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.
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 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.
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.
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:
antihistamine and decongestant
Treatments for adults with no evidence of effect are:
chinese medicinal herbs
Treatments for children with a small or beneficial effect:
saline or nasal irrigation
Treatments for children with no evidence of effect are:
chinese medicinal herbs
To view the table which shows the different treatments and the full article see BMJ
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)
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.
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:
Accident & Emergency attendances
The RCPCH makes a number of recommendations relating to: