Ethnic minority-led GP practices: impact and experience of CQC regulation
In February 2021, the CQC began work to examine concerns raised by some GPs that ethnic minority-led GP practices were more likely to have a poorer experience or outcomes from regulation than non ethnic minority-led practices. While the limited data within the health and care system meant that it was not possible to establish any relationship between ethnicity of practice leadership and ratings, this work has identified contextual factors that can disproportionately affect ethnic minority-led practices and their ability to demonstrate how they provide good care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mapping the joint venture relationship between private healthcare companies and NHS medical consultants
This analysis examines the growing importance of joint venture businesses between NHS medical consultants and private health care companies in the delivery of for-profit health care in the United Kingdom. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Finding and choosing a private coronavirus (COVID-19) test provider, UKHSA (updated 25th January 2022)
Lists of and information about private test providers, to help you get the private COVID-19 tests you need. 25 January 2022Updated the general list of providers. 24 January 2022Updated the general list of providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make one, DHSC and Cabinet Office (updated 25th January 2022)
This page explains when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, and how to make your own face covering. 25 January 2022Added call-out stating that from 27 January, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. 10 December 2021Added driving theory test centres to list of regulated settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do vaccines protect from long COVID?, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Article notes data so far on long Covid (LC) are worrying, with more research needed to gauge the full spectrum of symptoms to facilitate diagnosis. Emerging data suggest those vaccinated are less likely to report LC symptoms, which is an additional driver to support vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: Infection prevention control guidance remains in place in primary care settings, PSNC
Following the announcement that face coverings will no longer be mandatory in public places from 27th Jan, it should be noted the UKHSA's infection prevention control guidance remains in place for all staff and patients in GP and dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Accelerating patient access to their record
From April 2022, patients with online accounts such as through the NHS App will be able to read new entries in their health records. This applies to patients whose practices use TPP and EMIS systems. Better access supports patients as partners in managing their health. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Editorial calls for official list of covid-19 symptoms to be updated, BMJ
Article from the president of the Faculty of Public Health warns that failing to list new variant symptoms is a threat to pandemic control in the UK. Research shows the primary symptoms of the Omicron variant include runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, and sore throat. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: How Europe is approaching long covid, BMJ
This Feature article looks at the range of responses to long Covid (LC) around Europe, noting there are over 80 NHS-run LC clinics in the UK. Specialist clinics are operating in Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain, but rarely cater for more than a small part of the population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preparing Comirnaty Children 5-11 years Syringes for Administration at end user locations, SPS
This Standard Operating Procedure is for preparing Comirnaty concentrate for Children 5-11 years syringes at end user locations in primary care prior to immediate administration. A work instruction and supervision checklist are also available. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Addressing vaccine hesitancy in different ethnic communities, NHS Confederation
Case study describes how Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership used insight gained from a programme to understand the impact COVID-19 was having on ethnic minority communities and the causes of hesitancy, that led to significant increase in vaccine uptake. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alcohol use recording in adults with depression in English primary care: a cross-sectional study
Cross-sectional study (n=36,424) indicate GPs are not recording alcohol use in people with depression as effectively as they could be, which may represent potential missed opportunity for care of this population& poorer health outcomes, highlighting possible area for improvement (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIHR Alert: Are you sure you are allergic to penicillin? Professionals and patients are urged to double-check
Commentaries are provided on research exploring patients'and physicians'views on penicillin allergy, which concluded both need to be more aware of the negative consequences of having penicillin allergy incorrectly included in medical notes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Finding and choosing a private coronavirus (COVID-19) test provider, UKHSA (updated 24th January 2022)
Lists of and information about private test providers, to help you get the private COVID-19 tests you need. 24 January 2022Updated the general list of providers. 21 January 2022Updated the general list of providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England, UKHSA (updated 24th January 2022)
A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). 24 January 2022Removed out of date self-isolation policy information from the'What has changed'section. 26 August 2021References to FFP2 and N95 removed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination programme, UKHSA (updated 24th January 2022)
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. 24 January 2022Added National protocol for Comirnaty ® 10 microgram/dose COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. 21 January 2022Added link to the updated MMR, MenACWY and COVID-19 vaccines communications toolkit for universities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event, UKHSA and DHSC (updated 24th January 2022)
Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The government has announced that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted. This means from 27 January there will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face covering in any setting. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclos ed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. This guidance will be updated shortly to include more information on these changes. You should continue to follow all of the guida...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bridges and deserts: creating a solid foundation for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller civil society
This report outlines the main findings of the research, with the purpose of informing funders and others wishing to support, sustain and strengthen civil society and achieve real change. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccines and medicines: updates for January 2022, MHRA
Recent information relating to COVID-19 vaccines and medicines that has been published since the December 2021 issue of Drug Safety Update, up to 13 January 2022. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Comparing the mental health trajectories of four different types of keyworkers with non-keyworkers: 12-month follow-up observational study of 21 874 adults in England during the COVID-19 pandemic, BJPsych
Background There are concerns that keyworkers may be at a greater risk for psychological distress than non-keyworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, little research has included keyworkers outside of the healthcare sector or has disaggregated keyworkers into different subgroups. Aims To examine longitudinal changes in mental health over 12 months during the COVID-19 pandemic comparing four different groups of keyworkers with non-keyworkers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination programme, UKHSA (updated 21st January 2022)
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Update in this version (published 21st January 2022) - added link to the updated MMR, MenACWY and COVID-19 vaccines communications toolkit for universities. Update in version published 18th January 2022 - added COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children aged 5 to 11 years. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 guide for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities or autistic adults, SCIE (updated 19th January 2022)
This is a guide to help care staff and personal assistants supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults through the COVID-19 crisis. It was updated on 19th January 2022 to reflect the latest guidance. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 guide for social workers and occupational therapists supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, SCIE (updated 19th January 2022)
This guidance aims to help occupational therapists and social workers keep people with learning disabilities and autistic adults safe, while at the same time protecting and promoting people's rights wherever possible. It was updated on 19th January 2022 to reflect the latest guidance. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection control for care providers, SCIE (updated 19th January 2022)
This quick guide sets out best practice for care providers to remain safe and prevent COVID-19 from spreading. It was updated on 19th January 2022 to reflect the latest guidance. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for providers of accommodation for asylum seekers, UKHSA (updated 21st January 2022)
Guidance aimed at all staff involved in the support of asylum seekers in all accommodation settings. Update in this version (published 21st January 2022) - added call out box regarding upcoming changes to face coverings legislation. Update in version published 11th January 2022 - guidance updated to reflect changes to testing requirements for incoming travellers to England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities/UKHSA/MHCL (updated 21st January 2022)
Information on coronavirus (COVID-19) for commissioners and providers of hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping. Update in this version (published 21st January 2022) - added call out box regarding upcoming changes to face coverings legislation. Update in version published 11th January 2022 - removed requirement for people testing positive on an LFD test to have a confirmatory PCR test. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event, DHSC/UKHSA (updated 21st January 2022)
Guidance for arranging or attending a funeral or commemorative event during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Update in this version (published 21st January 2022) - added call out box regarding upcoming changes to face coverings legislation. Update in version published 11th January 2022 - removed requirement for people testing positive on an LFD test to have a confirmatory PCR test. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for hospices, DHSC (Updated 20th January 202)
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. Updated 20 January 2022: General updates and changes to policy, including self-isolation guidance for staff who test positive, testing within 90 days of a positive PCR result, and removal of confirmatory PCR. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance, DHSC (Updated 20th January 2022)
Anyone working or volunteering in a care home needs to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless they are exempt. Updated 20 January 2022: Since 11 November 2021, anyone working or volunteering in a care home has needed to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), unless exempt. These conditions were updated by regulations that came into force on 6 January 2022 and additional regulations that will come into force on 1 April 2022. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes, DHSC/CQC/UKHSA (updated 20th January 2022)
How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak. Update in this version (published 20th January 2022) - updated guidance throughout in line with the latest clinical advice from the UK Health Security Agency. See the summary change note in the guidance for a full breakdown of all updates. Update in version published 17th August 2021 - updated'Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19'to reflect the change in guidance on 16 August that you no longer have to self-isolate after confirmed close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 if you are fully vaccinated or under 18. (S...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccination of workers in social care settings other than care homes: operational guidance, DHSC
From 1 April 2022, people carrying out face-to-face, CQC-regulated social care activities will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless exempt. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevalence of childhood mental disorders in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis to inform policymaking
Question Mental disorders typically start in childhood and persist, causing high individual and collective burdens. To inform policymaking to address children's mental health in high-income countries we aimed to identify updated data on disorder prevalence. Methods We identified epidemiological studies reporting mental disorder prevalence in representative samples of children aged 18 years or younger —including a range of disorders and ages and assessing impairment (searching January 1990 through February 2021). We extracted associated service-use data where studies assessed this. We conducted meta-analyses using a ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Methods and efficacy of social support interventions in preventing suicide: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Question Suicide is a global public and mental health problem. The effectiveness of social support interventions has not been widely demonstrated in the prevention of suicide. We aimed to describe the methods of social support interventions in preventing suicide and examine the efficacy of them. Study selection and analysis We searched literature databases and conducted clinical trials. The inclusion criteria for the summary of intervention methods were as follows: studies aimed at preventing suicide through method(s) that directly provide social support; use of one or more method(s) to directly provide social support. Th...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Digital interventions in mental health: evidence syntheses and economic modelling
Digital interventions may offer good value for money compared with'doing nothing', but their added value in relation to medication, face-to-face therapy and printed manuals is uncertain. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientific evidence supporting the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19), SAGE (updated 20th January 2022)
Evidence considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). 20 January 2022We've published minutes for SAGE 103 and added 5 new papers under January 2022. 14 January 2022We've published minutes for SAGE 102 and added 9 new papers under January 2022. We've also added 52 papers which were already published elsewhere and which were available to SAGE participants but not tabled or discussed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19), DforE (updated 20th January 2022)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance for higher education providers. 20 January 2022Updated'Higher Education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)'to align with today's Plan B announcement. This includes the removal of the recommendation to wear face coverings in teaching settings and communal areas, that mandatory certification will no longer be in place and that people are no longer advised to work from home if they can. 10 January 2022Updated advice for students before travelling to the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination: booster dose resources, UKHSA (updated 19th January 2022)
Information on the booster dose for eligible individuals. 19 January 2022Added links to translated versions of the COVID-19 vaccination: a guide to booster vaccination for individuals aged 18 years and over and those aged 16 years and over who are at risk. 17 January 2022Added COVID-19 vaccination: a guide to booster vaccination for individuals aged 16 years and over and those aged 12 years and over who are at risk. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination: British Sign Language resources, UKHSA (updated 19th January 2022)
British Sign Language (BSL) videos on COVID-19 vaccination. 19 January 2022Updated BSL video of the COVID-19 vaccination guide for children and young people or parents. 9 November 2021Updated HTML pages and added new links. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination: resources for schools and parents, UKHSA (updated 19th January 2022)
COVID-19 vaccination guidance and resources for schools and parents. 19 January 2022Added link to French translation of COVID-19 vaccination programme for children and young people: guidance for parents. 17 December 2021Added version 3 of the guidance for schools and guidance for parents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination: guide for adults, UKHSA (updated 19th January 2022)
Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination. 19 January 2022Added links to updated translations. 9 December 2021Updated the guide to the COVID-19 vaccination programme. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: latest safety data provide reassurance about use of mRNA vaccines during pregnancy, EMA
Task force review of several studies involving around 65,000 pregnancies at different stages did not find any sign of an increased risk of pregnancy complications, miscarriages, preterm births or adverse effects in the unborn babies following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tackling racism in UK health research
Analysis provides potential solutions to racism in research including monitoring and improving racialised minority representation in research commissioning leadership roles and on key committees and panels, and in patient and public communities involved in research. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Extending the post thaw expiry of Comirnaty (30 microgram/dose) concentrate for Adults and Adolescents at PCN designated sites, SPS (published 18th January 2022)
An SOP is provided as an unrestricted word document (which can be adapted for local use) to help implement recent advice issued by Pfizer and the MHRA that the post thaw expiry date of specific batch numbers of Comirnaty (30microgram/dose) may be extended by 14 days. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus and vaccination rates in people aged 18 years and over by socio-demographic characteristic and occupation, England: 8 December 2020 to 31 December 2021, ONS
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination rates among people aged 18 years and older who live in England, including estimates by socio-demographic characteristic and Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2010. Released 20th January 2022. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breakthrough infections with SARS-CoV-2 omicron despite mRNA vaccine booster dose, The Lancet
In a letter describing 7 infections (omicron variant) despite 3 vaccine doses (including at least two doses of an mRNA vaccine), the authors note a mild to moderate course of disease, and conclude 3 doses may still provide good protection against severe disease from this variant. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccines in pregnancy screencast, RCGP
Vaccine development is one of the major interventions in global health to date, playing a central role in reducing morbidity and mortality from infectious disease, including in pregnant women. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic vaccines were estimated to prevent 3 million deaths per year globally. Written by Dr Jo Parsons a post-doctoral researcher with a PhD in vaccine uptake in pregnancy and Dr Sarah Hillman, a GP and clinical lecturer at the University of Warwick, this screencast provides information on vaccinations within pregnancy including the COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection in Pregnancy: Information for healthcare professionals, Version 14.3, RCOG/RCM
Updated version of the Information for Health Professionals guide in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy.Issued 11th January 2022. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early data for multivariant COVID-19 vaccine booster shows promise, NIHR
The first results of an early trial of a multivariant COVID-19 vaccine booster, launched in September 2021 and supported by the NIHR, has released positive data. US-based biotechnology company Gritstone bio, Inc. in collaboration with The University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust have announced the initial phase one clinical data shows the vaccine has strong levels of neutralising antibodies. These are similar to approved mRNA vaccines, but up to a 10-fold lower dose in the first 10 individuals. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination programme, UKHSA (updated 18th January 2022)
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. Update in this version (published 18th January 2022) - added COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children aged 5 to 11 years. Update in version published 10th January 2022 - added JCVI statement on the adult COVID-19 booster vaccination programme and the Omicron variant. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk assessments for staff, NHS Employers (published 17th January 2022)
Information on vulnerable groups to inform risk assessments for staff during COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news