Building up: the future of social security
This report examines the adequacy, accessibility and fairness of the UK ' s social security system for working-age adults in low-income households before and during the pandemic, before proposing three major policies to strengthen social security. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 18, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannula conversations: An initiative to reduce bloodstream infections
Healthcare-associated BSIs (HA-BSIs) have a significant burden on the healthcare system and are largely associated with increased risk of patient morbidity and mortality. Most HA-BSIs are preventable through basic infection prevention and control practices. To commit to reducing the issue of HA-BSIs, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the new ' Management of PIVCs Clinical Care Standard ' in 2021. The Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS) Infection Prevention and Control Team identified gaps in meeting the new Standard, which included a lack of evidence that inpatients were rece...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 18, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Better recognition for research participants: what society should learn from covid-19
Authors of this analysis argue society should better recognise research participants ' contributions, consider their needs after trials, and share research products fairly, noting that such recognition could increase public willingness to participate in research in the long term. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 18, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malaria prevention guidelines for travellers from the UK, UKHSA (updated 16th January 2023)
The UKHSA Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention updates and re-issues these guidelines every year for UK travellers. 16 January 2023Updated guidance. 27 September 2022Updated to reflect the temporary recommendations currently in place. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 18, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making retirement living affordable: the role of shared ownership housing for older people
This is the report of an enquiry launched in December 2021 by the APPG on Housing and Care for Older People. It was established to ' promote discussion and set the agenda for developing better, more joined up housing and care for older people, promising greater choices in later life. ' It sought to specifically assess the potential of shared ownership for an ageing population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HOPE policy brief Health and place: How levelling up health can keep older workers working
Despite overall improvements in disability-free life expectancy from 1991 to 2011, significant geographical health inequalities, and as a result wealth inequalities, widened across the UK. Unfortunately, over a decade later, the conversation hasn ' t moved on much further. Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On, the 2020 follow-up to Sir Michael Marmot ' s landmark study, found that the gap in healthy life expectancy between wealthy and deprived areas has continued to grow. As part of its levelling up agenda, the UK Government set itself an ambitious target to add five additional healthy years to the ave...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles: information for schools and healthcare centres, UKHSA (updated 17th January 2023)
Information and advice on measles and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. 17 January 2023Updated flyer and text version (English only). 13 January 2023Added text version of the flyer. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adult social care funding and eligibility our position
The social care system remains under intense pressure with an unstable provider market, a workforce crisis, and high levels of unmet need: unless these problems are addressed, it will continue to fail the people who rely on it. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health and the cost-of-living crisis report: another pandemic in the making?
This policy briefing paper provides an overview of the current and likely effects of the so-called ' cost-of-living crisis ' on mental health. It sets out MHF ' s evidence-based recommendations for governments across the UK to tackle the mental health impacts of the cost-of-living crisis. The paper emphasises that the priority must be to ensure suitable financial support schemes are available to all who need them to prevent people from experiencing poverty, financial stress and related mental health problems. The paper also stresses that the income support announced to date does not go far enough to meet the needs of low-i...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Integrated care strategy, health and wellbeing board and joint forward plan guidance: what you need to know
A summary of DHSC and NHSE guidance on integrated care strategy development, HWBs and partnership working, and the joint forward plan. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Safety-netting in general practice: how to manage uncertain diagnoses
Many people see their GP with symptoms that could either get better without treatment, or be a sign of serious illness; their diagnosis is uncertain. Research explored how GPs and patients can work together to develop follow-up plans (a process known as safety-netting). New recommendations could help GPs manage uncertain diagnoses. To avoid unnecessary referrals, GPs may adopt a ' watch and wait ' strategy when someone has an uncertain diagnosis. This strategy should come with a clear follow-up plan so that people understand the possible causes of their symptoms, how to look after themselves and what to do if symptoms per...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leave no one behind The state of health and health inequalities in Scotland
This report – part of the most comprehensive review of its kind since devolution began – looks at the evidence. A healthy population is one of Scotland ' s most important assets. It is a vital input into people ' s wellbeing and a thriving society and economy. This report suggests that progress in building a healthier and fairer nation is possible. But it also highlights that despite undoubted policy ambition, implementation barriers have enabled inequalities to persist. Worse still, they are growing. The most glaring predicament revealed by the review is that the health of people living in the most deprived lo...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 test validation approved products, UKHSA (updated 16th January 2023)
Find out which COVID-19 test products have been approved. 16 January 2023Updated the register. 9 January 2023Updated the register. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCPCH responds to the Age Estimation Scientific Advisory Committee's report on age assessment methods
This week the Interim Age Estimation Science Advisory Committee published their report on the use of biological evaluation methods to assist in assessing the age of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.The report recommends the use of radiography (x-ray) of the third molars (wisdom teeth) and the bones of the hand and wrist and MRI imaging of the bones of the knee and clavicle (collar bone) in combination with Merton-compliant social work assessments. The report suggests that paediatricians may be involved in the assessment process. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest insights, ONS (updated 17th January 2023)
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) - January 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news