The NHS England Chief Executive has announced that the NHS will decide in the coming year whether ’drunk tanks’ should routinely be used to take pressure off A&E departments and 999 ambulance services. Supervised areas where revellers who have over-indulged can be checked, rather than being taken to A&E, are already used in some areas such as Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff.
Public Health England has released a new television advert highlighting the dangers of tar in cigarettes and encouraging smokers to quit with the help of Smokefree support and resources. The advert shows how poisons from tar in cigarettes enter the bloodstream, spreading around the body within seconds and causing damage to major organs.
NHS Improvement has published Special measures for quality reasons: guidance for trusts. This guidance explains: why trusts are placed in special measures for quality reasons; the process for entering special measures; what will happen to trusts during special measures and how long special measures are intended to last; the roles and responsibilities of key organisations involved; when and how trusts will exit special measures; and if and how a trust can re-enter special measures.
Public Health England has launched a new Change4Life campaign encouraging parents to look for ‘100-calorie snacks, two a day max’ to help them purchase healthier snacks than the ones they currently buy. Selected supermarkets are supporting the campaign and parents can also get money-off vouchers from Change4Life to help them try healthier options. An improved ‘Food Scanner’ app also shows parents how many calories, sugar, salt and saturated fat is in their food.
The Nuffield Trust has asked 12 Nuffield Trust experts to each give a brief insight into What to look out for in health and social care in 2018. These include virtual GPs, Brexit negotiations, Northern Ireland, Pay Review Body, NHS finances, technology, the NHS at 70, social care, accountable care, Quality and Outcomes Framework and winter A&E targets.
The Royal College of GPs is asking patients to adopt a new three-step ‘mantra’ to help relieve pressures on GP services. 3 before GP refers to three questions patients should ask themselves before booking an appointment with their GP: can I self-care; can I use NHS Choices or similar reputable websites/resources; and can I seek advice/treatment via a pharmacist?
A report published in the journal Diabetic Medicine indicates the ‘Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme’ has signed up significantly more people than expected. Progress of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme: referrals, uptake and participant characteristics summarises the positive impact made by the programme during the early phase of its roll-out. Characteristics of attendees suggest that the programme is reaching those who are both at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and who typically access healthcare less effectively. Additional link: NHS England press release
NICE has published a case study Implementing early and structured rehabilitation for patients admitted to critical care. This project aimed to improve the structure and delivery of rehabilitation for patients admitted to critical care at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. It demonstrated that rehabilitation in critical care has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes and recovery from critical illness.
Healthwatch has identified the top five health and social care issues people want to see addressed over the next 12 months Using information people have raised with their local Healthwatch, the main priority identified is access to and quality of mental health services, followed by adult social care, services working better together, hospital services and access to GP and dental services.
The December 2017 NICE Bites bulletin from the North West Medicines Information Service covers Glaucoma. This guideline covers diagnosis and management of chronic open-angle glaucoma (COAG) and ocular hypertension (OHT) in adults. This publication aims to provide healthcare professionals with a clear and succinct summary of key prescribing points taken from the NICE guidance NG81.