Checking emails out of work ‘can reduce wellbeing’

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Aug 3 , 2015

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A German study recruited a sample of 132 workers and aimed to look at how extended working outside normal hours influenced people’s mood the next day.

It found working outside normal working hours limits the sense of detachment from work, and these factors are linked to feeling more tired and less relaxed and content the next day. It was also linked to higher morning levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

This issue is very relevant to today’s working culture, where remote working and smartphones allow many of us to be continually engaged with work outside normal working hours.

However, the study gives limited representation of UK workers in general. It assessed the effect of formal “on-call” duties, compared with days when people didn’t have these duties. This means it isn’t as relevant as it first appears to be for the many UK workers who don’t have formal arrangements like this, but who do respond to emails and calls at home outside normal working hours.

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Improvements to care in the last days and hours of life

Progress report on the new approach to care in the last days and hours of life: one year on from the ‘One Chance to Get it Right’ report.

This report shows the progress organisations have made on specific commitments in the One Chance to Get it Right report, which set out actions to improve care in the last days and hours of life.

The update sets out progress made on:

  • the new Care Quality Commission inspection regime for end of life care
  • new NICE guidance
  • actions to improve education, training and research
  • professional regulation
  • the implementation of the priorities for care

Reference: One Chance to Get it Right: One Year on Report

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NHS England publishes new monthly data

NHS England has today published its first set of monthly data covering key areas of urgent and emergency care, cancer treatment and patient waiting times.

This follows a recommendation from Sir Bruce Keogh to NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens in a letter published in June entitled ‘making waiting times work for patients’.

NHS England’s National Medical Director recommended that we “standardise reporting arrangements so that performance statistics for A&E, Referral to Treatment Times, cancer, diagnostics, ambulances, NHS111 and delayed transfers of care all be published on one day each month.”

As the first set of monthly data was published, Dr Barbara Hakin, National Director of Commissioning Operations for NHS England, said: “This information gives us a clearer and more comprehensive picture of the current operational performance of the NHS than has ever been presented before”.

Related: BBC News: Demand soars across the NHS in England

Stopping Smoking by using other sources of nicotine


The Royal Society for Public Health has published Stopping smoking by using other sources of nicotine. This position paper is calling for public confusion over nicotine to be addressed as a way of encouraging smokers to use safer forms of the substance.  Tobacco contains nicotine along with many other chemicals, but nicotine by itself is fairly harmless.   Electronic cigarettes and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (gum, lozenges, and patches) contain nicotine but don’t contain the harmful substances found in cigarettes. The Royal Society is now calling for measures to promote safer forms of nicotine products to smokers and make it harder to use tobacco.

See also: BBC Health report

Integration of general practice and community pharmacy

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) have published a consultation document Improving patient care through better general practice and community pharmacy integration.  This document sets out how significant improvements to patient care could be achieved through better integration of the community pharmacist with general practitioners. It also seeks to explore barriers to implementation and how these may be overcome in practice.  The document proposes some areas where the RPS and NAPC believe the greatest impact could be made, as well as how this could happen. The consultation closes on 9 October 2015.

Childhood Flu programme

Public Health England has published The national childhood flu immunisation programme 2015/16 Information for healthcare practitioners. This updated guidance includes information on: what flu is; the flu vaccine; dosage; administering the vaccine; advice on vaccinating children with an egg allergy and further resources. In the 2015/16 flu season, flu vaccine should be offered to all children who are two, three and four years old on 31 August 2015 and to all children of school years 1 and 2 age