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CIOB: The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) will launch in June its newly revised Education Framework that includes sustainable design & construction as compulsory mainstream criteria for any course provider.

The revised Framework takes into account all major policies, including the National Occupational Standards, the Graduate Common Learning Outcomes and the QAA Benchmark Statements, whilst also reflecting current industry issues including sustainability and health & safety. Use of both the Education Framework 2007 and the updated accreditation process will be live from 2nd July 2007.

Press release ~ CIOB Education Framework ~ National Occupational Standards ~ Graduate Common Learning Outcomes ~ QAA Benchmark Statements ~ CIOB - Accreditation Process

DH: Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced the terms of reference of the independent review into Modernising Medical Careers, which will (hopefully) establish how the programme will go forward in 2008 and beyond. It will be conducted independently of the four Health Departments and will have its own independent secretariat. It will report on an interim basis in September 2007.

Press release ~ NHS MMC ~ BMA requests urgent meeting with Health Secretary as junior doctors prepare to head overseas

HC: The Healthcare Commission has responded to the latest figure on incidents of healthcare associated infection in NHS trusts released by the Health Protection Agency. The Health Act 2006 requires all NHS trusts to observe the provisions of the Government’s Hygiene Code, which came into force last October.

For the first time this year, trusts will have to declare whether they believe they have all the necessary measures in place to comply with the hygiene code as part of the annual assessment of NHS trusts.

The Commission has already followed up more than 40 trusts that declared non-compliance against the core standard on the control of infection in 2005/6. Each of these trusts have now been able to provide assurance that they are now meeting these core standards as well as the requirements of the Hygiene Code.

Press release ~ Health Protection Agency figures ~ Healthcare Commission ~ Healthcare associated infection ~ Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Health Care Associated Infections ~ DH – Clean Hospitals ~ Health Act 2006 ~ Changes to the mandatory healthcare associated infection surveillance system for Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea from April 2007 ~ MRSA data collection system ~ NHS Infection Control Training Programme ~ RCN: Good practice in infection prevention and control Guidance for nursing staff

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