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Type and Title of Submission


Title:

Newsletter - Clinical Effectiveness Update: Alerting Clinicians to New Guidance Relating to Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (update date July 2008)

Description:

Category:

General

Does the submission relate to the general implementation of all NICE guidance?

Yes

Does the submission relate to the implementation of a specific piece of NICE guidance?

No

Full title of NICE guidance:

-

Category(s) that most closely reflects the nature of the submission:

Electronic alerts to relevant guidance for all clinical staff

Is the submission industry-sponsored in any way?

No


Description of submission


Aim

To ensure that all clinical staff are alerted to relevant NICE guidance in an easily accessible and readable e-newsletter.

Objectives

To alert all clinical staff to NICE guidance; To emphasise the importance of NICE guidance to clinical practice; To highlight the relevance of the NICE guidance that initially may be perceived as not relevant to our services;

Context

Because of the sheer volume of information that is available both on paper and electronically it is difficult for clinical staff to keep fully up-to-date regarding even important national guidance such as NICE. I started this newsletter to pull together information aimed at improving clinical practice, such as NICE guidance, that I extract from many sources, into one short, readable newsletter containing hyperlinks to the full documents.

Methods

The newsletter is uploaded to our Intranet and Internet web sites with links circulated to all consultants and junior doctors and to many of our other clinical staff. A link to the e-newletter is also inserted in our Trust e-newsletter, which goes to all staff.

Results and evaluation

I have audited timeliness of the NICE alerts in the newsletter against audit criteria listed in our Trust's NICE Implementation Policy.

Key learning points

It is important to include a summary for each piece of guidance included in the newsletter so that busy clinicians can quickly determine the relevance of the guidance to their practice. Also, where a guideline is relelvant but the title of a guideline is not obviously relevance to your services, it is important to highlight the relevance of the guideline in the summary. Sometimes this has meant inserting a longer than usual item about the guideline in the newsletter, of up to a page in length.

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Contact Details

Name:Carol Ross
Job Title:Clinical Effectiveness and Audit Facilitator
Organisation:Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Address:The Carleton Clinic
Town:Carlisle
County:Cumbria
Postcode:CA1 3SX
Phone:01228603148
Email:carol.ross@cumbria.nhs.uk

 

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