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Adjunctive rifampicin for Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (ARREST): a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
This research article has led to a Practice Changing Update on DynaMed Plus. It concludes that adjunctive rifampicin may not reduce composite outcome of risk of treatment failure or disease recurrence and mortality in patients on active antibiotic treatment for S. aureus bacteremia. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Group A streptococcal infections: guidance and data
This Guidance and Data Collection covers the latest seasonal activity document inserted into the Epidemiology subgroup (2017/2018 season). It also includes the characteristics, diagnosis and management of group A streptococci infections. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emerging infections
This newly published collection covers the epidemiology, detection and assessment of emerging infections. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer Strategy
This debate pack outlines progress so far in implementing the cancer strategy and provides statistics on survival rates and the NHS cancer workforce. It also collates commentary and analysis from official, parliamentary and third sector organisations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Being overweight or having diabetes are both linked to cancer
This NIHR Signal finds that for western high-income countries such as the UK, an estimated 15% to 16% of cancers could be avoided by preventing diabetes, obesity or excess weight. Although the links between high BMI, diabetes and cancer have been known for some time, this study presents the first calculations of attributable risk for 175 countries. This represents the proportion of cancers that could be prevented if the risk factors were eliminated. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Glecaprevirpibrentasvir for treating chronic hepatitis C
These evidence-based recommendations on glecaprevir –pibrentasvir (Maviret) for treating chronic hepatitis C in adults were published in January 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sore throat (acute): antimicrobial prescribing
This new NICE Guidance was published in January 2018. It sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute sore throat. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Investigation into clinical correspondence handling in the NHS
In October 2017 NHS England informed the Committee of Public Accounts that it had discovered a backlog of 162,000 items of clinical correspondence that had not been redirected. NHS England stated that a small proportion of GPs had not been complying with guidance and had erroneously been sending clinical correspondence and other material to Capita, the current provider of primary care support services for NHS England. Capita has no contractual responsibility for redirecting clinical correspondence. This investigation sets out the facts around the backlog of unprocessed correspondence. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guidance on menopause and the workplace
This guidance pulls together the latest information on how menopause affects some women at work. It is aimed at women going through menopause and offers employers practical guidance on how to improve workplace environments for them. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Improving physical healthcare for people with severe mental illness in primary care: guidance for CCGs
This guidance highlights the responsibilities of CCGs to commission services that deliver comprehensive physical health assessments and follow up care to people on the severe mental illness register in primary care, addressing the premature mortality experienced by people with SMI compared to the general population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safeguarding adults review: Mendip House
A highly critical review of the care at Mendip House for people with autism provided by the National Autistic Society (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spatial competition and quality: evidence from the English family doctor market
Examined whether GP practices respond to local competition by increasing their quality. The research measures quality in terms of clinical performance and patient-reported satisfaction and uses a panel covering 8 years for over 8000 English general practices. Competition is measured by the number of rival doctors within a small distance. The research found that increases in local competition are associated with increases in clinical quality and patient satisfaction, particularly for practices with lower quality. However, the magnitude of the effect is small. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Falls prevention: cost-effective commissioning
A resource to help commissioners and communities provide cost-effective falls prevention activities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nursing student numbers: should we panic yet?
A blog looking at the impact of the withdrawal of bursaries for student nurses on recruitment to nursing degree courses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sexual and reproductive health in England: local and national data
Provides an overview of the information available on sexually transmitted infection (STIs), HIV, contraception, conception and abortion and where to access it. It is divided into indicators (used for tracking progress), detailed local information (collation and interpretation of local intelligence) and national resources (tables and reports). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The UTOPIA project: Using Telecare for Older People In Adult social care. The findings of a 2016-17 national survey of local authority telecare provision for older people in England
The report describes how electronic assistive technology and telecare are used by local authorities in England to support older people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sofosbuvirvelpatasvirvoxilaprevir for treating chronic hepatitis C
These new evidence-based recommendations on sofosbuvir –velpatasvir–voxilaprevir (Vosevi) for treating chronic hepatitis C in adults were published in February 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Royal Commission on the NHS: the remit
This report sets out how a Royal Commission can ensure the NHS delivers the best outcomes on a sustainable financial basis over the coming decades. It outlines what the remit and priorities of such a Commission should be. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making sense of integrated care systems, integrated care partnerships and accountable care organisations in the NHS in England.
This updated long read looks at work under these systems and at NHS England's proposals for an accountable care organisation contract. The author concludes that integrated care should be supported as it is the best hope for the NHS and its partners to provide services to meet the needs of the growing and ageing population (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using digital technology to improve the public's health: a guide for local authorities
This repor presents practical resources and a set of ten case studies demonstrating how local authorities can make use of digital technologies to improve public health. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

You have the right to choose where you receive NHS treatment
This infographic is intended to raise awareness of patient rights when choosing where to receive NHS care including rights to choose place of referral, to be referred to a different hospital if the wait is more than 2 weeks to see a specialist for suspected cancer and to be referred to a different hospital if the wait is more than 18 weeks for non-urgent treatment. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience
This guideline brings together new and existing WHO recommendations that, when delivered as a package, will ensure good-quality and evidence-based care irrespective of the setting or level of health care. It highlights the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labour and childbirth for women and their babies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Approaches to social care funding.
This working paper considers five approaches to funding social care for older people which reflect the solutions most commonly raised in the debate around social care funding. The paper sets out the implications of each of the funding options but does not make recommendations. It is the first publication of a wider project looking at social care funding with final reports due to be published in May. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Integrated care: what does it mean for commissioning?
This article looks at the risks and opportunities for commissioning as integrated care develops and evolves. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Promising approaches to living well with dementia
This report outlines a number of cost-effective interventions that can support people with dementia. It includes case studies of services and projects that support wellbeing and living well for people with dementia. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Housing for Older People Report
As a result of an inquiry into housing for older people the Communities and Local Government Committee has produced its report. The report supports the expansion of the FirstStop Advice Service currently led by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) and, recognising the link between housing and health, recommends the Government consider developing a national scheme to help older people in fuel poverty. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Communities and health
This explainer provides an overview of the different approaches to working with communities for health and illustrates the vital role that they have in improving health and wellbeing. It includes a reading list for further information (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products: evidence review
This review covers e-cigarette use among young people and adults, public attitudes, the impact on quitting smoking, an update on risks to health and the role of nicotine. It also reviews heated tobacco products. It updates PHE's previous report published in 2015. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using digital technology to improve the public's health
This report reflects a snapshot of how councils have been working with their partners – both public and private – to innovate and pilot new ways of working. Five years from now the picture will look very different again. That is the nature of the fast-changing world of digital technologies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Homeless adults with complex needs: Evidence review
The 2 External 0 0 0review false https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homeless-adults-with-complex-needs-evidence-review true false%> is aimed at local authorities and other stakeholders who are developing strategies and interventions to prevent homelessness and support adults with complex needs. It advises a system-wide, integrated approach to dealing with homelessness and identifies some tools and guidance which may be of use to local authorities in developing their work in this area. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supporting nurse mentors to reduce the barriers to implementing alcohol Interventions and Brief Advice (IBA) in primary care
This report outlines the findings of a project which aimed to reduce barriers to the implementation of alcohol IBA in primary care by providing expert support to nurse mentors. It finds evidence to show that providing greater support to nurse mentors increases the potential for reducing alcohol-related harm within existing resources (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evidence review: Adults with complex needs (with a particular focus on street begging and street sleeping)
This literature review looks at the evidence around efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness and associated adverse outcomes. It recommends a system-wide, integrated approach to dealing with homelessness and identifies some tools and guidance that may be of use to local authorities in developing their work in this area (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The ageing process and health
This briefing summarises the evidence on the biological basis of ageing and outlines the ways in which public health policy can support better health in later life (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Housing for older people
This report calls for a national strategy for older people's housing to bring together and improve policy in this area. It calls on the government to recognise the link between homes and health and social care in the forthcoming social care Green Paper (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthy homes: accommodating an ageing population
This report argues that creating more modified homes, which encourage older people to keep mentally and physically fit for longer, could help save the NHS and social care system billions of pounds each year. It calls on the government to introduce financial incentives for construction companies to build for older living. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stronger foundations: international lessons for the housing-with-care sector in the UK
This report discusses how the housing-with-care sector varies across countries and the current state of the sector in the UK. It focuses on three areas fundamental to the sector: legislation, financing and planning (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meeting the health and wellbeing needs of young carers
This set of case studies from the Local Government Association details work being done by local authorities in England to support young carers (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Labelling the point: towards better alcohol health information
This new report from the Royal Society for Public Health highlights the contribution that could be made by better alcohol labelling- and recommends a best-practice labelling scheme that could help raise awareness and reduce harm (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State of child health: England one year on
This report warns that the current fragmented approach to child health poses risks to the long-term health of the nation. While the report acknowledges progress in some areas, such as the digital child health strategy and the implementation of the sugar tax, it argues that there has been a lack of improvement in several fundamental areas. It highlights the public health cuts as a particular area for concern and argues that the cuts are disproportionately affecting children's services (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Don't be left in the dark: children and young people's mental health
This guide provides an overview of the challenges facing mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Getting It Right First Time programme: early views from the provider sector
This briefing explores trusts'perspectives on the Getting It Right First Time Programme and sets out recommendations for trusts and national bodies to help ensure the programme sets out realistic goals to improve efficiencies, deliver better patient care and reduce variation across clinical specialties. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Volunteering in general practice: Opportunities and insights
This paper explores how volunteers can provide support for the role of general practice, and the opportunities for organisations that currently support volunteering to work more closely with general practice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The adult social care workforce in England
This report considers the Department of Health& Social Care's role in overseeing the adult social care workforce and assesses whether the size and structure of the care workforce are adequate to meet users'needs for care in the face of financial challenges and a competitive labour market (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Perinatal mental health community services development fund wave 2
The purpose of the fund is to develop specialist perinatal mental health community services, and increase the availability of high quality interventions and support for women, their babies and families. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Carers in Employment
The 2 External 0 0 0 evaluation false https://www.scie.org.uk/carers/employment true false%> reports that, out of the nearly three thousand carers who took part, CiE sites said that they had supported nearly 60% to stay in work. It's hoped that the findings of the independent evaluation will make an important contribution to ensuring that carers'needs are reflected in future employment-related carer policy and practice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What would life be - without a song or a dance, what are we?
A holistic examination of the value and benefits of music for people with dementia, and steps which can be taken to ensure that everyone with dementia is able to access music. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In and out of hospital: how to stop avoidable admissions
This study proposes introducing automatic home assessments and other simple interventions for elderly and vulnerable people who are often admitted to hospital. The report contains analysis of first-hand accounts of frontline health and care workers who argue that there are too many missed opportunities to prevent many of these avoidable admissions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supporting the delivery of better care to patients living with frailty
This CLAHRC Wessex research is an analysis of educational needs of staff delivering four new care pathways to support frail individuals in a community setting: • Older Person's Assessment and Liaison Team OPAL: Salisbury (reduce avoidable admission) • Advanced Clinical Practitioners in Frailty: Southampton (enhance cross-sector working) • The Acute Frailty Intervention Team: Lymington (multidisciplinary community-based response ) • Integrated Care Hub and Elderly Care Service: Weymouth (proactive approach) The report includes very brief description of the models and contact details. (Source: Current Awa...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teenage pregnancy prevention framework
Guidance for local teenage pregnancy prevention programmes to help young people avoid unplanned pregnancies and develop healthy relationships. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Refreshing NHS Plans for 2018/19
NHS England are now using the term'Integrated Care System'as a collective term for both devolved health and care systems and for those areas previously designated as'shadow accountable care systems'. An Integrated Care System is where health and care organisations voluntarily come together to provide integrated services for a defined population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news