Diet-related health inequalities
This report describes the impact of poor diet on health, the underlying causes and policy approaches to address them. Poor diet is one of the biggest preventable risk factors for ill health. Inequalities in diets contribute to overall inequalities in health. The recent cost-of-living crisis and food price increases have drawn attention to wider inequalities in access to healthy food across the population. This report gives an overview of the population most at risk of adverse diet-related health outcomes, the underlying causes of inequalities in access to healthy food and the evidence on the effectiveness of current policy...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Going under and without: JRF's cost of living tracker, winter 2022/23
This new research highlights that low-income households ' finances continue to buckle under the pressure of the cost-of-living crisis, as 7.2 million are going without the basics, and 4.7 million are behind on their bills. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infectious diseases in asylum seekers: actions for health professionals, UKHSA (published 16th December 2022)
Clinicians are provided with actions to complete when managing infectious diseases in the asylum seeker population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights, ONS (updated 16th December 2022)
The latest data and trends about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from the Office for National Statistics and other sources. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Multidisciplinary teams: Integrating care in places and neighbourhoods, SCIE (updated December 2022)
Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) are central to achieving the vision of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) as they are a structured forum in which practitioners from across health and social care can come together around the needs of individuals and communities. MDTs need to have a clear role and purpose, be well led and organised, have sufficient diversity of professions and disciplines, and be supported by an enabling infrastructure. MDTs must be pro-active in how they engage individuals and families in their discussions and decision making. MDTs should also connect with other services and teams in their neighbourhoods and pla...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PPE guide for non-aerosol generating procedures, DHSC (updated 15th December 2022)
Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for non-aerosol generating procedures (APGs) in adult social care settings. 15 December 2022Updated to reflect guidance that universal masking is no longer required in care homes. 11 October 2022First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 PPE guide for unpaid carers, DHSC (updated 15th December 2022)
This resource outlines personal protective equipment (PPE) advice for unpaid carers in the community. 15 December 2022Removed illustrative PDF version and added a note explaining that some parts of this guidance are out of date and in the process of being updated. 11 October 2022First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 PPE guide for adult social care services and settings, DHSC (updated 15th December 2022)
This resource outlines personal protective equipment (PPE) advice for health and social care workers working in the community. 15 December 2022Removed illustrative PDF version and added a note explaining that some parts of this guidance are out of date and in the process of being updated. 11 October 2022First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement, DHSC (updated 15th December 2022)
Sets out how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in adult social care settings in England. 15 December 2022Updated to reflect announcement on use of masks: the guidance now recommends a risk-based approach. The guidance has also been updated to reflect changes to outbreak management in care homes that enable providers to initiate risk assessment themselves. Added a section covering if a member of staff is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19. 11 October 2022Updated to add links to COVID-19 PPE guide for adult social care services and settings, COVID-19 PPE guide for unpaid carers, and PPE guide for non-aerosol gen...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mask and outbreak guidance updated in care settings, DHSC (published 15th December 2022)
Guidance on the use of face masks in all care settings and on outbreaks in care homes has been updated. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Men's choice of treatment for prostate cancer is influenced by their travel time
This study analysed national data to determine where two of the most common prostate cancer treatments (surgery and radiotherapy) were available. Researchers assessed whether the treatment men received was influenced by how far they needed to travel. It found that fewer than half of the hospitals provided both surgery and radiotherapy. Men ' s travel time influenced the treatment they received, as did their age, ethnic and economic background, and the number of long-term conditions they had. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Double vision: a roadmap to double medical school places
This report develops a detailed and costed roadmap to enable 15,000 medical students a year to enrol on courses in England by 2029. It identifies seven pathways to enable this, with recommendations including the opening of 12-15 new medical schools over the coming decade; expanding and diversifying the talent pool, including an expansion of graduate-entry places; expanding the role of innovation including the use of simulation-based learning and ' virtual placements ' ; and to improve alignment between placement providers, medical schools and the wider health system through the development of Placement Planning Boards. (So...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brick by brick: the case for urgent investment in safe, modern, and sustainable healthcare estates
This report examines the condition of the NHS estate across the UK and its impact on both the wellbeing of doctors and patient care, with a focus on: the maintenance and modernisation of health care estates; the need to design health care environments with capacity, safety and wellbeing in mind; the impact health care estates have on climate and the environment; and the need for steeper increases in capital funding. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Getting IT right: the case for urgent investment in safe, modern technology and data sharing in the UK's health services
This report sets out the key areas where more needs to be done to ensure the recovery and resilience of UK health services and the safe delivery of care: infrastructure – hardware, software and connectivity; interoperability – standards and security; involvement – digital leadership, user involvement and skills development; inclusion – digital access and literacy for patients; and investment – prioritise existing funding, protect against budget cuts and i ncrease funding. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS funding, resources and treatment volumes
This report looks into the resources available to the NHS and how they are being used, looking beyond just the waiting list. It examines how the funding, staffing and hospital beds available to the NHS have changed since 2019 and how the number of patients treated by the NHS in eight different areas compares with 2019 levels. It finds that for most areas of care, the NHS is still struggling to treat more people than it was pre-pandemic, despite having – on the face of it – additional staff and funding. The report considers a range of different factors that could explain this seeming fall in performance and output. (Sou...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news