Food Standards in NHS Hospitals (BBC News / Department of Health / Hospital Food Standards Panel / Age UK)

Summary

New standards have been developed by the Department of Health and Age UK concerning the quality of food supplied to hospital patients in England.

Hospitals will be ranked according to quality and choice of food provided, and rankings will be published on the NHS Choices website. Ratings of the quality of hospital food are based on the following criteria:

  1. Quality of food.
  2. Choice of food.
  3. Menus approved by dietitians.
  4. Fresh fruit availability.
  5. Food between meals availability.
  6. Cost of food services (per patient per day).

Patients are to be assessed for malnutrition on admission. More responsibility will be placed on staff to ensure patients are well-fed.

Department of Health report specifies these standards relating to patient nutrition and hydration, healthy eating in hospitals and sustainable food / catering services. Hospitals will have a legal duty to comply with the recommendations.

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Gallagher, J. (2014). New hospital food rules introduced. London: BBC Health News, August 29th 2014.

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The Hospital Food Standards Panel’s report on standards for food and drink in NHS hospitals: an independent group established by the Department of Health and led by Dianne Jeffrey, chairman of Age UK. London: Department of Health, August 28th 2014.

Possibly also of interest is a broad overview (including videos):

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Better hospital food for NHS patients, visitors and staff. London: Department of Health, August 29th 2014.

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Patient Safety Risks: Focus on Patient Handover and Patient Discharge From Secondary Care (NHS England)

Summary

NHS England has issued a patient safety alert in the effort to improve the quality and timeliness of communication with primary and social care when patients are discharged from hospital.

Read more: NHS England. Patient safety alert on risks arising from breakdown and failure to act on communication during handover at the time of discharge from secondary care.

The alert invites organisations to supply feedback on current practice and challenges; and to share examples of potential improvements.

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Risks arising from breakdown and failure to act on communication during handover at the time of discharge from secondary care. Patient Safety Alert Reference Number: NHS/PSA/W/2014/014. London: NHS England, August 29th 2014. Publications Gateway Reference 02167.

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Review of National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) incident data relating to discharge from acute and mental health trusts. London: NHS England, August 27th 2014.

Patient-Safety-Related Hospital Deaths in England: The Broader Picture

Deaths due to unsafe care in hospitals (i.e. pre-discharge) capable of being addressed by quality improvement in policies, procedures, and practices; grouped into six areas of apparent systemic failure:

  1. Mismanagement of deterioration (35%).
  2. Failure of prevention (26%).
  3. Deficient checking and oversight (11%).
  4. Dysfunctional patient flow (10%).
  5. Equipment-related errors (6%).
  6. Other (12%).

The most common incident types are failure to recognise deterioration (23%), inpatient falls (10%), healthcare-associated infections (10%), unexpected per-operative death (6%), and poor or inadequate handover (5%).

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Donaldson, LJ. Panesar, SS. [and] Darzi, A. (2014). Patient-safety-related hospital deaths in England: thematic analysis of incidents reported to a national database, 2010-2012. PLoS Medicine, June 24th 2014, Vol.11(6), pp.e1001667. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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NHS Statistical Summary (NHS Confederation)

Summary

The NHS Confederation has compiled some summary statistics about the NHS, covering broad topic areas including:

  1. NHS Funding.
  2. NHS Organisations.
  3. NHS Staff.
  4. NHS Management.
  5. International Comparisons.
  6. Patient Experience.
  7. NHS Activity.
  8. Health and Population.

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Key statistics on the NHS. London [Online]: NHS Confederation, August 2014.

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Spend and Outcome Tool (SPOT) for Local Authorities (PHE)

Summary

This Public Health England (PHE) tool provides local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in England with an overview of spending and outcome across various aspects of public health (and much else). The Spend and Outcome Tool (SPOT) is an interactive spreadsheet, accompanied by factsheets for each local authority. Organisations can be compared using a different benchmarks.

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New tool for local authorities on outcomes and expenditure. London: Public Health England, August 27th 2014.

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Further Dementia Diagnostic Test Accuracy Systematic Review Protocols (Cochrane Database)

Summary

This is an additional list of diagnostic testing-related protocols, further to the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group (CDCIG) Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) protocols and protocol templates listed earlier in Generic Protocol(s) for Diagnostic Test Accuracy Reviews in Dementia (Cochrane Database).

These reviews of various neuropsychological tests are part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cochrane Collaboration Programme.

Concerning the use of 11C-PIB-PET for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI):

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Zhang, S. Smailagic, N. [and] Hyde, C. [et al] (2014). 11C-PIB-PET for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease dementia and other dementias in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. July 23rd 2014, Issue 7. No. CD010386.

Concerning the use of AD-8 for diagnosis of dementia in various healthcare settings:

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Hendry, K. Leesm RA, [and] McShane, R. [et al] (2014). AD-8 for diagnosis of dementia across a variety of healthcare settings (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. May 19th 2014, Issue 5. No. CD011121.

Concerning use of the APOE-4 allele for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia disorders in people with mild cognitive impairment in primary care:

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Elias-Sonnenschein, LS. Viechtbauer, W. [and] Ramakers, I. [et al] (2014). APOE-ε4 allele for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementia disorders in people with mild cognitive impairment in a primary care setting (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. January 31st 2014, Issue 1. No. CD010949.

Concerning use of the APOE-4 allele for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in people with mild cognitive impairment in secondary care settings:

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Elias-Sonnenschein, LS. Viechtbauer, W. [and] Ramakers, I. [et al] (2014). APOE-ε4 allele for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementia disorders in people with mild cognitive impairment in a secondary care setting (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. January 31st 2014, Issue 1. No. CD010950.

Concerning use of the APOE-4 allele for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in people with mild cognitive impairment in community settings:

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Elias-Sonnenschein, LS. Viechtbauer, W. [and] Ramakers, I. [et al] (2014). APOE-ε4 allele for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementia disorders in people with mild cognitive impairment in a community setting (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. January 31st 2014, Issue 1. No. CD010948.

Concerning the use of Plasma and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Abeta42 for the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in participants previously diagnosed with dementia in specialist care settings:

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Kokkinou, M. Smailagic, N. [and] Noel-Storr, AH. [et al] (2014). Plasma and Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Abeta42 for the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease dementia in participants diagnosed with any dementia subtype in a specialist care setting (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. January 31st 2014, Issue 1. No. CD010945.

A possibly related systematic review on the use of this testing technology for people with mild cognitive impairment has been published more recently: see Diagnosis, Screening, Assessment and Symptoms-Related Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.

Concerning the use of rCBF SPECT for detecting frontotemporal dementia in people with suspected dementia:

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Coulthard, EJ. Archer, HA. [and] Smailagic, N. [et al] (2014). rCBF SPECT for detection of frontotemporal dementia in people with suspected dementia (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. December 23rd 2013, Issue 12. No. CD010896.

Concerning the use of Mini-Cog for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in community settings:

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Fage, BA. Seitz, DP. [and] Gill, SS. [et al] (2014). Mini-Cog for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease dementia and other dementias within a community setting (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. November 29th 2013, Issue 11. No. CD010860.

Concerning the use of CSF Tau and the CSF Tau / ABeta Ratio for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI):

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Ritchie, C. Smailagic, N. [and] Ladds, EC. [et al] (2014). CSF tau and the CSF tau / ABeta ratio for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease dementia and other dementias in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Oct 26th 2013, Issue 10. No. CD010803.

Concerning the use of IQCODE for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in general practice (primary care) settings, a more recent systematic review has been published: see Diagnosis, Screening, Assessment and Symptoms-Related Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.

Concerning the use of IQCODE for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in secondary care settings, a more recent systematic review has been published: see Diagnosis, Screening, Assessment and Symptoms-Related Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.

Concerning dopamine transporter imaging for the diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies:

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McCleery, J. Morgan, S. [and] Hyde, C. [et al] (2014). Dopamine transporter imaging for the diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. July 10th 2013, Issue 7. No. CD010633.

Concerning the accuracy of 18FDG-PET in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias in people with MCI:

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Vacante, M. Smailagic, N. [and] Sachpekidis, C. [et al] (2014). The accuracy of 18FDG-PET in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease dementia and other dementias in people with MCI (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. July 5th 2013, Issue 7. No. CD010632.

Concerning the role of MRI in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias in persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI):

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Filippini, G. Casazza, G. [and] Bellatorre, AG. [et al] (2014). The role of MRI in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias in persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. February 15th 2012, Issue 2. No. CD009628.

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Patient Complaints in the NHS: No Shortage of Feedback (BBC News / HSCIC)

Summary

The number of complaints made about NHS care in England increased to roughly 480 per day, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). 174,872 complaints were made during 2013-14.

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NHS complaints rise to 480 every day. London: BBC Health News, August 28th 2014.

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Data on written complaints in the NHS 2013-14. London: Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), August 2014.

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