The government began consultation on proposals to develop a new clear and specific criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect of patients and service users in England and Wales. The consultation would close on 31 March 2014.
Source: New Offence of Ill-Treatment or Wilful Neglect: Consultation document, Department of Health
An article examined whether compassion should any longer be expected of those working in healthcare.
Source: Joshua Hordern, 'Whatï¿½s wrong with "compassion"?: towards a political, philosophical and theological context', Clinical Ethics, Volume 8 Issue 4
A report examined the role of the assistant practitioner in the health sector in Wales. The role was at a higher level of competence than a traditional healthcare support worker, located between registered health professionals and healthcare support worker roles. The report said that the role had been developed in a number of occupational areas and, where used, was well received and achieved cost savings. It said there was a broad range of challenges confounding the widespread adoption of the AP, but noted that a future increase in community-based care could create demand for more practitioners, with some of those roles straddling health and social care. It noted the need for education and training.
Source: Assistant Practitioner Roles in the Welsh Health Sector: Enhancing the potential for future development, Skills for Health
A report examined approaches to staffing levels in the National Health Service in England. Focussing on nursing staff, it examined the existing approaches, the potential benefits from improved workforce data, and the barriers to the adoption of digital technology for rosters, payment, and quality assurance. It said that significant potential safety and financial gains could be made, but implementation would require a cohesive approach, with strong leadership and broad support.
Source: Tony Hockley and Sean Boyle, NHS Safe Staffing: Not just a number, London School of Economics