Guidance

Information Governance Handbook

 

This useful IG Handbook will provide advice and guidance in relation to Information Governance, Policies, Procedures and useful tips to assist staff in ensuring the Trust complies with legislation and safe working practices.

 

  Areas covered in the Handbook are Data Protection, Confidentiality, Information Security, Records 

  Management, Risk Management

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G_CS_86 Guidelines for self Weighing of Babies and Children

This guideline aims to ensure that the care provided improves outcomes for children and families, specifically to:

  • remove the necessity of over weighing of infants by professionals.

 

  • enable parents/carers to confidently self-weigh their babies when attending self-weigh sessions where scales are made available and understand growth charts.

 

  • provide good interaction between families and professionals

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G_CS_85 Continence Product Formulary

The products listed in this formulary have been selected by the Continence Formulary working Party, Lincolnshire Community Services NHS Trust, Lincolnshire localities only.  Judgement was based on expert opinion and evidence of clinical and cost-effectiveness.

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G_CS_83 SOP for Supervision and Mentoring Employees, Administrating Bowel Management Plans

Bowel management is the regular delivery of a programme of planned interventions designed to pre-emptively achieve effective bowel evacuations at a specific frequency in individuals with central neurological conditions, reducing the impact on quality of life by avoiding faecal incontinence and constipation, minimising associated morbidity and facilitating carer input where required” ( Coggrave, 2012).

 

Bowel care, including digital rectal interventions can be given by a personal assistant, carer, nurse or other person chosen by or acceptable to the individual. A care-giver provided by a statutory agency or care agency should have received appropriate training, provided by a qualified healthcare practitioner competent in this area of care , and be deemed capable of to meet the individual’s bowel care needs and promote their autonomy. As an employee of a healthcare organisation or agency, the competency of the care giver should be established by the employer and evaluated at regular intervals (CQC 2012); vicarious liability for the employee’s actions then lies with the employer ( Coggrave 2012).

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G_CS_84 SOP for Triaging Continence Assessments by Administration Staff

Historically, continence re-assessments have not been completed by clinical staff within the given time frames due to competing demands on resources, increased demand due to winter pressures and increasing numbers of patients requiring continence products. As a solution to this problem, it has been proposed that a new project using non-clinical staff may address the shortfall in the service. The proposal recommends the installation of a Continence Co-Ordinator role, who will act as a point of contact for patients in receipt of continence products. The role will ensure that there is a timely identification of product failures and effective signposting to the most appropriate healthcare professional; thus preventing moisture lesions. The process aims to signpost the patient to the most appropriate healthcare professional for further care whilst maintaining the accuracy of the Community Nurse Inactive caseload list.

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G_CS_80 - Prompting Patients with Medicines in the Community SOP

The purpose of this standard operating procedure is to implement a co-ordinated and standardised approach toensure that in specific circumstances carers can prompt patients with their medicines safely.

This SOP should be known, understood and followed by all practitioners and staff working within Lincolnshire Community Health Services who assess for and deliver this process.

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G_CS_79 0-19 Team Preceptorship Guidelines

The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that all Health visiting staff and school nursing staff in Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) understand their role and responsibilities in respect of supporting newly qualified health visitors and school nurses in the preceptorship period.

 

 

 

 

Preceptorship aims to empower practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills acquired during their formal training to become confident and accountable practitioners.

 

 

 

The Institute of Health Visiting (2015) states ‘Preceptorship helps practitioners to understand coping strategies and build compassionate resilience’

 

 

 

This guidance follows the National Preceptorship Framework for Health Visiting, (Institute of health visiting 2015).

 

 

 

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G_CS_78 Administration of Low Molecular Weight Heparin by SHCW and AHPs

In community settings many of the individuals receiving Low Molecular Weight (LMW)

Heparin do not have any specific nursing need requiring the intervention of a Registered Nurse; consequently an additional visit to administer treatment is required. In order to effectively utilise staff resources and reduce the number of individuals accessing a patient’s home it is proposed that Senior Health Care Support Workers and Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) are trained to administer this treatment as part of the delivery of planned care.

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G_CS_77 SOP for Universal Service (Health Visiting and School Nursing) Core Offer Appointments where the client does not attend (DNA)

This is a standard operating procedure document to provide guidance as part of an action plan from a root-cause analysis. This document will also reference key issues taken from the East Midlands Disengagement / DNA Guidance which will need to be taken into account where non-attendance persists.

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