Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, DforE (updated 27th September 2021)
Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 27 September 2021Updated information about vaccinations for 12 to 17 year olds, asymptomatic testing, under-18s that were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and the end of the shielding programme. 27 August 2021Updated information on CO2 monitors in the'Control measures: Keep occupied spaces well ventilated'section. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19), DforE (updated 27th September 2021)
What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 27 September 2021Updated SEND and specialist settings guidance to align with changes to advice for those who were previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, remove out of date content, add advice on vaccines, and update information about remote education, dedicated transport, the contingency framework, testing, and the temporary education directive. Updated information on asymptomatic testing and contact tracing in the'rapid asymptomatic testing in specialist settings'guidance. 27 August ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits for children's homes, DforE (updated 27th September 2021)
Guidance on when to test children and staff, type of test that should be used, and how to order more tests. 27 September 2021Updated to confirm that staff and secondary school pupils should continue LFD testing at home, the actions settings should take following PCR test results, and that children who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable are no longer considered clinically extremely vulnerable. Also clarified how test kits can be reordered and that any queries should be directed to 119 NHS Test and Trace. 25 May 2021Updated with arrangements for rapid asymptomatic testing in children's homes, inclu...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, DforE (updated 27th September 2021)
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 27 September 2021 This guidance has been updated to reflect the September Review and ensure it is consistent with the changes to advice relating to those previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, remove out of date information relating to the 2020 to 2021 academic year, and update guidance on educational visits. 17 August 2021We have removed outdated term references, removed the guidance on routine vaccines and teething. The local outbreaks, mixing, tracing clo...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak, DforE (updated 27th September 2021)
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 27 September 2021We have updated the guidance on asymptomatic testing and accountability arrangements for this academic year. We've also updated the advice around clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and staff and added information on the vaccination of 12 to 17 year olds. 27 August 2021Updated information on CO2 monitors in the'Control measures: Keep occupied spaces well ventilated'section. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The OD practitioner and culture change: Provocations for organisations and systems
Culture, the patterns of beliefs and behaviours in our organisations and systems, when aligned to strategy, is a powerful force. Organisation development (OD) professionals and academics have explored the concept of culture for decades, suggesting many ways of influencing and improving it. Culture change has a core theme in OD practice in the NHS, particularly in the years since the Francis Report recommended fundamental change in culture is needed across the NHS. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE), DHSC (updated 27th September 2021)
Eligible health and social care providers can order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 27 September 2021Updated order limits for GPs, domiciliary care providers, residential care homes, pharmacies, dentists, orthodontists, optometrists, children's care homes and secure homes, residential special schools, and non-residential special schools (which conduct aerosol-generating procedures), community drug and alcohol services and residential drug and alcohol services. Removed'nitrile'from gloves for all providers. 18 May 2021Added information on small hand...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Building back cancer services in England, IPPR
This report discusses the disruptions to cancer services during Covid-19, estimating that delays in referrals during the first wave led to 19,500 missing cancer diagnoses. A new three-part cancer pledge is recommended: build capacity, harness innovation and better prevention. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccination: evidence of waning immunity is overstated, BMJ
The authors of this editorial argue that although boosters increase plasma antibody levels, their long-term effect on reducing infection, transmission and hospital admissions remains unknown, and robust clinical data are required to assess the need for additional doses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Characteristics of women who stop smoking in pregnancy
The results of this analysis can be used to inform population-level stop smoking campaigns aimed at women planning a pregnancy and to inform the targeting of stop smoking services for pregnant women. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibody and cellular therapies for treatment of covid-19: a living systematic review and network meta-analysis, BMJ
Findings include a reduced risk of hospitalisation in patients with non-severe disease randomised to casirivimab-imdevimab (risk difference −4.2%; moderate certainty). In seronegative patients with severe or critical Covid-19, casirivimab-imdevimab may reduce mortality. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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WHO updates Therapeutics and COVID-19: living guideline, WHO (updated 24th September 2021)
The sixth version of this guideline includes two new conditional recommendations regarding the use of a combination of the neutralizing monoclonal antibodies casirivimab and imdevimab (Ronapreve ® ). No updates to the previous existing recommendations have been made. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The R value and growth rate, UK Health Security Agency (updated 24th September 2021)
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). 24 September 2021The R range for England is 0.8 to 1.0 and the growth rate range for England is -3% to -1% per day as of 24 September 2021. 17 September 2021The R range for England is 0.9 to 1.1 and the growth rate range for England is -1% to +1% per day as of 17 September 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS COVID Pass, DHSC (updated 23rd September 2021)
How to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad and domestically at events and venues in England. 23 September 2021From 23 September, you will be able to store your NHS COVID Pass for international travel in Apple Wallet, even if your device is offline. 7 September 2021Updated the'Children'section: children under 18 do not have to demonstrate their COVID-19 status for entry to domestic events or venues in England. Children aged 16 or over can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel but should follow the entry requirements of the country they are travelling to. (Source: C...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, DHSC (updated 24th September 2021)
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government's minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. 24 September 2021Updated the general list of providers. 23 September 2021Updated the general list of providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person, PHE (updated 24th September 2021)
Guidance for contacts of a person with a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not live with that person. Update in this version (published 24th September 2021) – updated easy-read version. Update in version published 31st August 2021 – added translations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, PHE (updated 24th September 2021)
Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Update in this version (published 24th September 2021) – updated easy-read version. Update in version published 31st August 2021 – added translations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Care workers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities feel the need for soft skills training to accomplish better palliative care deliverance
This study2 aims to assess the perceived needs in PC training for DCWs of PWIDD and their training preferences, in order to develop a personalised training … (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patient and Family-Centred Care (PFCC) as an evidence-based framework for optimising the acute healthcare experiences of families of young people with autism
The healthcare of people with learning disabilities and autism has been the focus of increased attention in recent decades. This has been driven largely by evidence that this group experience a higher prevalence of physical and mental health complexities than the general population, whilst also being vulnerable to a range of health … (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supportive and palliative care services are beneficial for people affected by dementia
Over 20 million patients with dementia require palliative care every year.1 Palliative care addresses the holistic needs of patients with dementia, which may include unmet needs, practical aspects of care, social and psychological issues to ensure quality of life.1 It helps patients and families find their voices and express their healthcare needs by providing comfort care, symptom management … (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UEC Recovery 10 Point Action Plan Implementation guide, NHS England
This ten-point action plan demonstrates how the whole system will work together to recovery urgent and emergency services, focusing on the immediate and medium-term actions we can take collectively. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tracking progress on health and climate change in Europe
This paper presents the framework for the Lancet Countdown in Europe, which was established as a transdisciplinary research collaboration for monitoring progress on health and climate change in Europe, and developing region-specific indicators. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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First UK manufactured lateral flow devices deployed across England, DHSC (published 22nd September 2021)
Rapid COVID-19 tests made by SureScreen in Derbyshire are the first UK-made lateral flow device to get the green light for supervised testing. Rollout of SureScreen tests will support the testing of university students as they return to campuses and lecture theatres. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The recovery challenges for NHS hospital services, CQC (published 22nd September 2021)
This month's Insight report looks at how NHS trusts are planning for people's care while tackling a backlog of treatment caused by COVID-19 based on information obtained from 73 trusts from May and June 2021 asked about their approaches to managing longer waiting lists. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England (Contraception) 2020/21
There was 46% uptake of long acting reversible contraceptives, unchanged from previous year, 39% uptake of the contraceptive pill, down from 45% in 2014/15, and 45% fall in emergency contraceptive items provided by Sexual and Reproductive Health Services compared to 2019/20. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospital Outpatient Activity 2020-21, NHS Digital
In 2020-21, there were 101.9 million outpatient appointments, a decrease of 18.4% from previous year and 78.4 million outpatient attendances, a decrease of 18.7%from the previous year, reflecting the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIHR Alert: People with dementia need more involvement in decisions about their long-term care
Commentaries are provided for study covering 400 hours of observations and 46 interviews with 12 people with dementia, 16 family members,& 23 hospital staff, which found problems typically arose when staff had not involved patients& families in decisions soon after admission. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 - research evidence summaries, RCPCH (updated 21st September 2021)
In children, the evidence is now clear that COVID-19 is associated with a considerably lower burden of morbidity and mortality compared to that seen in the elderly. There is evidence of critical illness and death in children, but it is rare. There is also some evidence that children may be less likely to acquire the infection. The role of children in transmission, once they have acquired the infection, is unclear, although there is no clear evidence that they are any more infectious than adults. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, MHRA (updated 23rd September 2021)
Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen 23 September 2021Updated the patient information leaflet for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen 23 June 2021Published the Public Assessment Report for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, and a HTML summary of the report. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 9 September to 15 September 2021, DHSC (updated 23rd September 2021)
Experimental statistics on NHS Test and Trace since its launch on 28 May 2020. Includes reports on NHS Test and Trace (people tested and contact tracing) and rapid (lateral flow device) testing for people without symptoms. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, DHSC (updated 23rd September 2021)
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government's minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. 23 September 2021Updated the general list of providers. 22 September 2021Updated the general list of providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus Act report: September 2021, DHSC (published 22nd September 2021)
The ninth two-monthly report on which powers in the Coronavirus Act 2020 are currently active. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NDNS: Diet and physical activity a follow-up study during COVID-19, PHE (published 22nd September 2021)
This report presents the findings from a study which aimed to describe, and assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on, the diet and physical activity of people in the UK in 2020. It is based on self-reported data for around 1,000 adults and children. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Directors of public health and the Covid-19 pandemic:'A year like no other', King's Fund
This report explores the crucial role of directors of public health in leading the local response to the Covid-19 pandemic, based on 58 interviews with those working at local, regional and national levels. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Updated national protocol for Comirnaty ® COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, PHE (updated 21st September 2021)
This protocol is for the administration of Comirnaty ® COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to individuals in accordance with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. 21 September 2021Added version 02.00 - (details of changes on page 2). 13 August 2021First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National protocol for COVID-19 mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer/BioNTech), PHE (updated 21st September 2021)
This protocol is for the administration of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 to individuals in accordance with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. 21 September 2021Added version 05.00 (details of changes on page 4). 13 August 2021Added version 04.00 (details of changes on page 4). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for hospices, DHSC (updated 22nd September 2021)
Sets out how hospices can access COVID-19 testing for staff and patients on-site, for staff visiting patients in their own homes, and for visitors to hospices. 22 September 2021Updated to include information on testing for patient facing volunteers. 27 July 2021Added information on changes to hospice visitor testing in Northern Ireland and updated the section on return box tracking. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safeguarding and vulnerable groups, RCGP (updated 21st September 2021)
This resource provides advice on safeguarding vulnerable patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including shielding those in high-risk groups. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Specific patient groups and settings, RCGP (updated 21st September 2021)
This resource provides information on dealing with specific patient groups throughout the COVID-19 period, under the following headings: Learning disability and autism LGBT health Paediatrics and child health Pregnancy and sexual health Menopause (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Specific clinical management, RCGP (updated 21st September 2021)
This resource provides guidance on managing COVID-19 alongside specific clinical conditions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination programme, RCGP (updated 21st September 2021)
The latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Post-COVID syndrome, RCGP (updated 21st September 2021)
Information and resources for GPs supporting patients through recovery from COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Essential guidance, RCGP (updated 21st September 2021)
This guidance provides key information for GPs during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers, Department for Transport (updated 22nd September 2021)
Walking, cycling and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. 22 September 2021Updated guidance about face coverings – you should wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed areas where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet. 16 August 2021People who are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 and 6 months are not required to self-isolate following close contact with someone with COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Daily testing for contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection and attendance and SARS-CoV-2 transmission in English secondary schools and colleges: an open-label, cluster-randomised trial, The Lancet
Daily contact testing of school-based contacts was non-inferior to self-isolation for control of COVID-19 transmission, with similar rates of symptomatic infections among students and staff with both approaches. Infection rates in school-based contacts were low, with very few school contacts testing positive. Daily contact testing should be considered for implementation as a safe alternative to home isolation following school-based exposures. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inclusive recruitment: increasing supply, widening access to employment and addressing inequality, NHS Employers (published 22nd September 2021)
As an anchor institution the NHS can play a key role in addressing the inequalities that persist in our communities by providing work opportunities.Over the years, there has been lots of local activity developed by NHS organisations or developed with partners in their community to widen participation into employment. As a result of the pandemic and the depth of inequality it exposed and exacerbated, it is an ideal and necessary opportunity to build on these foundations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, DHSC (updated 22nd September 2021)
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government's minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. 22 September 2021Updated the general list of providers. 21 September 2021Updated the general list of providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: How is vaccination affecting hospital admissions and deaths?, BMJ
Article covers what the data on hospital admissions show, whether the picture is similar for deaths, what effect higher vaccination rates have had on these trends and which patient groups are most at risk after vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quarantine and testing if you've been in an amber list country, DHSC and Department for Transport (updated 22nd September 2021)
What to do before and after you arrive in England if you've been in an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive. 22 September 2021Added information on mixed 2 dose vaccines, which are now permitted if you're vaccinated under the UK, Europe, USA or UK overseas vaccination programmes. 17 September 2021Added a reference to the new rules for international travel to England which will take effect on 4 October, including a link to more details. Clarified the testing ages for children resident in other countries (children under 11 do not need a pre-departure test before entering England). (Source: Current Awareness...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The experiences of student nurses in a pandemic: A qualitative study, Nurse Education in Practice
This study aims to record and learn from the experiences of students working on clinical placement in a pandemic. In March of 2020, final and second year student nurses in England were given the option to join the Covid-19 pandemic work-force, paid as high-level health care assistants. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news