General clinical management, RCGP (updated 26th June 2020)
Essential information for GPs about COVID-19, from symptoms to diagnosis to protecting practice staff. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Remote consultation and triaging, RCGP (updated 25th June 2020)
Part of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 Resource Hub, this provides advice on adapting to changing consultation formats, including best practice for online and telephone triage appointments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Standard operating procedure: Children and young people with palliative and end-of-life care needs who are cared for in a community setting (home and hospice) during the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS England
Standard operating procedure for children and young people with palliative and end of life care needs who are cared for in a community setting (home and hospice) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication is intended to support staff who are providing care or supporting children and young people (and their families) who have palliative and/or end of life care needs in the community (including home and hospice care). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work, MHRA (updated 26th June 2020)
The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers. 26 June 2020 Added new Target Product Profile document for Point of Care SARS-CoV-2 detection tests 12 June 2020 Published a HTML version of the Target Product Profile: enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) Antibody tests document (which wa s published as a PDF on 5 June) (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guide for Audit and Risk Committees on Financial Reporting and Management during COVID-19, NAO
Guide aims to help committee members discharge their responsibilities in several different areas, and to examine the impacts on their organisations of the COVID-19 outbreak, including on annual reports, financial reporting, control environment and regularity of expenditure. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK: Winter 2019 to 2020, PHE
This report describes influenza activity experienced in UK in the period from week 40, 2019 to week 14, 2020. It includes observations and commentary from the childhood vaccination programme and activity of other seasonal and novel respiratory viruses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Febrile Neutropenia Patient Group Direction: Improving treatment and sepsis management in paediatric oncology patients in Wales
A PGD was developed allowing registered nursing staff to administer the first dose of IV antibiotics to febrile neutropenic patients. Post audit results showed improvements in number of patients receiving recommended IV antibiotic treatment within 1 hour of arrival to the unit. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the COVID-19 crisis, SCIE (updated 25th June 2020)
Those most at risk from COVID-19 – older people, and people with existing long-term health conditions – are likely to be over-represented in the group of people whose rights and freedoms are protected by the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005. This guidance sets out what protections the MCA gives them, both during the crisis and in more typical times. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, PHE (updated 25th June 2020)
This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Update in this version (25th June) - guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures. Update in version published 16th June - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing, PHE (updated 25th June 2020)
This guide provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Update in this version (25th June) - guidance to reflect the latest social distancing measures. Update in version published 16th June - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A hat trick of failures: how'the blob' led the British government down the wrong path, Civitas
This report criticises the government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis. It looks at the death rate per capita compared with other countries; the economic cost of the reaction to the pandemic; and the preparedness for easing lockdown restrictions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK population: devolution and reform of health and social care
This report, which was largely completed before the Covid-19 outbreak, aims to provide comprehensive and actionable recommendations for the reform of health and social care. It looks at the role of individual circumstances in determining health outcomes, the operational measures that can improve patient outcomes, and population health and the need to streamline responsibilities so it is clear who is accountable for performance. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adapting hospital capacity to meet changing demands during the COVID-19 pandemic, MRC
In this report, the aim is to calculate hospital capacity for emergency treatment of COVID-19 and other patients during the pandemic surge in April and May 2020; to evaluate the increase in capacity achieved via five interventions (cancellation of elective surgery, field hospitals, use of private hospitals, and deployment of former and newly qualified medical staff); and to determine how to re-introduce elective surgery considering continued demand from COVID-19 patients. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: the impact on mental health, House of Lords Library
An overview of how coronavirus has affected an individual's mental health, and what the impact has been on the general population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is the evidence to support the 2-metre social distancing rule to reduce COVID-19 transmission?, CEBM (updated 24th June 2020)
This article was review and amended June 24th 2020 with a change in the conclusion supporting further distance as opposed to a precise distance measure. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: Death Data in England update 24th June, CEBM
Updated COVID-19 death data in England as of 24th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Declining death rate from COVID-19 in hospitals in England, CEBM
Updated figures on the daily number of people who have died in hospital in England with a diagnosis of COVID-19 and the daily number of people admitted to hospital in England who are diagnosed with COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus life assurance scheme updates, NHS Employers
Employers should be aware of two updates to the 2 External 0 0 0 Coronavirus life assurance scheme false https://www.nhsemployers.org/covid19/life-assurance-scheme true false%> claim process. These involve providing proof of probate and the employer's role in certifying eligibility for the scheme. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National COVID-19 surveillance reports, PHE (updated 25th June 2020)
National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems. Update in this version (published 25th June) - added week 26 report, infographic and data table. Update in version published 19th June - removed'Nowcasting and forecasting of COVID-19, including regional R number'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes management information, PHE (updated 25th June 2020)
Weekly number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and PHE centres. Update in this version (published 25th June) - added weekly data and infographic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keeping children safe from abuse and harm, Home Office
Advice for parents and carers about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to at this time and information about available help and support. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 25th June 2020)
As of 9am on 25th June, there have been 8,710,292 tests, with 167,023 tests on 24 June. 307,980 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 24th June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 43,230 have died. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS test and trace statistics (England): methodology, DHSC (updated 25th June 2020)
How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact tracing data in its weekly reports. 25 June 2020 Added new 2 new sections on testing, and new sections on'Number of people providing details of one or more recent close contacts'and'Notes on interpreting against other statistics'. 18 June 2020 First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WRES briefing for board and COVID-19 emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) membership in the NHS
There has been no other time in recent history when ensuring diversity in decision-making was more pertinent than in the responses to COVID-19. A growing body of evidence shows disproportionate morbidity among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, including those of our NHS staff who have contracted COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthcare associated COVID-19 infections further action, NHS England (updated 24th June 2020)
Further to the letter dated 9 June, we want to thank you all for your continued efforts to reduce healthcare associated COVID-19 infections in your organisations. Tackling this issue is vital to ensure patient safety, maintain public confidence and protect the health and wellbeing of NHS staff. This letter sets out number of important actions that all organisation must take. Evidence has now shown that people infected with COVID-19 who are either pre-sympto matic1 or have very mild or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic)2 can transmit the virus to others without knowing so it is important that we take even greater step...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Personal Protective Equipment and heat: risk of heat stress, PHE
CAS alert advises on risk of heat stress with PPE, which can cause heat exhaustion and lead to heat stroke. Measures to control the temperature of clinical environments and enable staff to make behavioural adaptations to stay cool and well hydrated should be made. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prescribing guidelines for patients with a first episode psychosis
This example describes Avon and Wiltshire's approach to improving prescribing practice to ensure patients with a first episode psychosis receive the right treatment. It draws upon NICE guidelines for prevention and management of schizophrenia (CG178 and CG155). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer x Coronavirus: The impact on young people
This report reveals that young people with cancer are feeling further isolated due to the COVID pandemic, and are having difficulties accessing emotional and psychological support. They are finding the isolation from friends and family, school or work hardest to manage. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do, Cabinet Office (updated 24th June 2020)
Update in this version (published 24th June) - addition of attachment:'Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do after 4th July'. Update in version published 12th June - updated with information on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Staying alert and safe (social distancing), Cabinet Office (updated 24th June 2020)
Updates in this version (published 24th June) - new guidance added to the documents'Staying alert and safe (social distancing) until 4th July'and'Staying alert and safe (social distancing) after 4th July'. Update in version published 12th June - updated with information on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Staying safe outside your home, Cabinet Office (updated 24th June 2020)
Update in this version (published 24th June) - updated to reflect newly announced guidance. Update in version published 5th June - from 15th June, a face covering must be worn on public transport. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Review of two metre social distancing guidance, Cabinet Office
This is a review of two metre social distancing guidance and summary of review findings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 24th June 2020)
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Updates in this version (published 24th June) - updated global case numbers (section 1), virology (section 2), transmission (section 3) and clinical features (section 4). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reset, restore and recovery Medical Education and training, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
The Academy identified six Principles for reintroducing healthcare services to be used as an aid to promote safe and effective healthcare as we move into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, that of beginning to recover and restore life in general as well as health and care services. The delivery of care will, undoubtedly, become more difficult with more conflicting demands and added pressures. The concentration of medical resources to accommodate Covid cases has moved to a gradual restoration of more complex planned care in an endemic situation with a backlog of people needing interventions and new ways of delivering ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reset, restore and recovery Medical Education and training
The Academy identified six Principles for reintroducing healthcare services to be used as an aid to promote safe and effective healthcare as we move into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, that of beginning to recover and restore life in general as well as health and care services. The delivery of care will, undoubtedly, become more difficult with more conflicting demands and added pressures. The concentration of medical resources to accommodate Covid cases has moved to a gradual restoration of more complex planned care in an endemic situation with a backlog of people needing interventions and new ways of delivering ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How is COVID-19 affecting children and young people in BAME communities? RCPCH
Despite the fact that younger people are a low risk group for the virus itself, BAME children and young people, specifically, are experiencing the pandemic differently from their peers —as a consequence of the disproportionate social, economic, and psychological impacts on their communities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 and summer temperatures, PHE
The current COVID-19 pandemic will amplify the health risks from heat. Equally, in the context of the pandemic, we will need to take actions differently to prevent heat related harm to health. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meeting people from outside your household from 4 July, DHSC
At all times, it's important to maintain social distancing from people you do not live with. You should only have close contact with people outside of your household if you are in a support bubble with them. In England, you can meet people you do not live with in 3 types of groups: You can continue to meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households Single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can continue to form an exclusive'support bubble'with one other household From 4 July, you can also meet in a group of 2 househ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: Death Data in England update 23rd June, CEBM
COVID-19 death data in England, updated 23rd June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 24th June 2020)
As of 9am on 24 June, there have been 8,542,186 tests, with 232,086 tests on 23 June. 306,862 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 23 June, of those who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 43,081 have died. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care, DHSC ( updated 24th June 2020)
Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak. 24 June 2020 Updated'hospital discharge and testing'section to state " anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms can now be tested, which includes individuals receiving home care. This can be accessed through the digital portal or by calling 119 to book testing " . 22 May 2020 First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New learning network launched for early years workers
The learning network will offer early years workers guidance and information to help them improve the mental health and development of the babies and children in their care (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Musculoskeletal Health
Full report: Understanding the provision of occupational health and work related musculoskeletal services (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 - guidance for community settings, RCPCH (updated 23rd June 2020)
Community paediatric services have developed some excellent innovations in the face of the enormous challenge posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, including: utilising telemedicine tools to continue seeing patients; introducing new infection control procedures to reduce risk to clinician and patient; and working in new ways with colleagues from other professions. As in other services, community paediatrics has not been able to function at full capacity which has increased waiting lists. There is concern about clinician workloads as attention turns towards service resumption. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 -'shielding' guidance for children and young people, RCPCH ( updated 22nd June 2020)
This updated RCPCH advice for clinicians is provided to help members in their discussions with children and young people who are shielding across the UK and their families. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Latest COVID19 guidance updates, NHS Employers (updated 24th June 2020)
See the most recent updates to the COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS test and trace statistics: statement of voluntary application of the Code of Practice for Statistics, DHSC (updated 24th June 2020)
DHSC is publishing weekly statistics about test and trace contact tracing. These figures report on the operational and management information derived from the test and trace programme in England. 24 June 2020 Updated'trustworthiness'section to state that DHSC is working closely with the Office for Statistics Regulation. This previously said'UK Statistics Authority'. 18 June 2020 First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIHR Alert: Public health messages on alcohol need to consider how and why people drink, not just how much, NIHR Evidence
Commentaries are provided on interviews conducted on 22 adults in North East England. Researchers found that people often thought harmful drinking was less about the quantity consumed and more about a person's emotional relationship with alcohol. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Digital supports development of risk prediction model for more tailored COVID-19 shielding advice
Algorithms from analysis of real patient data will be developed in conjunction with clinical and data experts at NHS Digital and will drive a clinical risk prediction model which can be applied across various health and care settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plans to ease restrictions for over 2 million people shielding from COVID-19 , DHSC/ Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Millions of people shielding from coronavirus will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes, gather in groups of up to 6 people outdoors and form a'support bubble'with another household from Monday 6 July. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news