Clinical Awareness

Donning and Doffing PPE - useful guidance video's 

New NICE patient decision aid

Research shows a third of people with asthma are not using their inhalers correctly and not managing symptoms as well as they could be. The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambition to tackle this, and the new Patient decision aid – Inhalers for asthma from NICE supports this.

The decision aid is designed to help those with asthma and their healthcare professional discuss the different inhaler devices available and which one is right for them.

Skin Barrier Protection - prevention and management of moisture associated skin damage 

Primary care Respiratory Society: Fit to Care, key knowledge, skills and training for clinicians providing respiratory care 

Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency Framework for all Prescribers

If you are a prescriber s of 28 January 2019, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency Framework for all Prescribers replaces the Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (2006) as our standards of competency for prescribingpractice. The NMC competency framework and  new standards for prescribing programmes now set out the requirements for NMC-approved prescribing programmes and the competencies required for safe and effective prescribing practice

Cold Chain Audit 

Infection Prevention and Control 

All staff, including nurses and health care assistants, need to be aware of their national regulatory or statutory requirements in order to support their employing organisation to meet and improve the expected standards which provide assurance to patients and the public that safe and quality health care systems are in place. (RCN 2018)

Local IPC Advice and information 

Out of hours, if your query isn’t urgent; please leave a message on the answer machine and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Otherwise, advice and support will be given via the Public Health England on-call system.

For non-urgent queries you can also email

Glove Aware

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May, we’re hosting Glove Awareness Week from 30 April to raise awareness of skin health and appropriate glove use by nursing staff. 

We are running Glove Awareness Week to highlight when gloves should and shouldn't be worn and how to look after your skin to prevent infection. 

Approximately one in five nurses develop hand dermatitis – a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection from damaged skin.

Hand dermatitis can be caused by frequent exposure to water, cleaning agents and inappropriate glove use.