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))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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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Recording Armed Forces status on ESR
Electronic Staff Record (ESR), the staff database system used across the NHS has been updated with a new feature which allows users to record if staff are Armed Forces veterans. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: maternity leaflets: looking after yourself and your baby in pregnancy translated versions, NHS England
Available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Safe working for all NHS staff through COVID-19: case studies, NHS England
Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; AT Medics primary care risk assessment; Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust; Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust; Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust; Thistlemoor Medical Centre. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Standard operating procedure (SOP) for general practice in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19), NHS England
This guidance applies to general practices operating under contract to the NHS in England, including those providers who operate outside core GP contract hours. We trust healthcare professionals to use their clinical judgement when applying this guidance in what we appreciate is a highly challenging, rapidly changing environment. Changes are highlighted in yellow. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Questions relating to consumers, WHO
Can I get COVID-19 from food? (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 response levels - workload prioritisation for primary care, BMA/RCGP
This document outlines the types of work which should be undertaken in primary care, depending on the prevalence of COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance on workload prioritisation during COVID-19 pandemic level reducing, BMA/RCGP
Now that the initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed in the UK, the BMA and RCGP are encouraging practices, in discussion with local health and social care partners, local government and voluntary sector bodies, as capacity allows, to work towards restoring routine clinical services where this is possible. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Support for the bereaved, Cabinet Office (updated 15th June 2020)
Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions. Update in this version (published 15th June) - addition of translated versions of'What to do when someone dies during the COVID-19 pandemic'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Recommendations for head and neck surgical oncology practice in a setting of acute severe resource constraint during the COVID-19 pandemic: an international consensus
These recommendations aim to decrease inconsistency of practice, reduce uncertainty in care, and provide reassurance for clinicians worldwide for head and neck surgical oncology in the setting of acute severe resource constraint and high risk of infection to patients and staff. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 -'shielding' guidance for children and young people, RCPCH (updated 12th June 2020)
This guidance for clinicians has been recently updated, after a review of evidence indicated that not all of those children and young people currently advised to shield need to continue to do so. Those cared for in primary care are very unlikely to need to continue to shield. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Alcohol-attributable fractions for England: an update
This report finds alcohol continues to contribute to the increased risk of a large number of chronic and acute diseases, and its consumption has the greatest impact on developing morbidities such as cancer and digestive diseases. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation: deaths occurring between 1 March and 31 May 2020
This analysis found there were 81.2 deaths per 100,000 people involving Covid-19 in this period, with London having the highest age-standardised mortality rate (137.6 per 100,000). Mortality rate fell by more than half in all but two regions between April and May. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: England, 12 June 2020, ONS
It is estimated that 0.06% (95% CI 0.02% to 0.12%) of the community population in England had COVID-19 at any time between 25 May and 7 June 2020, with evidence that the number of people testing positive has decreased. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19, NAO
This report provides a factual overview of the response by the Department of Health and Social Care and other bodies to prepare the NHS and adult social care in England for the COVID-19 pandemic. More detailed assessments of specific elements will be undertaken in due course. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, PHE (updated 11th June 2020)
Stay-at-home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Update in this version (published 11th June) - 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))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deaths involving COVID-19 by local area and socioeconomic deprivation: May 2020, ONS
This document provides provisional counts of the number of deaths and age-standardised mortality rates involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) 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))
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