NICE Consultation: Multiple sclerosis in adults: management

NICE |  January  2019 | Multiple sclerosis in adults: management In development [GID-NG10153]

NICE has released draft guidance on Multiple sclerosis in adults: management

NICE has opened consultation for comment on this draft scope. The scope defines what the guideline will (and will not) cover.

The consultation closes on Monday 17 February 2020 at 5 pm.

Full details from NICE 

RCGP: LGBT Health Hub

Royal College of General Practitioners | January  2019 | LGBT Health Hub

The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a collection of eLearning modules, podcasts and screencasts, the collection aims to inform and update all members of the general practice team on particularly important aspects of primary care for LGBT people, to improve both experience and outcomes for our patients. It was produced with the help of a grant by the Government Equalities Office and with the guidance of the RCGP’s LGBT+ steering group.


The e-learning courses comprise:

Full details from the RCGP

New framework launched provides core capabilities clarity for advanced level nurses in primary care/general practice, promoting a high standard of patient care

Skills for Health | January 2019 | New framework launched provides core capabilities clarity for advanced level nurses in primary care/general practice, promoting a high standard of patient care

A framework launched this week provides clarity around the core capabilities required by advanced level nurses working in primary care/general practice and will promote a high standard of care for those utilising the services. It will allow nurses to showcase their advanced level knowledge, skills and behaviours which will be essential in the development of the multi-professional teams to provide excellent prevention and care for people accessing their services.

This framework sets a standard regarding the academic knowledge, skills and behaviours required to enable the highest standards of practice within primary care and general practice. It will support nurses working at an advanced level to demonstrate and evidence their capabilities to service commissioners, employers, people utilising health care and the public. (Source: Skills for Health).
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Royal College of General Practitioners  & Skills for Health

The Core Capabilities Framework for Advanced Clinical Practice (Nurses) Working in General Practice/Primary Care in England 

Further information is available from Skills for Health 


Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being

World Health Organization | January  2019 | Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being

The World Health Organization (WHO)  has published its report Growing up unequal: gender and socioeconomic differences in young people’s health and well-being. 

The WHO’s Health Behaviour In Schools (HSBC) surveys over 3000 young people aged 11, 13 and 15-year-olds every four years.


It finds that over a quarter of young people surveyed indicated that they are too tired to concentrate on their schoolwork: 17% of 11-year-olds, 28% of 13-year-olds and 42% of 15-year-olds.

The proportion of 15-year-olds who say they experience low moods at least once a week has also risen to 50% (this figures was 40% in an earlier poll). Females are less likely to have enough sleep (32%) when compared with young males (23%).

The report also observes that one in four 15-year-olds say they have self-harmed – and the proportion is rising faster among boys (Source: WHO).

In the news:
BBC News One in four children ‘has too little sleep’

Quality and inequality

How have inequalities in the quality of care changed over the last 10 years? | QualityWatch | The Health Foundation | Nuffield Trust


The NHS aims to provide high quality care for everyone that needs it. But inequalities in health care persist. The recent NHS Long Term Plan made it a priority to address ‘unwarranted’ differences in the care people receive.

QualityWatch has been looking across a whole range of services and performance measures to find out how inequalities in health care have changed over the last decade.

There are different types of inequalities in health care that might arise from the region of the country you live in, your ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic status. This data story takes a closer look at the association between deprivation in the area that a patient lives and quality of care.

The analysis finds people living in the most deprived areas of England experience a worse quality of NHS care and poorer health outcomes than people living in the least deprived areas. These include spending longer in A&E and having a worse experience of making a GP appointment.

Full detail: Quality and inequality | QualityWatch

See also: Poorest get worse quality of NHS care in England, new research finds | Nuffield Trust

International recruitment toolkit

International Recruitment Toolkit. An interactive guide to encourage and enable good practice in the NHS | NHS Employers

This toolkit is for those involved in leading and delivering international recruitment in the NHS. It aims to encourage and enable good practices and processes for the recruitment of international staff across a wide range of professions.

The NHS Interim People Plan acknowledges the need to ethically increase the number of international recruits and empowers organisations to actively recruit overseas as part of a short-to-medium term robust and well-rounded workforce supply plan.

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This resource can be used to plan approaches to overseas recruitment activity for the first time, or to review the quality and efficiency of existing practices and processes. It is designed to support collaborative, effective and ethical international recruitment that provides value for money.

Physical activity – prevention and management of Long-Term Conditions

A professional resource for local authorities and healthcare professionals on physical activity for the prevention and management of long-term conditions | Public Health England

This edition of Health Matters focuses on the benefit of physical activity for the prevention and management of long-term conditions in adults.

One in 3 adults in England live with a long-term health condition and they are twice as likely to be amongst the least physically active. However, evidence shows that regular physical activity can help prevent or manage many common conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. It also helps keep symptoms under control, prevent additional conditions from developing, and reduce inequalities.

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Regular physical activity provides a range of physical and mental health, and social benefits, many of which are increasing issues for individuals, communities and society. These include:

  • reducing the risk of many long-term conditions
  • helping manage existing conditions
  • ensuring good musculoskeletal health
  • developing and maintaining physical and mental function and independence
  • supporting social inclusion
  • helping maintain a healthy weight
  • reducing inequalities for people with long-term conditions

Full detail at Public Health England

Towards better, fairer health and care

The King’s Fund strategy for 2020-24: Towards better, fairer health and care 

The work of the King’s Fund spans the breadth of health and care policy and practice, giving the organisation a unique understanding of the strategic context for health and care now and in the future. This document outlines how the organisation will focus it’s resources on specific priorities where it believes it can maximise impact.

Working with it’s staff and people from across the health and care system, the King’s Fund have chosen three areas of focus for the next five years where they have the greatest opportunity to use their skills and resources to improve health and care:

  • Healthier places and communities
  • Tackling the worst health outcomes
  • Supporting people and leaders

See also: Our strategic priorities for 2020–24 | The King’s Fund

Technology use and the mental health of children and young people

Report CR225: Technology use and the mental health of children and young people | Royal College of Psychiatrists


This report explores the use of technology among children and young people. As well as looking at the impact of screen time, the area that most previous publications on this topic have focused on, this Report also

  • looks at the impact of different types of screen use on the mental health of children and young people including:
  • negative content
  • how vulnerable groups may be affected such as those with mental health problems and very young children
  • potential for bullying and safeguarding issues
  • the potential for addiction.

The report also provides practical guidance to children and young people, parents and carers, clinicians and teachers on this issue. In addition, it makes recommendations, including a number aimed at government and technology companies so that the risks associated with the use of technology for this age group are robustly tackled at the same time as its benefits are maximised.

Full report: Technology use and the mental health of children and young people