Paramedics in pandemics: protecting the mental wellness of those behind enemy lines, British Journal of Psychiatry
Besides a global health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has potential to have a severe and long-lasting psychological impact on frontline healthcare workers such as paramedics. It is imperative to shed light on these mental health issues and employ interventions to protect the mental wellness of this vulnerable group of healthcare workers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS and other professional bodies' response to the Sunday Times, 25 October 2020, NHS England
NHS England has published rebuttals to Sunday Times story alleging that frail and elderly patients were denied care by clinicians in wave one of the coronavirus pandemic, in part because clinicians drafted a triage tool for use if the NHS was overwhelmed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Access to new medicines in the English NHS
This briefing describes processes that decide whether NHS services in England will pay for patients to receive new, patented drugs, from the initial development& testing of drugs, to NICE's appraisal of their effectiveness and negotiations between NHS and Pharma to agree prices. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Social care: funding and workforce, House of Commons Health Select Committee
Committee is calling for urgent& sustained investment in social care to resolve crisis in funding, exposed by Covid-19 pandemic, with immediate increase to avoid risk of market collapse. £ 7bn figure is starting point but would not address growing problem of unmet need& access. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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National report charts challenges of managing COVID-19 transmission in hospitals, HSIB
Report charts 4-month patient safety investigation that was launched following concern patients were contracting COVID-19 after being admitted to hospital. Report references data presented to SAGE in mid-May suggesting~20% patients were reporting symptoms 7 days after admission. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission: October 2020 interim results, DHSC
Results of real-time assessment of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) during October 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Working together for a healthier post-Covid future, The Strategy Unit
This analysis, commissioned by the Healthier Futures Academy in the Black Country and West Birmingham, illustrates the effects that a Covid-driven recession could have on population health. It frames a discussion about how the NHS, with other local organisations, can more effectively address the causes as well as the effects of ill health. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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590 people's stories of hospital during Covid-19, Healthwatch
In partnership with British Red Cross, this report reviews the experiences of 590 people after being discharged from hospital. The research shows significant numbers of people are not receiving follow-up support under the new policy to switch to a'discharge to assess'model introduced in March 2020 to cope with demand at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic), leading to unmet needs. It calls on the NHS to address these issues coming into the busy winter period amid growing pressures of a second Covid-19 wave. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Full list of local COVID alert levels by area, DHSC (Updated 30th October 2020)
The areas in England listed as local COVID alert level high and local COVID alert level very high. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Local COVID alert level: very high, DHSC (Updated 30th October 2020)
Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the local COVID alert level is very high. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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A framework for re-establishing and developing urology services in the COVID-19 era, GIRFT
Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) has published a framework document, aimed at clinicians and managers in NHS trusts, describing the scope of work needed to build high quality and robust urology services for the COVID-19 era. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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How can we learn from changes in practice under COVID-19? A guide for health and care teams to learn from innovations during the pandemic, Analytical Collaboration for Covid-19
This guide has been developed to help health and social care teams and their leaders learn from service changes put in place or accelerated during the COVID-19 response. Includes useful tools and resources eg learning frameworks, knowledge mobilisation, sharing learning, evaluation. Produced as part of the Analytical Collaboration for COVID-19 which brings together: the Health Foundation; King's Fund; Nuffield Trust, Imperial College Health Partners and the Strategy Unit. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Long Covid: evidence, recommendations and priority research questions, House of Lords
Written evidence from the House of Lords'COVID-19 Committee: Life beyond COVID Inquiry. " Long Covid is a distinct condition affecting approximately 60,000 people in the UK ... Clinical guidance and local protocols for long Covid are currently highly variable. This is likely to be contributing to the patient experience of inconsistent and fragmented care. " The paper recommends that a 4-tier clinical service be developed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Disability inclusive Covid-19 response, House of Commons Library
House of Commons Research Report 13 October 2020. A briefing to support a Westminster Hall debate held 15 October 2020. It summarises relevant government briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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London COVID-19 deliberation report, NHS England & NHS Improvement
Over six virtual workshops (18 hours in total) 60 Londoners deliberated in depth on the challenges and opportunities facing the NHS by the COVID-19 pandemic, supported by clinicians from across the NHS in London. The process, an inclusive approach which also involved people from marginalised communities and those worse hit by the pandemic, was supported by National Voices, Healthwatch and numerous advocacy groups. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Spotlight on: Digital transformation in response to COVID-19, NHS Providers
As part of wider efforts responding to the coronavirus pandemic, NHS trusts have accelerated the adoption of digital across health and care services. The impact of these changes is clear: new, digital ways of working have allowed staff to continue the delivery of safe, effective and timely care during the crisis. This briefing showcases some of these innovations in the acute, specialist, mental health, ambulance and community sectors (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 15 October to 21 October, DHSC (published 29th October 2020)
Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 21 of NHS Test and Trace contact tracing in England and coronavirus testing (UK). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): methodology, DHSC (updated 29th October 2020)
How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact-tracing data in its weekly reports. 29 October 2020 Updated to include new terminology for cases managed or not managed by local health protection teams (previous known as complex and non-complex cases). 22 October 2020 Updated with more information on the NHS Test and Trace app. 15 October 2020 Updated with details on the new methodology for people tested and people testing positive. Added details about the NHS COVID-19 app. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Ehealth and mobile apps in the NHS, HEE Learning Hub
This resource details how mobile phone applications are currently being used as an " e-health " solution to supporting healthcare delivery within the NHS. The potential opportunities and barriers to wide-scale use within the NHS are explored, as well as potential Healthcare Science. A summary of the apps catalogued within the NHS App Library is given, alongside suggestions of alternative ways they could be used to manage the COVID-19 crisis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, PHE/DHSC (updated 28th October 2020)
Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. 28 October 2020 Added updated easy-read guidance. 15 October 2020 Added search by postcode link. 13 October 2020 Guidance updated regarding local COVID alert levels. Temporarily removed translations, easy-read guide and guidance for young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Tackling health inequalities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and colleagues: Understanding impact, reducing inequalities, supporting recovery, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership
Evidence shows that people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities continue to face health inequalities, discrimination in the workplace and are more likely to develop and die as a result of a plethora of diseases, most recently COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission: September 2020 interim results, DHSC (updated 29th October 2020)
Results of real-time assessment of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) during September 2020. 29 October 2020 Title amended from'September 2020 results'to'September 2020 interim results'. 1 October 2020 First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission: October 2020 interim results, DHSC (published 29th October 2020)
Results of real-time assessment of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) during October 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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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))
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People with mild memory problems are left in limbo between health and dementia, and need help to make lifestyle changes
People with memory problems who are told they do not have dementia – but might get it in future – are left in limbo, uncertain about their future and with few services to help them. Research is underway into a programme that may help them reduce their risk of dementia. As more emphasis is put on early detection of dementia, more people with self-identified mem ory problems come forward to be assessed. As a result, increasing numbers are told they do not have dementia, but do have memory problems that could lead to dementia in future. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Encouraging behaviour change to reduce COVID-19 transmission: A summary of two rapid evidence reviews, ESRC
The SARS-COVID-2 virus which causes COVID-19 is transmitted directly or indirectly between people. Its spread can be limited by making transmission less likely. This briefing highlights the findings from two reviews of the literature on transmission. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

General Clinical Management, RCGP (updated 28th October 2020)
This resource provides essential information for GPs about COVID-19, from symptoms to diagnosis to protecting practice staff. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Country reports: COVID-19 and Long-Term Care, LSE
These reports aim to document the impact of COVID-19 on people who use and provide Long-Term Care and the measures adopted by different countries to contain and mitigate the impact of the virus. They are updated regularly as new information becomes available. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 28th October 2020)
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Update in this version (published 28th October 2020) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE), DHSC (updated 28th October 2020)
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. 28 October 2020 Added details of customer service team for the PPE portal. 26 October 2020 Updated order limits for domiciliary care providers and residential care homes. 20 October 2020 Added information on order limits for gowns for dentists and orthodontists. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Mental health support for children and young people must be rapidly expanded to meet growing levels of need, says Centre for Mental Health
Mental health support for children and young people must be accelerated and expanded to meet growing levels of need, Centre for Mental Health chief executive Sarah Hughes said today. Responding to findings from NHS Digital, Sarah Hughes said: “The significant rise in mental ill-health amongst children and young people is both undeniable and extremely concerning. While the Government have pledged more support for children and young people in schools, it is all too clear that this support must be both sped up and scaled up, to meet growi ng levels of need. " The study shows clear links between family circumstances...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Peer support and workforce development
Peer support – provided by people with lived experience of mental health difficulties – is increasingly recognised as an important and potentially revolutionary element of mental health care. Indeed, NHS England's Five Year Forward View for Mental Health referred to peer support as one of the'slow burn, high impact'interventions that should be seen as'essential'to the future of the NHS. And there is growing evidence that peer support has multiple benefits: it can be an opportunity for people who have experienced mental health difficulties to take on new roles; it can help people in different ways to professiona...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The impact of Covid-19 to date on older people's mental and physical health, AgeUK
This survey (n=569) found some older people are coping with the pandemic, but a sizeable minority are finding life incredibly tough; and those who have long-term health conditions were particularly likely to report that this is an extremely challenging time for them. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Drug vignettes: Tocilizumab, CEBM (Updated 26th October 2020)
Patients with severe COVID-19 can develop cytokine release syndrome ( “cytokine storm”) and are 2 External 0 0 0 reported false https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.01.20029769v2.full.pdf true false%> to have high circulating IL-6 concentrations. Tocilizumab is a recombinant humanized anti-human IgG1 monoclonal antibody directed against the interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R). It has therefore been proposed to be of value in the management of severe COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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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))
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COVID-19 Update: Ethnicity, Occupation, Risk Reduction. FOM
The consensus from PHE, HSE and FOM on workplace risks recommends that mitigation is best addressed through consistent and effective implementation of existing Health and Safety Executive (HSE), HMG and other guidance for employers, including recent guidance on SARS-CoV-2 infection. 22 October. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on occupational therapy in the United Kingdom: Survey report, RCOT
98% of participants shared that the pandemic impacted their role, responsibilities and duties with a third redeployed to a different team. 60% were providing an alternative method of occupational therapy service delivery, such as remote delivery. The survey responses revealed that the impact of COVID-19 on occupational therapy has been profound and varied. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Review: data and analysis, March to October 2020, ONS
This Compendium contains ONS data and analysis on the health, social and economic impact of COVID-19 for the period March to October 2020. It is a stocktake of the pandemic since it began, on a thematic basis, of how society and the economy has responded so far. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: the lockdown laws, House of Commons Library (updated 27th October 2020)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains the types of coronavirus restrictions and requirements imposed by the UK's lockdown laws. This is a fast-moving area and the briefing is correct at the time of publication - 27th October 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: impact on vaccination programmes, PHE (updated 27th October 2020)
Reports assessing the impact of COVID-19-related physical distancing measures on delivery of childhood vaccination programmes in England. 27 October 2020 Added fourth report covering vaccine counts to week 41 and vaccine coverage to August 2020. 14 October 2020 Added latest report covering vaccine counts to week 39 and vaccine coverage to August 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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General clinical management, RCGP (updated 26th October 2020)
This resource provides essential information for GPs about COVID-19, from symptoms to diagnosis to protecting practice staff. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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National guidance for the recovery of elective surgery in children, RCPCH (updated 26th October 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cessation of all but the most urgent elective children's surgical cases during the period of peak prevalence of infection in the general population. These recommendations use the most up to date evidence to inform practice that will enable recovery of children's elective surgery. Main updates in this version (14 October 2020) A single pre-operative SARS-CoV-2 nasopharyngeal RT-PCR test is acceptable. It is advised that this is performed as close to the time of surgery as possible, preferably within 24 hours of the procedure but it is acceptable to perform it up to 72 hours pr...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Workforce flexibility in the NHS: utilising Covid-19 innovations, NHS Providers
This briefing argues that the speed at which workforce innovations and flexibilities have been implemented in the NHS since the outbreak of Covid-19 has been both impressive and encouraging. It explores and makes recommendations on six key areas of change: staff wellbeing; flexibility in staff deployment and roles; cross-organisational working and regulation; technology; making use of new roles; and funding. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Children and young people's mental health review Findings from a questionnaire to health and wellbeing boards on local actions
This report contains an update on work carried out in 2018 looking at the quality of mental health services for children and young people, as well as the access to these services. It sets out the findings of a 2019 independent follow-up self-assessment questionnaire, to find out the extent to which health and wellbeing board areas in England had progressed with implementing the local recommendations made. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Out of sight who cares? A review of restraint, seclusion and segregation for autistic people, and people with a learning disability and/or mental health condition
This report tells the story of restrictive practices from the perspective of people who have experienced it first-hand and looks at how long-term segregation was used. The review finds that the environment of mental health hospitals was often not therapeutic. It also finds that some people were admitted without proper assessment and did not have an assessment of their needs while in hospital, resulting in the lack of a clear care and treatment plan. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Report of the independent review of NHS hospital food
This review, advised by chef and restaurateur Prue Leith, highlights the main challenges for NHS catering and makes recommendations on how NHS trusts can prioritise food safety and provide more nutritious meals to both staff and patients. The review covers: workforce; nutrition and hydration; food safety; facilities; technology; sustainability; enforcing standards; and the way forward to improving hospital food for patients, staff and visitors. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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National guidance for the management of children with bronchiolitis and lower respiratory tract infections during COVID-1, RCPCH ( updated 26th October 2020)
These recommendations on the management of children with bronchiolitis and lower respiratory tract infections in hospital settings during COVID-19 are for clinicians to support winter planning in partnership with local infection control prevention teams. 19 October 2020 - update to table 1 column 3 (high rates, prevalence>2%) and addition of guidance for mitigating risk if recommendations cannot be met. 24 September 2020 - update to recommendations on admission to paediatric ward / HDU and revised flow chart with clarification on risk assessment and 2nd SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Drug vignettes: Remdesivir, CEBM (Updated 26th October)
Potential targets for antiviral drugs in COVID-19 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Generation COVID: Emerging work and education inequalities, LSE
The study found, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, young workers to be twice as likely to have lost their jobs compared to older employees and that employment and earnings losses are more pronounced for women, the self-employed and those who grew up in a poor family. The survey provides further evidence that young people are suffering substantial and sustained losses, not only to their employment, but also their education. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Local COVID alert level: very high, DHSC (updated 27th October 2020)
Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the local COVID alert level is very high. 27 October 2020 Added Warrington to the list of areas with extra restrictions in place following its move to'local COVID alert level: very high'. 12 October 2020 First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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