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Sands launches new support package for NHS workers during COVID19

A UK baby loss charity has launched a campaign to help hard-pressed NHS workers provide the best possible care to families affected by baby loss during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity) has launched Finding the words: supporting the NHS to support families to ensure all NHS workers have the confidence and skills to care for families when the worst happens.  Thousands of bereaved families across the UK who are already struggling with the death of their baby are facing added social isolation and anxiety. Supporting bereaved families can be challenging for

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Record numbers of registered nursing and midwifery professionals but potential stormy waters ahead, warns NMC

Around 18,000 more nurses, midwives and nursing associates – the largest ever annual increase – are now on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) permanent register to work in the UK compared to a year ago. But concerns around the long term impact of Covid-19 on international recruitment, retention and supporting the workforce mean stormy waters may lie ahead. Out on Thursday 9 July, ‘The NMC Register’ – the professional regulator’s most comprehensive annual registration data report to-date – shows the number

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RCOG publishes new standards for antenatal and postnatal care amid coronavirus crisis

The Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published new standards for UK NHS trusts and boards on how to safely manage antenatal and postnatal care services during the coronavirus pandemic. Maternity care has been shown repeatedly to be essential. Studies in the UK and internationally have shown that if women do not attend antenatal services they are at increased risk of maternal death, stillbirth, and other adverse perinatal outcomes. Many elements of antenatal care

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17,000 doctors and nurses training during COVID-19 using virtual simulation technology

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals worldwide have an urgent need for doctors and nurses. Huge numbers of retired doctors and nurses have been called up – 20,000 in the UK’s NHS alone. Medical and nursing students are also being called up to the front lines early. Both groups need rapid up-skilling. At a time of immense pressures on the system, and at a time of social distancing, in-person training is challenging. In response, Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) – a

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Following fears for pregnant women’s care during coronavirus crisis, free app rolled out to help remote management of gestational diabetes

Sensyne Health plc, the British Clinical AI technology company, recently announced that in response to new UK government guidelines for all pregnant women to avoid face-to-face contact for three months, it will be providing its GDm-Health digital therapeutic product free to NHS Trusts for one year. GDm-Health is a digital therapeutic for the remote management of women with diabetes during pregnancy by their clinical care team. Comprising a smartphone application connected to a wireless blood glucose monitor, the patient’s near real-time

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Tommy’s partners with Mindshare to launch Tommy’s Midwife Voice Skill ahead of schedule to help alleviate anxiety amid the COVID-19 crisis

The Skill, initially available on Google and Amazon smart phones and speakers, is able to answer a wide range of personal questions that can cause many pregnant women anxiety or embarrassment. The answers offer information around topics such as antenatal depression, maternity leave and morning sickness – offering expectant mothers the reassurance they need, from an evidence-based source they can trust. For any serious issues raised by the user, the Skill signposts to sources of further support such as NHS

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NMC Covid-19 emergency register goes live with more than 7,000 former nurses and midwives ready to support health and social care services across the UK

More than 7,000 former nurses and midwives across all four countries of the UK are now on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Covid-19 temporary register and ready to support the national effort in tackling the coronavirus pandemic. News of the Covid-19 temporary register coming into force arrives just seven days after the professional regulator wrote to around 50,000 nurses and midwives who had voluntarily left their professions within the last three years with its invitation to sign up and

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Fujifilm partners with the NHS for the launch of Parliamentary Awards, celebrating ‘health and care heroes’ in the service

Fujifilm is proud to support the launch of the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020 to celebrate and give national recognition to staff who go above and beyond the call of duty. The awards were created to celebrate NHS staff, carers and volunteers for their hard work, innovative ideas and unwavering efforts to put patients first. This year, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the health service is putting the work of these professionals in particular up in lights. World-class staff

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NHS Digital to be handed more powers to help counter Covid-19 spread

New powers have been given to NHS Digital as part of measures to help counter the spread of Covid-19. This includes collecting and analysing data to help doctors, nurses and other health professionals to understand the illness more; identify patients with Coronavirus or those who are vulnerable to the disease; understand more about how the health service is responding to the threat; and provide services that will make it easier for NHS and social care staff to do their jobs

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Existing pressure on the NHS can’t be ignored during coronavirus outbreak

With the coronavrius outbreak being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Barney Gilbert, NHS doctor and CEO of Pando Health explores why existing pressures on the NHS such as communication tools and burnout, should not be ignored.  As the NHS gears itself up to tackle the growing threat of a Covid-19 outbreak, a spotlight is being shone on the immense pressures soon to fall upon our already strained health service. We are seeing reports about doctors being