Commissioning impact on drug treatment: The extent to which commissioning structures, the financial environment and wider changes to health and social welfare impact on drug misuse treatment and recovery – Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs that finds that drug and alcohol treatment appears to be facing a disproportionate decrease in resources, likely to reduce treatment penetration and the quality of treatment in England. This situation

Safeguarding Adults Review: Mendip House – Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board

Report identifying critical learning arising from practices which did not identify or act on evidence of bullying at Mendip House, a dwelling for six adults with autism with a staff team of 26 (excluding those on zero hours contracts). Mendip House was one

Guidance on menopause and the workplace – Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians

Offers employers practical guidance on how to improve workplace environments for women undergoing the menopause and latest information on how menopause affects some women at work.  It is also aimed at women who are experiencing the menopause for information.

Report of the Task and Finish Working Group on Brain Tumour Research – Task and Finish Working Group on Brain Tumour Research

Report that identifies that additional research is needed and funders stand ready to invest more in brain tumour research.  It finds: An effective way of growing research capacity and capability at all career stages, including senior research leadership, is to establish dedicated

Poverty in Northern Ireland 2018: Briefing – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation briefing on poverty in Northern Ireland it finds: Poverty in Northern Ireland is slightly lower than in England or Wales, but it is higher than in Scotland. Poverty among pensioners has fallen considerably over the last decade. Families

Home from home?: A case study of first year settlement experiences of EU nurses working in one NHS Trust – University of Wolverhampton Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing

Report that finds that EU nurses are initially unable to use their advanced skills and unprepared for the social environment in the UK. It calls for the scope of their practice and anticipated duties to be made transparently clear to

Mapping of specialist primary health care services in England for people who are homeless – King’s College London Social Care Workforce Research Unit and The Policy Institute at King’s

Findings of a systematic mapping exercise across England of specialist primary health care services for single people who are homeless. The mapping exercise was part of a larger study that is in progress which is examining the integration, effectiveness and

Supporting older people with hearing loss in care settings: A guide for managers and staff – Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss guide to help staff working in longer-term care settings provide high-quality care and support to older people with hearing loss. It is written for care home managers, and the accompanying information sheets are for both managers and

Heavy menstrual bleeding: assessment and management: Clinical guideline [CG44] – NICE

Updated clinical guideline from 2007 covers assessing and treating heavy menstrual bleeding. It aims to help healthcare professionals offer the right treatments to women with heavy periods (menorrhagia) that affect their quality of life, taking into account the woman’s individual

PleurX peritoneal catheter drainage system for vacuum-assisted drainage of treatment-resistant, recurrent malignant ascites: Medical technologies guidance [MTG9] – NICE

Updated evidence-based recommendations on PleurX for vacuum-assisted drainage of treatment-resistant, recurrent malignant ascites. This guidance has been updated to include a review of the cost model using more recent values. New evidence and updated costs identified during the guidance review

MiraQ for assessing graft flow during coronary artery bypass graft surgery: Medical technologies guidance [MTG8] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on MiraQ for assessing graft flow during coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Having originally been developed to make recommendations on the use of VeriQ, this guidance has been updated to make recommendations on the use of a follow-on

Aortic valve reconstruction with processed bovine pericardium: Interventional procedures guidance [IPG604] – NICE

Evidence-based recommendations on aortic valve reconstruction with processed bovine pericardium. This involves replacing a damaged aortic valve with a new valve made from chemically treated cow pericardium.

Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor to detect atrial fibrillation after cryptogenic stroke: Medtech innovation briefing [MIB141] – NICE

The technology described in this briefing is Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) with CareLink service for detecting suspected asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) after cryptogenic stroke. The innovative aspects are: a proprietary AF detection algorithm, which is designed to reduce false positive detections; small

Coban 2 for venous leg ulcers: Medtech innovation briefing [MIB140] – NICE

Medical innovation bulletin on Coban 2 compression bandage for venous leg ulcers. The innovative aspect is that it is thinner than 4‑layer bandages. This aims to improve mobility and convenience. The intended place in therapy would be as an alternative to current compression bandages in

Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV in England: A guide to local and national data (Revised December 2017) – Public Health England

Updated guidance to help health professionals including local government, service providers and commissioners understand the sexual health data that is available across England and how the data can be accessed. It includes data collected by Public Health England and other

A guide to support maternity safety champions – NHS Improvement

This guide for champions at the frontline, trust board and regional levels outlines broad role descriptions and responsibilities, and suggests activities to promote best practice – recognising that these will develop. It also signposts existing safety initiatives and improvements that

Social care: care home market – structure, issues, and cross-subsidisation (England): (Briefing Paper Number 8003) – House of Commons Library

This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers the current structure of the care home market in England, as well as issues facing the sector and how private clients (“selffunders”) tend to pay more than local authority funded residents (known as “crosssubsidisation”).

Fit and proper persons regulations in the NHS: What do providers need to know? – NHS Providers

Briefing from NHS Providers detailing practical suggestions for how trusts can ensure their policies and procedures comply with the fit and proper persons regulations (FPPR), as well as meet the expectations of the Care Quality Commission’s regulatory approach. It also highlights