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CCTA increases emergency room costs, length of stay
Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) might not be an ideal diagnostic tool for patients...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: PROMISE: CCTA better than functional cardiac testing Study finds differences in CCTA plaque measurements CCTA can cut complications and hospital stays CCTA halves adverse events in SCOT-HEART trial ROMICAT II: CCTA more efficient to triage chest pain patients (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 17, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Warmer water signals change for Scotland's shags
(Centre for Ecology& Hydrology) An increasingly catholic diet among European shags at one of Scotland's best-studied breeding colonies has been linked to long-term climate change and may have important implications for Scotland's seabirds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 17, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Alcohol minimum unit pricing gets go ahead in Scotland
UK Supreme Court rules minimum unit price is legal Related items fromOnMedica Alcohol and the nervous system Alcohol dependency and detoxification Tighter pub licensing linked to 2% cut in admissions Governments must do more to fight alcohol harm says OECD England faces 135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths by 2035 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Court gives go-ahead for minimum alcohol price in Scotland
Britain's Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland _ a watershed moment for public health advocates alarmed at the level of abuse (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Scotland becomes minimum alcohol price trailblazer in bid to boost public health
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland is to become one of the first countries in the world to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in an attempt to tackle a worsening public health problem with binge drinking. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Minimum unit pricing in Scotland will make life better for thousands of people, says charity – and calls for Westminster to step up
The Supreme Court in Scotland today (15 November) delivered its judgement that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal, a step which charity Alcohol Concern says will improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of people. Harmful drinking is the biggest avoidable cause of death for people aged 15-49 in the UK. It also costs the NHS £3.5 billion a year. The decision in Scotland comes after a long and protracted legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association and follows the recent announcement by the Welsh Government on its plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Wales. Alcohol Concern, along with...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Blog Post: Supreme Court makes momentous decision on Minimum Unit pricing in Scotland
Today the Supreme Court has ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal. This is a momentous decision, following five years of legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association. It means that the Scottish Government can now implement MUP and allow a potentially game-changing alcohol policy to finally be introduced. After years of public debate on the merits and politics of MUP, we may lose sight of the basic principle behind it. MUP establishes a minimum price below which a unit of alcohol can be sold. It is not a new tax on alcohol, and – unlike alcohol taxes – it applies equally regardless o...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing
The UK's highest court says Scotland can finally implement minimum pricing for alcohol. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supreme Court backs minimum alcohol pricing
Scotland is set to be the first country in the world to establish a minimum price per unit of alcohol. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supreme Court decides on Scottish minimum alcohol pricing
The UK's highest court will say whether Scotland can finally implement minimum pricing for alcohol. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Satellites could be launched from Shetland Islands' most nothern isle
Unst, which has a population of only 600, is identified in UK Space Agency research as best site in UK for spaceport to launch satellites into orbitFor the 600 residents of the most northern island in the Shetlands, it could be the most exciting thing since Unstfest – the annual shindig that this year offered, among its attractions, a scything demonstration over-16s could join.The proposals are at an early stage, but if the Shetland Space Centre Ltd gets its way,Unst could become the UK ’s premier spaceport with a local economy revitalised by blasting satellites into orbit. The company was set up on the island,...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Space Scotland Satellites Science UK news Source Type: news

Satellites could be launched from Shetland Islands' most northern isle
Unst, which has a population of only 600, is identified in UK Space Agency research as best site in UK for spaceport to launch satellites into orbitFor the 600 residents of the most northern island in the Shetlands, it could be the most exciting thing since Unstfest – the annual shindig that this year offered, among its attractions, a scything demonstration over-16s could join.The proposals are at an early stage, but if the Shetland Space Centre Ltd gets its way,Unst could become the UK ’s premier spaceport with a local economy revitalised by blasting satellites into orbit. The company was set up on the island,...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Space Scotland Satellites Science UK news Source Type: news

Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh: Sponsorship, advertising, and exhibition opportunities
The 2018 Cochrane Colloquium will be held in Edinburgh at the International Conference Centre in Scotland from 16-18 September 2018. It will be hosted by  Cochrane UK. Cochrane ’s annual colloquia is a truly international event, attracting up to 1300 delegates from across the world. It’s a great opportunity for delegates and organizations attending, to network and learn more about the latest in evidence-based practice.The theme for 2018 is:Cochrane for all: Better evidence for better health decisionsThis will be a Colloquium for everyone. It will welcome newcomers to Cochrane from all parts of the wor...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Highly skilled practice managers needed, says 2018 GMS contract in Scotland
Scotland practices will need highly qualified practice managers to engage with the wider primary care system, says the proposed2018 General Medical Services (GMS) contract in Scotland. On top of their traditional duties, practice managers will be asked to collaborate with GP Clusters, NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP), and any new service that might emerge.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

In UK pilot, paramedics send ultrasounds, high-res videos en route to hospitals
In rural Scotland ambulance rides can take as long as four or five hours. Those hours spent in the ambulance are critical, said Neil Fraser, director of space and communications at ViaSat UK. But new a new pilot program aims to use telemedicine to improve care during that important time frame.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Scottish practice nurses to be ‘expert nursing generalists’
A new general practice contract being proposed for Scotland will offer “new opportunities” for nurses working in primary care, with more roles coming their way, according to documents released today. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 13, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Workload of GPs to be reduced in Scotland to boost retention
Doctors to receive guaranteed income under Scottish government’s draft deal with BMA (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - November 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How Scotland's new contract takes the burden of premises off GPs' shoulders
Practice premises are 'increasingly perceived as an unwanted liability by potential GP partners' and have become a barrier to recruitment, retention and retirement, the Scottish government and the BMA believe. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

How will GPs' role change under the new Scottish contract?
A proposed Scottish GMS contract for April 2018 will 'refocus' the GP role to help them become expert medical generalists in their community, the Scottish BMA has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

New Scottish GP contract cuts premises risk and guarantees £80,000 earnings
GPs in Scotland have been offered a new contract deal guaranteeing partners minimum earnings of £80,430 and offering interest free premises loans in a bid to return the profession to a sustainable footing. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Study explores how Scotland and Northern Ireland can fulfil aspirations post-Brexit
(University of East Anglia) Significant changes to both the current UK and European Union (EU) constitutional frameworks are 'almost unavoidable' in order to accommodate the very different aspirations of Scotland and Northern Ireland post-Brexit. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Scottish GP recruitment plans to cut workload
The Scottish government hopes the proposed contract will also make it easier to run practices. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BMA hails 'historic' new GP contract
Scottish government says deal will cut bureaucracy and boost GP recruitment Related items fromOnMedica GPs have an 'obligation to follow their contracts' More questions than answers in Scottish workforce plan, say nurse leaders Training places for overseas doctors in Scotland set to double Government missing targets on GP investment Number of whole-time GPs in Scotland falls (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pharmacists play key role in proposed General Medical Services Contract in Scotland
The Scottish Government and BMA Scotland have today published their 2018 General Medical Services Contract in Scotland. The proposed contract includes specific areas of interest to pharmacists and ph (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 13, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Stirling becomes latest council to sign up to Ethical Care Charter
“Social care workers provide a lifeline service for vulnerable people,” UNISON branch secretary Lorraine Thomson said this week as she welcomed Stirling Council in Scotland signing up to the union’s Ethical Care Charter. She said the move “shows commitment to a highly skilled workforce and those they care for.” Adopting the charter means the council will guarantee appropriate pay, training and working standards for care workers. It says that his will lead to a better quality of care for the thousands of service users who rely on it. Read UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter The council&rsq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article adult care adult social care ethical care ethical care charter local government save care now Scotland Source Type: news

Clear consensus on need for sharing of information across health services
Last week our Practice& Policy Lead, Aileen Bryson, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Health& Sport Committee on technology and innovation in health and social care. This was (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 10, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Census 2017: workforce figures for consultants and specialty doctor psychiatrists
This report outlines the findings of this year's census of psychiatric workforce across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 9, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dementia is now Britain ’s biggest killer, figures show
The figures combine existing data for England, Wales and Scotland with new statistics published yesterday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dementia now Britain ’s biggest killer, figures show
The figures combine existing data for England, Wales and Scotland with new statistics published yesterday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blog: The time for kind words is over, it ’ s time for decent pay
It’s Living Wage Week, which means new rates have been announced for the real living wage (£8.75 an hour across the UK and £10.20 in London), and it’s when organisations throughout the country take time to celebrate the value and importance of paying workers a basic salary they can live on. That’s what the living wage is all about – being able to live on what you earn. It should be a simple ask. In fact, in 2017, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it should be a given. Yet every year unions are forced to demand – once again – that businesses pay decent wages and...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - November 7, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

First coast-to-coast land motion map of Scotland derived from satellite radar images
(University of Nottingham) Using hundreds of satellite radar images the team, working with Geomatic Ventures Limited (GVL), an innovative University spin-out company, created a complete map of mainland Scotland. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 7, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland
New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services come into force. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Make the NHS a living wage employer says UNISON
UNISON is today (Friday) calling on the government to enable the NHS to pay the living wage and lift almost 80,000 health employees out of poverty. Ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage week, UNISON has published an analysis that reveals most workers on the lowest pay bands such as catering assistants, porters, cleaners and pharmacy assistants, in England are paid below the minimum recommended. The new rates are due to be announced next week. They are currently £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 in the rest of the UK. Wales and Scotland already pay living wage rates, leaving those in England an...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release catering assistant cleaners England living wave NHS pay porters poverty Sara Gorton Source Type: news

One in ten council workers paid below the living wage, says UNISON ​
One in ten council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are paid below the living wage, according to an analysis from UNISON released today (Friday). Ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage week, UNISON is calling on the government to fund councils so they can become living wage employers. If it did, it would lift more than 60,000 cleaners, library assistants, residential and home care workers and other local authority staff out of poverty, says UNISON. The new living wage rates are due to be announced next week. They are currently £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 in the rest of the U...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget government living wage living wage week local governemnt pay Source Type: news

One in 10 council workers paid below the living wage, says UNISON ​
One in ten council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are paid below the living wage, according to an analysis from UNISON released today (Friday). Ahead of the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage week, UNISON is calling on the government to fund councils so they can become living wage employers. If it did, it would lift more than 60,000 cleaners, library assistants, residential and home care workers and other local authority staff out of poverty, says UNISON. The new living wage rates are due to be announced next week. They are currently £9.75 an hour in London and £8.45 in the rest of the U...
Source: UNISON Health care news - November 3, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release budget government living wage living wage week local governemnt pay Source Type: news

Second-hand smoke levels in Scottish prisons equivalent to living with a smoker
This NIHR study detailed the second-hand smoke exposure in all 15 prisons in Scotland using static and staff-wearable airborne particle and nicotine monitors. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Less red tape and shorter hours might help stave off UK doctors ’ retirement
GPs most likely to stop working because of workload pressures, survey shows Related items fromOnMedica BMA reveals improvements to new GP contract Areas facing the biggest GP retirement risk revealed Over a third of GPs in Scotland plan to retire in the next five years Cutting red tape would free up hours of GP time GP recruitment time-bomb ‘ready to explode’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scottish cancer death rates 61% higher among poor
NHS report reveals the survival gap of those diagnosed with cancer in Scotland's poorest areas. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family nurse scheme to be in place in 'all parts' of Scotland
The Family Nurse Partnership will be “expanded significantly” so that eligible mothers in all parts of Scotland can benefit from the programme “by the end of next year”, ministers have said. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 30, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Cochrane Public Health seeks Research Associate/Information Scientist - Glasgow, UK
Job title: Research Associate – Information ScientistClosing date:  26th November 2017Position Type:  Full TimeSalary Range:  £34,520 - £38,833Job PurposeWe are delighted to be advertising this full timepost for an information scientist to provide professional and technical support to meet the information science needs of theMRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU),University of Glasgow andCochrane Public Health (CPH).  Specifically, the postholder will provide specialist information science support for a wide range of research projects conducted across the MRC/CSO SPHSU ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 30, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Correction: Investigating the population characteristics, processes and outcomes of pre-hospital psychiatric and self-harm emergencies in Scotland: a national record linkage study -
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Scottish women allowed to take the abortion pill at home
Pro-choice campaigners welcomed the move and BPAS called for the British government to follow suit. But an anti-abortion group warned ministers the plans could endanger women's health. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

School support staff have borne the brunt of funding cuts
Over a thousand parents, teachers, school support staff and head teachers attended the school cuts lobby of Parliament on Tuesday, to bring the message to MPs that 88% of our schools are seriously underfunded. The fantasy that emanates from the government – that there are huge efficiency savings still to be made, and that it is possible to make further cuts without having an impact on children’s education – is increasingly derisible. While, understandably, teachers have been in the spotlight, it is school support staff that have borne the brunt of funding cuts in recent years. Since 2013, teaching assista...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 27, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Jon Richards Tags: Article Blogs education services schools Source Type: news

Women in Scotland get home abortion pill
Misoprostol, usually administered in a clinical setting, can now be taken at home Related items fromOnMedica Tell women IUD more effective for emergency contraception Emergency contraception Online abortion service can offer alternative to unsafe methods Northern Ireland women not entitled to NHS abortions in England Pregnancy experts back decriminalisation of abortion (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Women in Scotland allowed abortion pill at home
The change, which comes into practice immediately, means women do not have to return to a clinic. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Galloway Viking Hoard acquired by National Museums of Scotland
Hoard is richest Viking-age collection of precious metal found in UK or Ireland and diverse with objects from across EuropeThe spectacular Galloway Viking Hoard has been acquired by National Museums Scotland after raising almost £2m in just five months.The hoard consists of more than 100 pieces of gold, silver, ingots and jewellery gathered up from across the Viking world and was found more than 1,000 years later by by a metal detectorist in a field in Dumfries and Galloway.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Museums Scotland Heritage Archaeology Culture UK news Source Type: news

Scottish government crackdown on unhealthy food offers
The Scottish government is planning a crackdown on price promotions and adverts for unhealthy foods. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland's health 'is not improving', auditors warn
Audit Scotland's annual report on NHS Scotland lists concerns over missed targets, waiting times and funding. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exclusive: More Scottish GP training posts filled than at any time since 2010
More GP training posts have been filled this year in Scotland than at any time since the start of the decade, figures obtained by GPonline reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 24, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Scottish practices have lost 3,000 GPs in 10 years
Around 3,000 GPs have left Scotland to work abroad since 2008, according to recent figures from the General Medical Council (GMC). In a bid to retain and attract more doctors, the Scottish Conservative Party launched a new campaign called‘Save Our Surgeries’, urging ministers to increase the funding that goes to GP practices. The campaign states that the Scottish Government should invest 11% of all NHS spending into general practice’to boost working conditions, recruitment and retention’.Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 24, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: llegraien Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news