Adult weight management

Public Health England has published guidance to support the commissioning and delivery of tier 2 adult weight management services.

This guidance supports commissioners and providers of tier 2 adult weight management services, including:

  • local authorities (LAs)
  • clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • NHS institutions

The guidance is published under the following categories: following categories:

Commission and provide

Adult weight management services: commission and provide

Weight management services: insights into user experiences

Interventions

Data collection

Preventing tooth decay in children under five

This professional resource from Public Health England outlines how health professionals, councils and partners can help prevent tooth decay in children under 5 as part of ensuring every child has the best start in life.

The guidance covers the following areas:

  • Scale of the problem
  • Risk factors for tooth decay
  • How to prevent tooth decay
  • Effective interventions for improving dental health
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Guidelines aim to help identify and treat stroke in children

New guidelines on recognising and managing stroke in children have been launched by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Stroke Association to help prevent the potential damage that can occur if symptoms go unrecognised.

Every year around 400 children in the UK have a stroke, and many are left with severe physical and mental impairments.

The guidelines say that most children experiencing a stroke will have similar symptoms to adults—specifically, weakness of the face and on one side of the body and difficulty with speech. Less commonly, childhood strokes may present with seizures or fits affecting one part of the body or, rarely, a new onset sudden severe headache, the guidelines say, adding that many children will have non-specific signs of illness, such as a decrease in consciousness level or vomiting.

The guidelines also highlight a lack of evidence in terms of treating childhood stroke. In a foreword to the guidelines Tony Rudd, professor of stroke medicine at King’s College, London and national clinical director for stroke at NHS England, says that the first edition of the guideline was published 12 years ago and that one of its main findings was the lack of research into stroke in childhood.

Full document: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Stroke Association. Stroke in childhood: clinical guideline for diagnosis, management and rehabilitation. May 2017.

Updated confidentiality guidance comes into force for doctors

From 25th April 2017 all doctors practising medicine in the UK will be expected to follow revised, expanded and restructured ethical guidance on confidentiality | GMC

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Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information has been updated following an extensive consultation exercise, and is now more explicit than previously published guidance about working with patients. It now clarifies:

  • The circumstances in which doctors can rely on implied consent to share patient information for direct care.
  • The importance of sharing information for direct care, recognising the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency context doctors work in.
  • The significant role that those close to a patient can play in providing support and care, and the importance of acknowledging that role.
  • The public protection responsibilities of doctors, including when to make disclosures in the public interest.

The full guidance is available here

Updated revalidation standards and guidance

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has updated its revalidation standards and guidance in line with a planned review and stakeholder feedback | NHS Employers

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Key changes

All documents except the Code have been revised. The standards and guidance includes:
  • New examples of circumstances which would not count towards practice hours,
  • Changes in How to revalidate and the guidance sheet to explain why the reflective discussion partner must be a registrant and why the discussion must be a single discussion with one other person.
  • Changes to the continuing professional development (CPD) examples to clarify that CPD is separate and different from everyday learning.
  • An explanation on how confirmation differs from appraisal.
  • Amendments to the alternative support arrangements guidance sheet.

More detail at NHS Employers

Download the revised guidance documents via NMC

Antimicrobial resistance

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Public Health England has published Antimicrobial resistance: resource handbook.

This updated handbook identifies current national policy, guidance and supporting materials in relation to the infection prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and antimicrobial stewardship in order to aid in the reduction of antimicrobial resistance.  It includes strategy and national guidance, policy and recommendations, education and training, surveillance, and international resources.

 

Guidelines on reducing sugar in food

Reduction programme could see 200,000 tonnes of sugar removed from the UK market per year by 2020. | Public Health England

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Public Health England (PHE) has published guidelines setting out the approaches the food industry can take to reduce the amount of sugar children consume through the everyday foods that contribute the most to intakes.

The guidelines include the recommended sugar limits for the following nine food groups:

  • breakfast cereals
  • yogurts
  • biscuits
  • cakes
  • morning goods like croissants
  • puddings
  • ice creams, lollies and sorbets
  • confectionery (chocolate and sweet)
  • sweet spreads, which is sub-categorised into:
    • chocolate spread
    • peanut butter
    • dessert toppings and sauces
    • fruit spreads

One of the main commitments in the Government’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action was to reduce the amount of sugar contained in food. The challenge is to reduce sugar by 5% by August 2017 and overall by 20% by 2020.

Full report: Sugar reduction: Achieving the 20%

Also published is Sugar reduction and wider reformulation: stakeholder engagement , a summary of the stakeholder engagement that informed sugar reduction guidelines for industry and analysis to determine the 2015 baseline.