Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management: NICE guideline [NG80] – NICE

This guideline covers diagnosing, monitoring and managing asthma in adults, young people and children. It aims to improve the accuracy of diagnosis, help people to control their asthma and reduce the risk of asthma attacks. It does not cover managing severe asthma or acute asthma attacks. The investment and training required to implement the guideline will take time. In the meantime, primary care services should implement what they can of the recommendations, using currently available approaches to diagnosis until the infrastructure for objective testing is in place.

Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management: NICE guideline [NG80]
Asthma: diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management: NICE guideline [NG80]
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National Data Guardian for Health and Care 2017 report: Impact and influence for patients and service users – National Data Guardian

The National Data Guardian (NDG) has published a report looking back over the three years since the creation of the role and describing future priorities. It sets out a clear case for the independent advice and challenge the role provides to ensure that confidential data collected by the NHS and social care services is properly safeguarded and used appropriately to improve care.

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Enhanced health in care homes: learning from experiences so far – The King’s Fund

This report draws on published literature about joining up and co-ordinating care homes and health services. It also draws on interviews with a range of providers, local authorities and CCGs. It aims to help care homes and NHS providers (including GPs), local authorities and CCGs who are thinking through how to join up and co-ordinate services locally and how to manage the complexities involved.

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The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030 – Nesta

This report maps out how employment is likely to change in the future – including the implications for skills – and anticipates a number of new occupations.  The report finds:

  • Around one-tenth of the workforce are in occupations that are likely to grow as a percentage of the workforce and round one-fifth are in occupations that will likely shrink.
  • Education, healthcare, and wider public sector occupations are likely to grow while some low-skilled jobs, in fields like construction and agriculture, are less likely to suffer poor labor market outcomes than has been assumed in the past.
  • The report highlights the skills that are likely to be in greater demand in the future, which include interpersonal skills, higher-order cognitive skills, and systems skills.
  • It also identifies how the skills make up of different occupations can be altered to improve the odds that they will be in higher demand in the future.
The Future Of Skills Employment In 2030
The Future Of Skills Employment In 2030
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Tax design in the alcohol market: (IFS Working Paper W17/28) – Institute for Fiscal Studies

Paper from the Institute of Fiscal Studies on the impact of corrective tax use in the alcohol market to identify if it can lead to harm reduction in the use of alcohol.  The report concludes that highest gains come from models which concentrate on heavy consumers of alcohol.

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Young people and gambling 2017: A research study among 11-16 year olds in Great Britain – Gambling Commission

This report explores the gambling behaviours of young people aged between 11-16 years old in England, Scotland and Wales. It finds:

  • 12% of 11-16 year olds that have gambled in the last week (as at December 2017)
  • 80% of 11-16 year olds that have seen gambling advertising on TV (as at December 2017)
  • 0.9%  of 11-16 year olds that are defined as problem gamblers (as at December 2017)
  • 15% of boys that have gambled in the last week
  • 7% of girls that have gambled in the last week
  • 11% of 11-16 year olds that have played gambling style games
  • 10% of 11-16 year olds that follow gambling companies on social media

This information is used alongside sales and other information to assess trends in illegal underage gambling.

Young people and gambling 2017: A research study among 11-16 year olds in Great Britain
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Ambulance Response Programme (ARP) Impact Assessment – South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit

The Ambulance Response Programme (ARP) aims to improve patient outcomes and increase the operational efficiency of ambulance service provision.  This impact assessment provides evidence that the Ambulance Response Programme (ARP) delivers operational efficiency, financial efficiency in terms of cost avoidance and potential improvements to clinical outcomes.

Ambulance Response Programme (ARP) Impact Assessment
Ambulance Response Programme (ARP) Impact Assessment
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A brief guide to Section 136 for Emergency Departments – Royal College of Emergency Medicine

This guide outlines the process to be followed when police bring a person to the Emergency Department under a section136 of the Mental Health Act and the responsibilities of the different agencies caring for the person.  It notes the main change detailed is a reduction in duration of the section from 72 hrs to 24 hours. Under 18s are no longer allowed to be taken to a police cell and adults will only be taken to a police cell under certain circumstances. Police are also required to consult a mental health professional before applying a section 136 where possible.

A brief guide to Section 136 for Emergency Departments
A brief guide to Section 136 for Emergency Departments
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Leaving hospital: Briefing on discharge from mental health inpatient services – MIND

Briefing on standards that those being discharged from Hospital hospital, after a mental health crisis, should expect out in terms of planning and follow up.  However, despite examples of excellent practice that show what can be done, MIND have  heard from hundreds of people whose experience does not measure up.  This briefing gives examples of good practice.

Leaving hospital: Briefing on discharge from mental health inpatient services
Leaving hospital: Briefing on discharge from mental health inpatient services
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Mental Health Act: A focus on restrictive intervention reduction programmes in inpatient mental health services – Care Quality Commission

This resource that shares examples of good practice around reducing the use of restrictive practices. These practices include the use of restraint, seclusion and rapid tranquilisation. They also include wider practices: for example, preventing a patient from accessing outdoor space.

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Addressing ambulance handover delays: actions for local accident and emergency delivery boards – NHS England and NHS Improvement

Advice for ambulance trusts and A&E delivery boards on what action to take during busy periods and should ambulances begin to queue. This aims to help reduce delays in handover of patients from ambulance services to emergency departments. It draws on the main points from recent guidance documents, and separates them into actions to be embedded as part of normal working practice, and actions to be taken should ambulances begin to queue.

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Out in the cold: Lung disease, the hidden driver of NHS winter pressure – British Lung Foundation

British Lung Foundation report that identifies a failure to address a predictable and obvious seasonal variation in respiratory admissions is at the heart of our A&E winter crisis. It demonstrates this annual fluctuation has consistently repeated over the last 7 years. Yet many hospitals have failed to adapt their services to cope with the surge in respiratory admissions.

Out in the cold: Lung disease, the hidden driver of NHS winter pressure
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Mental health services for post-16 students in England: (Briefing Paper 8163) – House of Commons Library

House of Commons Library briefing that outlines recent studies on the mental health of students, Government mental health policy for students, support in further and higher education providers, the legal duties of providers and discusses issues raised. It finds that young adults aged 16–24 today are more likely than previous generations of young adults to experience mental health issues and the numbers of students reporting mental ill health is increasing.

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Rising to the Challenge: Stroke care received between April 2016 to March 2017: The Fourth SSNAP Annual Report – Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme

Audit highlighting the improvements made in stroke care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the past four years. Using real world quality improvement  case studies, it outlines the different approaches taken by local teams to improve their stroke services across the patient pathway; what was the challenge faced? What was the solution? What impact did the QI project have on care processes? The report also offers practical tips and recommendations on how other clinical teams could adapt similar QI approaches to improve the care provided to their patients in the future.

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Psychosocial pathways and health outcomes: Informing action on health inequalities – Public Health England

Unequal distribution of the social determinants of health, such as education, housing and employment, drives inequalities in physical and mental health. There is also extensive evidence that ‘psychosocial’ factors, such as work stress, influence health and wellbeing. This report highlights the current evidence that exists about the relationships between social determinants, psychosocial factors and health outcomes. It also provides a conceptual framework that focuses on the psychosocial pathways between factors associated with social, economic and environmental conditions, psychological and psychobiological processes, health behaviours and mental and physical health outcomes.

Public Health In Europe During The Austerity Years: A Research Report From ILC-UK – International Longevity Centre

International Longevity Centre report looking at the impact of austerity on public health. It demonstrates progress on a number of key health indicators has stalled, including life expectancy and mortality rates.In addition levels of subjective health have fallen among young people aged 15–24 across Europe, and in all age-groups in the UK.

Public Health In Europe During The Austerity Years: A Research Report From ILC-UK
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Ignoring the alarms: How NHS eating disorder services are failing patients – Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Reports on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s investigation that found that Averil Hart’s death from anorexia would have been avoided if the NHS had cared for her appropriately. It highlights five areas of focus to improve eating disorder services.

  1. General Medical Council (GMC) should conduct a review of training for all junior doctors on eating disorders to
    improve understanding of these complex mental health conditions.
  2. Health Education England (HEE) should review how its current education and training can address the gaps in provision of eating disorder specialists. If necessary HEE should consider how the existing workforce can be further trained and used more innovatively to improve capacity. It should also look at how future workforce planning might support the increased provision of specialists in this field.
  3. The Department of Health and NHS and availability of adult eating disorder services to achieve parity with child and adolescent services.
  4. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence should consider including coordination in its new Quality Standard for eating disorders to help bring about urgent improvements in this area.
  5. Both NHS Improvement and NHS England have a leadership role to play in supporting local NHS providers and commissioners to conduct and learn from serious incident investigations. NHSE and NHSI should use the forthcoming Serious Incident Framework review to clarify their respective oversight roles in relation to serious incident investigations. They should also set out what their role would be in circumstances where local NHS organisations are failing to work together to establish what has happened and why, so that lessons can be learnt.
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Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration remit letter – Department of Health

Letter from the Seretary of State for Health setting out the remit from the Department of Health to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) for the pay round for financial year 2018 to 2019.

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NHS Pay Review Body remit letter – Department of Health

Letter from the Seretary of State for Health setting out the remit from the Department of Health to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) for the pay round for financial year 2018 to 2019.

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A framework for mental health research – Department of Health

This framework provides a collective view of how mental health research should develop in the UK over the next decade. It sets out a structure to improve co-ordination and strengthen the focus on areas where mental health research is likely to translate into significant health benefit.

A Framework For Mental Health Research
A Framework For Mental Health Research
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