Cold weather plan for England

Public Health England | October 2018 | Cold weather plan for England

The latest guidance from  Public Health England includes a plan and evidence summary on planning to protect health in cold weather, valid from October 2018 until further notice (PHE).

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Cold weather plan for England: Protecting health and reducing harm from cold weather


Cold weather plan for England: Making the case why long-term strategic planning for cold weather is essential to health and wellbeing


Cold Weather Plan Easy Read


See also:

Public Health England Keep Warm,  Keep Well leaflet


NHS England: General Practice case studies

NHS England | October 2018

Two case studies from primary care have been added to NHS England’s suite of case studies:

Wokingham paramedic home visiting model The Wokingham General Practice (GP) Alliance has delivered a primary-care led integrated paramedic home visiting model. This model sees patients, who urgently need a home visit, being seen by a paramedic, rather than their GP.  The paramedic provides holistic one-stop care. They seek to solve the immediate problem, and take steps to ensure it is rectified and does not recur, working closely with integrated health, social and voluntary services. The service has delivered exceptionally positive outcomes. As well as reducing demand on GP workload, it has improved patient experience, and led to better management of pressures on other parts of the local health and care system. Full details here 


Restructuring appointment system releases three days of nurse time a week – Barlow Medical Centre, North

Barlow Medical Centre in South Manchester has 12 whole time equivalent GPs and 3.8 whole time equivalent nurses, serving a patient population of over 14,000.

The practice’s appointments system is set up to provide both ‘on the day’ and bookable appointments. To speak to a clinician (GP or nurse), or get an ‘on the day’ appointment, telephone triage is used. A large number of calls were being requested per day which was putting pressure on clinicians’ time.  To find a way to ease the pressure the practice participated in the Productive General Practice (PGP) Quick Start programme delivered by NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team. The programme is part of the support available through the General Practice Forward View. Read the case study in full from NHS England 

See NHS England for more case studies in General practice 

Transforming care- Is it working?

BBC Radio 4| October 2018 | Transforming care is it working?

According to figures obtained and reported by BBC Radio 4, patients with learning disabilities are 50 per cent more likely to be physically restrained, despite ministers condemning their use.  File on 4 finds that a key milestone to reduce inpatient beds by by March 2019 and to transform the lives of people who have been previously been ‘stuck’ in institutional settings is in danger of being missed (BBC Radio 4). 


Radio 4 Transforming Care- Is it working? The full episode is vailable on the BBCiPlayer Radio 

BBC News Shameful’ use of restraints on disabled patients

The Independent Restraint on adults with learning disabilities soars by nearly 50% in a year, figures show

See also: The Guardian Physical restraint used on 50% more NHS patients with learning disabilities

Wellcome funding available for innovative health research

Wellcome | Innovator Awards 

Researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health are eligible to apply for funding awards from the Wellcome Trust. The awards are up to £500,000, or up to £750,000 for multidisciplinary collaborations. 

Individuals and teams from not-for-profit and commercial organisations can apply.



You can work in any scientific discipline, including a discipline outside life sciences. You can work on any type of technology. Examples of technologies include:

  • therapeutics (small molecules or biologics)
  • vaccines
  • devices
  • diagnostics
  • regenerative medicine.

The work that you propose must be essential for developing your healthcare innovation (Source:  Wellcome).
Full details available from Wellcome  

NHS England’s Research Needs Assessment 2018

NHS England | October 2018 | NHS England’s Research Needs Assessment 2018

NHS England have released NHS England’s Research Needs Assessment 2018. This publication summarises information and areas for research identified by NHS England’s six national priority programmes (Urgent & Emergency Care (UEC), Mental Health, Primary Care, Cancer, Diabetes and Specialised Commissioning), and the medical and nursing directorates (Source: NHS England).


Read the full publication at NHS England 

Related: NIHR Simplifying research arrangements to improve patient care

Women want a personalised birth experience, but safety is paramount

NIHR | September 2018 | Women want a personalised birth experience, but safety is paramount

A review of studies that sought the views of 1800 women about what matters most to them about childbirth, found that having a health baby was the most important. This review considered what matters to women, rather than relying on surveys of women’s satisfaction after giving birth. 


The high quality findings have already informed WHO recommendations on childbirth and so could be useful for commissioners of UK-based maternity services.

Read the full Signal at NIHR