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News Article | February 23, 2017
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Villa Care Group, a Leeds based healthcare company and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have signed an agreement to open the Bilberry Unit at Wharfe Villa Care Group, a Leeds based healthcare company and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have signed an agreement to open the Bilberry Unit at Wharfedale Hospital in Otley, a facility providing nursing beds. The beds will be for existing older patients who have finished their acute episode of care at St James’s University Hospital or Leeds General Infirmary and are medically fit for discharge from the Trust, but are waiting whilst assessment or packages of care are put in place. Nursing and care in the Bilberry Unit will be provided by Villa Care Group, while Leeds Teaching Hospitals will provide physio and occupational therapy staff. Howard Taylor, Managing Director of Villa Care Group said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals on this important initiative. This is a positive and innovative collaboration for the Trust and Leeds as a whole and most importantly for the patients, who can benefit from a programme designed to advance them to the next stage of care. “Wharfedale Hospital provides an excellent modern facility that is an important part of the area’s healthcare community, and this unit will enhance that role.” The admission of patients from the Trust hospitals with subsequent discharge from the unit to their next stage of care or home is a key provision of the unit’s operation. Since opening, the unit has reached its full operating level, releasing much needed capacity back to the acute hospitals in Leeds with many patients having already been discharged home or onto long term care, at levels exceeding expectations. Villa Care opened the unit on time and on budget. Villa Care is a Leeds based healthcare provider operating nursing homes, nursing domiciliary care and a healthcare consultancy division. Villa Care Ltd is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Issued by Villa Care: 0113 265 9353 Media contact: Howard Taylor For more information on Villa Care Group visit www.villacaregroup.com


March 1, 2017 – CCube Solutions announces today that North Bristol NHS Trust has selected its electronic document management software (EDMS) to replace all paper case notes with an easy to use digital system providing instant access to patient medical records for 6,000 clinicians, nursing and administrative staff. The introduction of EDMS is part of the Trust’s phased Electronic Patient Record (EPR) strategy and will facilitate a more timely and extensive move towards creating a paperlite environment which also involves developing its EPR to reduce the amount of paper created on a daily basis. This will ensure that one of the largest hospitals in the UK serving people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is paper free at the point of care – a key NHS England and Government goal. The new EDMS will enhance clinical effectiveness, reduce operational costs, ensure compliance with CQC guidance about records and data management, and ultimately boost patient safety and care. The choice of CCube Solutions’ EDMS will complement and augment the Lorenzo EPR solution – procured from CSC - which was implemented in November 2015. It is the first contract for CCube Solutions resulting from a new framework agreement with CSC announced in October 2016. This allows CSC to offer CCube’s EDMS to any Trust using Lorenzo who wishes to digitise and display information contained in paper medical records. Paper creates huge logistical challenges Currently North Bristol NHS Trust stores about 1.2 million medical folders off-site, with around 850 files being delivered to Southmead Hospital and other premises each day. The paperlite strategy will reduce costs and make the process more efficient. Neil Darvill, North Bristol NHS Trust’s director of informatics, says, “The business case for the EDMS project is predicated on a scan-on-demand model where only the patient notes for people booked to attend clinic will be processed, not everything in the library. This saves a huge amount of money given the other records will be destroyed in line with our retention policies and procedures as and when they reach their expiry dates.” Out of its total of 1.2 million folders, the Trust therefore estimates that it has 223,100 active patients who will need their records scanning. As each folder contains on average 150 sheets, this means 33,465,000 pages are likely to be scanned in total. The massive back scanning task will be outsourced to a scanning specialist. Darvill explains, “Our analysis shows that 70% of active patients have follow up appointments after an initial consultation. Once their records are scanned, it means for any subsequent visits, their records are available on the system for clinical staff to see.” Roll out will be staged with a paperlite project running in parallel North Bristol NHS Trust is currently piloting EDMS in two areas: lung cancer - a low volume high complexity clinic - and dermatology. This is the reverse - a high volume low complexity department. Based on lessons learnt, it will then adopt a phased approach to rolling out EDMS and scanning the records required – a process expected to take two years finishing in April 2019 given the volume of paperwork to digitize. In parallel, the Trust is working on a paperlite project to augment the investment in its EPR system. To date, PAS[1] functionality has been successfully implemented within Lorenzo with this now expanding to include real-time data capture. The Trust will customize Lorenzo to its own requirements, tailoring the system to match its own clinical pathways and ways of working. Darvill explains, “We simply can’t afford to keep generating paper at the pace we are given the number of patients we see - around 1,300 outpatient and 200 inpatient attendances each day. The purpose of the paperlite project is to look at how we capture clinical information immediately at the point of care rather than writing notes on paper and scanning them afterwards as this clearly defeats the purpose of putting in an EPR in the first place.” Until the paperlite initiative has evolved, so-called ‘day forward’ scanning will be managed in-house. During this period of transition, the Trust has purchased two production scanners from Kodak Alaris – the i4650 and i4850 – which process up to 130 and 150 pages per minute respectively. Kodak Capture Pro imaging software has also been selected which allows large batches of medical paperwork to be captured and indexed quickly and efficiently. It will then be imported into the CCube EDMS. An EDMS saves money and is simple for clinicians to use Capital expenditure on the CCube EDMS, Kodak Alaris scanners and capture software along with other implementation costs total £960,000. Over a four-year period, the Trust expects to save over £1.3 million in terms of the operational expenditure associated with the running of its paper-based processes and libraries. The cost savings come from closing the off-site facilities – expected by October 2018. Vijay Magon, CCube Solutions’ managing director, says, “EDMS in the NHS is all about transformation and presenting information contained on paper to clinicians in a much more efficient and effective way. Ease of use is crucial. Doctors have to be able to interact with the system in front of patients without it creating any unnecessary delays which could make consultations longer. Usability and effectiveness is very important which is what you get with CCube software.” About CSC Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) leads clients on their digital transformation journeys. The company provides innovative next-generation technology services and solutions that leverage deep industry expertise, global scale, technology independence and an extensive partner community. CSC serves leading commercial and international public sector organizations, including some of the world’s leading healthcare providers. CSC is a Fortune 500 company and ranked among the best corporate citizens. For more information, visit www.csc.com and www.csc.com/healthcare. About CCube Solutions CCube Solutions is an award-winning provider of enterprise content management solutions, comprising electronic document and records management, workflow, electronic forms, portal software, and systems integration. Founded in 1995, it has a proven track record working with the police, local government, NHS and in the private sector providing cost effective and scalable solutions, tailored to meet the individual requirements of customers. An AIIM Advisory Board member, CCube Solutions is active in developing and guiding the future direction of the ECM industry, and upholds AIIM’s principles of good information management, know-how applied on every customer engagement. CCube Solutions is headquartered in Milton Keynes. For further information, please visit www.ccubesolutions.com For further information, please contact Tom Herbst Tom Herbst PR T: 07768 145571 Email: tom@tomherbstpr.co.uk


News Article | February 21, 2017
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Electronics brand Barats and Burke announces the release of a 172-piece electrical wire connector set. The wiring repair kit requires no additional tools to work on projects in the home, RV, automobile or in outdoor settings. Described by users as “splicing made easy”, the 172 piece kit is suitable for speakers, automotive and residential wiring, as well as for use on job sites and marine wiring projects. The kit includes 20 outdoor waterproof screw terminals that install with a simple twist on application. The electrical connectors come in seven sizes ranging from #22 gauge to #10 gauge> The connectors are designed not only to hold the wires securely, but also provide the necessary insulation to create a safe and long lasting connection. According to company spokesperson Daniel Burke, “Barats and Burke is pleased to introduce these industry rated wire connectors to the market. Whether the job is adding speakers to your home or installing lights to your trailer, our wire connectors will make the task very simple using no tools at all to get it done right. In addition, the set offers a variety of sizes so you can always select the connector that will be best for the job.”. All 172 wire connectors in the kit are UL, CSA and CQC rated. They are color coded by size for easy identification, making it easy for the user to identify and select the correct terminal quickly. In addition, the connectors’ capacity range from a maximum of 300 volts for the gray and blue pieces, up to 600 volts for the remaining five colors. Each terminal also features a cone shaped internal spring which ensures the wires remain firmly within the connector. Each connector is encased in a tough thermoplastic flame retardant shell that can withstand temperatures of up to 105C/221F. Barats and Burke Electronics is a Bay Area California based brand of high-quality electronics products with a focus on wiring components and connectors. Founded in 2016, the brand’s goal is to offer the highest quality wiring components at affordable prices, backed by exceptional customer service and support. For more information, please visit http://Baratsburke.com


E. Castro R.A.,CEF | Ribeiro J.D.B.,CQC | Maria T.M.R.,CQC | Ramos Silva M.,University of Coimbra | And 3 more authors.
Crystal Growth and Design | Year: 2011

A screening of naproxen cocrystals with coformers picolinamide, nicotinamide, isonicotinamide, and pyrazinamide is performed by the Kofler contact method and mechanochemistry. The solids obtained by mechanochemistry are characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, DSC, polarized light thermomicroscopy, PLTM, infrared spectroscopy, FTIR, and X-ray powder diffraction, XRPD. No cocrystal could be prepared under the experimental conditions investigated between naproxen and pyrazinamide, which bears two aromatic nitrogen atoms, ortho and meta to the amide group. For the o-, m-, and p-pyridinecarboxamide isomers, regardless of the aromatic nitrogen position, the coformer interacts with naproxen to give rise to new cocrystals: naproxen:picolinamide, naproxen2:nicotinamide, and naproxen:isonicotinamide. A supramolecular acid:aromatic nitrogen heterosynthon is found in all these cocrystals. The structure of the new naproxen: isonicotinamide compound was solved by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, SXD. As nicotinamide has FDA/GRAS status the naproxen:nicotinamide (2:1) cocrystal is of special relevance. © 2011 American Chemical Society.


News Article | February 26, 2017
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Heathrow Air Ambulance Service is a Care Quality Commission (CQC) accredited air ambulance provider based in London Heathrow.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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Quality Managers, Auditors, and Consultants Will Have Better Access to Career Resources Reports GAQP Memberships in trade organizations and professional certifications have been found to increase income and opportunities.  According to salary.com, “certifications and memberships in professional organizations...can have a positive effect on pay...If you have a certification that is optional...you can expect to earn a little more because of it.”  Another article on monster.com professes that “certifications often mean the difference between pulling down a middling salary and making serious dough.” Quality Managers, auditors, and consultants represent an important, yet largely overlooked, segment of the workforce without adequate professional resources.  On a daily basis, quality professionals keep airplanes flying, power plants operating, medical devices functioning, and food, water, and the environment safe, among numerous other things that impact daily life. The Global Association of Quality Professionals™ (GAQP.org) has announced that it now offers memberships, resources, and professional certifications such as the Certified Quality Manager™ (CQM), Certified Quality Consultant™ (CQC), and Certified Internal Quality Auditor™ (CIQA) programs. According to GAQP, “Quality professionals need proper training, career support, and recognition.  We are passionate about advancing the quality profession, its importance, and how it makes our world a better and safer place.” GAQP™ also offers training on specific areas of expertise within the quality field such as ISO 9001, Lean Manufacturing, and Kanban.


News Article | November 18, 2016
Site: www.newsmaker.com.au

Notes: Sales, means the sales volume of Military Load Carriage Systems Revenue, means the sales value of Military Load Carriage Systems This report studies sales (consumption) of Military Load Carriage Systems in Global market, especially in United States, China, Europe, Japan, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these regions, covering Aegis Engineering BAE Systems Boston Dynamics CQC Lockheed Martin ... Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with sales (consumption), revenue, market share and growth rate of Military Load Carriage Systems in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like United States China Europe Japan Split by product Types, with sales, revenue, price and gross margin, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into Type I Type II Type III Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate of Military Load Carriage Systems in each application, can be divided into Application 1 Application 2 Application 3 Global Military Load Carriage Systems Sales Market Report 2016 1 Military Load Carriage Systems Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Military Load Carriage Systems 1.2 Classification of Military Load Carriage Systems 1.2.1 Type I 1.2.2 Type II 1.2.3 Type III 1.3 Application of Military Load Carriage Systems 1.3.1 Application 1 1.3.2 Application 2 1.3.3 Application 3 1.4 Military Load Carriage Systems Market by Regions 1.4.1 United States Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.2 China Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.3 Europe Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.5 Global Market Size (Value and Volume) of Military Load Carriage Systems (2011-2021) 1.5.1 Global Military Load Carriage Systems Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 1.5.2 Global Military Load Carriage Systems Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 2 Global Military Load Carriage Systems Competition by Manufacturers, Type and Application 2.1 Global Military Load Carriage Systems Market Competition by Manufacturers 2.1.1 Global Military Load Carriage Systems Sales and Market Share of Key Manufacturers (2011-2016) 2.1.2 Global Military Load Carriage Systems Revenue and Share by Manufacturers (2011-2016) 2.2 Global Military Load Carriage Systems (Volume and Value) by Type 2.2.1 Global Military Load Carriage Systems Sales and Market Share by Type (2011-2016) 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February 15, 2017 – The funding pressures in the NHS are widely reported with constrained resources meaning the health system is buckling under the strain of trying to meet demand yet maintaining standards and services. A new type of funding model – announced today by CCube Solutions and Genmed - will help address the current lack of additional capital available within the NHS to support key projects like EDMS[1] and scanning so that Trusts and Health Boards meet the Government’s deadline that they should be paperless at the point of care by 2023. CCube Solutions is collaborating with Genmed to offer NHS Trusts and Health Boards a cost effective bespoke managed service which will allow them to easily fund the transformation from paper to digital medical records. Robin Modak, Genmed’s chief executive officer says, “The NHS is experiencing a capital famine at the moment. The huge upfront capital costs of software systems and back scanning make it very difficult for Trusts and Health Boards to introduce the new services they have been instructed to by the Department of Health. Our managed service model provides a practical, straightforward revenue based way to solve the paper problem as it spreads the costs out and means it’s treated as an operational not a capital expenditure.” Genmed and CCube Solutions will work in partnership with Trusts and Health Boards to create a bespoke solution which will include CCube’s electronic document management software, project management, IT hardware, support, maintenance and crucially all the legacy records back scanning irrespective of whether this is outsourced to a third party or processed in-house. The cost to Trusts and Health Boards will then be packaged by Genmed using an umbrella contract with the service billed monthly or quarterly. The Genmed managed service is HMRC compliant for VAT recovery and importantly off balance sheet which is critically important for Trusts and Health Boards with no CRL[2] headroom. On balance sheet treatment of contracts can be a deal breaker for Trusts and Health Boards. Vijay Magon, CCube Solutions’ managing director, says, “The demand for EDMS is there but not the method, given it has been a struggle for finance directors to get budget. All Trusts and Health Boards know they need to get rid of paper and transition quickly to digital delivery. With Genmed, we’ll be targeting those who have yet to do so by providing an efficient and risk free way to not only buy our software, but all the associated components required to close costly medical libraries.” The introduction of digital medical records is well proven and accepted to enhance clinical effectiveness, reduce operational costs, ensure compliance with CQC guidance about records and data management, and ultimately boost patient safety and care. Managed services is more than just equipment Modak adds, “It’s important to understand that Genmed is not a managed equipment provider or a finance house. Our remit is much wider. We support Trusts and Health Boards through carefully designed managed service contracts. We’re more consultative working with them to ascertain what clinical facilities or technology they need, their workload issues, finding and selecting suppliers, driving product costs down, putting together the finance, managing the contracts, paying subcontractors and taking all the risk upfront ourselves. We’re unique in the manner we provide managed services in the market as a result.” Genmed helps NHS organisations to increase their efficiencies and streamline their practices by removing the administration overhead and burden of managing suppliers, dealing with orders and invoices, in addition to contract and administrative management. Importantly, Genmed is vendor neutral such that if a Trust or Health Board wants particular equipment from a variety of companies, this can easily be incorporated under the managed service contract with clinicians not forced to have products they don't want. This contrasts to OEMs[3] who often don’t like to have other companies products included in their own contracts because of the perceived risk as well as other suppliers who do not want their commercially sensitive pricing revealed to an OEM acting as the managed equipment service provider. Transparent pricing for managed services which is VAT recoverable Genmed’s actual pricing for its managed service contracts is completely transparent. Modak explains, “We charge a 6% fee on cash flows. So, if a contract is £100,000 per quarter, the customer will be billed £106,000 plus VAT. It’s simple and straight forward with the whole approach tax efficient making our approach extremely compelling.” Not only can Trusts and Health Boards now spread out the cost of shifting to digital records, but under HM Treasury directive rules for contracted out services, public sector organisations including the NHS can recover the VAT which means a 20% refund by HMRC on Genmed managed services – money which can then be used for front line activities to treat patients. Both Genmed and CCube Solutions are approved suppliers on various NHS Framework agreements including NHS London Procurement Partnership, QE Procurement, NHS Shared Business Services and the Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 8 framework. This means that NHS organisations avoid having to go through the time-consuming and costly OJEU tender process to procure and buy services. [1] Electronic Document Management Software [2] Capital Resource Limit is the cap on capital spend in a year which a Trust cannot exceed. [3] Original Equipment Manufacturers About Genmed Currently Genmed’s contract portfolio totals around £430 million. Founded in 2007 and based in London and Wales, Genmed is a managed service provider specialising in the health sector. It works with 40 NHS Trusts and Health Boards around the country where, to date, it has 220 contracts supporting a variety of clinical disciplines such as pathology, surgery, endoscopy, imaging along with IT and facilities. Genmed’ asset finance requirements are funded by large blue chip partners including Societe Generale, GE Capital, Macquarie and Lloyds Corporate. Genmed is headquartered in Weybridge, Surrey. For further information about its services, visit www.genmed.eu About CCube Solutions CCube Solutions is an award-winning provider of enterprise content management solutions, comprising electronic document and records management, workflow, electronic forms, portal software, and systems integration. Founded in 1995, it has a proven track record working with the police, local government, NHS and in the private sector providing cost effective and scalable solutions, tailored to meet the individual requirements of customers. An AIIM Advisory Board member, CCube Solutions is active in developing and guiding the future direction of the ECM industry, and upholds AIIM’s principles of good information management, know-how applied on every customer engagement. CCube Solutions is headquartered in Milton Keynes. For further information, please visit www.ccubesolutions.com For further information, please contact Tom Herbst Tom Herbst PR T: 07768 145571 Email: tom@tomherbstpr.co.uk


News Article | November 30, 2016
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There are many private care homes in Aylesbury but how can the general public decide which one to choose? Click here for more information The general public want the best care for their loved one but it’s a difficult and emotional time. They are experiencing many different emotions…..confusion [finding a care home is a complex process], guilt however there is an overriding responsibility to make the critical decision the right one. There are many factors to consider when choosing a care home but here are three to focus on: 1. Care – the care team are committed to providing high quality person-centred care for all the residents in the home. They have professional well trained staff who are encouraged to develop their skills. 2. Facilities – the bedrooms are light and airy and they are encouraged to personalise their rooms as much as possible. The lounge provides a relaxing atmosphere with plenty of space for activities as well as quiet areas for those who prefer a more peaceful atmosphere or want a private time with their friends or loved ones. 3. Activities – they hold daily activities suitable for all levels of ability and they encourage the development of individual hobbies and interests. The most popular activities with the residents includes quizzes, arts and crafts, exercises and live entertainment. Harvey Zemmel, a care home expert with 30 years’ experience, comments ‘ Whilst carrying out the research, it’s important to consider the independent regulators’ most recent ratings. All care homes are inspected to ensure they meet quality standards and to identify any areas of concern. In England, the Care Quality Commission [CQC] are under a legal obligation to assess whether the care home is Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate’. So when choosing from one of the private care homes in Aylesbury, an important starting point would be a ‘Good’ rating by CQC. For more information, please visit http://www.caringhomes.org/find-a-home/hulcott-in-aylesbury/


News Article | November 30, 2016
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There are many private care homes in Maidstone but how can the general public decide which one to choose? Click here for more information The client’s family want the best for their loved one but it’s a difficult and emotional time. They are experiencing many emotions….confusion [ finding a care home for a loved one is a complex process], guilt and an overriding sense of responsibility for ensuring they make this critical decision the right one. There are many factors to consider but here are are three to focus on: 1. Care – the care team are committed to providing high quality person-centred care for all the residents in the home. They have professional well trained staff who are encouraged to develop their skills. 2. Facilities – the bedrooms are light and airy and they encourage the residents to personalise their rooms as much as possible. The lounges provide a relaxing atmosphere with plenty of space for activities as well as quiet areas for those who prefer a more peaceful atmosphere or want a private time with friends or loved ones. 3. Activities – they hold daily activities suitable for all levels of ability. They encourage the development of individual hobbies and interests. The most popular activities with the residents include quizzes, arts and crafts, exercises and live entertainment. Harvey Zemmel, care home expert with 30 years experience, explains ‘ Whilst carrying out the research, it’s important to consider the independent regulators’ most recent ratings. All care homes are inspected to ensure they meet quality standards and to identify any areas of concern. In England, the Care Quality Commission [CQC] perform this task and they assess whether the home is Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate’. So when choosing from one of the private care homes in Maidstone, an important starting point would be a ‘Good’ rating by CQC. For more information, please visit http://www.foresthc.com/our-care-centres/the-poplars/

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