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Counting calories: how under-reporting can explain the apparent fall in calorie intake

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 14:38

Behavioural Insights Team - 
In the UK, official statistics show a decline in calorie consumption over the past 40 years, yet the population has continued to gain weight over this period. BIT decided to look more closely at how the official statistics on calorie intake are collected. This resulted in some surprising new findings, which are set out in this report. This report concludes that it is not plausible that large falls in calorie consumption, offset by even greater falls in physical activity, have caused the rise in obesity. Instead, it proposes that the apparent fall in consumption can be explained by an increase in underreporting of calorie intake in official statistics.

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Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes consultation

Fri, 05/08/2016 - 11:48

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
This draft guidance urges local councils to increase the availability of condoms to people most at risk of sexually transmitted infections. It recommends local authorities consider distributing free condoms to men who have sex with men and other high risk groups. It also recommends selling cheap (cost price) condoms to adults. Comments and feedback on the draft guideline are being accepted until 16 September 2016.

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Top tips for increasing the uptake of NHS Health Checks

Fri, 05/08/2016 - 11:44

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This resource highlights evidence and innovative approaches for increasing the uptake of the NHS Health Check. 

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Avoiding unconscious bias: a guide for surgeons

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 12:04

Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) - 
This guide aims to encourage surgeons to be aware of this, and sometimes adjust their behaviour so that their trainees and fellow staff do not misinterpret their actions. It outlines the impact on of unconscious bias on equality and diversity in relation to recruitment and workplace harassment in particular.

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NHS Trust Development Authority annual report and accounts 2015-2016

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 11:30

NHS Trust Development Authority (NTDA) - 
This annual report outlines the work carried out by NTDA in 2015-16. It includes information on the accounts of NTDA as well as the performance of NTDA as well as the NHS trust sector.

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Delivering differently: how to deliver change

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 11:25

Policy Exchange - 
This report argues for a bottom-up and localised approach to solving longstanding challenges in welfare, health, criminal justice and education. It suggests that redistributing the Civil Service across the country would push the devolution agenda, bring decision-makers closer to the people and provide local communities with the additional capabilities that they might need to manage new financial and administrative powers. 

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Under the scan: patients' views of X-rays and scans in the UK

Wed, 03/08/2016 - 16:14

The Royal College of Radiologists -
The Patients Association and The Royal College of Radiologists conducted a joint survey on patient experiences and views of undergoing diagnostic imaging. The report reveals patients’ actual experience of the referral-to-test result process. Patients were also asked for their views on proposals in the English Cancer Strategy for patients to have online access to their test results.

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Integrating health and social care

Wed, 03/08/2016 - 15:51

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) -
An ageing population and the increasing prevalence of long-term conditions are putting pressure on health and social care services. The four UK nations have committed to better integration between health and social care as one solution to these challenges. This briefing outlines what integration is, examines policies to enable it and gives examples of integration in England. It also looks at the evidence on the challenges of achieving integration and assessing the effectiveness of approaches.

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What if everyone over 55 was offered a pill to prevent heart attacks and strokes?

Wed, 03/08/2016 - 15:46

The King's Fund -
‘The NHS if’ is a collection of essays that explores hypothetical scenarios and their impact on the future of health and care. This essay, written by Richard Smith, looks at the cost of cardiovascular disease and whether prescribing polypills as a preventative measure could save lives.

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Update on the health and care landscape

Wed, 03/08/2016 - 15:22

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) -
This briefing aims to inform pharmacy contractors and Local Pharmaceutical Committees of developments in the wider health and care landscape beyond community pharmacy.

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Helping in hospitals: a guide to high impact volunteering in hospitals

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 15:06

Nesta -  
The Helping in Hospitals programme was founded on the belief that much more can be achieved through well-designed and implemented volunteering in hospital settings - that we are only scratching the surface of what volunteering can do for hospital life. With funding from the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health, Helping in Hospitals worked with ten hospital trusts from 2014 to 2016 to help them build significant impact volunteering programmes. This included increasing both the scale and scope of impact volunteering in hospitals. This guide provides further details on how the hospital trusts developed their volunteering programmes.

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The Better Care Fund operating guidance for 2016/17

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 11:36

NHS England - 
This document provides guidance to partners for local Better Care Fund plans - such as CCGs, local authorities and health and wellbeing boards - on the operational requirements for these plans in 2016-17.

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Records management code of practice for health and social care 2016

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 11:31

Department of Health (DH) - 
This guidance on health and care records management and records retention has been updated. It sets out standards required for the management of records for organisations who work within, or under contract to the NHS in England. The standards also apply to public health functions in local authorities and adult social care where joint care provided within the NHS.

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Getting To Outcomes: guide for teen pregnancy prevention

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 11:30

RAND Corporation - 
Getting To Outcomes (GTO) is a ten-step process that guides community organisations through the key tasks needed to make any prevention programme a success. This guide offers tools and instructions to help assess the need for and select a teenage pregnancy prevention programme; identify goals and outcomes; use process and outcome evaluation measures; and plan for programme sustainability. The guide is accompanied by an outcome survey and an evaluation data workbook.

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Reducing child mortality in London

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 11:28

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This document outlines the background and key statistics on the number of child deaths, causes of death and avoidable deaths in London and provides actions to reduce child mortality. 

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Cancer: then and now

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 11:27

Macmillan Cancer Support - 
This report finds that more than 170,000 people are living with cancer in the UK who were diagnosed in the 1970s and 1980s. The report compares the diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer then, to the experiences of cancer in the 2010s. It celebrates the advances in cancer care, treatment and survival rates but warns that more needs to be done to cope with increasing demand in future.

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Counting the cost of UK poverty

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 11:26

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) - 
This report estimates the tangible cost of poverty to the UK, focusing specifically on the impact on public spending. The report shows that poverty costs public services approximately £69 billion with £21.8 billion being spent on acute health care, £7.1 billion on primary care, £1.6 billion on public health and £4.6 billion on adult social care.  

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What if every patient were to have their genome mapped?

Tue, 02/08/2016 - 11:24

The King's Fund - 
The NHS if... is a collection of essays published by The King's Fund that explores hypothetical scenarios and their impact on the future of health and care. This essay, authored by Professor Lord Ara Darzi and Dr Oliver Keown, explores a future in which all patients have their genome mapped and the possibility for precision health and personalised medicine.

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Getting To Outcomes: guide for teen pregnancy prevention

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 11:13

RAND Corporation - 
Getting To Outcomes (GTO) is a ten-step process that guides community organisations through the key tasks needed to make any prevention program a success. This guide offers tools and instructions to help assess the need for and select a teenage pregnancy prevention programme; identify goals and outcomes; use process and outcome evaluation measures; and plan for programme sustainability. The guide is accompanied by an outcome survey and an evaluation data workbook.

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Reducing child mortality in London

Fri, 29/07/2016 - 10:55

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This document outlines the background and key statistics on the number of child deaths, causes of death and avoidable deaths in London and provides actions to reduce child mortality. 

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