Self management support resource centre

This resource centre provides information and practical tools which can be adapted locally to enable services and health professionals to develop their own self management support programmes. It includes new resources, and builds on learning from the 'co-creating health' programme as well as a range of national and international evidence. It provides an introduction to self management support, how it can be implemented, and the business case for commissioning.

Consultation on the revision of European legislation on medical devices

This consultation seeks the views of healthcare professionals, patients, industry, academics, and the interested public on the draft new European legislation on medical devices. It sets out the MHRA's view on the different changes suggested by the European Commission, and invites opinion on the potential impact of the new legislation as well as how it could be improved. Comments are invited until the 21st January 2013.

Frontline first: protecting services, improving care

This report reviews the state of the NHS workforce as the coalition government’s term reaches its halfway point. It finds that nursing is suffering from cuts while other professions are increasing in numbers. It argues that these figures reveal a looming crisis in nursing, as the demand for nursing care increases. It cites the formation of Health Education England as an opportunity to take a long-term approach to workforce planning and secure the future supply of nursing staff.


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Two men have been taken to hospital after the ‘cherry-picker’ they were working on overturned at Frankley Waterworks.

The incident happened at shortly after 8.25am on Monday morning in a building site which is creating a very large new water tank.

A paramedic officer, an ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The builders were just about to pour concrete at the site when the accident happened.

“One man, who was in his 40’s was treated for a bump to his head, but a second, who was in his fifties, had leg and back pain.

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“Due to the location the only way to get him out was to use a crane at the site.  The man was immobilised using a specialist stretcher.  This patient and one of the HART Team paramedic were then lifted over 75 feet into the air from the location and then transported to the waiting ambulance by the crane on site.

“Both men were then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”