Is cardiovascular disease slowing improvements in life expectancy?
Evidence that cardiovascular disease is contributing to the slowdown in improvements in life expectancy in some OECD countries prompted the OECD and The King's Fund to convene an international workshop to examine this issue. Invitees included members of the OECD's Health Care Quality and Outcomes Working Party and five international experts. This publication describes the workshop proceedings and conclusions about the evidence on trends in cardiovascular disease mortality, their drivers and the policy implications. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Digital transformation in the NHS
This report describes the current state of digital services in the NHS and examines the readiness of the NHS to deliver digital transformation. It focuses on strategy and implementation plans, including lessons from past strategies and progress made to date. It also considers the governance of digital transformation, financial and human resources and technical challenges. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): care home support package, DHSC
The government has announced a new care homes support package backed by a £ 600 million adult social care infection control fund. This has been introduced to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in care homes. This guidance provides information on the support package. The government has written to councils and care providers outlining the details of the support package and has provided additional advice and resources to help stop the spread of infection. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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World Health Statistics 2020: monitoring for the sustainable development goals
This report is the latest annual compilation of health statistics for 194 Member States, summarising trends in life expectancy and causes of death and reporting on progress towards the health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Statutory homelessness in England briefing paper
This briefing paper provides statistics on statutory homelessness in England and explains local authorities'duties to assist homeless households. The paper includes an overview of, and comment on, government policy in this area. The most recent statistical release covers July to September 2019. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Deaths from Covid-19 (coronavirus): how are they counted and what do they show?, King's Fund
This article examines the methods being used to count deaths from Covid-19 and what the numbers show to date. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection control for care providers, SCIE (updated 19th May 2020)
This guidance for care providers on managing infection control to prevent the spread of coronavirus has been updated to include guidance on applying for coronavirus tests for a care home. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested, DHSC (updated 19th May 2020)
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. Update in this version (published 19th May): Added a link to book a drive-through test appointment if you have a verification code. Update in version published 18th May: Added information on the NHS testing service for people with coronavirus symptoms. Updates in version published 14th May: Amended wording on what to do if a care home suspects a resident has coronavirus symptoms and how to test care home residents and workers. Added updated version of the visual guide to adult social care testing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Position statement regarding COVID-19 tests evaluated by PHE, PHE
Public Health England has undertaken rapid evaluations of selected commercial diagnostic kits and serological assays. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Allied health professionals' role in rehabilitation during and after COVID-19, NHS England
This statement outlines our four nations'collective strategic priorities and approach to AHP rehabilitation leadership during and after COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 deaths that have occurred but are not yet reported update 18 May 2020, CEBM
We have updated our 2 External 0 0 0 Chain Ladder false https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/covid-19-the-chain-ladder-method-to-estimate-deaths-not-yet-reported/ true false%> projections using deaths occurring up to 16 May 2020. The overall occurred but are not yet reported (OBNR) estimates have been reducing due to two factors:1. The significant reduction in daily deaths and2. The gradual increase in the speed of reporting these deaths and what may be the catching up or clearing up of previous backlogs of cases. The OBNR as projected by the Chain Ladder is now estimated at 456 cases. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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A Composite Reference Standard for COVID-19 Diagnostic Accuracy Studies: a roadmap,CEBM
The aim is to develop a composite reference standard for COVID-19 diagnosis that will support a standardised approach across research groups to decrease the high false negative rate of rRT-PCR that could penalise the evaluation of diagnostic accuracy of new tests if rRT-PCR is used as a stand-alone reference standard. Currently there is a paucity of robust evidence for the use of blood biomarkers in COVID-19 diagnosis, therefore it is proposed that an extensive list of biomarkers is recorded during the diagnostic accuracy evaluations of the new COVID-19 tests in the summer months in order to help bridge this knowledge gap....
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Coronavirus: Returning to work, House of Commons Library
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses issues relating to returning to work following the publication of the Government's Covid-19 recovery plan. It provides an overview of relevant health and safety law and a discussion of recent Government guidance on working safely in the context of Covid-19. This paper should be read as correct at the time of publication (18th May 2020). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Mental Health Awareness Week: The impact of coronavirus on health and social care workers, House of Commons Library
This House of Commons Library Insight paper considers the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health of health and social care staff and what measures have been put in place to support them. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: the lockdown laws, House of Commons Library
This House of Commons Library briefing paper describes the law enforcing the UK's coronavirus lockdown. It discusses police enforcement of the lockdown and legal commentary of the lockdown rules. The paper should be read as correct at the time of publication (18th May 2020). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 18th May 2020)
As of 9am on 18th May, there have been 2,682,716 tests, with 100,678 tests on 17th May. 1,887,051 people have been tested, of which 246,406 tested positive. As of 5pm on 17th May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 34,796 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 28,555. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Current COVID-19 activity in the UK, CEBM
This page provides a summary of COVID-19 activity in the UK for the week ending the 17th of May 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Admissions to Hospital, CEBM (updated 16th May 2020)
Latest figures on admissions to hospital, updated 16th May 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 17th May 2020)
As of 9am on 17th May, there have been 2,580,769 tests, with 91,206 tests on 16th May. 1,818,712 people have been tested, of which 243,695 tested positive. As of 5pm on 16th May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 34,636 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 28,417. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Staying safe outside your home, Cabinet Office (updated 18th May 2020)
Update in this version (published 18th May) - added a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) as a symptom of coronavirus. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses, PHE/DBEIS (updated 18th May 2020)
Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about coronavirus (COVID-19). Update in this version (published 18th May) - updated information on symptoms. Update in version published 15th May - added clarification on guidance and legislation. (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 (updated 18th May 2020)
This guidance provides information on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Update in this version (published 18th May) - updated information on symptoms. Update in version published 5th May - translated guidance added. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, PHE (updated 18th May 2020)
Stay-at-home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Update in this version (published 18th May) - updated information on symptoms. Update in version published 28th April - guidance added for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol, PHE/DHSC (updated 18th May 2020)
This guidance outlines COVID-19 advice for commissioners and service providers involved in assisting people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol or both. Update in this version (published 18th May) - Updated information on symptoms. Update in version published 15th May - added clarification on guidance and legislation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: management of exposed staff and patients in health and social care settings, PHE (updated 18th May 2020)
Guidance on the management of staff and patients who have been exposed to COVID-19. Update in this version (published 18th May) - Updated text and added section on residents in care settings. Update in version published 15th May - Updated text and added 2 new flowcharts. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for first responders, PHE (updated 18th May 2020)
Advice for first responders (as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act) and others where close contact may be required as part of their normal duties. Update in this version (published 18th May) - Updated to include loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell as a symptom. Update in version published 9th May - removed references to Border Force and Immigration Enforcement Officers while further updates are in production. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic, PHE (updated 18th May 2020)
This advice is designed to assist people who are involved in managing or organising a funeral related to a death from any cause during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Update in this version (publish 18th May) - updated information on symptoms and face coverings. Update in version published 15th May - added clarification on guidance and legislation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 rapid guideline: chronic kidney disease (CKD) [NG176], NICE
The guideline recommends that patients, including those who have symptoms of COVID-19, should be advised to continue taking their medicines (including ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, immunosuppressants and diuretics) as normal unless advised to stop by their healthcare professional. For patients who are stable on treatment, the guideline recommends they should be assessed to see whether it is safe to reduce the frequency of routine kidney function tests, taking into account any comorbidities and whether their CKD is progressive (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 rapid guideline: interstitial lung disease [NG177], NICE
The guideline provides clinicians with advice on how to adjust care to reduce patients'exposure to COVID-19 and how to balance the risks and benefits of taking drugs that affect the immune response during the pandemic. The guideline highlights that bronchoscopy and pulmonary function tests have the potential to spread COVID-19 and they should only be carried out if the patient urgently needs them and if the results will have a direct impact on their care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Safeguarding in faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis, SCIE
This guide for faith-based organisations describes some of the main issues around safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance, PHE (updated 18th May 2020)
This is the collection of guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals and other organisations. Update in this version (published 18th May) - updated information on symptoms. Update in version published 1st May - link added to SignHealth website. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases, PHE (updated 18th May 2020)
Information on case definitions, and the initial assessment and investigation of possible cases of COVID-19 infection. Update in this version (published 18th May) - updated information on case definition. Update in version published 27th April - removed link to withdrawn primary care guidance from the flowchart. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes, DHSC
Sets out the support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The new normal: balancing Covid-19 and other health care needs, NHS Providers
This briefing sets out the complexities NHS trusts will face in reintroducing more services safely alongside the sustained, continuing, risk presented by COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19: what are the options for the UK? The Independent SAGE Report, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)
This report focuses on the priorities for measures to support a gradual release from social distancing measures through a sustainable public health response to Covid-19. It draws on the policy considerations proposed by the World Health Organization and makes recommendations to the government on ways to suppress the virus until the delivery of an effective vaccine. 12 May. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Risk Reduction Framework for NHS staff at risk of COVID-19 infection, Faculty of Medicine (FOM)
This is a consensus document resulting from robust discussion amongst a wide range of experts in this field, aiming to better protect our workforce and maximise the ability of the NHS to deal with current pressures. The Framework will be reviewed and updated in light of any new evidence. 12 May. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Inside prison during the pandemic, RCGP
The RCGP Secure Environments Group has created resources for clinicians working in secure environments. These can guide those starting out or assisting in a secure environment for the first time or returning from retirement to help cover staff shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. The resources contain guidance on prescribing safely in a context where ordinary medicines are at risk of being misused or diverted and becoming a potential source for bullying. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 18th May 2020)
Update in this version (published 18th May) - updated global case numbers and amended typical symptoms. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work, MHRA
The different types of tests and testing kits for COVID-19, and the specifications for manufacturers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS Roadmap To Safely Bring Back Routine Operations, NHS England
NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued a series of measures designed to help local hospitals begin to increase routine operations and treatment. Patients who need important planned procedures will begin to be scheduled for that care over the coming weeks. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: management of exposed staff and patients in health and social care settings, PHE (updated 15th May 2020)
This is guidance on the management of staff and patients who have been exposed to COVID-19. Update in this version (published 15th May) - text updated and 2 new flowcharts added. Update in version published 6th May - updated title and content to provide clarification that the guidance applies to any healthcare setting, not just hospitals. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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70 million face masks for NHS and care workers through new industry deal, DHSC
FFP2 and FFP3 face masks will be produced over an 18-month period at Honeywell's site in Newhouse, Scotland. Each month will see up to 4.5 million masks roll off the production line, ready for distribution to frontline NHS and social care workers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Safe working in education, childcare and children's social care, Department for Education
This guidance explains the principles of infection prevention and control to enable safe working during the coronavirus outbreak. It includes advice on minimising contact, changes of work practices, hand and respiratory hygiene, increased cleaning, limiting movement, and PPE. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Safe working in education, childcare and children's social care, Department of Education
This guidance explains the principles of infection prevention and control to enable safe working during the coronavirus outbreak. It includes advice on minimising contact, changes of work practices, hand and respiratory hygiene, increased cleaning, limiting movement, and PPE. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Understanding the impact of coronavirus on autistic people and people with a learning disability, CQC
The information that care homes submit to CQC about the deaths of people in their care is published on a weekly basis as part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reporting on deaths. We are now doing further work on this data so that we can better understand the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on specific groups of people, including autistic people and people with a learning disability. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic, PHE (updated 15th May 2020)
This advice is designed to assist people who are involved in managing or organising a funeral related to a death from any cause during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Update in this version (published 15th May) - added clarification on guidance and legislation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Mast cell stabilisers, leukotriene antagonists and antihistamines: A rapid review of effectiveness in COVID-19, CEBM
There have been no studies examining the use of mast cell stabilisers, leukotriene antagonists or anti-histamines in COVID-19.Lung damage and “cytokine storm” observed in SARS-CoV-2 infection are associated with raised pro-inflammatory cytokines. Mast cells are the main source of these. It has been speculated that mast cell stabilisers may attenuate pulmonary complications, fatal inflammation and death in COVID-19. It is unclear wheth er administration of mast cell stabilisers in COVID-19 would be beneficial. Clinical trials would be required to establish whether these drugs may be repurposed for treatment of t...
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COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings, PHE (updated 15th May 2020)
This guidance covers the cleaning of environments in the community. It can be applied to any non-healthcare setting such as:workplaces; offices; waiting rooms; hotel rooms; student accommodation; boarding schools. Update in this version (published 15th May) - added clarification on guidance and legislation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for health professionals, PHE (Updated 27th April)
Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 and the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and receptor blockers, WHO
Concerns exists that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) increase susceptibility to coronavirus SARS CoV-2 (the viral agent that causes the disease COVID-19) and the likelihood of severe COVID-19 illness. Concerns are based on considerations of biological plausibility and observation that there is an overrepresentation of patients with hypertension and other cardiovascular comorbidities among COVID-19 patients who have poor outcomes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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