ACAP Scotland Conference
1st Novermber 2013 ( Details to follow)
Advanced Practice Forum
"Human embryonic stem cells created from adult tissue for first time," The Guardian reports, while the Daily Mail's front page leads with the somewhat fanciful warning that new research raises the "spectre of cloned babies".
These headlines are based on newly published research into the use of a technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) as part of embryonic stem cell research. It should be noted that no babies were born as a result of this research, and the researchers had no intention of producing a live cloned human being.
SCNT involves taking donated egg cells from women and removing their genetic material. These are then fused with human cells – in this case skin cells – and the fused cell begins behaving in a similar way to an embryo by producing human stem cells.
This research is the first time the technique has been successful using human cells.
When these stem cells were tested, researchers found that the cells were able to develop into other types of cells in a manner similar to that seen in stem cells derived directly from embryos.
The researchers say that this could have exciting implications. The technique could potentially be used to take skin cells from a patient to create "personalised" stem cells. The resulting stem cells could then possibly be used to repair damaged tissue, or even treat genetic conditions.
A study that you probably won’t be reading in your daily paper or favourite news website anytime soon casts serious doubts on the reliability of mainstream medical and health journalism.
The study found that 51% of news items reporting on medical trials – specifically on randomised controlled trials (RCTs), which are seen as the gold standard in judging whether a treatment is effective or safe – were subject to “spin”.
To spin information is to distort the true picture to fulfil an agenda, often by presenting information in way that creates a positive or favourable impression.
The researchers defined spin for the purposes of the study as “specific reporting strategies (intentional or unintentional) emphasising the beneficial effect of the experimental treatment”.
During 2013/14 NES are holding a series of one day workshops entitled "Educating for Patient Safety" at various locations throughout Scotland. Included in the Programme of the Day (see sample attached) are presentations on Human Factors, Decision Making and Team Working. We are looking for locally based expert volunteers who would be willing to facilitate these interactive sessions.
ACAP are always keen to hear what our members & web users have to say. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to have your words, experiences and ideas put down on paper.
Next ACAP conference:
Date: 1st November 2013
Venue: Grand Central Hotel Glasgow
Programme: to follow
Please see letter below which may be of interest to you.
Welch Allyn UK Ltd.
Bucks HP22 4ND
Tel: 020 7365 6780
Fax: 020 7365 9694
Mrs R Moore
Scottish Government Health Directorates
Scottish Executive, St Andrews House
2 Regent Road
16th April 2013
Dear Mrs R Moore
Put Scottish Government Health Directorates in the limelight!
It is my pleasure to introduce the National Award for Nurses "Pioneers of Care".
The award supported by Welch Allyn is designed to recognise trailblazing nurses who have advanced
frontline care. We are seeking Nurses who have gone out of their way to work effectively, efficiently and
empathetically with their patients and have introduced new techniques to solve problems and help
A prestigious judging panel has been assembled consisting of health joumalists Lucy Elkins from the
Daily Mail, Liz Hollis from the Times along with Professor Steve Ersser, Dean and Professor of Nursing
and Dermatology Care at the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull. Together they will
judge the entries to decide who will win this coveted award.