New Evidence Updates from NICE

We are pleased to inform you that Evidence Updates on 'Autism in adults' and 'Opioids in palliative care' have been published.

Scottish Royal Colleges Statement on Distinction Awards in Scotland

The Health Workforce and Performance Directorate recently informed all NHS Boards in Scotland that Distinction Awards will continue to be frozen, with no increase in the value of awards, no new awards and no progression through the award scheme during 2014-15.

SIGN139 Care of deteriorating patients

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) has developed consensus recommendations to underpin a national approach to care of adult deteriorating patients.

Review of Standardised Tobacco Packaging

The College has written to the UK Government expressing support for the plan to move towards plain packaging of cigarettes. This has already been passed by the Scottish Parliament and now is receiving support from the UK Government.

Tom Gibson Memorial Award

The award aims to recognise outstanding accomplishment and / or outstanding potential of young medics / scientists below the age of 40, who are employed by, or associated closely with, the Universities of Glasgow or Strathclyde.

JRCPTB appoints new medical director

JRCPTB has announced the appointment of Professor David Black as its new medical director. Professor Black will succeed Professor Bill Burr, taking up the role from 1 August 2014 for a period of three years.

Academy and NHS Confederation joint work on Decisions of Value

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHS Confederation have secured funding from the DH Francis Implementation Team to explore how decision-makers might be better supported to balance finance and quality.

Hospital treatment should not depend on the day of the week

Whatever time of day or night you arrive at hospital and regardless of the day of the week, you should expect the same standard of care, according to a group of senior doctors, hospital managers.

End of Life Care in Scotland

Please help to inform discussion on the provision of end of life care in Scotland by completing a short survey issued by a short life working group reporting to the Scottish Government's Living and Dying Well National Advisory Group.

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