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Health Chief thanks NHS staff“Thank you to all of our brilliant NHS staff, particularly those who are working over the Christmas” says Health Chief, Simon Stevens

NHS chief Simon Stevens is today urging people of all ages to consider embarking on a career in the health service next year, as he thanks those current staff who will be working over Christmas. People who apply for nursing, midwifery and some Allied Health Professional degrees by January 15th will be eligible for financial support of up to £8,000 a year if they start their studies in September. Extra support is available for people with childcare responsibilities as well as for mental health nursing.
And the NHS will shortly publish plans to help make the health service the best place to work, in a bid to attract and retain more nurses and other clinical staff. 2020 sees the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and has been designated international Year of the Nurse and Midwife, a worldwide celebration of the huge contribution made by all those who have followed in her footsteps.

norovirus warningThe NHS is calling on the public to heed advice and stay at home if they have norovirus to avoid passing it on, as hospitals in England have been forced to close more than 1,100 hospital beds over the last week.

Top medics are concerned about the spread of the winter vomiting bug this year and the impact it is having on hospitals and other services. They are therefore urging those who catch the virus not to go back to work or school until at least 48 hours after symptoms pass, to avoid passing it on to others.

The latest data from Public Health England (PHE) surveillance showed that the number of positive norovirus laboratory reports during the two weeks in the middle of November (11th-24th) was 28% higher than the average for the last five years, and almost double the number of hospital beds have been closed every day over the last week than at the same time last year, in a bid to stop the spread of diarrhoea and vomiting to more patients.

BT to provide communications for NHS Blood

BT has signed a deal with NHS Blood and Transplant to help improve the level of service for donors

BT is partnering with NHS Blood and Transplant, the NHS organisation that looks after blood donation in England and transplant services across the UK, to provide a technology and communications solution for England’s NHS blood donor network.

NHS Blood and Transplant currently has 50 mobile teams in England that collect blood donations in local communities as well at 23 fixed donation centres. BT will be connecting NHS Blood and Transplant’s fixed and mobile sites using BT’s EE 4G network, allowing teams to digitally manage blood donor and blood collection information when the mobile teams travel to different locations across the country as well as in the fixed blood donation sites.

Diabetes monitors given to thousands by NHSNearly 30,000 people across the country with Type 1 diabetes have received life-changing diabetes monitors through the NHS Long Term Plan. The innovative device, which is the size of a £2 coin and worn on the arm, means people with Type 1 do not have to carry out multiple painful finger-prick checks to monitor their blood sugar levels.

Instead, people with the condition can monitor their blood sugar levels in a much more convenient way, making it easier for people to manage their blood sugar levels. People with Type 1 diabetes who have low blood sugar levels are at risk of hypoglycaemia, which can involve seizures and a loss of consciousness.

Those with high blood sugar levels can be at risk of serious long term health conditions, such as blindness and heart problems if left untreated.

numbers increasingOver 2,400 medical device manufacturers from around the world have signed up to use the Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN), the de facto global standard for identifying the world’s millions of medical devices, since April 2019.

The GMDN is now used by over 5,200 registered member organisations around the world, which is an increase of 86%, in just 5 months.

The surge in use follows its introduction of a new free membership on 1 April 2019, which has seen a huge uptake from manufacturers. This allows them access to the core data, while the existing membership charges remain for manufacturers needing the time-saving and value-added services provided by the GMDN Agency.

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