Thursday, 30 May 2013

The WWRL Newsletter for May 2013 is Now Available to Download

With the summer fast approaching it certainly looks like it will be a busy time of year for everyone in the Words Worth Reading Ltd team, and we are looking forward to the next few months ahead.

To get the latest news about business, healthcare, jobs, writing, student life, and to find out what the Words Worth Reading Ltd team have been up to this month, download this month's newsletter from our website by clicking here.

Friday, 24 May 2013

The Summer Reading Challenge 2013 Announced: Creepy House

The Reading Agency has announced the theme for their Summer Reading Challenge for Children, Creepy House. 

Children's reading can 'dip' during the summer holidays. The Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 11, to help get children into libraries to keep working on their reading skills, by reading six books during the long holiday. 

There is a different theme each year, but children can choose to read what ever they like, fiction books, non-fiction, joke books, picture books or audio books, as long as they are borrowed from the library. The challenge is open to all children, no matter what their reading ability. They can earn stickers and a certificate when they have completed the challenge. 

This year, children can explore The Creepy House theme through books borrowed from their local libraries. It is hoped that this year's theme will be a great adventure for children without being too scary, and that the theme will appeal to a wide age range and to both genders. 

The Creepy House theme has been illustrated by Chris Riddell, an award winning illustrator, it looks set to be an exciting summer. 

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge and how to get involved, follow this link.

If you have an idea for a children's book, our experienced team at Words Worth Reading Ltd can help get you started and get you published. 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Labour calls for better teaching standards in FE Colleges

Labour calls for better teaching standards in Further Education Colleges in England.

Advisors to Labour are demanding that teaching staff in Further Education should have at least good GCSE grades in English and Maths, and there is a call for all teachers of vocational subjects to spend time each year in industry.

Figures from the Association of Colleges show there are many more 16 to 18 year-olds studying in FE colleges than in state school sixth forms. The report, set out by Labour shadow ministers Stephen Twigg and Chuka Umunna, argues that Further Education colleges are important for providing skills, but there is a need for higher standards of teaching.

Unions however, have warned that these changes cannot be done cheaply and Labour would need to commit funds to make these kinds of improvements. 
Record numbers of young people are not working or in education and politicians are right to be looking to improve education to solve this problem. Union representatives have said FE colleges should have the "significant investment" that has supported teaching in schools, which would allow college staff to spend more time on secondments to industry.
If you are a student and would like help editing your coursework or essays, check out the editorial services we offer. 

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

NICE criticise the NHS for the poor use of IV drips

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have said hospital patients' lives are being put at risk by NHS staff's poor attention to intravenous drip care. 

Data gathered by the National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths (NCEPOD) suggests as many as one in five patients on intravenous (IV) fluids have complications or die because of inappropriate administration. 

The risks arise, either due to lack of training about the correct levels of fluid needed or because staff are overstretched and cannot give patients the care they need. NICE are now launching draft guidelines to remedy this. 

The new guidelines on fluid management address the concerns that have been highlighted in reports made by the NCEPOD over the past 10 years. They are a welcome move that will support healthcare staff provide good quality care to patients in need of IV fluids. 

If you are a healthcare professional and would like help with national guidance and writing documentation, visit us at Words Worth Reading Ltd to find out more about the services we offer. 
Source: BBC News
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How do you choose your next book? A Literary Death Match...

Last night, London's Hospital Club in Covent Garden played host to the Literary Death Match. Four authors fight it out in front of three judges in two rounds and one final to be crowned winner!

Each episode is played out in different places, where four emerging writers have seven minutes to perform and convince the star judges that their book is best. The two finalists then compete in the Literary Death Match finale.

The organisers of the Literacy Death Match, self-named "lit-nerds" aim to bring a new and innovative way of presenting text off of the page. Their ultimate aim is to take Literary Death Matches all over the world. 

If you would like to find out where the Literacy Death Match is going next, or to purchase tickets, you can find all the information on the LDM website

Do you have an idea for a book or want to get your script published? Words Worth Reading Ltd can help, we have a range of services for writers, no matter what stage of the writing process you are at. 

Image: Average Jane, Flickr

Thursday, 9 May 2013

The Investigation Into Care at Basildon Hospital Began This Week

This week saw the investigation begin into death rates at Basildon University Hospital. The Hospital is being inspected as part of the Keogh Review into potential failings at 14 hospital trusts after the inquiry at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.
Basildon University Hospital had 3,186 deaths between between April 2010 and April 2012. Between October 2010 and October 2012, there were 544 more deaths than expected. About 200 families have taken legal action against the hospital so far.
Dan Chapple founded campaign group Cure the NHS Basildon in March after the death from a brain haemorrhage of his mother, whom he says was not diagnosed in time. The Campaigners have met with inspectors this week to discuss the problems. Chapple has said: "I am not trying to villainise everyone at the hospital, I am trying to bring out the people who are bad and hopefully put an end to it."
Basildon Hospital has assured the public that a great deal of work has already taken place and more is under way to achieve consistently high standards of care, including the introduction of a trust-wide quality and safety turnaround programme.

If you are a health care professional and would like help meeting the CQC Essential Standards, visit us at Words Worth Reading Ltd to find out more about our consultancy services. 
Source: BBC News
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