Air Pollution: Meeting Nitrogen Dioxide Targets: (Briefing Paper Number 8179) – House of Commons Library

Despite the trend in falling total UK emissions of air pollutants, concerns remain about pollutants in urban areas in particular; their impacts on lifelong health; and the UK Government’s failure to meet legally binding EU air quality targets. This brief primarily covers the

Managing automation: Employment, inequality and ethics in the digital age – Institute for Public Policy Research

Discussion paper from the Institute for Public Policy Research that argues that public policy should seek to accelerate automation to reap the productivity benefits, while building new institutions to ensure the dividends of technological change are broadly shared. It suggests that

State Of The Sector 2017: Beyond The Tipping Point – Recovery Partnership

Report from the Recovery Partnership that interviews key stakeholders in alcohol and substance misuse services highlighting their experiences in the sector, current concerns and thoughts for the future.  It identifies; The potential of the sector to absorb funding cuts through

Admissions of inequality: emergency hospital use for children and young people – Nuffield Trust

Does a child’s socioeconomic background affect rates of admissions to hospital for common conditions such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy? Finds that while there has been progress in reducing the rate of emergency admissions for the most deprived children, a stubborn

Lung cancer clinical outcomes publication 2017 (for surgical operations performed in 2015) – Royal College of Physicians and The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland

The clinical outcomes publication is an NHS England initiative, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), to publish quality measures at unit level and the level of individual consultant doctor using national clinical audit and administrative data. The following

National Prostate Cancer Audit: Annual Report 2017 Results of the NPCA Prospective Audit in England and Wales for men diagnosed from 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016 – National Prostate Cancer Audit

National Prostate Cancer Audit annual report presenting national demographic information on patients diagnosed with prostate cancer, key aspects of the diagnostic and staging process they underwent and treatments received.  It describes variation in disease presentation across providers and presents performance

The Department of Health’s Remit for NHS Improvement [Letter] – Department of Health

The NHS Improvement remit letter for 2017 to 2018 sets out the strategic objectives for the organisation around: NHS budget delivery of safe, high quality care NHS operational performance alignment with the Five Year Forward View NHS leadership The letter

Screening Quality Assurance visit report: NHS Cervical Screening Programme North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust – Public Health England

Executive summary of quality assurance (QA) visit to North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust’s cervical screening service on 3 October 2017.  Quality assurance (QA) aims to maintain national standards and promote continuous improvement in abdominal aortic aneurysm screening. This is to ensure

Screening Quality Assurance visit report: NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme Somerset and North Devon – Public Health England

Executive summary of quality assurance (QA) visit to Somerset and North Devon abdominal aortic aneurysm screening programme held on 6 July 2017. Quality assurance (QA) aims to maintain national standards and promote continuous improvement in abdominal aortic aneurysm screening. This is to ensure

Making obesity everybody’s business: A whole systems approach to obesity – Local Government Association

Briefing in cojunction with Public Health England that outlines the Whole Systems Obesity programme which will provide local authorities with a different approach to tackling obesity. The programme is exploring the evidence and local practice to develop guidance and tools to help councils

Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Care – NHS England

This document provides practical guidance to Local Maternity Systems on how to improve their services so that women experience continuity in the clinicians providing their maternity care.

LAC (DH)(2017) 2: Public Health Ring-Fenced Grant 2018/19 – Department of Health

Local Authority Circular detailing public health allocations to local authorities for improving local population health and the conditions for using the money. The local authorities in Greater Manchester piloting the business rates retention will not receive grant from the government and

UK Public Health Resistance Alert: Salmonella Typhi resistant to third generation cephalosporins isolated in England from a traveller returning from Pakistan – Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland

In December 2017, Public Health Englands’s Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections reference unit issued an alert urging public health laboratories to screen all presumptive isolates of S. Typhi and S. Paratyphi for resistance to third-generation cephalosporins and to refer

Autism spectrum disorder in under 19s: recognition, referral and diagnosis: Clinical guideline [CG128] – NICE

This guideline covers recognising and diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in children and young people from birth up to 19 years. It also covers referral. It aims to improve the experience of children, young people and those who care for them. In

Atrial fibrillation and heart valve disease: self-monitoring coagulation status using point of care coagulometers (the CoaguChek XS system): Diagnostics guidance [DG14] – NICE

NICE has assessed 2 point-of care coagulometers to help the NHS decide whether to use these products. They are called CoaguChek XS and InRatio2 PT/INR. The INRatio2 PT/INR was withdrawn from the market in October 2016 and is not currently

Transvaginal mesh repair of anterior or posterior vaginal wall prolapse: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG599]

Evidence-based recommendations on transvaginal mesh repair of anterior or posterior vaginal wall prolapse. This involves inserting a mesh to replace tissue that has weakened and caused the pelvic organs to drop down (prolapse) into the vagina. This guidance replaces NICE interventional

Endobronchial valve insertion to reduce lung volume in emphysema: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG600] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on endobronchial valve insertion to reduce lung volume in emphysema. This involves placing small one-way valves in some airways leading to damaged parts of the lungs. This guidance replaces NICE interventional procedures guidance on insertion of endobronchial valves for

Transcutaneous microwave ablation for severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG601] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on transcutaneous microwave ablation for severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis in adults. This involves using microwaves to destroy sweat glands in the armpit.