Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) illustrated guide for community and social care settings, PHE
This illustrated resource outlines personal protective equipment (PPE) advice for health and social care workers working in the community during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. It shows: which to wear depending on where and how you are working how to work safely using your and safer working practices to protect staff and residents This guidance should be used in conjunction with local policies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public health considerations while resuming international travel, WHO
Many countries have halted some or all international travel since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but now have plans to re-open travel. This document outlines key considerations for national health authorities when considering or implementing the gradual return to international travel operations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Mythbusters, WHO
Mythbusting advice for the public relating to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Q & A: Ventilation and air conditioning in public spaces and buildings and COVID-19, WHO
This Q&A is intended for people who manage public spaces and buildings (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guidance for conducting a country COVID-19 intra-action review (IAR), WHO
This WHO Guidance was developed to guide countries to conduct periodic review(s) of their national and subnational COVID-19 response, so countries do not miss critical opportunities for learning and improvement to better respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in their countries, especially as the possibility of a protracted pandemic becomes increasingly probable. The IAR will identify practical areas for immediate remediation and sustained improvement of the ongoing response. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safe Eid al Adha practices in the context of COVID-19: Interim guidance, WHO
Eid al Adha is a festival during which Muslim families and friends unite to pray together and give alms, especially in the form of sacrificed animal meat. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this document highlights public health advice for social gatherings and religious practices that can be applied across different national contexts. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Considerations for implementing mass treatment, active casefinding and population-based surveys for neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: Interim guidance, WHO
This document provides a decision-making framework for implementation of mass treatment interventions, active case-finding campaigns and population-based surveys for neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance note is intended to health authorities, NTD programme managers and their supporting partners. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 -'shielding' guidance for children and young people, RCPCH (updated 31st July 2020)
From August, we expect that UK governments'public health advice on shielding will be paused (except for local lockdowns). This means that children and young people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) will be advised to follow the same precautions as the rest of the population, such as hand hygiene and social distancing. Updates in this version (31 July 2020): Widespread changes to align with update on shielding, 31 July, as described at the top of the page. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, WHO
The provision of safe water, sanitation and waste management and hygienic conditions is essential for preventing and protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Ensuring evidenced-based and consistently applied WASH and waste management practices in communities, homes, schools, marketplaces, and healthcare facilities will help prevent human-to-human transmission of pathogens including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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National COVID-19 surveillance reports, PHE (updated 31st July 2020)
National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems. Update in this version (published 31st July) - added week 31 report, infographic and data table. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus Act report: July 2020, DHSC (updated 31st July 2020)
This report was laid in Parliament on 31 July 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes, DHSC/CQC/PHE/NHSE (updated 31st July 2020)
Update in this version (published 31st July) - Changed to reflect that self-isolation period for people with symptoms of coronavirus has changed from 7 days to 10 days, and added link to recent updated guidance on visiting care homes during coronavirus. Update in version published19th June - this document has been updated throughout in line with the care homes support package announced on 15 May and the latest advice on testing, and infection prevention and control. The changes are set out in full in the document. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maintaining and restoring general practice services, RCGP (updated 29th July 2020)
This provides advice on adjusting to changes in your practice due to COVID-19, including keeping on top of routine care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Top tips, RCGP (updated 30th July 2020)
Key information for GPs during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Preventing and controlling outbreaks of COVID-19 in prisons and places of detention, PHE/MoJ (updated 31st July 2020)
Update in this version (published 31st July) - updated isolation period from 7 to 10 days. Update in version published 17th July - added information on interpreting negative test results in those who are symptomatic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol, PHE/DHSC (updated 31st July 2020)
Latest updates 31 July 2020 Changed isolation period from 7 to 10 days 14 July 2020 Guidance updated relating to PPE supply, NHS test and trace, accessing treatment and meeting of groups inside and outside. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for care of the deceased, PHE (updated 31st July 2020)
Update in this version (published 31st July) - changed stay at home period from 7 to 10 days. Update in version published 8th July - added a loss of, or change in, the normal sense of taste or smell as a COVID-19 symptom. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adult social care and COVID-19: Assessing the policy response in England so far, Health Foundation
Briefing provides detailed description and timeline of government's social care response and notes longstanding issues within the system, including underfunding, workforce shortages, system fragmentation, and lack of quality data, have shaped the ability of the sector to respond. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adult social care and COVID-19: Assessing the impact on social care users and staff in England so far, Health Foundation
Briefing describes how the pandemic unfolded in the social care sector from March until June 2020, examines factors that contributed to the scale and severity of outbreaks in care homes, and attempts to quantify the disruption from February until the end of April 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person, PHE (updated 31st July 2020)
Update in this version (published 31st July) - updated to reflect the extension of self-isolation from 7 to 10 days. Update in version published 13th July - added updated translations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National Intelligence Report: Early warning scores to detect deterioration in Covid-19 inpatients, HSIB
This provides insight into investigation conducted in response to referral highlighting over reliance on early warning scores used in isolation from other indicators of deterioration in a number of NHS trusts when patient admitted to general ward with suspected/confirmed Covid-19 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for first responders, PHE (updated 30th July 2020)
Update in this version (published 30th July) - updated the self-isolation period from 7 to 10 days for individuals in the community with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result. Update in version published 18th May - updated to include loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell as a symptom. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings, PHE (updated 30th July)
Update in this version (published 30th July) - changes to self-isolation policy for all admitted patients to 14 days; updated section 3 to include the provision of written instructions for ongoing isolation when discharging patients. Update in version published 20th May - updated guidance (all sections) (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings, PHE (updated 30th July 2020)
Update in this version (published 30th July) - updated to reflect the extension of the self-isolation period from 7 days to 10 days for staff who have COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result from the community; 14 days isolation period for staff and patients who are admitted to hospital (section 2); inclusion of re-testing guidance in staff (section 3). Update in version published 14th June - updated footnote 1 of flowchart documents. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases, PHE (updated 30th July 2020)
Update in this version (published 30th July) - updated information in section 3, with regards to 14-day self-isolation for admitted patients and provision of written information on ongoing isolation when discharging patients. Update in version published 22nd May - updated flowchart. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics, DHSC/PHE (updated 30th July 2020)
As of 9am on 30 July, 302,301 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on extension of self-isolation period: 30 July 2020, DHSC
The self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 - action for us all
This plan sets out actions to support transformation across the whole NHS. It focuses on how we must all continue to look after each other and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, as well as action to grow our workforce, train our people, and work together differently to deliver patient care.'The principles underpinning the action through 2020/21 must endure beyond that time' The NHS is made up of people in many different roles, in different settings, employed in different ways, by a wide range of organisations. Many people providing NHS services work for NHS trusts. Introduction and summary But others are employe...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK Biobank reveals substantial variation in rates of previous COVID-19 infection across the UK, Biobank
UK Biobank today (30 July 2020) published the first results from a major government-backed study of the extent of previous infection with SARS-CoV-2 in different populations across the UK. It found evidence of previous infection in 7.1% of the study population, but with large variation in the rates between different parts of the UK and between different demographic groups. This important study is determining the rates of previous infection in different parts of the country according to age, sex, ethnicity and socio-economic status, and monitoring how these rates change over time. Among people found to have been infected, i...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diagnostic work up of the patient presenting with respiratory symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS)
Work up and diagnosis of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms, including those indicating COVID-19 infection, during the COVID-19 pandemic requires a structured clinical assessment that minimises the risk for cross-infection. Certain testing procedures – including spirometry – used as part of the diagnostic work up for patients presenting with respiratory symptoms have the potential to increase the risk of transmission of viral infections through droplet or aerosol formation. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NICE impact respiratory conditions, NICE
This report looks at the impact of our guidance before the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights where new COVID-19 resources have been developed to help the NHS and social care take action. We have published 6 COVID-19 rapid guidelines related to respiratory conditions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation: deaths occurring between 1 March and 30 June 2020, ONS
Provisional counts of the number of deaths and age-standardised mortality rates involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) between 1 March and 30 June 2020 in England and Wales. Figures are provided by age, sex, geographies down to local authority level and deprivation indices. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National guidance for the recovery of elective surgery in children, RCPCH (updated 27th July 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. In the period March to May 2020 over 50,000 children in England had surgery from all surgical specialties postponed. There is an urgent requirement to re-establish elective children's surgical services. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Latest COVID-19 guidance updates, NHS Employers (updated 30th July 2020)
Guidance on quarantine and shielding has been produced by a joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive. These documents provide updates to the initial Department of Health and Social Care guidance on both matters. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New NMC Test of Competence to be implemented in April 2021, NHS Employers
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has confirmed that its new Test of Competence will be implemented in April 2021. The test will remain in two parts, assessing the skills and knowledge of potential registrants. Changes will include increasing the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) from six to ten stations, and splitting the Computer-Based Test (CBT) into two parts (part A focusing on numeracy, and part B on theory). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation [NG164], NICE (updated 29th July 2020)
The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients who need haemopoietic stem cell transplantation and make the best use of NHS resources, while protecting staff from infection. On 29 July 2020, we amended recommendations on advice and testing for COVID-19 for patients and donors, and removed recommendations on deferring treatment for some patients to reflect changes in the risk of infection and the capacity in services. See 2 External 0 0 0 update information false https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng164/chapter/Update-information true false%> for details. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Tocilizumab for giant cell arteritis (GCA) during the COVID-19 pandemic (RPS 2007), NHS England (published 29th July 2020)
This interim policy proposition provides an option for some patients on tocilizumab for GCA nearing the end of their prescription to continue past 12 months up to April 2021. The basis for this is reducing the risk of a flare up of the disease in a vulnerable group of patients in the context of COVID-19. A flare up would lead to hospital interactions and high dose steroid medication, both of which may increase the risk and severity of COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS Test and Trace statistics (England): methodology, DHSC (updated 30th July 2020)
DHSC publishes 2 External 0 0 0weekly statistics on coronavirus (COVID-19) contact tracing false https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/nhs-test-and-trace-statistics-england-weekly-reports true false%> dating from when the NHS Test and Trace service started on 28 May 2020. These statistics cover: · number of people tested for coronavirus in England · number of people who tested positive for coronavirus in England · time taken for test results to become available · number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England that were then transferred to the contact-tracing system, ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is risk compensation threatening public health in the covid-19 pandemic?, BMJ
Increasing risky behaviour after adopting a protective measure (risk compensation) has been used to argue against public health interventions, such as face coverings. Available evidence does not support concerns that use of face coverings adversely affects hand hygiene. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Readying the NHS and social care for the COVID-19 peak, House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (published 29th July 2020)
Committee found years of inattention, funding cuts& delayed reforms have been compounded by Government's slow, inconsistent&, at times, negligent approach to giving the sector the support it needed during pandemic, as seen in discharge of 25,000 untested patients to care homes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Assessment of COVID-19 in primary care: the identification of symptoms, signs, characteristics, comorbidities and clinical signs in adults which may indicate a higher risk of progression to severe disease, SIGN v2 (updated 21st July 2020)
This rapid review aims to provide NHSScotland with advice on assessment of patients with COVID-19. Primary care clinicians should consider using the COVID-19 Scottish Primary Care Hub Triage Guide to inform initial consultations with patients presenting with potential COVID-19. 6.2.1 Updates to the literature review A rapid scoping search was carried out between 18 –23 June 2020 using BMJ Best Practice (https://bestpractice.bmj.com/topics/en-gb/3000168/history-exam) as the source. All references which were cited as preprints in the original version of this synthesis which have been subsequently published have been ap...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic, PHE (updated 30th July 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 30th July) - updated link to information on local restrictions. Update in version published 9th July - updated to reflect changes regarding overnight stays, instructions for testing and holding post-funeral rituals. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, PHE (updated 30th July 2020)
Update in this version (published 30th July) - updated link to information on local restrictions. Update in version published 17th July - updated information on disposal of used face coverings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics, DHSC/PHE (updated 29th July 2020)
As of 9am on 29 July, 301,455 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.On 17 July, the Secretary of State asked PHE to urgently review the way daily death statistics are currently reported. The publication of the daily figure is paused while this review takes place. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales: resolving discrepancies in deaths outside of hospital, CEBM
We note two potentially important issues about data collected in England and Wales. Both of these suggest potential areas of concern in non-hospital settings. First, many more individuals, compared to a baseline of the weekly five-year average, appear to be dying at home. Second, a large discrepancy is apparent in COVID-19 deaths according to whether these are measured using a death certificate-based method or a positive test-based method. Explaining these issues has implications for public policy regarding COVID-19 mitigation and public health more broadly. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus Act 2020: equality impact assessment, DHSC
This document records the equality analysis undertaken for the Coronavirus Bill to enable ministers to fulfil the requirements placed on them by the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) as set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. The PSED is an ongoing duty which will continue to be monitored and reviewed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Dr will Zoom you now: getting the most out of the virtual health and care experience
This report was a rapid, qualitative research study designed to understand the patient experience of remote and virtual consultations. The project was led in partnership with Traverse and Healthwatch England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breathing Space: an evaluation of Orbit's mental health programme
Orbit, an affordable homes provider, commissioned HACT to evaluate its Breathing Space programme. The programme is a mental health service established to support Orbit clients in achieving positive improvements in their mental health. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Resuming health services during the Covid-19 pandemic: what can the NHS learn from other countries?, Nuffield Trust
This briefing looks at the approaches other countries around the world have taken in dealing with the pandemic. It considers what might be learnt from the approaches used internationally, and how long it might take to fully recover. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Future Doctor programme: a co-created vision for the future clinical team
This report sets out a vision for future clinical teams and how education and training can evolve so that our future doctors are equipped with the right skills to deliver care in an ever-changing health care landscape. It outlines how medical education can be reformed so doctors better understand population needs, develop generalist skills and work effectively in multi-professional teams. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news