Learning from deaths: Guidance for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers

NHS England | July 2018 | Learning from deaths: Guidance for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers

The learning from deaths national guidance is for NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers. It advises trusts on how they should support, communicate and engage with families following a death of someone in their care (NHS England).

The guidance can be downloaded here


Information for families following a bereavement 

Information for families following a bereavement

Working together to safeguard children

Revised statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  It sets out new legal requirements for local police, councils and health services who will be required to make joint safeguarding decisions | Department for Education


Children at risk of abuse or neglect will now be protected through improved partnerships between local police, councils and health services.

Strengthened guidance published by the Department for Education sets new legal requirements for the three safeguarding partners, who will be required to make joint safeguarding decisions to meet the needs of local children and families.

Senior police, council and health leaders will jointly be responsible for setting out local plans to keep children safe and will be accountable for how well agencies work together to protect children from abuse and neglect.

The new advice is aimed at all professionals who come in to contact with children and families and includes guidance on current threats to child protection, such as sexual and criminal exploitation, gangs and radicalisation.

Full detail: The Department of Education | Working together to safeguard children

Additional link: Press release

Developing pathways for alcohol treatment

Guidance on referring alcohol dependent patients from hospital to specialist alcohol treatment in the hospital or in the community | Public Health England


This guidance is about developing pathways for referral and care and for patients whose routine alcohol screening in secondary care suggests that they may be alcohol dependent.

It can be used by people implementing the Preventing ill health by risky behaviours – alcohol and tobacco CQUIN in acute, mental health and community trusts. It can also be used by NHS commissioners and planners and those planning, commissioning and providing community alcohol treatment.

The guidance aims to:

  • show the components of treatment for dependent drinking
  • describe what helps patients’ smooth passage through their treatment for alcohol dependence

Full guidance: Developing pathways for referring patients from secondary care to specialist alcohol treatment

Good Rostering Guide

NHS Employers | May 2018 |Good rostering guide

Aimed at both employers and doctors, the guidance sets out ways in which good rostering practice can be used to develop rotas. It aims to support and create an effective training environment that also meets the needs of the service, while enabling flexibility for doctors and employers, both of whom have a stake in the process.


Good Rostering Guide
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The full guide is available from NHS Employers 

Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI)

Department of Health and Social Care | May 2018 | Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have published a report on  Antimicrobial Prescribing, Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (APRHAI). The report summarises the activities that the group have carried out between April 2016 and March 2017, it also provides a brief overview of the work undertaken after March 2017 for the sake of presenting a complete picture. 

In the next  year, the committee will focus on supporting the development of the next strategy (2018-2023), including the reduction in inappropriate prescribing, the reduction in Gram negative infections, the issues arising from these two aims and monitoring and improving outcomes of patients admitted to hospital (Department of Health and Social Care).

The guidance is available from Department of Health and Social Care

Evaluating weight management interventions

Evidence-based guidance to support the evaluation of weight management interventions | Public Health England


This document is an update of the ‘Standard Evaluation Framework (SEF) for weight management interventions’, (2009) which was originally published by the National Obesity Observatory, and is now widely used across England.

It has been updated as a result of feedback from practitioners in the field following a consultation exercise, and to provide support for the Weight management: guidance for commissioners and providers collection.

The document contains a list of ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ criteria for data required for a comprehensive and robust evaluation. Essential criteria are the minimum data and information recommended to perform a basic evaluation of a weight management intervention. Desirable criteria are additional data that would improve the quality of an evaluation; and enhance understanding about what has been achieved and the processes that have taken place during the intervention.

Full document: Standard evaluation framework for weight management interventions

Choice in mental health care updated

Choice in mental health care: Guidance on implementing patients’ legal rights to choose the provider and team for their mental health care (2014) has been updated by NHS England. It provides guidance for commissioners, GPs and providers on how to implement patients’ legal rights to choose their care provider and the team they see for their mental health care. (NHS England)

choice in mental health
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It has been  developed with colleagues from across the mental health sector. It seeks to promote a common understanding of what mental health patients’ legal rights are, outlines where they apply, and what they mean in everyday practice.

You can access the intereactive pdf here