REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission: June 2021 final results, DHSC (published 10th August 2021)
Results of real-time assessment of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) during June 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus COVID-19 serology and viral detection tests: technical validation reports, DHSC (updated 10th August 2021)
Findings from technical validations and in-service valuations reviewed by the Technical Validation Group. 10 August 2021Updated'BD Veritor System'report so the name of the analyser has been changed to BD Veritor on page 2, and the figures in the Table 3 have been corrected. 23 July 2021Updated to add reports on 2 new tests: BD Veritor System and VMD Health (UK) and Alveo Technologies Inc.: be.well ™ COVID-19 test. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms reported through NHS Pathways and 111 online (up to August 8th), NHS Digital
Data published on potential COVID-19 symptoms reported through NHS Pathways and 111 online Dashboard shows the total number of NHS Pathways triages through 111 and 999, and online assessments in 111 online which have received a potential COVID-19 final disposition. This data is based on potential COVID-19 symptoms reported by members of the public to NHS Pathways through NHS 111 or 999 and 111 online, and is not based on the outcomes of tests for coronavirus. This is not a count of people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus Shielded Patient List Summary Totals, England - Snapshot on 27 Jul 2021, NHS Digital
This is a release of management information for anonymous summary data for those patients that have been identified on the Shielded Patient List (SPL). Its purpose is to make the summary data available to a wider audience, as open data, to enable a broad base of users to perform analysis from it. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Management of coexisting conditions in the context of COVID-19, BMJ Best Practice (Updated 22nd July 2021)
Guidelines recommend measures to manage acute and chronic conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic: updated. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates, BMJ Best Practice
1. NICE publishes new guidance on vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis. 2. FDA authorises casirivimab/imdevimab for prevention of COVID-19. 3. EMA warns of Guillain-Barre syndrome with Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. 4. EMA authorises use of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in young people aged 12 to 17 years. 5. CDC warns that vaccinated people with breakthrough infections can spread the Delta variant. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested, UK Health Security Agency
Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. 10 August 2021Updated information to improve help and support for users with access needs. 8 July 2021Updated information to say rapid lateral flow tests give a quick result. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS COVID Pass, DHSC (updated 9th August 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. 9 August 2021Added:'If you're in the UK armed forces, visit'My health care hub'on the Defence Gateway (login required) to find out how to get your NHS COVID Pass.' 5 August 2021Updated the BSL guide (video) for people who have received an NHS COVID Pass letter. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Independent health providers: accessing lateral flow tests, DHSC (updated 9th August 2021)
Independent health providers can access lateral flow testing kits directly from NHS Test and Trace replacing the ordering route provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement. 9 August 2021Amended'A testing service for independent health providers in England'to reflect that any member of staff who delivers NHS services in IHPs is eligible for testing. Also added 2'How to take your lateral flow test'posters. 1 July 2021Updated to reflect changes that coronavirus test results can now be uploaded in bulk. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, DHSC (updated 10th August 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. 10 August 2021Updated the general list of providers. 9 August 2021Updated the general list of providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 hospitalisation, mortality, vaccination, and postvaccination trends among people with schizophrenia in Israel: a longitudinal cohort study, Lancet Psychiatry
This study assessed temporal trends in COVID-19 hospitalisation and mortality among people with schizophrenia during the first year of the pandemic, the predictors for COVID-19 vaccination, postvaccination infection, admission to hospital, and mortality. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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School-based interventions to prevent anxiety, depression and conduct disorder in children and young people: a systematic review and network meta-analysis
Abstract Background Schools in the UK increasingly have to respond to anxiety, depression and conduct disorder as key causes of morbidity in children and young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Optimising physical distancing to reduce the spread of Covid-19, BPS
This guidance offers recommendations for interventions that can be used to encourage and enable physical distancing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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European PRAC continues review reports of Guillain-Barr é syndrome with Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria) COVID-19 vaccine, EMA
PRAC continues to analyse data on cases of Guillain-Barr é syndrome following vaccination and has requested the marketing authorisation holder to clarify whether further updates to the product information and the risk management plan are necessary. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS trusts face unfunded spending pressures of £ 5bn in coming year, Nuffield Trust
Analysis suggests NHS trusts face ending this financial year, with an overspend of £ 5bn or 5.2% of what was originally planned, excluding extra costs of Covid. Even if efficiency improvements return to planned rates, this will remain at £ 4.7bn in the 2022/23 financial year. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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RECOVERY-RS trial finds continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduces need for invasive ventilation in hospitalised COVID-19 patients, NIHR
Preliminary results of this UK RCT (n=1272) found CPAP reduced the rate of tracheal intubation or 30-day mortality vs standard oxygen therapy (36.3% vs 45.1%) however high flow nasal oxygenation was not superior to standard oxygen for this outcome (44.4% vs 45.1%) (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Could NHS waiting lists really reach 13 million?, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Report explores increase in numbers on the NHS waiting list, from 4.4 million in February 2020 to 5.3 million in May 2021 and discusses key factors that will affect growth in the near future including the need for additional funding and resources to deal with the backlog. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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European PRAC updated safety issues with Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, EMA
PRAC has recommended including immune thrombocytopenia, dizziness and tinnitus as adverse reactions, and to re-classify'thrombocytopenia', currently an important potential risk, as an important identified risk. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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European PRAC concludes no causal association between COVID-19 vaccines and menstrual disorders, EMA
The PRAC discussed reported cases of menstrual disorders and concluded no causal association between COVID-19 vaccines and menstrual disorders has been established so far. It added that causes can range from stress and tiredness to underlying medical conditions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19: How effective are vaccines against the delta variant?, BMJ
This BMJ feature article discusses the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines against the delta variant, now the dominant form of SARS-CoV-2 in the UK and many other countries. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Minimising Clostridioides difficile and Gram-negative Bloodstream Infections, NHS England
This document sets the thresholds for each trust, together with the methodology used to identify and minimise rates of both Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) and Gram-negative bloodstream infections. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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ECDC and EMA update on COVID-19, EMA
Full vaccination is key to protecting against serious COVID-19, including disease caused by the Delta variant. With the increasing circulation of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 in EU/EEA countries, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) strongly encourage those who are eligible for vaccination but have not yet been vaccinated to start and complete the recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule in a timely manner. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Mental health interventions for healthcare staff in infectious disease outbreaks, The Mental Elf
In her debut blog, Bryony Porter summarises a systematic review exploring interventions to address mental health issues in healthcare workers during infectious disease outbreaks. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, DHSC (updated 9th August 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. 9 August 2021Updated the general list of providers. 5 August 2021Updated the general list of providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, DHSC (updated 9th August 2021)
How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK. 9 August 2021Updated to add 2 further validated lateral flow devices to the table in'Outcome of the evaluation of rapid diagnostic assays for specific SARS-CoV-2 antigens (lateral flow devices)'. 3 August 2021Temporarily removed'Coronavirus test device authorisations: desktop review (stage 2) operating process for SARS-CoV-2 tests'while it is being updated. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England, DHSC (updated 9th August 2021)
Actions for local authorities and social care providers following a coronavirus (COVID-19) related death of an employee or volunteer in adult social care. 9 August 2021Added details of a life assurance scheme for eligible frontline health and care workers workers who die from coronavirus contracted in the course of their frontline essential work, and removed details of the CARE workforce app which no longer exists. 7 July 2020Added a new section on informing the coroner in the document'Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, PHE/DHSC (updated 6th August 2021)
Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19). 6 August 2021Added easy read version. 28 July 2021Added British Sign Language version. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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UK COVID-19 alert level methodology: an overview, DHSC (updated 6th August 2021)
Explains the criteria used to move between the alert levels set out in the UK government's COVID-19 recovery plan. 6 August 2021Updated with latest alert level methodology. 5 January 2021First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England, PHE (updated 9th August 2021)
A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). 9 August 2021Inclusion of paragraph on what PPE to use when supporting an individual or client on visits out. 19 July 2021Updated to reflect changes to guidance in Step 4 of the roadmap. Updated section on types of masks that can be used for domestic duties when 2 metres or more from the client. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England: Technical briefing 20, PHE (published 6th August 2021)
The latest Variant Technical Briefing includes updated hospitalisation data, showing 1,467 people have been hospitalised with the delta variant since 19 July; 55.1% of these were unvaccinated, while 34.9% had received both doses of the vaccine. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance, DHSC (updated 5th August 2021)
This guidance has been produced to help support the implementation of new regulations that require service providers at all CQC registered care homes to ensure that anyone entering the premises has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or has an exemption. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Full vaccination is key to protecting against serious COVID-19, including disease caused by the Delta variant, EMA
These Agencies highlight that full vaccination with any of EU/EEA-approved vaccines offers high level of protection against severe disease and death caused by SARS-CoV-2, including variants, such as Delta& highest level of protection is achieved 7-14 days after last vaccine dose. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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REACT study shows fully vaccinated are three times less likely to be infected, DHSC
The latest REACT-1 study findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show COVID-19 infection rates are three times lower for double vaccinated people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Statement on COVID-19 vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes: the role of the Care Quality Commission, CQC
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have amended the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 so that, from 11 November 2021, all care home workers and other visiting professionals will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have an exemption or there is an emergency. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Caring for hospital patients with Covid-19: quality of care in England examined by case record review, Royal College of Physicians
This study recruited a sample and demographic representative of English hospitals'experience of the Covid-19 pandemic. It gathered information about the quality of care delivered from 19 organisations that between them accounted for a population of almost 10.5 million people. The study reviewed 510 patient cases and their care to identify learnings from the pandemic. It concluded that overall care delivered was judged to have been adequate or better in 96.5 per cent of the patient cases. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 vaccination: information for healthcare practitioners, PHE (Updated 6th august 2021)
Guidance for healthcare practitioners about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Nightlife industry joins COVID-19 vaccine push for young people, DHSC
Leading clubs and DJs join national effort to drive vaccine uptake for young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Quarantine and testing if you've been in an amber list country, DHSC (Updated 6th August 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. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 22 July to 28 July 2021, DHSC (published 5th August 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))
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NHS COVID Pass, DHSC (updated 5th August 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. 5 August 2021Updated the BSL guide (video) for people who have received an NHS COVID Pass letter. 31 July 2021Updated to add a link to guidance for people fully vaccinated by the USA or EU. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: impact of change to mid-year population estimates on case and death rates, PHE
An analysis of the impact to coronavirus reporting as a result of using updated population estimates from 2019 to 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 vaccine surveillance reports, PHE (Updated 5th August 2021)
Data on the real-world effectiveness and impact of the COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 PCR home test kit instructions, DHSC (updated 5th August 2021)
Step-by-step guide available in different formats on how to use and return your PCR home test kit to test yourself for COVID-19. 5 August 2021Updated to reflect changes in test kit components. 20 May 2021NHS helpline for Scotland has changed to 119. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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WHO recommends continuing breastfeeding during COVID-19 infection and after vaccination, WHO
The virus that causes COVID-19 has not been detected in breastmilk, according to a limited number of studies to date, indicating that it is safe to carry on breastfeeding, while taking recommended precautions, even if a mother develops COVID-19. Vaccinating a breastfeeding mother to protect her from COVID-19 poses no risk to her infant. Breastfeeding mothers who have received the vaccine have antibodies in their milk, which could help to protect their babies from infection with the virus. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Containing and managing local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks, DHSC (updated 5th August 2021)
Guidance for local authorities and local decision-makers on containing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks at a local level. 5 August 2021Updated the'compliance and enforcement'section to reflect the responsibilities of district authorities and county councils. 30 July 2021Updated 30 July 2021 following the move to step 4 of the roadmap. The update outlines the key policy changes and how they affect local authorities, while outlining the ongoing national and local roles and responsibilities to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 vaccination of young people aged 16 to 17, PHE
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is today advising that all 16 and 17 year olds receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people, RCPCH (updated 4th August 2021)
On 19 July 2021, Ministers in each of the UK's governments announced that they had accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on COVID-19 vaccination in children and young people aged 12 to 17 years. On 4 August, JCVI issued further advice for 16 and 17 year olds. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people, PHE (published 5th August 2021)
Information for eligible children and young people on COVID-19 vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 vaccination programme, PHE (updated 5th August 2021)
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. 5 August 2021Added COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people and COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people JCVI statements. 28 July 2021Added links to social media resources. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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JCVI statement, August 2021: COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years, DHSC (published 4th August 2021)
Updated statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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