ICSs show real potential for sustainable improvements after first year
Desire for rapid change must be balanced against realism on scale and complexity of task ahead Related items fromOnMedica NHS England must do more to monitor OOH Pressure threatens integration and transformation plans GP numbers have fallen by 1,340 in just two years Hospitals in Wales failing to give GPs discharge information Identity crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 21, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Overwhelming evidence shows hepatitis C treatment effective for people who inject drugs
(University of New South Wales) Researchers are calling on an end to discriminatory health and illicit drugs policies, based on overwhelming evidence that new hepatitis C therapies are effective at curing the virus in people who inject drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New RCN film to celebrate safe nurse staffing law in Wales
A film celebrating Welsh nurses ’ historic campaign to make safe staffing legally binding has had its premiere in Cardiff. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 19, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Childhood vaccine uptake slumps in England
MMR coverage at lowest level since 2011 Related items fromOnMedica Rapid rise in flu consultations putting strain on GPs Easter travellers warned over Europe measles outbreak Public Health Wales renews call for parents to take children for MMR jab GPs in catch-up campaign to target a million children with MMR Measles immunity fades sooner in babies of vaccinated mothers (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Woman, 20, has life-changing spinal surgery for cerebral palsy
Jade Owen, from Bridgend in Wales, used the money from the huge donation to travel to St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri for an operation on nerves in her spine to reduce muscle stiffness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS pay deal accepted by nursing and midwifery staff in Wales
Nurses, midwives and other NHS staff across Wales have accepted a pay deal over the next three years. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 18, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Likely birthplace of Henry VII found in Pembroke Castle
A dig in the castle ’s grounds has uncovered the walls of a ‘showy’ late medieval houseArchaeologists believe they have identified the exact site of Henry VII ’s birth in 1457 after excavations in the grounds of Pembroke Castle in Wales uncovered the remains of a massive medieval mansion worthy of one of the most famous kings of England.Just days into an initial dig, archaeologists have uncovered up to half a metre of the building ’s walls – and they are yet to reach the main floor levels. One wall is a metre thick.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 16, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Dalya Alberge Tags: Archaeology Wales UK news Science Heritage Culture Source Type: news

Mental health nurse struck off for having sex with patient
A senior mental health nurse from Wales has been struck off for having sex with a “vulnerable” patient and causing her ”direct and lasting emotional harm”. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

State of Maternity Services Report 2018 England
This report provides an overview of some of the'big picture'trends that are taking place in the midwifery workforce and identifies some of the challenges that face the profession and maternity services. This year the RCM has published individual reports for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Data Age in Clinical Trials Is About Three Years at Publication
TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 -- The median data age in clinical trials in journals with a high impact factor is about three years at publication, according to a study published in the Aug. 10 issue of JAMA Network Open. John Welsh, from Yale-New Haven... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The English NHS pay deal – in six charts
July saw the implementation of the new NHS pay deal in England, negotiated by UNISON and other unions. The pay deal marked the biggest changes to the NHS pay structure since 2004, when Agenda for Change was introduced. A lot has already been published about the impact on individuals but in this piece we’re going to look at the structure as a whole and how it benefits staff at different stages of their career. Beginnings, journeys and destinations To understand the changes we need to look at the old structure and why trade unions wanted to change it. It is over 13 years since Agenda for Change was introduced. It intro...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 10, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Rosa Ellis Tags: Article P.S data agenda for change health NHS England nhs pay Source Type: news

What happens when you hold in a fart? Gas can leak uncontrollably or come out of your MOUTH
Professor Clare Collins, an expert in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, explains how farts build up as gases are released when your gut digests food. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Reach out' plea to prevent suicide in Wales
On World Suicide Prevention Day, one Welsh woman urges those at crisis point to reach out for help. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby bundle idea for newborns and to tackle poverty backed
A basket full of essential items could help tackle child poverty in Wales, it is claimed. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby bundle idea for newborns to tackle poverty backed
A basket full of essential items could help tackle child poverty in Wales, it is claimed. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby bundle idea for newborns and tackling poverty backed
A basket full of essential items could help tackle child poverty in Wales, it is claimed. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Home ownership now little more than a pipe dream for public sector workers
  Owning a home has become virtually impossible for many public sector workers across Britain, according to research published today (Sunday) by UNISON. Getting a deposit together and obtaining a mortgage are often insurmountable hurdles for those living in the majority of local authority areas across England, Scotland and Wales, according to the findings. The UNISON report Priced Out highlights how saving the money for a down payment on a property would take decades – or more than a century for public sector staff in some parts of London. This is based...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 8, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis housing UNISON Source Type: news

Sepsis survivor calls for 'life-saving' machines for Wales
Tom Boyce was put on a specialist lung machine, unavailable in Wales, after his organs failed. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HIV prevention drug trial boost in Wales
There were no new cases of HIV in more than 500 high-risk people who took part in a trial of Prep. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Major organ donor campaign launched in Wales
Families still overriding deceased ’s wishes Related items fromOnMedica Scotland launches organ donor consultation Opt-out organ donation well-meant but ‘misguided’ Surgeries must not become border agencies says RCGP NICE to consider bribing people to be healthy CMO sets out plans to achieve ‘genomic dream’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS hospital car parking now free for nurses across Wales
As of the start of this month, “unfair” car parking charges have been completely scrapped at all NHS hospitals in Wales, sparking calls for similar moves in England and Northern Ireland. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 3, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

The Ironbark program: implementation and impact of a community-based fall prevention pilot program for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - Lukaszyk C, Coombes J, Sherrington C, Tiedemann A, Keay L, Mackean T, Clemson L, Cumming R, Broe T, Ivers R.
AIM: To document the implementation and investigate within-group impact of The Ironbark Program: a community-based, Aboriginal-specific fall prevention program, in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: The Ironbark Program was trialled in six Aborig... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

All NHS hospital car parking charges scrapped in Wales
A decade after the Welsh government announced the policy, parking is now free at all Welsh NHS hospitals. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

August: it was no holiday
Think of August and you might well conjure up images of the seaside, country walks, ice cream, sunshine and holidays. And last month certainly continued the heatwave that started in July – but there was no lying on sun-loungers for UNISON or many of our members involved in key struggles at work. The month was book-ended by continuing industrial action from Birmingham care workers, who face having their hours and pay cut by a city council trying to save money. As the month started, general secretary Dave Prentis visited their picket line as 250 members staged the first 12 days of industrial action throughout August ag...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 31, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article adult social care health care health pay higher education local government NHS subcos one team for patient care parks Police and justice staff police staff sexual harassment Sleep-in payments supreme court Source Type: news

RPS warns of deadly DNP on BBC Wales News
Welsh Pharmacy Board member Sudhir Sehrawat has warned about the dangers of taking so-called‘diet drug’ DNP in order to lose weight. DNP is used in industry for a variety of purposes an (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - August 30, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Return of strip-field farming creates haven for rare species in south Wales
National Trust trial of 13th century method used until 1940s transforms stretch of Gower peninsula coastA pioneering farming project using field management techniques dating back to the 13th century has transformed a stretch of coast into a haven for endangered animals, birds, insects and wildflowers.The experimental return to “strip-field farming” close to the spectacular Rhossili Bay on the Gower peninsula in south Wales is being credited with a threefold increase in the number of species of wildflowers and the appearance of rare birds such as the hen harrier and grasshopper warbler.Continue reading... (Sourc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Steven Morris Tags: Conservation Agriculture Endangered habitats Endangered species Environment Animals Science Wildlife UK news Wales The National Trust Source Type: news

Middlesbrough is the teenage pregnancy capital of England and Wales, official figures reveal
Data from the Office for National Statistics shows pregnancy rates among 15 to 17-year-old girls are falling across England and Wales, with levels rising in just 15 of 149 areas between 2015 and 2017. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First responders told to wear MASKS, goggles, gloves if they come across fentanyl
Fentanyl deaths reached a record high in 2017, with 75 fatalities in England and Wales. The drug often comes in the form of pills and tablets but can also be taken as a powder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

iCoverT: a rich data source on the incidence of child maltreatment over time in England and Wales - Degli Esposti M, Taylor J, Humphreys DK, Bowes L.
Child maltreatment is a major public health problem, which is plagued with research challenges. Good epidemiological data can help to establish the nature and scope of past and present child maltreatment, and monitor its progress going forward. However, hi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

England to Allow Women to Take Early Abortion Pill at Home
The British government said the second of two early medical termination pills need no longer be taken at a clinic, echoing moves in Scotland and Wales. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: YONETTE JOSEPH Tags: Women and Girls Abortion Politics and Government England Source Type: news

Summer heatwave blamed for 500 per cent spike in syphilis infections
Across the Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend region of Wales there has been 56 confirmed cases since April - with 16 in the last two weeks alone. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide and community justice - Phillips J, Padfield N, Gelsthorpe L.
BACKGROUND: There has long been concern about the number of people who die in custody in England and Wales, particularly in prisons or police stations. The concern is obviously heightened when people die either at their own hand, or at the hands of others.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

NHS patient waits 62 HOURS for an ambulance in Wales
Freedom of Information figures have revealed the Welsh Ambulance Service had the longest delays of any NHS trust in 2017-18, with the longest waits being more than double any other UK service. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One patient waited 62 HOURS for an ambulance and four waited 50 hours in Wales
Freedom of Information figures have revealed the Welsh Ambulance Service had the longest delays of any NHS trust in 2017-18, with the longest waits being more than double any other UK service. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nursing director to meet with family of ‘bullied’ suicide nurse
The director of nursing at a Welsh health board is set to meet with the family of a nurse who killed herself to discuss claims she was “bullied” at work. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 22, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

New drug 'forces body to burn fat and keep slim even on unhealthy diet'
Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, say their drug, PO53, developed on mice, is the first to ever block the body's fat-storing process make it burn fat instead. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCN members in Wales asked for views on NHS pay deal
Royal College of Nursing members in Wales are being urged to find out exactly what a proposed pay deal will mean for them in the wake of a major row over the pay rise agreed in England. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 21, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

GP closures in Wales force 50,000 to find new doctors
Doctors' representatives say practices are struggling to recruit new GPs and deal with mounting workloads. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP closures in Wales force 42,000 to find new doctors
Doctors' representatives say practices are struggling to recruit new GPs and deal with mounting workloads. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP closures in Wales force 46,000 to find new doctors
Doctors' representatives say practices are struggling to recruit new GPs and deal with mounting workloads. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sudden infant death numbers rise for first time in three years
There were 219 deaths caused by sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or without a known cause in England and Wales in 2016. This is the highest number since 2013, when there were 252. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cocaine deaths quadruple in seven years
There were 432 deaths related to the drug in England and Wales in 2017, compared with 371 the previous year and 112 in 2011, figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug misuse deaths fall but still remain too high
As the ONS releases the latest figures for drug-related deaths in England and Wales, Rosanna O ’Connor discusses the actions taken to tackle these issues Related items fromOnMedica Seaside towns top heroin deaths league table for England and Wales Tougher drug laws may not stop violence Baby-boomers ’ substance misuse problems ignored for too long Fentanyl and cocaine deaths on the rise Learning and growing together (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - August 20, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Wales to get its own gender identity treatment service
Currently patients with gender dysphoria have to travel to London Related items fromOnMedica Poor diabetes education leading to health complications High Court rules NHS England must fund HIV drug Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn NICE to review fertility guidance Time to hang up the phone – appointments need to be digitised (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Alcohol outlet density and alcohol-related hospital admissions in England: a geographical analysis
Conclusion This study provides a detailed, large-scale picture of the relationship between the shape of the alcohol market in local areas and the levels of alcohol-related hospital admissions in those areas.  It suggests that there is a relationship, and that it is marked especially where there is a high density of any on-trade outlets or licensed convenience stores.  It suggests that this relationship is largely the same for men and women, and applies is a similar fashion irrespective of the relative affluence of a given area. It also suggests that while alcohol outlet density is already high across England, inc...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - August 19, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Mountain Gets A Downgrade To A Hill
A mountain in Wales has been downgraded to a hill after a new satellite survey. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales
Child health experts say the rise is "alarming" and more should be done to reduce obesity. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Investigating the Potential Impact of Changing Alcohol Product Labels
Conclusion Changes to the design and content of alcohol labels could help drinkers make more informed choices in relation to alcohol and health. However, this study suggests that consumers pay little attention to health information as currently found on labels. This includes warnings about drinking while pregnant and ‘drink responsibly’ messaging. Such information is typically placed in small font on the reverse of labels (Royal Society for Public Health, 2018)[8] but consumers are more likely to look at information if it is prominently displayed on the front of a product rather than the back or side (Spink, J....
Source: Alcohol Research UK - August 17, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Number of quitters using cessation services falls for sixth year in a row
Figures reflect disinvestment and underfunding of these services, say campaigners Related items fromOnMedica Publish new tobacco plan as a priority, government urged Quality of UK healthcare uneven and lags behind that of many other countries Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth Doctors call for a ‘radical change’ to the way NHS treats smoking Wales to be first UK country to ban outdoor smoking (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news