‘Don ’ t let them dim our lights ’
“On 16 May this year, the government admitted the error of its ways and faced up to the fact that its Transforming Rehabilitation reforms have failed,” delegates at UNISON’s police and justice conference in Southport heard this morning. The union welcomed the government’s admission that former justice secretary Chris Grayling’s privatisation of ‘community rehabilitation’ in England and Wales was wrong. The service will be brought back under public management in 2021. But in the meantime, said Steve Cowley of the national probation committee, “our members have paid the costs o...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2019 Police and Justice Conference community rehabilitation companies let's fix probation national probation service Source Type: news

‘We need to get the message out about the need to invest in public servcies’
Delegates representing UNISON members working in police and justice services are meeting at an interesting time, at the end of party conference season, assistant general secretary Christina McAnea told their conference in Southport this morning. It’s when “politicians of all parties usually compete to say what they would do to stop crime,” she noted – adding that UNISON members no doubt felt reassured that the Tories are once again calling themselves the party of law and order. Yet this is a party that, just a week ago, was found to have acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament. “But this par...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - October 3, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News 2019 Police and Justice Conference police staff probation Source Type: news

Woman left fighting for her life when she developed deadly sepsis after a breast implant job
Liz Gooch, 41, of Pontypridd, south Wales, felt unwell a month after having the boob job. At hospital, doctors said she may only live 24 hours due to deadly sepsis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of the primary contact physiotherapy practitioner role on emergency department care for patients with musculoskeletal injuries in New South Wales - Alkhouri H, Maka K, Wong L, McCarthy S.
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of the emergency physiotherapy service provided through different models of care on service quality indicators, patient flow, staff and patient satisfaction. METHOD: A mixed method prospective observation study w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Looking through broken windows: the impact of neighborhood disorder on aggression and fear of crime is an artifact of research design - O'Brien DT, Farrell C, Welsh BC.
Broken windows theory (BWT) has heavily influenced social science and policy over the past 30 years. It posits that disorder in neighborhoods leads to elevated crime by inviting additional criminal activity and by discouraging the positive social behavior ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

Experts explain the different ways to treat varicose veins which affect three in ten adults
Varicose veins affect millions, with three in ten adults suffering from the condition. Two experts in London and Wales have explained traditional and high-tech options to treat them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plaid Cymru calls for free social care in Wales
Care should be ‘free at the point of need’ Related items fromOnMedica NHS 10 Year Plan: the view from my desk Every government promises to solve the social care crisis. Maybe this one means it ‘Substantial tax rises’ needed to keep the NHS afloat Questions on Health Economics and commissioning Conditions in the NHS have worsened, new report shows (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Welsh government announces digital strategy
New 'Digital NHS Wales ’ a ‘positive step' Related items fromOnMedica Digital transformation of health must involve nurse input Thousands of healthcare workers join ‘NHS in Crisis’ march BMA calls for Capita to be stripped of its contract Online triage ‘not a solution’ to GP workload pressures Cost is main barrier to adoption of electronic records (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors face new laws on reporting deaths to coroners
New laws will come into effect tomorrow requiring doctors to report deaths to a coroner for the first time in a bid to modernise the death reporting process in England and Wales. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Correlating injury severity scores and major trauma volume using a state-wide in-patient administrative dataset linked to trauma registry data--a retrospective analysis from New South Wales Australia - Dinh MM, Singh H, Sarrami P, Levesque JF.
INTRODUCTION: Trauma registries are used to analyse and report activity and benchmark quality of care at designated facilities within a trauma system. These capabilities may be enhanced with the incorporation of administrative and electronic medical record... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Impact of chronic health conditions and injury on school performance and health outcomes in New South Wales, Australia: a retrospective record linkage study protocol - Mitchell R, Cameron CM, Lystad RP, Nielssen O, McMaugh A, Herkes G, Schniering C, Hng TM.
INTRODUCTION: Children who have sustained a serious injury or who have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or epilepsy, may have their school performance adversely impacted by the condition, treatment of the condition and/or time away from school.... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Couple who met on a Crohn's support Facebook group are engaged
Chloe Meade, 25, and Rhys Thomas, 30, from Wales, connected on social media in 2015 after they both battled severe symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The teething gels that contain sugar, alcohol and a controversial anaesthetic  
A dentist from Public Health Wales asked the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to review the 14 teething products licensed in the UK. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children living in most polluted parts of country have 50 per cent chance of dying early
Researchers looked at 8million births in England and Wales between 2001 and 2012 and found those in the most polluted areas were 30 to 50 per cent more likely to die by one. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spending on alcohol falls since minimum pricing policy
7.6% reduction in purchases of alcohol after minimum pricing Related items fromOnMedica ‘Hard-hitting’ approach to tackling addiction set to be dropped Minimum alcohol pricing bill reaches Welsh Assembly DH ‘should withdraw’ flawed report on alcohol pledge Step up efforts to communicate alcohol harms to public, government urged Raise price of alcohol to cut toll of harms, concludes review (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS midwives ready for the busiest day for births
Today is the busiest day of the year for midwives and nurses on maternity wards. Thanks to a spike in conceptions over the Christmas holidays, around 2,000 babies are born on 26 September in England and Wales – more than any other day of the year – according to the Office for National Statistics. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gucci divides fashion lovers after sending strait jackets down the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week
Ayesha Tan-Jones, who grew up near Wales and identifies as non-binary, made the impromptu protest at Milan Fashion Week, after struggling with their own mental health issues. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flavoured e-cigarettes may worsen asthma
Study looks at impact of different flavoured e-cigarettes on airways function in allergic airways disease Related items fromOnMedica Respiratory disease deaths down by 10% in Wales Smoke-free laws have cut child hospital admissions Fewer allergies in those who lived early life on a farm Unsafe asthma prescribing threatens 22,000 people ’s lives Fewer than ever women smoke at point of birth (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 23, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

'Communicide': the destruction of a vibrant public housing community in inner Sydney through a forced displacement - Morris A.
This article, drawing on 41 semi-structured interviews with tenants who were residents ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Police officers and post-traumatic stress disorder: discussing the deficit in research, identification and prevention in England and Wales - Foley J, Massey K.
This article will review available literature regarding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within policing in England and Wales, with a particular focus on its early identification and prevention. An overview of PTSD will be given as well as an explorat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Real World Patterns of Antimicrobial Use and Microbiology Investigations in Patients with Sepsis outside the Critical Care Unit: Secondary Analysis of Three Nation-Wide Point Prevalence Studies
Recent description of the microbiology of sepsis on the wards or information on the real-life antibiotic choices used in sepsis is lacking. There is growing concern of the indiscriminate use of antibiotics and omission of microbiological investigations in the management of septic patients. We performed a secondary analysis of three annual 24-h point-prevalence studies on the general wards across all Welsh acute hospitals in years 2016-2018. Our study shows that antibiotics prescription practice is not accompanied by microbiological investigations. A significant proportion of sepsis patients are still at risk of not receivi...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Toddler has surgery to straighten his spine after its 90° curve crushed his lung
Osian Llewellyn, from South Wales, was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome when he was two-and-a-half. This caused him to have weak muscles, which provide his spine with 'no support' (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Wales Metro: Lack of toilets tram-trains 'dehumanising'
Passengers will be forced to wait to use facilities at stations on the new South Wales Metro. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New bacterial strain discovered in England and Wales linked to scarlet fever, sore throat and sepsis
A team of scientists led by Imperial College London have discovered a new strain of group A streptococcus bacteria in 2016. Group A streptococcus (or Strep A) is known to cause scarlet fever, throat infections and– in very rare cases– invasive disease, where the bacterium enters the bloodstream or tissue and can trigger sepsis and toxic shock. (Source: Medical Research Council General News)
Source: Medical Research Council General News - September 18, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

'Patient safety must be at heart of Brexit negotiations'
Manifesto launched ahead of Welsh Assembly election Related items fromOnMedica Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse BMA urges Tory leader candidates to reform pensions provision NHS staff report stress, violence and dissatisfaction with pay (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gareth Thomas health: ‘It felt like a train hit me at 300mph’ Rugby star’s shock diagnosis
GARETH THOMAS recently opened up about his HIV diagnosis, and during his first TV interview since speaking out, the Welsh former rugby player revealed just what happened when he found out he was HIV positive. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Prince Harry showed support for Gareth Thomas after the Welsh rugby star was forced to disclose his HIV-positive status. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bill to protect children's rights debated in Wales
'There is no reason to ever hit a child' Related items fromOnMedica Doctors should regard FGM as child abuse Child mental health funding not reaching CCGs NHS investment in child health will reap rewards UK lagging behind peers on child health UK child health near bottom in Europe (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Prince Harry praises rugby star for disclosing HIV status
Prince Harry showed support for Gareth Thomas after the Welsh rugby star was forced to disclose his HIV-positive status. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dating and relationship violence victimization and perpetration among 11-16 year olds in Wales: a cross-sectional analysis of the School Health Research Network (SHRN) survey - Young H, Long SJ, Melendez-Torres GJ, Kim HS, Hewitt G, Murphy S, Moore GF.
This study examines the prevalence of dating and relationship violence (DRV) victimization, perpetration and joint victimization and perpetration, and associations between DRV and socio-demographic characteristics. METHODS: Cross-sectio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Jonathan Lloyd Jones appointed Policy Lead for RPS in Wales
Jonathan Lloyd Jones has been appointed as the new Practice and Policy Lead for Wales. This important role supports national policy development, professional advocacy and member engagement across Wale (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - September 15, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Rugby's Gareth Thomas on HIV: 'I want to break the stigma'
Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas says by revealing his condition he wants to educate everybody, including himself. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two thirds of people with hepatitis C don ’t know they’re infected
PHE urges everyone at risk of hepatitis C to be tested – up to 96,500 infected people in UK might be unaware Related items fromOnMedica HIV therapy helps protect men from Hep B infection Public health doctors encourage hepatitis C testing Hepatitis C - where do we stand on the road to elimination? Welsh government launches plan to tackle surge in liver disease Tackling hepatitis C (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Baby born with webbed fingers and toes will have life-changing surgery
Amaya John, five months, from Barry in Wales, has Apert syndrome. This has also left her with a protruding forehead and cleft lip. The five-month-old has to breathe via a machine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature
Avocets, terns and gulls swoop down onto Wallasea Island on England’s eastern coast, searching for food between blades of grass ruffled by the summer sea breeze. Aside from the wind, and the odd chirp or squawk, it’s quiet—the kind of peaceful scene that seems like it’s been going on for centuries. Yet five years ago, these wetlands didn’t exist. The mud the birds have landed on once lay under the streets of central London. In 2015, as part of a railway project, a construction crew scooped more than 3 million metric tons of dirt out from beneath the capital, drove it 50 miles east and piled it...
Source: TIME: Science - September 12, 2019 Category: Science Authors: By Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, U.K. Tags: Uncategorized Climate 2019 climate change europe Source Type: news

Emergence of dominant toxigenic M1T1 Streptococcus pyogenes clone during increased scarlet fever activity in England: a population-based molecular epidemiological study
Analysis of changes in Streptococcus pyrogenes genotypes, and notifications of scarlet fever and invasive disease in 2014-16 in England and Wales found that a dominant new genotype lineage has emerged with increased potential for invasive disease. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Strep A Strain Linked to Scarlet Fever, and Sepsis
This news item outlines how a new strain of group A streptococcus bacteria called M1UK linked to scarlet fever and sepsis has been identified in England and Wales. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adolescent self-harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools: a survey of staff in England and Wales - Evans R, Parker R, Russell AE, Mathews F, Ford T, Hewitt G, Scourfield J, Janssens A.
Background Adolescent self-harm is a major public health concern. To date there is a limited evidence-base for prevention or intervention, particularly within the school setting. To develop effective approaches, it is important to first understand the scho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Commentary: Adolescent self-harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools: a survey of staff in England and Wales - a reflection on Evans et al. (2019) - Robinson J, Clarke A.
Self-harm (SH) continues to be a worldwide concern among adolescents and there is a great need for programming aimed at reducing SH in adolescents. Evans and colleagues discuss the opinions of school staff from a representative sample of secondary schools ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The "less-than-lethal weapons effect"--introducing TASERs to routine police operations in England and Wales: a randomized controlled trial - Ariel B, Lawes D, Weinborn C, Henry R, Chen K, Brants Sabo H.
We used a randomized controlled trial to test the effect of mass deployment of TASERs on policing. The findings show that the presence of a TASER is causally linked to statistically significant increases in the use of force more generally--a 48% higher inc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

No one knows what attention is - Hommel B, Chapman CS, Cisek P, Neyedli HF, Song JH, Welsh TN.
In this article, we challenge the usefulness of "attention" as a unitary construct and/or neural system. We point out that the concept has too many meanings to justify a single term, and that "attention" is used to refer to both the explanandum (the set of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Research shows 80% drop in ICU bloodstream infections
Results linked to national infection control campaign Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided NHS lagging on preventing cancer and heart deaths Day surgery shake-up for Northern Ireland Latest NHS performance figures dubbed ‘shocking’ Care to be delivered ‘closer to home,’ says Welsh government (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patterns and drivers of co-production in neighbourhood watch in England and Wales: from neo-liberalism to new localism - Brunton-Smith I, Bullock K.
Established in England and Wales in the context of the neo-liberal governments of the 1980s and promoted through the New Local agenda of New Labour and beyond, Neighbourhood Watch (NW) is a primary means through which the state and citizens may co-produce ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

Forensic science and expert testimony in wrongful convictions: a study of decision-making at the criminal cases review commission - Hoyle C.
This article presents findings... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Campaign launched in Wales to attract young people into social care roles
Only one in 10 carers is under the age of 25 and a third of the workforce is over 50 Related items fromOnMedica Public back boost in social care spend Plans launched to ‘join-up’ health and social care by 2018 Poor discharge of elderly people costs NHS £820m CCGs ’ duties for children with disabilities Every government promises to solve the social care crisis. Maybe this one means it (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patterns of pre-crash behaviour in railway suicides and the effect of corridor fencing: a natural experiment in New South Wales - Gregor S, Beavan G, Culbert A, Kan John P, Ngo NV, Keating B, Sun R, Radwan I.
Suicides on railway systems remain a significant concern world-wide. Understanding patterns of pre-crash behaviour, whether jumping, lying or wandering on tracks, is important for the design of preventative measures, yet prior studies have reported diverge... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

To what extent should expert psychiatric witnesses comment on criminal culpability? - Hallett N.
Following the Court of Appeal case of R v Edwards in England and Wales, there has been increasing pressure for expert psychiatric witnesses to comment explicitly on how a defendant ’s mental disorder affects their culpability. Culpability is the degree... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

'It's a no-win scenario, either the police or the gang will get you': young people and organised crime - vulnerable or criminal? - Thompson N.
This article presents findings from a UK Home Office funded project, whi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news