Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

CC: The Competition Commission has published its final guidelines on market investigation references, along with new guidelines on disclosure of information in inquiries. Both documents update earlier versions of the guidelines, which were published in 2003.
Press release & links
 
MonitorDoctors should be involved in any Trust Special Administration needed when an NHS foundation trust can no longer provide sustainable patient services, according to the health regulator.  

Monitor has set out a key role for clinicians in guidance about how Trust Special Administrators (TSAs) should carry out their statutory role.  The move is intended to ensure TSAs are well placed to act in the interests of patients.
 
The guidance includes detailed instructions to help TSAs engage with the local population as they draw up plans for patient services.  TSAs have a duty to carry out a public consultation to make sure that the views of the public are taken into account.
Press release & links
 
DfE: A new, national, online tool to help prospective adopters was launched recently.  The First4Adoption service gathers in one place, for the first time, the evidence & information people need to navigate the adoption system
 
The launch comes as new research, shows that over 4m people in England would consider adopting, but are held back by myths as well as barriers in the system. First4Adoption, which will run alongside the existing information line (0300 222 0022), is intended to help overcome these barriers and dispel the myths.
Press release & links ~ First4Adoption
 
RoSPA: As the slow economic recovery continues, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has launched an online safety guide to buying second-hand goods.   Highlighting risks involved with buying used products from websites, pawn shops, car boots or charity shops, the guide includes advice on electrical household items, power tools, furniture, gas products and toys. 
 
The guide also warns never to buy child car seats or cycling helmets and other protective headgear without knowing the full history of the product and, most importantly, whether it has been involved in an accident.  That is because these are ‘one-hit’ items that can lose their protective value if the internal structure is damaged through being subjected to a collision or by simply dropping them on the floor. 
Press release & links
 
LSIS: Having now completed the development work for new qualifications, the Learning & Skills Improvement Service has produced a guide for employers & practitioners, Teaching & Training Qualifications for the Further Education and Skills Sector in England (2013), which explains the changes to regulations for teachers in the FE & skills sector in England and introduces the new teaching qualifications.
Press release & links
 
NICE: NICE has launched a new version of the Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) service.  This new CKS service will upgrade the existing CKS service and will be openly accessible to users in the UK at www.cks.nhs.uk.  

The service will continue to be aimed at primary care practitioners preparing for, during and following on from patient consultations.
Press release & links
 
HMRCHM Revenue & Customs has launched a new raft of FREE online webinars giving tax help. The live webinars are led by HMRC staff and include time for participants to ask questions online. The latest webinars cover:
* employer annual returns
* business record-keeping
* tax advice for childminders
Press release & links
 
HO: Guidance for completing a Temporary Event Notice application have been published.
Press release & links
 
EHRC: New guidance has been launched to help employers manage & support employees affected by domestic abuse, which 1 in 4 women will experience at some point in their lifetime.
 
The guidance is designed to enable employers to develop a domestic abuse workplace policy and provides tips for managers on how to manage & support an employee experiencing domestic abuse.  These small steps can include giving an employee time off to consult a lawyer, diverting telephone calls or providing a safe car park space.
Press release & links
 
NICE: The number of people donating organs after death has risen by 50% in the last 5 years, latest figures suggest. The improvements are, in part, the result of guidance from NICE which has helped to identify a greater number of patients who may become suitable donors.
 
Published in December 2011, NICE's guideline on organ donation recommends that patients who are potentially suitable donors should be identified as early as possible based on two possible criteria

The first is defined clinical trigger factors, which indicate a high likelihood of brainstem death, in patients who have had a catastrophic brain injury.

The second is the intention to withdraw life-sustaining treatment in patients with a life-threatening or limiting condition which will, or is expected to, result in circulatory death.
Press release & links
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