Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives
It has been known for decades that living with obesity reduces life expectancy and increases the chance of serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In the past few months it has been seen that excess weight puts individuals at risk of worse outcomes from coronavirus (Covid-19). This policy paper outlines actions the government will take to tackle obesity and help adults and children to live healthier lives. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing data methodology, DHSC (updated 29th July 2020)
Information on the data sources and methodology used to provide the daily statistics on coronavirus testing. 29 July 2020 Updated to include the latest methodology on how positive cases are counted in Wales and Northern Ireland. 4 July 2020 Updates have been made throughout the methodology note, including adding new sections to'methodology'and'positive cases'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 29th July 2020)
Update in this version (published 29th July 2020) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Excess weight and COVID-19: insights from new evidence, PHE
This report brings together findings from UK and international studies published during the coronavirus pandemic and offers important insights into the prevalence, causes and risks of being overweight. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Stay alert and safe: social distancing guidance for young people, Cabinet Office (updated 28th July 2020)
Update in this version (published 28th July) - page updated in line with the most recent government guidance. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Investigating the deaths of healthcare and social care workers who died after contracting coronavirus, NHS England (published 27th July 2020)
On 29 May 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care wrote to the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee to describe the process for medical examiner review of health and social care worker deaths from COVID-19. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued emergency Directions under Secretary of State powers conferred by section 253 of the National Health Service Act 2006. These require NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts to co-operate with each other and others providing NHS services to ensure that medical examiners are available to prioritise the scrutiny of health and social care...
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COVID-19: paediatric surveillance, PHE (updated 28th July 2020)
Children represent a small proportion of the total number of confirmed cases, with older adults and those with underlying co-morbidities particularly affected by the current global pandemic. Whilst this is reassuring for paediatricians, there are limited data on childhood SARS-CoV-19 infections, especially from Europe. 28 July 2020 Added updated sKIDs protocol. 12 June 2020 Added studies 5 to 7: RAPID-19 study; sKIDs COVID-19 surveillance in school children; and Multi-system inflammatory syndrome, Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2020
This report examines how living standards – most commonly measured by households'incomes – were changing in the UK up to approximately the eve of the current COVID-19 crisis, using the latest official household income data covering years up to 2018–19. We particularly focus on how this differed for different groups, and what this meant for poverty and inequality. It gives us a compr ehensive account of where we stood before the current crisis, including for groups who we now know have subsequently had their economic lives turned upside down. The analysis in this report is chiefly based on data from two UK...
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The Future Doctor programme
The Future Doctor sets us a collective challenge to make a fundamental shift in medical education from a system that places disproportionate value on specialism to one that recognises crucial value in a generalist training; that better equips doctors in the management of complex care, co-morbidities, and provides a deep connection and understanding of the communities doctors serve; and instils strong professionalism from the start of medical education and training. The Future Doctor co-created vision is the culmination of significant work and system-wide engagement. It sets a clear direction for the next phase of our ref...
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Digital adaptations to supervision and observations
Supervisors, beyond their training and qualification to offer supervision face-to-face, should ideally have additional specific training in providing supervision in the modality in which they are working (i.e. text, video). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Meeting the psychological needs of children in shielding families, BPS
' Shielding'is defined by Public Health England (PHE) as a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. Those adults and children who are classed as extremely vulnerable or most at risk are strongly recommended to take additional precautions to avoid Covid-19 infection This guidance considers the psychological needs of children who have been shielding themselves, or who are in families where someone else has been shielding. Parents and families have contributed to the development of this guidance and we are grateful for their input. (Source...
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Government obesity strategy misses key elements in supporting healthy weight management for all, says Centre for Mental Health
The Government's obesity strategy risks missing an important opportunity to acknowledge and address the psychological, social and economic stresses and struggles that make it difficult for people to manage a healthy weight, Centre for Mental Health chief executive Sarah Hughes said today. Responding to the publication of the Government strategy, Tackling obesity, Sarah Hughes said: “For very many people, difficulties managing a healthy weight are intimately connected to their mental health. Poverty, stress, worry and fear are all major causes of physical ill health. Any strategy that relies on people making'choices'...
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A Spending Review for wellbeing, Centre for Mental Health
The 2020 Spending Review is an important opportunity to put people's health first in the wake of Covid-19. A Spending Review for wellbeing sets out six key proposals for improving mental health in England, after finding that the cost of mental health difficulties reached a record level of £ 119 billion last year (2019/20). The coronavirus pandemic, and the necessary steps the Government has taken to save lives, will have profound and lasting effects on the public's mental health, and we estimate that at least half a million more people will experience a mental health difficulty this year as a result. This makes a Sp...
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COVID-19: Admissions to Hospital Update 27th July 2020, CEBM
Updated information on COVID-19 daily admissions to hospital, as of 27th July 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Living in poverty was bad for your health before COVID-19, Health Foundation
This long read looks at the link between health and income. It explores the nature of the economic shocks experienced in recent years, including those stemming from COVID-19, and the consequences these might have on people's health. It then considers how we might use the current crisis to build a fairer and healthier society. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): the impact on prisons, House of Commons Justice Committee
This report looks at the measures the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service have taken in response, focusing primarily on regime changes and strategies to manage the prison population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Particle sizes of infectious aerosols: implications for infection control,The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
The global pandemic of COVID-19, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [SARS-CoV-2]) has been associated with infections and deaths among health-care workers. There have been conflicting recommendations from health authorities on the use of masks or respirators to protect health-care workers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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How to move beyond quality improvement projects, BMJ
This analysis article highlights that quality improvement, by itself, does not represent a holistic approach to managing quality, and needs to be used alongside quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control to create a single, consistent management system. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus and the impact on caring, ONS
From making an extra meal, to buying essentials, almost half (48%) of people in the UK said that they provided help or support to someone outside of their household in the first month of lockdown in April 2020. Although using a slightly different definition, this is a substantial increase since before the pandemic where just over 1 in 10 (11%) adults reported providing some regular service or help for a sick, disabled, or elderly person not living with them during 2017 to 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Best Beginnings: a proposal for a new early years guarantee to give all children in England the best start in life
This report looks at the provision of early years services for children across the country, alongside a warning that many nurseries are at risk of closure, hitting the life chances of some of the most vulnerable children and holding back the economic recovery following lockdown. The Children's Commissioner calls for a new Best Beginnings early years investment plan, ranging from Children and Family hubs to midwives and health visitors, to tackle these problems at the beginning of a child's life rather than waiting until crises develop in later years. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Speaking up: how UK nursing staff expect to be valued, RCN
This report is a first look at their experiences of feeling valued, and how in their own view, their value is expressed in relation to pay. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Being a Patient
This is the first report from the Patients Association programme of work on patient experience. It suggests that it is time for a fresh look at patient experience. While there is considerable activity in the health and care system devoted to measuring patient experience, the approach is quite narrow and doesn't truly capture things from the patient's point of view. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The future of pharmacy in a sustainable NHS: key principles for transformation and growth
This briefing maps out key recommendations under three main priorities: supporting and valuing the pharmacy workforce; supporting an integrated NHS; and innovation. It aims to capture learnings from the pandemic response and explores the contributions the pharmacy profession can make to the NHS. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Beyond the bursary: workforce supply
This report details modelling undertaken by London Economics, which demonstrates the level of funding required to increase the number of applicants to the nursing degree. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Supporting staff to return to the workplace, NHS Employers
With the recent announcement to pause shielding for clinically vulnerable people from 1 August 2020, there will be greater numbers of staff returning to the workplace. This guidance outlines: the organisational considerations when planning for staff to return; tips for managers; signposts to useful resources; and good practice examples from NHS trusts. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do, Cabinet Office (updated 27th July 2020)
Recent updates: 27th July - added section on looking after grandchildren. 25th July - page updated to reflect latest government guidance. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics, DHSC/PHE (updated 28th July 2020)
Recent updates: 28th July 2020 - Updated weekly testing capacity figures. 27th July 2020 - Updated daily figures. As of 9am on 27th July, 300,111 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK (pillars 1 and 2). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Levelling up Yorkshire and Humber: health as the new wealth post-Covid, NHS Confederation
This report, produced together with Yorkshire& Humber Academic Health Science Network and Yorkshire Universities, provides a plan to tackle ever-increasing socio-economic inequalities and boost health outcomes in Yorkshire and the Humber by encouraging and supporting more cross-sector working. Health and the economy are bound tightly together, and interventions designed to improve health, inclusive growth and wellbeing in Yorkshire and the Humber are in the interests of all local, regional and national partners, businesses and communities and should be a shared priority and endeavour. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Abandoned, forgotten and ignored: the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on disabled people, Inclusion London
This report highlights the effects of discrimination and inequality on disabled people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the UK's sector for black and minoritised women, Women's Resource Centre
This report finds that black and minoritised women-led voluntary community organisations (VCOs) are under significant threat due to the Covid-19 crisis, particularly as they were in a weakened position at the outset. It calls on the UK government to make unrestricted emergency funds available to sustain black and minoritised women-led VCOs in both the short term and the long term. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The crisis of Covid-19 crisis and UK women's charities, Women's Resource Centre
This report calls for the Women's Resource Centre to lead a national campaign for the protection of the UK women's voluntary and community sector, including the provision of dedicated funding to sustain women's voluntary community organisations (VCOs) throughout and beyond the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Infection prevention and control board assurance framework, version 1.3: 22 July 2020, NHS England
The framework can be used to assure directors of infection prevention and control, medical directors and directors of nursing by assessing the measures taken in line with current guidance. It can be used to provide evidence and as an improvement tool to optimise actions and interventions. The framework can also be used to assure trust boards. Using this framework is not compulsory, however its use as a source of internal assurance will help support organisations to maintain quality standards. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Summary of infection prevention and control guidance and information for healthcare settings 2020, version 2: 22 July 2020, NHS England
Summary list of guidance relating to infection prevention and control published from 23 March to 20 July 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Preparing for COVID-19 surges and winter, Academy of Royal Medical Colleges
This report has been written for healthcare leaders at national level but also for College members to use at local level to ensure that their organisations locally are taking the necessary actions to prepare the NHS, patients and staff for a potential further COVID-19 wave and the pressures of winter. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy, RCOG Version 11: (updated 24 July 2020)
This document is designed to provide guidance to healthcare professionals who care for pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed to provide advice on how existing clinical guidelines can be implemented during this time, not to replace them. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Remote consultation and triaging: Guidance documents and top tips, RCGP (updated 21st July 2020)
This page in RCGP's COVID-19 Resource Hub provides comprehensive updates and advice on best practice for remote consultations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 - research evidence summaries, RCPCH (updated 23rd July 2020)
A summary of key current evidence regarding COVID-19 in children and young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 27th July 2020)
Update in this version (published 27th July 2020) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection control for care providers, SCIE (updated 24th July 2020)
This quick guide sets out best practice for care providers to remain safe and prevent COVID-19 from spreading. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Early triage of critically ill COVID-19 patients using deep learning
The sudden deterioration of patients with novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into critical illness is of major concern. It is imperative to identify these patients early. We show that a deep learning-based survival model can predict the risk of COVID-19 patients developing critical illness based on clinical characteristics at admission. We develop this model using a cohort of 1590 patients from 575 medical centers, with internal validation performance of concordance index 0.894 We further validate the model on three separate cohorts from Wuhan, Hubei and Guangdong provinces consisting of 1393 patients with concordan...
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Delivering integrated care at neighbourhood level: approaches to governance
A member survey carried out by the Community Network found that the need to develop frameworks for integrated governance was one of the four main barriers to more seamless care at the local level. This briefing focuses on how organisations in Hull, Worcestershire and Newcastle have found ways to overcome this barrier and establish effective governance arrangements for their local partnerships. The case studies in this briefing were written before the pandemic, with all the change that has brought about, not least the move to digital ways of working. However, as the NHS faces unprecedented pressures not just to recover but ...
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Delivering integrated care at neighbourhood level: developing shared working practices
The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly accelerated the integration of care in the community. The transformative potential of organisations working together at a neighbourhood level to meet local needs has never been clearer. Before the crisis hit, the Community Network initiated a project to capture the successes and share the learning from areas where local service integration was already well underway. This briefing forms part of a series published as part of this Neighbourhood Integration Project. With funding from NHS England and Improvement, the project focuses on how long-standing local partnerships have resolved the oper...
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The psychology of loneliness: why it matters and what we can do
This report aims to address the current gap in our understanding of the psychological and emotional aspects of loneliness. We cover the role these play in our ability to form meaningful connections and how this knowledge can inform and improve the support for those experiencing loneliness, particularly chronic and severe loneliness. This is a first step on that journey and further work is needed to build on what we have learned. This work complements rather than underplays the significance of social and structural factors – like socio economic, gender and ethnicity differences – that contribute to loneline...
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COVID-19 rapid guideline: arranging planned care in hospitals and diagnostic services [NG179], NICE (published 27th July 2020)
The purpose of this guideline is to help healthcare professionals deliver efficient planned care while minimising the risk of COVID-19 in the context of increasing or decreasing local prevalence. It also aims to help patients make decisions about their planned care. It is for adults, young people and children in hospitals and diagnostic settings. Planned care covers elective surgery (day surgery and inpatient stays), interventional procedures, diagnostics and imaging. It does not include services where people have ongoing outpatient and day-case procedures such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and dialysis. (Source: Current A...
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Testing times: an ethical framework and practical recommendations for Covid-19 testing for NHS workers, THIS.Institute
THIS.Institute at the University of Cambridge has undertaken a rapid response project to develop an ethical framework for Covid-19 testing for NHS workers. It sought to identify and characterise the ethical considerations likely to be important to the testing programme, while recognising the tension between different values and goals. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Improving mental health and reducing antipsychotic use in people with dementia in care homes: the WHELD research programme including two RCTs
This research programme developed a person-centred intervention, which reduced anti-psychotic use and improved quality of life when compared to treatment as usual. Background The effective management of agitation and other neuropsychiatric and behavioural symptoms in people with dementia is a major challenge, particularly in care home settings, where dementia severity is higher and there is limited training and support for care staff. There is evidence for the value of staff training and the use of psychosocial approaches; however, no intervention currently exists that combines these elements into an intervention that is f...
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Encouraging hand hygiene in the community, BPS
The good news is that the World Health Organization has been successfully promoting hand hygiene globally since at least 2009, but high-income countries have not been a focus for this guidance until Covid-19. This document supplements other hand hygiene and behavioural science guidance, and focuses specifically on psychological considerations and the behavioural science to support effective action. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Misinformation in the COVID-19 infodemic, House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
This report finds that online misinformation about COVID-19 was allowed to spread virulently across social media without the protections offered by legislation promised by the government in the Online Harms White Paper published in April 2019. The report details evidence on a range of harms from dangerous hoax treatments to conspiracy theories. The Committee calls for the government to make a final decision on the appointment of an independent online harms regulator immediately. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Tackling obesity: government strategy, DHSC
Sets out the actions the government will take to tackle obesity and help adults and children to live healthier lives. We have known for decades that living with obesity reduces life expectancy and increases the chance of serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In the last few months we have seen that excess weight puts individuals at risk of worse outcomes from coronavirus (COVID-19). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Rapid Decay of AntiSARS-CoV-2 Antibodies in Persons with Mild Covid-19, New England Journal of Medicine
This correspondence briefly describes results of observational research (n=34) that estimated the half-life of IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 to be 36 days. The authors say their results raise concern humoral immunity may not be long-lasting in those with mild illness. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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