UK Hospitals Struggle; Tougher Rules Eyed to Fight Variant
By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British officials are considering tougher coronavirus restrictions as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients surpasses the first peak of the outbreak in the spring. Authorities are blaming a new, more transmissible variant of the virus, first identified in southeast England, for the soaring infection rates. An area home to almost half of the people in England is under tight restrictions on movement and everyday life in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Nonessential shops are shut along with gyms and swimming pools, indoor socializing is barred and r...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 29, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus COVID-19 United Kingdom Source Type: news

UK Hospitals Struggle; Tougher Rules Eyed to Fight Variant
By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British officials are considering tougher coronavirus restrictions as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients surpasses the first peak of the outbreak in the spring. Authorities are blaming a new, more transmissible variant of the virus, first identified in southeast England, for the soaring infection rates. An area home to almost half of the people in England is under tight restrictions on movement and everyday life in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Nonessential shops are shut along with gyms and swimming pools, indoor socializing is barred and r...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 29, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus COVID-19 United Kingdom Source Type: news

UK Hospitals Struggle; Tougher Rules Eyed to Fight Variant
By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British officials are considering tougher coronavirus restrictions as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients surpasses the first peak of the outbreak in the spring. Authorities are blaming a new, more transmissible variant of the virus, first identified in southeast England, for the soaring infection rates. An area home to almost half of the people in England is under tight restrictions on movement and everyday life in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Nonessential shops are shut along with gyms and swimming pools, indoor socializing is barred and r...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 29, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus COVID-19 United Kingdom Source Type: news

UK Hospitals Struggle; Tougher Rules Eyed to Fight Variant
By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British officials are considering tougher coronavirus restrictions as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients surpasses the first peak of the outbreak in the spring. Authorities are blaming a new, more transmissible variant of the virus, first identified in southeast England, for the soaring infection rates. An area home to almost half of the people in England is under tight restrictions on movement and everyday life in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Nonessential shops are shut along with gyms and swimming pools, indoor socializing is barred and r...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 29, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus COVID-19 United Kingdom Source Type: news

UK Hospitals Struggle; Tougher Rules Eyed to Fight Variant
By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British officials are considering tougher coronavirus restrictions as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients surpasses the first peak of the outbreak in the spring. Authorities are blaming a new, more transmissible variant of the virus, first identified in southeast England, for the soaring infection rates. An area home to almost half of the people in England is under tight restrictions on movement and everyday life in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Nonessential shops are shut along with gyms and swimming pools, indoor socializing is barred and r...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 29, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus COVID-19 United Kingdom Source Type: news

UK Hospitals Struggle; Tougher Rules Eyed to Fight Variant
By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British officials are considering tougher coronavirus restrictions as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients surpasses the first peak of the outbreak in the spring. Authorities are blaming a new, more transmissible variant of the virus, first identified in southeast England, for the soaring infection rates. An area home to almost half of the people in England is under tight restrictions on movement and everyday life in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Nonessential shops are shut along with gyms and swimming pools, indoor socializing is barred and r...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 29, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus COVID-19 United Kingdom Source Type: news

Reviewing a decade of research into suicide and related behaviour using the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) System - Bittar A, Velupillai S, Downs J, Sedgwick R, Dutta R.
Suicide is a serious public health issue worldwide, yet current clinical methods for assessing a person's risk of taking their own life remain unreliable and new methods for assessing suicide risk are being explored. The widespread adoption of electronic h... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Join the Society's National Obesity Database Steering Committee
Applications are open for the Society for EndocrinologyNational Obesity Database Steering Committee. The Society, in partnership with Somerset NHS Foundation trust has been awarded a Novo Nordisk Healthcare Organisation Grant to develop, set up and rollout a Tier 3 National Obesity Database. The steering committee Chaired by Professor John Wass will meet up to 3 times a year (initially for a 3 year period) to:Oversee the database study management group to ensure that the database is developed, set up and rolled out to Tier 3 NHS services on time.Sign off on the yearly annual report.Deter...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 16, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Lessons learned in staff engagement during COVID-19, NHS Employers
In this case study, we explore how Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has modified its local tools to gain feedback from staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Board go-ahead for merger to create UK’s largest trust
The merger of two foundation trusts to create the UK’s largest healthcare provider was approved. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination deployment strategy and operational readiness, NHS England
Letter to Chief Executives of all NHS trusts and foundation trusts from Emily Lawson and Sue Harriman on the COVID-19 vaccination programme setting out what the NHS and Government will provide nationally, and what we expect the NHS working with local government and other partners locally to deliver. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supporting and developing community end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic: an example of collaborative working, Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust
Summary on how a local health economy used NICE rapid Covid-19 guideline NG163 to support provision of end of life care in the local community, in order to ensure the service could continue to operate responsively and effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination deployment strategy and operational readiness
NHS England has written to chief executives of all NHS trusts and foundation trust about the COVID-19 vaccination deployment strategy and operational readiness. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 23, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Flexible working enablers in practice
Read how Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has committed to being a flexible employer and the actions they have undertaken to achieve this, framed under the key enablers to flexible working. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Staff engagement during COVID-19, NHS Employers
This case study from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust describes how it adapted its staff engagement methods to meet the challenges of engaging during COVID-19. The trust implemented a weekly survey combining real time feedback and using free text comments. This informed decision-making and helped sustain motivation during the challenge of COVID. The survey included fixed questions on key issues and staff could also share free text comments. This enabled staff to share their feelings and raise issues. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

THIRD study finds that COVID-19 antibodies fade "very, very quickly," rendering vaccine useless
(Natural News) The third such study in recent days to make this suggestion, a new paper published by researchers from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ National Health Service Foundation Trust in London has determined that the antibodies developed after infection with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) only last a very short time, meaning any future vaccine for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trust becomes first to see a third of beds filled by covid patients during second wave
Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust has more than a third of its general and acute beds occupied by covid patients, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS data. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RPS welcomes spotlight on aseptic pharmacy
Jatinder Harchowal, Chair of the RPS Hospital Expert Advisory Group and Chief Pharmacist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, comments on the Government report on Transforming NHS Pharmacy Asept (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 3, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Covid-19: High risk patients who don't need immediate hospital attention to use pulse oximetry at home to spot serious deterioration, BMJ
NHS England is believed to have purchased around 200 000 pulse oximeters for the scheme, which clinical commissioning groups across England will be able to access. The initiative is set to be rolled out across the country over the next six weeks and is being led by Matthew Inada-Kim, national clinical lead for deterioration at NHS England and a consultant in acute and general medicine at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supporting staff who are shielding during COVID-19. NHS Employers
Read this case study and find out what Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust did to support staff that were shielding during COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Easy home cancer test means patients can avoid hospital for colonoscopies
(The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust) Findings from the largest international research study found that using FIT is almost 100% accurate at ruling out bowel cancer in patients with suspicious symptoms.During COVID, cancer diagnostics services were suspended and continue to be disrupted. Clinicians in London, along with NHS England, London region, agreed to rapidly implement the use of the same easy home test used in the bowel cancer screening programme, the FIT (faecal immunochemical test), to rule out cancer in people with suspected symptoms. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 23, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Chair of scandal-hit trust stepping down ‘to do more work in the Middle East’
The chair of troubled East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust is to step down next spring. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Providers deliver: resilient and resourceful through COVID-19, NHS Providers
This is the third report in the publication series in which we celebrate and promote the work of NHS trusts and foundation trusts in improving care for patients and service users. This time we are focusing on the response to COVID-19. The impact of the virus means in many ways the context for this series has changed dramatically, but the concept behind it has never been more relevant. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON fights to save award-winning hospital catering
Over 2,200 have signed a UNISON petition to stop North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust from outsourcing the award-winning catering service at Hitchingbrooke Hopsital. The hospital, which was named as one of the top 10 hospitals in the country for food, is set to have 70 roles put out to tender, including kitchen, linen and patient services. As reported in the Hunts Post, UNISON ran a webinar with health expert Dr John Lister. He claimed that “private companies will not be able to match the quality and level” of the outstanding service currently provided at the hospital. He concluded that “Outsourcing wil...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 9, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article eastern region health Source Type: news

Teaching trust CEO resigns to take up post as government adviser
Professor Marcel Levi will leave University College London Foundation Trust on 31 March next year after four years at the top of the institution. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

20-year research breakthrough offers new hope for breast cancer patients
(The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust) A new treatment for breast cancer patients with hormone receptor (HR+) early stage disease who are at a high risk of recurrence has been shown to reduce the risk by 25%, according to a study led by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 29, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Accuracy of commercial antibody kits for SARS-CoV-2 varies widely
(PLOS) There is wide variation in the performance of commercial kits for detecting antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), according to a study published September 24 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Jonathan Edgeworth and Blair Merrick of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Suzanne Pickering and Katie Doores of King's College London, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 24, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

NHS staff say ‘ #OneTeam2K ’ as they call for a pay rise
Health workers deserve more than applause for their efforts – not least during the coronavirus pandemic. That’s why, yesterday and today, staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics are holding socially distanced events and using social media to call for a proper pay rise. UNISON’s pay claim, which was delivered to Downing Street last month, would see every NHS employee receive an increase of at least £2,000 by the end of the year. This early wage increase – equivalent to around £1 an hour extra for all staff – could give ailing local economies a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article News #OneTeam2K Covid-19 health care nhs pay Source Type: news

NHS workers call on government to show its appreciation for them
Health staff across the UK – including nurses, paramedics, cleaners, domestics and porters – are beginning two days of campaigning today (Thursday) urging the government to give an early, significant pay rise of at least £2,000 to every worker in the NHS. Staff in UNISON branches based in NHS hospitals, ambulance stations and clinics will be using social media and taking part in socially distanced events to press home the message that health workers deserve much more than applause for their efforts during the pandemic. Health workers know the public backs an early NHS pay rise, but now want to s...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 17, 2020 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release NHS pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

NHS hospital in Bolton begs patients seeking Covid-19 tests to stay at home
The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said in a desperate message they are 'managing a high volume of patients who have arrived requesting a #Covid19 test'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Single trust accounts for one in three covid hospital deaths
A third of those who died with diagnosed or suspected covid-19 in English hospitals did so at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust in the seven days to 10 September. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Introducing our 2020 Leadership and Development Programme Awardees
We are excited to announce the 2020 Society Leadership and Development Awards Programme Awardees. This ambitious programme, pioneered by former Society President, Graham Williams, aims to recognise and nurture emerging talent in endocrinology, to help the Awardees become the future leaders of our discipline.  Clinical Academics Alexander Comninos, Imperial College LondonJulia Prague, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and University of ExeterPeter Taylor, Cardiff University and the University Hospital of WalesClinicians-in-PracticeSafwaan Adam, The Christie Hospital, ManchesterJ...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - September 7, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Prevention of suicide/self-harm in the context of COVID-19, NIHR
Please note all questions within each section are linked to each other and should be read in conjunction. Below each question is the weblink to the source of evidence to support the guidance recommendation. Readers can, of course, focus only on areas of interest, but we would suggest that you read the answers to all questions within a group as the answers complement and overlap with each other. The tables were created with input and guidance from Professor Keith Hawton (Professor of Psychiatry, Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford; Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust), Dr Alexandra Pit...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CQC steps in at troubled trust over covid infections
The Care Quality Commission has taken immediate enforcement action at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust citing “serious concerns” over patient safety. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Researchers extend recruitment to COVID-19 vaccine trial
Researchers at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW), North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) and the University of Bristol have begun a new round of recruitment to a clinical trial of a vaccine pioneered in the UK which could protect against COVID-19. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - August 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Press Release Source Type: news

Bronchitis can be treated with a 'flash-freeze' icy blast to the lungs in new 30 minute procedure
The RejuvenAir procedure is being offered as part of a trial at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Trust CEO subject to ‘fit and proper person’ review
The chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust is facing a fit and proper persons review following a critical employment tribunal hearing, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Whistleblower chief executive placed on extended leave
A joint director employed by a foundation trust and local authority has been put on ‘extended leave’ by the council, after warning elected members about alleged wrongdoing. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cochrane Acute and Emergency Care Network seeks Network Support Fellow
Contract: Fixed-term, 12 monthsHours: Full time, 37.5 per week (part time considered)Salary:  £31,365 - £37,890 per annum pro rata (dependent on experience)Position Closing: 20 August 2020Cochrane Acute and Emergency Care Network is seeking a Network Support Fellow. Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm a...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 6, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

HMRC strengthens grip on NHS tax bills after trust’s legal challenge fails
The NHS could face stronger enforcement over wrongly VAT claims after a foundation trust lost an unusual legal battle with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 30, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Public want  NHS staff to get early and significant pay rise
A majority of the public (69%) think all NHS staff should get an early pay rise before the end of this year, according to a UNISON/Savanta ComRes poll published today (Wednesday). The findings also highlight how two thirds (66%) of the public believe a wage increase for employees – including healthcare assistants, nurses, hospital porters, midwives, paramedics and cleaners – should be significant in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The results send a clear message to the government that there’s substantial public support for a new pay deal to be a...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 29, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release fair pay NHS Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Investigating the deaths of healthcare and social care workers who died after contracting coronavirus, NHS England (published 27th July 2020)
On 29 May 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care wrote to the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee to describe the process for medical examiner review of health and social care worker deaths from COVID-19. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued emergency Directions under Secretary of State powers conferred by section 253 of the National Health Service Act 2006. These require NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts to co-operate with each other and others providing NHS services to ensure that medical examiners are available to prioritise the scrutiny of health and social care...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus England: 10% July hospital deaths at Kent NHS trust
Some 37 patients died from coronavirus at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust last month - 10.8 per cent of the 340 Covid-19 deaths across England in July. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Webinar: How can the NHS best support staff wellbeing during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond?
The former chief executive of Salford Royal Foundation Trust spoke at an HSJ webinar on maintaining NHS staff wellbeing during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Immunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests
Exclusive: King ’s College London team found steep drops in patients’ antibody levels three months after infectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research suggesting the virus could reinfect people year after year, like common colds.In the first longitudinal study of its kind, scientists analysed the immune response of more than 90 patients and healthcare workers at Guy ’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust and found levels of antibodies that can destroy the v...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Science Health London Society UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Source Type: news

Sir David Dalton to speak at HSJ webinar on staff wellbeing
The former chief executive of Salford Royal Foundation Trust is to speak at an HSJ webinar on maintaining NHS staff wellbeing during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 9, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Guidance to NHS trusts, NHS Foundation trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the Cabinet Office procurement policy note, NHS England
Guidance to NHS trusts, NHS Foundation trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the Cabinet Office procurement policy note. Version 2, 3 July 2020, updated to reflect PPN04/20 – changes highlighted in yellow. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Turn appreciation and applause for NHS staff into  an early wage rise, say health unions
The government should build on the huge public support shown for the NHS during the pandemic by giving health workers across the UK an early pay rise, say health unions today (Friday). The 14 unions – representing more than 1.3 million nurses, cleaners, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, radiographers, porters, midwives, paramedics and other NHS employees – have written both to the Chancellor and the Prime Minister calling for pay talks to start soon so staff get a wage boost before the end of the year. In the letters, the unions – including UNISON, the Royal Col...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 3, 2020 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release coronavirus coronavirus health workers nhs pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news