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


The role of allied health professionals (AHPs) in supporting people to live well with and beyond cancer

NHS England | October 2018 |Quick Guide: the role of allied health professionals in supporting people to live well with and beyond cancer 

Two years after the launch of AHPs into Action, NHS England have produced a quick guide intended to support health and care staff who share an interest in making faster progress in improving outcomes for people living with or beyond cancer. This includes Cancer Alliances, cancer care teams, primary care teams, provider organisations, commissioners, third sector organisations, education and research institutions, alongside AHPs and the professional bodies that represent them. This quick guide is aligned with ongoing work by NHS England to promote equality and reduce health inequalities. 

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This quick guide aims to:
1. Support the improvement of care and services for people with cancer.
2. Raise the profile of the role of AHPs in leading the design and delivery of care and
support for people affected by cancer.
3. Encourage, support and inspire AHPs to recognise their central role and to lead on this agenda.
4. Share examples of innovative AHP practice in cancer care.
5. Highlight the aspects of strategic transformation that are particularly relevant to AHPs and explain how this links to everyday AHP practice. (Source: NHS England)

NHS Quality Checkers draft toolkits

NHS England | October 2018 | NHS Quality Checkers draft toolkits

NHS England  have produced draft documents of the NHS Quality Checkers toolkit: the patient surveys are for people with a learning disability who have used the services being quality checked to give feedback on their experiences.

Draft: GP Self-assessment questionnaire

Draft: GP Patient survey

Draft: Assessment and Treatment Unit Self-assessment questionnaire

They are seeking feedback on the documents. For the full details on how to comment see NHS England 

New physical activity resource for health professionals

Public Health England | October 2018 | New physical activity resource for health professionals

A quarter of people in the UK fail to complete 30 minutes of physical activity each week. According to evidence from Public Health England (PHE) 1 in 4 patients would be inclined to do more physical exercise if a GP or nurse advised them but almost 75 % of GPs do not speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients due to either lack of knowledge, skills or confidence (PHE). 


Now the Moving Medicine tool a digital tool will help healthcare professionals advise patients on how physical activity can help to manage their conditions, prevent disease and aid recovery.

Read the full news story at PHE 

No “magic bullets” for treating colds, finds BMJ review

BMJ | October 2018 | What treatments are effective for common cold in adults and children?

The BMJ has reviewed over the counter (OTC) treatments for adults’ and children’s colds, with findings indicating there is little evidence of their efficacy.  The review finds that treatments claiming to relieve nasal symptoms of the common cold such as congestion, runny nose and sneezing have little evidence, and where evidence is present it is limited and low quality (Source: BMJ). 


From the review the BMJ suggests treatments for adults with a small or possible beneficial effect include:

  • decongestants
  • NSAIDs
  • sedating antihistamines
  • antihistamine and decongestant

Treatments for adults with no evidence of effect are:

  • chinese medicinal herbs
  • echinacea
  • garlic
  • vitamin c
  • zinc

Treatments for children with a small or beneficial effect:

  • saline or nasal irrigation

Treatments for children with no evidence of effect are:

  • decongestants
  • NSAIDs
  • chinese medicinal herbs
  • echinacea
  • garlic
  • vitamin c
  • zinc

To view the table which shows the different treatments and  the full article  see BMJ

In the media:

BBC News What works for treating children’s colds?

Many gluten free products lack essential nutrients

University of Leeds | October 2018 | Many gluten free products lack essential nutrients

A survey undertaken by Dr Caroline Orfila, study co-author and Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Leeds and a Leeds undergraduate has found that many gluten free products lack the important micronutrients that are present in products made with white flour. They  reviewed the gluten free products available in the “big four” supermarkets: Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. 

According to Bread and Flour Regulations, set in 1998, UK manufacturers are required to fortify bread flours with the micronutrients these are calcium, iron, niacin and thiamine, to prevent deficiencies in the population. Presently, gluten free flours and bread are exempt from these regulations.

Dr Orfila noted: Gluten free foods need to have the same nutritional standard and be as readily available as the white wheat flour equivalents.

“Despite some improvements in the last decade to increase the amount of gluten free food in supermarkets, nutritional value, expense, and accessibility remain significant obstacles for consumers dependent on these products for serious health reasons. Gluten free foods need to have the same nutritional standard and be as readily available as the white wheat flour equivalents.” (Source: University of Leeds)

Read the press release from the University of Leeds

The findings of the review have been published in the journal Nutrients where the article may be downloaded in full


Child health in England in 2030

Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health | October 2018 | Child health in England in 2030: comparisons with other wealthy countries

The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health have published Child health in England in 2030: comparisons with other wealthy countries, the RCPCH used long term historical data on key CYP health outcomes and various projection modelling methods to estimate CYP outcomes in 2030 in England compared with other wealthy European and western countries.


Key findings

England has poorer health outcomes than the average across the EU15+ (the 15 EU countries in 2004 plus Canada, Australia and Norway) in most areas studied. This means that unless current trends improve, England is likely to fall further behind other wealthy countries over the next decade (Source: RCPCH).

Other findings focus on: 


Mental health


Accident & Emergency attendances

Outpatient attendance

The RCPCH makes a number of recommendations relating to:

  • the NHS system
  • Funding
  • Obesity
  • Mental Health
  • Healthy start

Child health in 2030 in England: comparisons with other wealthy countries

Child health in 2030 in England: comparisons with other wealthy countries


Nuffield Trust Child health report should set alarm bells ringing, says Nuffield Trust 

Independent Infant mortality in England will be 140% higher than EU states by 2030 without radical action, report warns  

Of interest:

BBC News Children ‘should be weighed up to age 18’, report says