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At least 675 patients fall over daily on NHS wards
Some 675 patients have falls on NHS wards every day across England and Wales, a major Royal College of Physicians audit has found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians offer help on managing winter pressures
Royal College of Physicians publishes guidance on cutting unnecessary admissions Related items fromOnMedica Plans to help doctors cope this winter due soon Performance figures show NHS under continued pressure NHS winter plans centre on more flu jabs and A&E staff NHS won ’t cope with winter pressures, healthcare leaders fear Shortages are compromising patient care, new report warns (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 6, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Breaking the Fever: Sustainability and Climate Change in the NHS (National Health Service)
Royal College of Physicians. 03/15/2017 This four-page document gives an overview of the impact of climate change on health care in the United Kingdom, and how physicians and the National Health Service (NHS) can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Health care sustainability refers to the financial, environmental, and social impact of health services. The aim of sustainable healthcare is to provide better care for patients today without compromising health and care provision in the future. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Toxic air kills 40,000 a year
London, Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham were rated as heavily polluted in the study backed by 26 groups including the Royal College of Physicians. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS endorses the prescribing support for junior doctors
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has contributed to the publication of the new prescribing support guidefor junior doctors, published by the Royal College of Physicians. The report recognises that pha (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 15, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Most consultants feel unvalued by trusts
Patients value doctors more than NHS trusts, say doctors Related items fromOnMedica Consultants ’ experience needs to be better recognised Second doctors ’ union will participate in national contract negotiations Royal College of Physicians launches annual consultants ’ census (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 24, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More patients quitting smoking as prevalence falls to one in seven
Official data showing that smoking prevalence has fallen in recent years shows doctors' efforts to get patients to quit 'are working', the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Smoking cessation Source Type: news

Tobacco hybrid emits low-toxicant, e-cig-like vapor with enhanced flavor
(R&D at British American Tobacco) Chemical analysis has revealed no detectable difference between the vapours produced by an e-cigarette and a novel tobacco hybrid, (iFuse). Previous research revealed that the levels of nearly all tested toxicants in Vype ePen vapour are much lower than in cigarette smoke. The Royal College of Physicians is among those who say that smokers should switch to e-cigarettes to reduce harm and help them quit smoking. However, some consumers say that they want more tobacco taste. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

RCP Health Informatics Unit leads new consultation on digital health records for children
The Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit is conducting a consultation to seek views on the content of a new set of standards for digital health records for children. This is the first in a series of three surveys and focuses on the areas of birth details and the new born review. The subsequent surveys will cover immunisations and routine primary, health visitor and school nurse information; and developmental assessments and personal data. The survey closes on 15 May 2017 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feature Review: Asthma education for school staff
In this blog, GP  Dr Robin Carr discusses the latest Cochrane evidence on whether asthma education for teachers and other school staff could improve the care of children with asthma in schools and reduce asthma deaths. Reposted with permission fromEvidently Cochrane blog.  “ You can’t be serious, kids still die of asthma in your country?” my shocked friend said. “Actually, they still die in yours too”, I replied.I remember as a GP when I first arrived in Somerset that they were still talking about the 12 year old child who had died from an asthma attack some years...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Featured Review: Asthma education for school staff
In this blog, GP  Dr Robin Carr discusses the latest Cochrane evidence on whether asthma education for teachers and other school staff could improve the care of children with asthma in schools and reduce asthma deaths. Reposted with permission fromEvidently Cochrane blog.  “You can’t be serious, kids still die of asthma in your country?” my shocked friend said. “Actually, they still die in yours too,” I replied.I remember as a GP when I first arrived in Somerset that they were still talking about the 12-year-old child who had died from an asthma attack some years ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - May 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Invest in primary care to save underfunded hospitals, report says
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a report on called NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure today (16 March) which highlights the burdens faced by the acute sector.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 16, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: aharrold Tags: *** AskTheExpert: Commissioning *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Report: hospitals under pressure need investment in primary care
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has released a report on called NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure today (16 March) which highlights the burdens faced by the acute sector.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - March 16, 2017 Category: Nursing Authors: aharrold Tags: Professional Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Against the odds: experiences from the NHS front line
This report collates hospital doctors'experiences of working in NHS hospitals between December 2016 and January 2017 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors asking 'least bad' patients to sleep in corridors
The Royal College of Physicians said its reports shows that GPs are facing 'bed and staff shortages' as well as a 'lack of resources' which are fueling the NHS crisis . (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report highlights alarming level of readmission for COPD patients
A new report from the Royal College of Physicians shows that 43% of patients admitted for hospital treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were readmitted at least once in the three months following discharge, up from 33% in 2008. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Society for Endocrinology supports the British Thyroid Association position on treating underactive thyroid
The Society for Endocrinology fully supports the British Thyroid Association (BTA) Executive Committee statement on the treatment of underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) published online on the BTA website on 8 February 2017.In summary, the conclusion is that the benefits of combination therapy with LT-4 and LT-3 are still unproven, and the potential for harm exists with unregulated use of unapproved therapies especially the lack of long term L-T3 safety data and the unavailability of L-T3 formulations which accurately mimic natural physiology.The full statement can be read on the BTA blogThe BTA statement has also been en...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - February 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

NHS doctors, nurses say government-run healthcare a dismal failure that puts lives at risk
(Natural News) British doctors and nurses are warning that the nation’s government-run healthcare system is in such bad shape that many patients’ lives are being put at risk. A group of leading doctors from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have sent a letter to prime minister Theresa May saying that the NHS “will fail”... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The Royal College of Physicians has published Look out! Bedside vision check for falls prevention. This guide aims to help ward staff assess a patient's eyesight in order to help prevent them falling or tripping while in hospital. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes And The Values Behind The Evidence
It is becoming increasingly difficult to make the case against e-cigarettes on the basis of scientific evidence. A second Cochrane Review--the gold standard when it comes to assessing the state of the evidence on hot topics from salt to fat to smoking--has concluded that these nicotine-delivering devices that involve no combustion may help smokers quit without serious health consequences. The review concluded that of all 24 studies included, not a single one reported serious health risks to vapers from up to two years of e-cigarette use. Like the first review in 2014, this update is guarded, but also gives an approving nod...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

E-Cigarettes And The Values Behind The Evidence
It is becoming increasingly difficult to make the case against e-cigarettes on the basis of scientific evidence. A second Cochrane Review--the gold standard when it comes to assessing the state of the evidence on hot topics from salt to fat to smoking--has concluded that these nicotine-delivering devices that involve no combustion may help smokers quit without serious health consequences. The review concluded that of all 24 studies included, not a single one reported serious health risks to vapers from up to two years of e-cigarette use. Like the first review in 2014, this update is guarded, but also gives an approving nod...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Real Reason Why E-Cigarettes Can't Help More American Smokers
Co-Authored by Amy L. Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, and Sharon H. Green Over the past few years, the chances are high that you have seen fewer smokers and more vapers--that is, people using e-cigarettes. These devices have become ever more popular, but they also have ignited a bitter battle. Remarkably, this dispute has not pitted public health professionals against Big Tobacco flacks, as in decades past. Rather, the fight is playing out among scientists committed to drastically reducing if not eliminating the prevalence of smoking. Traditional cigarettes kill 480,000 Americans each year and will take one billion lives worldwi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scan suspected stroke patients within 1 hour, says RCP
Royal College of Physicians launches new guidance Related items fromOnMedica Stroke patients still not getting care they need NHS stroke care getting better NICE wants GPs to prevent 8,000 strokes a year Aspirin after mini-stroke reduces risk of major stroke Stroke can often be avoided, claims study (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 4, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Royal College of Physicians launches annual consultants ’ census
Data will help College ‘push for funding’ for additional posts Related items fromOnMedica Consultants are providing more acute generalist care Five-year plan for general practice unveiled Backing for junior doctors ‘still strong’ GP recruitment time-bomb ‘ready to explode’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 2, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'tired. hungry and dehydrated': Hospitals do not have enough doctors to keep patients safe, claims a report  
Seven in ten doctors work in hospitals that cannot fill their rota and one in ten junior doctors have o 'act up' to cover for the lack of consultants, according to the Royal College of Physicians. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Value of health initiative
The Royal College of Physicians has joined a group of leading health organisations from across Europe in an initiative to improve quality of care and public health. This project calls for a stronger focus on health outcomes, including a more robust approach to how they are measured, to bring about the following benefits: improve quality of care for patients; strengthen public health interventions; contribute to wider economic goals and increase societal well-being (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevention of maternal mortality
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) and the Royal College of Gynaecology have produced an animated video to help doctors assess unwell pregnant or postpartum women. It's better to ask: working together to prevent maternal mortality aims to help reduce the number of maternal deaths in the UK. It is accompanied by a poster, which highlights the main causes of maternal death and provides midwives and doctors with advice for assessing pregnant and postpartum women who are feeling unwell. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventing maternal mortality
An animation from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow aims to help doctors assess unwell pregnant or post-partum women. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 27, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Canada Legalizes Assisted Dying, But Leaves Doctors In Dark On Rules
Physician-assisted dying is now legal in Canada in cases where patients have a "grievous and irremediable" illness. But because the government has yet to pass federal legislation regulating the practice, the nation's doctors are in limbo. The Supreme Court of Canada struck down a ban on medical assistance in dying in February 2015 -- a ruling sometimes known as the "Carter decision." It also gave the government 12 months to pass legislation -- as well as another extension earlier this year -- outlining the conditions under which doctors can end a patient's life. On Monday, that deadline p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The hazy world of vaping ads
In April, Britain's Royal College of Physicians reported that the hazards from e-cigarettes are likely less than the harms from smoking tobacco. As CBC Ad Guy Bruce Chambers points out, such findings fan the flames of marketing on both sides of the issue. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Seven-day plan is unworkable, says royal college leader
The unresourced plan to expand seven-day services in the NHS has crushed morale in a service already ‘stretched beyond reason’, a royal college president has said. Royal College of Physicians of London president Jane Dacre told the BMA junior doctors conference that the policy was not workable with staff struggling to meet existing demand. Professor Dacre also told the conference that health policy — particularly during a time when resource was so scarce and demand so high — must be based on scientific evidence. It followed a week in which health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s analysis of the ‘...
Source: BMA News - May 16, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Imposition will be 'final straw' for juniors, doctors hear
  The imposition of the junior doctors’ contract will be the ‘final straw’ for many exhausted doctors, Royal College of Physicians president Jane Dacre told a BMA special representative meeting. Professor Dacre said morale was already near rock bottom owing to intense workload, but that it was growing worse. She said at the meeting in London on Tuesday 3 May: ‘Staff are being stretched beyond reason to care for far too many patients, there is little quarter given to career planning and life outside medicine and, last but not least, the spectre of having to provide a seven-day service in the fut...
Source: BMA News - May 6, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How Air Pollution Became a Major Issue in London Mayoral Race
Air pollution—an environmental problem now more associated with the developing cities like New Delhi than the capitals of the West—has emerged as key issue in the race to elect the next London mayor, with all three leading candidates campaigning on their solutions and voters describing the problem as an important concern. The mayoral campaign comes on the heels of a series of recent reports blaming pollution—largely from the emissions of diesel vehicles—as a leading killer in the United Kingdom. Around 40,000 people deaths annually in the country are linked to air pollution, according to a recent Ro...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - May 4, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized Environment Source Type: news

London Air Pollution Became a Major Issue in Its Mayoral Race
Air pollution—an environmental problem now more associated with the developing cities like New Delhi than the capitals of the West—has emerged as key issue in the race to elect the next London mayor, with all three leading candidates campaigning on their solutions and voters describing the problem as an important concern. The mayoral campaign comes on the heels of a series of recent reports blaming pollution—largely from the emissions of diesel vehicles—as a leading killer in the United Kingdom. Around 40,000 people deaths annually in the country are linked to air pollution, according to a recent Ro...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized Environment Source Type: news

Hospital audit reveals 40k patients given Do Not Resuscitate orders without families being told
A study of 9,000 patients conducted by the Royal College of Physicians found that a fifth of families were not informed that a DNR order had been put in place. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes are “important” in reducing avoidable deaths, RCP experts say
E-cigarettes are an “important” tool in reducing the number of avoidable deaths from smoking according to experts from the Royal College of Physicians Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 28, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: kschofield Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

E-cigarettes are “important” in reducing avoidable deaths, RCP experts say
E-cigarettes are an “important” tool in reducing the number of avoidable deaths from smoking according to experts from the Royal College of Physicians Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 28, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: Kerrie Schofield Tags: Smoking cessation Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco harm reduction
This report published by the Royal College of Physicians aims to provide an update on the use of harm reduction in tobacco smoking, in relation to all non-tobacco nicotine products but particularly e-cigarettes. It concludes that, for all the potential risks involved, harm reduction has huge potential to prevent death and disability from tobacco use, and to hasten our progress to a tobacco-free society. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.K. doctors urge wide promotion of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit
E-cigarettes are likely to bring benefits for public health and should be widely promoted to smokers to help them quit tobacco, according to Britain's Royal College of Physicians. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

U.K. Report Advocates E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Substitute
Substituting electronic cigarettes for tobacco is beneficial to public health and should be encouraged for current smokers, according to a report from the U.K.’s Royal College of Physicians. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - April 28, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: FREE Source Type: news

VIDEO: E-cigs 'have health benefits' says doctor
Smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says Dr Nick Hopkinson of the Royal College of Physicians. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Call for clinicians to back e-cigarettes as quitting agent
Health professionals should promote electronic cigarettes as an alternative to smoking, an extensive report on the controversial devices by the Royal College of Physicians has concluded. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 28, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Smokers Urged to Switch to E-Cigarettes by British Medical Group
The Royal College of Physicians summarized the growing body of science on e-cigarettes and found that their benefits far outweigh the potential harms. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SABRINA TAVERNISE Tags: Smoking and Tobacco E-Cigarettes Addiction (Psychology) Medicine and Health Nicotine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Royal College of Physicians Great Britain United States Britton, John Research Source Type: news

GPs advised to 'promote e-cigarettes widely' as smoking substitute
GPs have been advised to promote e-cigarettes 'as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking' by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), following a comprehensive review of available evidence. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 27, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Smoking cessation Source Type: news

PM urged to end 'damaging' contract stand-off
The leaders of 13 royal colleges have urged prime minister David Cameron to end the ‘damaging’ junior doctors contract stand-off. The 'eleventh hour' call comes in a letter signed by the clinical leaders which says health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s refusal to return to negotiations, and the resulting impasse, ‘poses a significant threat to our whole healthcare system’. Junior doctors will set up pickets across the country on Tuesday, 26 April and Wednesday, 27 April — the fifth round of industrial action. Last week, the BMA offered to call off the strike if Mr Hunt lifted imposition of the ...
Source: BMA News - April 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

BMA calls SRM to discuss NHS crisis
An emergency conference to address the crises of funding, staffing and morale facing the health service is set to take place next month. The BMA is urging doctors to attend a special representatives meeting on 3 May, amid mounting financial and workforce pressures that threaten to undermine doctors, patient safety and the NHS. BMA council chair Mark Porter (pictured) said that the extraordinary meeting was in response to the ongoing and ‘unprecedented’ pressures facing healthcare, adding that he hoped the occasion would be an opportunity for the medical community to discuss its concerns. He said: ‘Doctors...
Source: BMA News - April 13, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Contract will have ‘adverse effect on women’
Senior medical leaders have criticised the Government’s ‘unacceptable’ admission that the new junior doctors contract will have a disproportionate impact on women. The Department of Health’s equality impact assessment, which was published along with the contract last week, suggests that ‘any indirect adverse effect on women is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate end’. The assessment notes that doctors could face footing the bill for increased cost of childcare during evenings and weekends and suggests that single mothers would be hit hardest — but health leaders say the...
Source: BMA News - April 5, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Contract will have 'adverse effect' on women
Senior medical leaders have criticised the Government’s ‘unacceptable’ admission that the new junior doctors contract will have a disproportionate impact on women. The Department of Health’s equality impact assessment, which was published along with the contract last week, suggests that ‘any indirect adverse effect on women is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate end’. The assessment notes that doctors could face footing the bill for increased cost of childcare during evenings and weekends and suggests that single mothers would be hit hardest — but health leaders say the...
Source: BMA News - April 5, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Audit finds ‘steady progress’ in care of dying people
There has been steady progress in the care of dying people over the past couple of years, despite instability in national guidance, according to major audit by the Royal College of Physicians. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 31, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Doctors urge PM to call off contract imposition
  Doctors leaders have written to prime minister David Cameron urging him to call off Government plans to impose a new contract on junior doctors. Leaders from 22 of the UK’s medical royal colleges have endorsed a statement that urges the Government to return to negotiations with the BMA. The statement, published yesterday by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, follows on from the announcement that industrial action by junior doctors is to be stepped up to include a full withdrawal of services between 26 April and 27 April. The announcement was backed by a number of medical leaders, including Royal College of...
Source: BMA News - March 29, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news