and their families
‘Person-centred care’ is a much-used phrase in nursing. According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2010), nurses must ‘be responsible and accountable for safe, compassionate, person-centred, evidence-based nursing’.
Clinical guidelines on delirium and loss of consciousness
Delirium can be confused with dementia but is potentially reversible if the causes are identified. Transient loss of consciousness, or blackouts, are very common, but diagnosis of cause is often inaccurate. NICE quality standards on each of these conditions.
Frailty means patients with what appear to be straightforward symptoms may be masking a more serious underlying problem. How to recognise frailty in a routine situation, emergency situation, or in an outpatient surgical setting, including a range of established tests you can use.
Introduction to Frailty
What is frailty and why should you look for it in the older patient? We outline the causes and possible ways to prevent frailty, as well as asking if there is any value in screening for frailty on a population or practice-wide basis.
Fit for Frailty Part 1
Once you've identified that an older person has frailty, what steps you can take to undertake a holistic review, or Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, in order to manage frailty. And can frailty be reversed?
Safe Nurse Staffing Levels on Wards
Can it be used by nurses to determine whether staffing levels are safe on their wards?
Mental capacity in the face of need for essential treatment
There is lack of clarity in the terminology used, and the difference between ‘holding’ and ‘restraint’. This presents a legal and professional dilemma for nurses.
Why is personalisation important in health and social care?
The term ‘personalisation’ has become increasingly common in the context of a movement that recognises the importance of people’s individuality and their right to exercise choice in their daily lives.
Improving the dignity of older people in hospital
How Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has concentrated on engaging with its staff to help them focus on the essentials of caring. It has come up with simple effective solutions to help improve the treatment, dignity and care of older people.