Housing support for people with mental health problems

The Centre for Mental Health has published More than shelter: supported accommodation and mental health.

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This report reviews evidence about supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England.  It finds very limited evidence about what kinds of support are most effective for people with mental health problems, but that most people prefer help in their own homes to being in sheltered or transitional accommodation.  Small-scale studies indicate that housing support can reduce the costs of hospital stays for people who would otherwise require inpatient care.

Preventing and managing healthcare-associated infections: linking collective leadership, good management, good data, expertise, and culture change

Edwards, G. Journal of Hospital Infection. Published online: 2 June 2016

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From the mid to late 1990s, intense media coverage of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the UK National Health Service (NHS) brought the issue to prominence, accompanied by an extensive political response. Around 3000 articles on MRSA were published in 12 UK newspapers between 1994 and 2005, compared with 21 articles in six major US newspapers. The UK articles emphasized personal narratives and focused primarily on environmental cleaning as a solution.1 Although more recent media coverage has expanded to include Clostridium difficile, MRSA has remained highly prominent in popular consciousness.

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New care models and prevention: an integral partnership

A report by NHS Confederation and others presents five case studies to highlight how vanguards have sought to address the health and wellbeing gap and the impacts seen so far.

New care models and prevention: an integral partnership  reports a reduction in emergency admissions for the over-65s, fewer delayed transfers of care, and GPs able to dedicate more time to frail older patients among some of the early achievements.

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Other successes detailed in the new report  include improved patient outcomes, increased job satisfaction for staff, and financial savings from better medicines management.

The publication is the first in a series of two looking at developing new models of care. The second, due later this month, will look at staff engagement and new models of care.

It forms part of a programme of work to spread the learning of the vanguard programme across the health and care sector. It is being jointly delivered by the NHS Confederation, NHs Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association.

Evaluating healthcare system innovations

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The National Institute for Health Research and partners has published Challenges, solutions and future directions in the evaluation of service innovations in health care and public health.

This e-book addresses the challenges faced by healthcare providers in evaluating system-level innovations in healthcare services in an evolving landscape.  It brings together opinions from experts following a two-day symposium in London last year.

Manchester proposes single trust for hospital services

Central Manchester’s three hospitals will be united in a single NHS trust, under new proposals being considered by the city council. Via National Health Executive

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Papers submitted to the council’s health and wellbeing board ahead of a meeting on 8 June confirm that it has completed two stages of a review of the proposal to create a partnership between Pennine Acute NHS Trust, Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

The proposed benefits of the partnership include reducing healthcare inequalities and service gaps within the city, standardising care pathways, recruiting more specialist staff and improving use of estate and data.

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National Obesity Forum faces backlash over ‘dangerous’ diet advice

Campbell, D. The Observer. Published online: 28 May 2016

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Members of campaign group to disown controversial guidelines to eat fats and cut down on carbohydrates

Britain’s leading anti-obesity campaign group is in turmoil after its controversial new dietary advice provoked serious infighting and threats by leading doctors to shun it over its “misleading” views.

Privately, the National Obesity Forum (NOF) is in disarray over recommendations last week that people should eat more fat, reduce carbohydrates and stop counting calories.

The influential group is facing a growing backlash from a range of eminent experts on food and obesity, who fear its new guidelines will deepen public confusion over what to eat, set back the fight against expanding waistlines, and even be dangerous to those with type 2 diabetes.

Internal NOF emails seen by the Observer reveal anger among board members that none of them was given the chance to approve the incendiary report before publication, except its chair, Dr David Haslam, who co-wrote it with Dr Aseem Malhotra, an outspoken heart doctor who is the NOF’s cardiological adviser, and others, including Robert Lustig, an American expert on sugar. Haslam, a GP, told them on 12 May that he would seek their advice before publishing but did not do so, it is claimed. The group plans to issue a statement this week disowning the findings, which will leave Haslam facing serious questions.

The NOF’s new advice challenged established thinking by advising that eating fatty foods such as meat, and dairy products such as cheese and yoghurt, while avoiding low-fat products, would benefit health.

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