NHS Newsletter Special

Trust guidance boosts importance of leadership for creating an inclusive culture

Best practice guidance for healthcare boards has been updated to reflect suggestions of the Francis Report, with a larger focus on the importance of accountable leadership and shaping organisational culture. The report states: “Effective boards shape a culture for the organisation which is caring, ambitious, self-directed, nimble, responsive, inclusive and encourages innovation. With a commitment to openness, transparency and candour.” http://bit.ly/12ZiDHZ

NHS England Board agrees interim equality objectives

Equality objectives help ensure that NHS policy making, decisions and activities are compliant with the Public Sector Equality Duty, and provide leadership to Clinical Commissioning Groups and other parts of the NHS. The objectives are to:

BME Communities and mental health

There is an overwhelming disproportion of admissions to mental institutions for the BME communities. These groups also tend to have more coercive forms of admission (police section, use of the Mental Health Act and use of seclusion), have higher medication rates, longer lengths of stay, poorer experiences of inpatient care and less access to psychological therapies. There has been research suggesting that some groups are less likely to access primary health care services (GPs) and have higher rates of some conditions such as schizophrenia but this however does not explain the experiences of these communities of mental health care. http://bit.ly/175OpSY

NHS Health Apps Library

The NHS has launched new apps to help the public better manage their physical and mental health; apps range from information about specific conditions, named parts of the body to treatments and patient access. http://apps.nhs.uk

How BME applicants are disadvantaged in NHS staff recruitment

In a Public World research paper, data gathered indicated the likelihood of white applicants being appointed is more than three times (3.48) greater than that of BME applicants, and the likelihood of white shortlisted applicants being appointed approaches twice (1.78) that of BME applicants. Recruitment of staff to the new institution set up to run the NHS, NHS England, shows white applicants appointed to those new positions is between four and six times (depending on grade) greater than that of BME applicants. It concludes: “We really do have to talk about this. We need to find out what is going on, why it is going on, and what can be done about it, so that the NHS workforce is as good as it can be and at all levels reflects the population it serves.” bit.ly/18N5eGb

Trans Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Study

This is the largest survey of its kind, provides crucial information on transgender people’s mental health needs and experiences in the context of daily life, transition, social/support mechanisms, general health care, mental health services and gender identity services. The report explores how the process of transitioning (social and/or medical) impacts mental health and wellbeing, and is unique in that the survey looks at both the positive and negative impacts. Key findings include: “74% felt that their mental health had improved as a result of transitioning”. http://bit.ly/19Fwypj

Getting Diversity to Work at Work – Evidenced based research

Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology are offering a free trail so you can download plenty of evidence based research; titled ‘Getting Diversity to Work at Work.’ bit.ly/11cUMPV