Solidarity clinical trial for COVID-19 treatments, WHO
Solidarity ” is an international clinical trial to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19, launched by the World Health Organization and partners. The Solidarity Trial will compare four treatment options against standard of care, to assess their relative effectiveness against COVID-19. By enrolling pa tients in multiple countries, the Solidarity Trial aims to rapidly discover whether any of the drugs slow disease progression or improve survival. Other drugs can be added based on emerging evidence. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Use of non-contact tonometry to measure intra-ocular pressure during COVID-19, The College of Optometrists
This guidance has been developed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and the College of Optometrists (CoO) in response to the pandemic and may be subject to change. We advise that, for both primary and secondary care settings, it is acceptable to restart the use of air puff tonometry, after undertaking a local risk assessment and whilst continuing to follow infection control and other guidance related to COVID-19 in optometric and ophthalmic settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 Florence Nightingale Diagram's of UK Deaths, CEBM (updated 17th June 2020)
Updated to include death data in England and Wales up to 5th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Death Data in England Update 17th June, CEBM
COVID-19 death data in England as at 17th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Management of patients with musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions on corticosteroids, NHS England
This supersedes the specialist guidance “Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal and Rheumatic Conditions on Corticosteroids” published as part of the NHS England and Improvement phase 1 response to the coronavirus pandemic. It relates to musculoskeletal (MSK) service provision across primary, community and secondary care and is a pplicable to adults and children. The use of steroid medication is one of the management options for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and in particular rheumatic conditions, and this guidance aims to assist decisions on the use of such medication during the pandemic. (Source:...
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Clinical guide for triaging patients with lower gastrointestinal symptoms, NHS England
This guidance sets out how to manage patients with symptoms that might be due to colorectal cancer (CRC) and to identify those most in need of urgent investigation. It is important that patients with suspected colorectal cancer are able to access care. As such, GPs should continue to refer according to current NG12 guidelines. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance and standard operating procedure: Primary care optical settings in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19), NHS England
This document sets out general principles for the resumption of optical services delivery. It will need local interpretation according to local structures, geography and capacity. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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World-first scheme underway to tackle AMR and protect UK patients, DHSC
A pioneering scheme to provide new antibiotics to NHS patients by offering to pay pharmaceutical companies upfront for their work will start this week. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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High consequence infectious diseases (HCID), PHE (updated 17th June 2020)
Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England. 17 June 2020 Added Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to the list of airborne HCID treatment centres in England. 21 March 2020 Added explanation of the removal of COVID-19 from the list of HCIDs in the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 17th June 2020)
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Update in this version (published 17th June) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person, PHE (updated 17th June 2020)
This guidance is for people who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace that they are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19). Update in this version (17th June) - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP): trends in child BMI between 2006 to 2007 and 2018 to 2019
A report that provides a review of the changes in children's (BMI) body mass index, over specific time intervals (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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First drug to reduce mortality in hospitalised patients with respiratory complications of COVID-19 found, NIHR: Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre
The NIHR-funded and supported study RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY) has today announced that the steroid dexamethasone has been identified as the first drug to improve survival rates in certain coronavirus patients. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The association between primary care quality and health-care use, costs and outcomes for people with serious mental illness: a retrospective observational study
We examined whether or not better quality of primary care for people with serious mental illness improved a range of outcomes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Looking after your mental health as we come out of lockdown, MHF
For many of us, the gradual easing of lockdown brings longed-for opportunities (even if at a social distance) – to see friends, play sports, resume contact with family in'real space'or get back to work that we value. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Therapists and patients have good quality interactions during telephone sessions, NIHR: Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre
The quality of interactions between therapists and their patients is as good by telephone as in face-to-face sessions. A review of the evidence found little difference in the interaction regardless of how therapy was delivered. Telephone sessions were shorter but measures such as empathy and attentiveness, as well as patients'readiness to disclose information, was similar in both settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Public perceptions of health and social care in light of COVID-19 May 2020, Health Foundation
Results highlight how public perceptions have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 9/10 people (86%) now believing national government has a'great deal'or'fair amount'of responsibility for ensuring people generally stay healthy, significantly up from 61% in 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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UK-led clinical trial RECOVERY shows steroid dexamethasone reduces deaths among patients with severe COVID-19, University of Oxford
Total of 2104 patients received dexamethasone 6 mg daily. Dexamethasone reduced deaths by one-third in ventilated patients (rate ratio 0.65 [95% CI 0.48 to 0.88]; p=0.0003) and by one fifth in other patients receiving oxygen only (0.80 [0.67 to 0.96]; p=0.0021). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace releases first figures, with experts calling for improvements, BMJ
Report shows 8,117 people who tested positive had their case transferred into the service in the first week. Of these, 5,407 (67%) people were reached and asked to provide details of contacts, meaning 33% were not reached and their contacts have not been traced. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Aqueous olanexidine versus aqueous povidone-iodine for surgical skin antisepsis on the incidence of surgical site infections after clean-contaminated surgery: a multicentre, prospective, blinded-endpoint, randomised controlled trial
RCT (n=587) reports olanexidine significantly reduced surgical site infection at 30 days; 19 (7%) patients in olanexidine group vs 39 (13%) in povidone-iodine group (adjusted risk ratio 0.48, 90% CI 0.30 to 0.74; p=0.002). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Emergency Use Authorization of remdesivir by the US Food and Drug Administration, CEBM
On 1 May the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the use of remdesivir in treating COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Economic impact of coronavirus: gaps in support, House of Commons Treasury Committee
This unanimously agreed interim report of the inquiry into the economic impact of Covid-19 has identified key concerns relating to the following groups: those newly in employment or newly self-employed; those self-employed with annual trading profits in excess of £ 50,000; directors of limited companies; and freelancers or those on short-term contracts. The report makes a series of recommendations as to how the government could effectively address these concerns. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (coronavirus): immigration and visas, House of Commons Affairs Committee
The Committee found that excluding care workers and lower-paid NHS staff from the fee-free NHS visa extension scheme is unfair and fails to recognise the scale of their contribution to the UK fight against Covid-19. The Committee has called on the government to address the discrimination against health and care workers in lower-paid and lower-profile roles by expanding the eligibility for fee-free one-year visa extensions to include all NHS and social care staff, regardless of job role or pay grade. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Adult Social Care Data and Cyber Security Programme 2019/20
This report summarises learning from the programme, identifies the key risks faced by provider services, and the extent to which recommendations in the 2018/19 programme report have been implemented. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Beyond the data: understanding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME groups, PHE
This report is a descriptive summary of stakeholder insights into the factors that may be influencing the impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities and strategies for addressing inequalities. The report summarises requests for action, which have been used to inform a number of recommendations. It also includes a rapid literature review. These insights will form the basis of the next steps being taken forward by the Equalities Minister. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 and inequalities, Institute for Fiscal Studies
This report aims to bring together what has emerged so far about the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on inequalities across several key domains of life. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The geography of the COVID-19 crisis in England, Institute for Fiscal Studies
This report analyses how the health, economic and social impacts of Covid-19 vary around England. Amongst other things, it explores which local authorities have residents who are more vulnerable to severe Covid-19 symptoms because of their age or pre-existing conditions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Psychological first aid training for staff and volunteers
NHS staff and volunteers at the forefront of the national response to COVID-19 across England, can now access a new psychological first aid training course. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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MHRA suspends recruitment to COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine trials, MHRA
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has instructed UK clinical trialists using hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) to suspend recruitment of further participants. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Care Homes in England, CEBM (updated 15th June 2020)
Updated to include figures up to 1st June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Admissions to Hospital Update 15th June, CEBM
Updated figures on COVID-19 admissions to hospital as of 15th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19: access to out-of-hours palliative and end-of-life care at home, CEBM
Five years ago, the James Lind Alliance carried out research using their Priority Setting Partnership protocol to identify the most important national concerns about palliative and end-of-life (EOL) care. Top of their list was the question:'What are the best ways of providing palliative care outside working hours to avoid crises and help patients stay in their place of choice?'(Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, PHE (updated 16th June 2020)
Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Update in this version (published 16th June) - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing, PHE (updated 16th June 2020)
Advice and information for the public on how to look after their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Update in this version (published 16th June) - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities, PHE
This report is a descriptive summary of stakeholder insights into the factors that may be influencing the impact of COVID-19 on communities and strategies for addressing inequalities. It summarises requests for action, which have been used to inform a number of recommendations, and also includes a rapid literature review. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Supporting care-experienced children and young people, The British Psychological Society
This advice is intended for foster and kinship carers, adoptive parents, and professionals who work with care-experienced children in schools, residential care homes and other settings across the United Kingdom. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Back to school: using psychological perspectives to support re-engagement and recovery, The British Psychological Society
This guidance complements the UK and national government advice on the return to school for pupils by offering a psychological perspective on the process of re-engaging children and young people with school. It considers the challenges at government, community, school, family and child levels and offers recommendations for action to prepare and support the return to school. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Getting used to life under lockdown? Coronavirus in the UK, King's College London
A study of the UK public by King's College London in partnership with Ipsos MORI finds that the public claim to be sticking to the “stay at home” advice to an extraordinary degree, even after the government relaxed the rules, reflecting their real caution at lifting restrictions and continued focus on the health impacts over effects on the economy and education. The study is based on 2,254 interviews with UK residents aged 16-75, and was carried out online between 20 and 22 May 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Supporting young people and parents: the impact of Covid-19 on adolescents, parenting and neglect, The Children's Society
This briefing explores the challenges that adolescents and their parents face during the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers advice for professionals on how to reduce the likelihood of neglect occuring or to mitigate its effects and includes recommendations for national and local decision makers around prevention and responses to adolescent neglect. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS England announces overwhelming take up of new primary care network
Almost all GP practices in England (98%) have signed up to the Primary Care Network contract for the next year which includes funding for extra services eg weekly checks for care home residents, more clinical pharmacist, enhanced early cancer diagnosis, and increased staffing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, PHE (updated 16th June 2020)
Recent updates to this guidance: 16th June 2020 - added guidance on support bubbles. 11th June 2020 - updated'Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection'to align with Test and Trace regulations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes, PHE (updated 15th June 2020)
Update in this version (published 15th June) - updated'How to work safely in care homes'document to provide important updates as set out on page 2. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England, PHE (updated 15th June 2020)
This is a resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Update in this version (published 15th June) - updated'Personal protective equipment (PPE): a resource for care workers delivering homecare (domiciliary care) in England'document to provide important updates as set out on page 2. (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 16th June 2020)
As of 9am on 15th June, there have been 6,866,481 tests, with 93,163 tests on 14th June. 296,857 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 14th June, of those who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 41,736 have died. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Death Data in England Update 13th June, CEBM
COVID death data in England, updated 13th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Admissions to Hospital, CEBM (updated 12th June 2020)
Data on COVID-19 admissions to hospital - updated 12th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity, DHSC (updated 15th June 2020)
Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity. 15 June 2020 Added Welsh translations of main guidance document, annex A and annex B. 10 June 2020 Added a new section to the attachment'The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance'. The new section is called'The right to appeal if someone is subject to emergency health powers and lacks the relevant mental capacity'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus and anxiety, Great Britain: 3 April 2020 to 10 May 2020, ONS (updated 15th June 2020)
This article will provide insights into which socio-demographic and economic factors were most associated with high levels of anxiety during the first weeks of lockdown. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 15th June 2020)
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Update in this version (published 15th June) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Updates and advice on drug usage in anaesthesia, RCoA
The Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Association of Anaesthetists, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and the Intensive Care Society worked with the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England and his team to issue guidance on how to rationalise the use of drugs in anaesthesia and intensive care to manage the demand for key drugs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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