Broad Overview: the State of Health and Adult Social Care Report (CQC)

Summary

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) review of the quality of care provided by hospitals, care homes and GP practices in England, published earlier this month, discloses information about the persistence of unjustifiable variations in quality and safety. Safety, safeguarding and leadership have been identified as requiring improvement. SCIE has plans to use information obtained through inspections to push improvements, based on examples of best practice.

This report presents a thorough overview of the state of care, as of 2013/14, across the following sectors:

  1. Adult social care.
  2. Hospitals, mental health care and community health services.
  3. Primary medical services and integrated care.

“In 2013/14 we began to introduce a new, tougher approach to inspecting care services. Our more rigorous, expert-led inspections are starting to give us a deeper understanding of the quality of health and social care than ever before”.

Read more: State of Care 2013/14. Care Quality Commission.

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State of Care 2013/14. London: Care Quality Commission, October 2014.

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The state of health care and adult social care in England 2013/14. London: Care Quality Commission, October 17th 2014.

There is also an Executive Summary.

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Leading Causes of Death in England and Wales (BBC News / ONS)

Summary

The latest official statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on deaths registered in England and Wales, in 2013, show that dementia was the leading cause of death for women (12.2% of all female deaths). The leading cause of death for males in England and Wales during 2013 was ischaemic heart disease (15.4% of all male deaths).

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Gallagher, J. (2014). Dementia is leading cause of death for women. London: BBC Health News, October 29th 2014.

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Deaths Registered in England and Wales (Series DR), 2013. Fareham [Hampshire]: Office for National Statistics, October 30th 2014.

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Dietary Flavanols (Cocoa Drinks) Improve Cognition in Older Adults? (NHS Choices / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary

Further research has been published indicating that drinking cocoa might help to preserve brain function. A recent small US study indicates that consumption of a specially formulated cocoa-based drink, high in flavanols, makes older people slightly faster (but no more accurate) in certain memory tests. The researchers identified significantly increased activity in dentate gyrus (DG) after consuming the drink. The DG is a neuroanatomical region in the hippocampus where functioning often declines with human ageing and is understood to be involved in cognition and memory. The high-flavanol intervention enhanced DG function, as measured by fMRI and by cognitive testing.

As might be expected, an NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal has been quick to place this research (interesting though it is) in context and offer a sense of due perspective:

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A mug of cocoa is not a cure for memory problems. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, October 27th 2014.

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Brickman, AM. Khan, UA. [and] Provenzano, FA. [et al] (2014). Enhancing dentate gyrus function with dietary flavanols improves cognition in older adults. Nature Neuroscience. October 26th 2014. [Epub ahead of print].. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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Protecting and Improving the Nation’s Health (PHE)

Summary

Public Health England (PHE) has published a strategic document which defines seven priorities for the next five years. Health professionals, local and national government, the voluntary and community sector and the public are invited to apply the latest evidence concerning what works in improving the nation’s health. The seven priorities are:

  1. Tackling obesity.
  2. Reducing smoking.
  3. Reducing harmful drinking.
  4. Ensuring every child has the best start in life.
  5. Reducing dementia risks.
  6. Tackling antimicrobial resistance.
  7. Reducing tuberculosis.

“What we are looking to stimulate is a new movement that focuses on creating and protecting health, not only treating ill-health”.

Read more: From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health. PHE.

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From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health. Press Release. London: Public Health England, October 23rd 2014.

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From evidence into action: opportunities to protect and improve the nation’s health. London: Public Health England, October 24th 2014. PHE Publications Gateway No. 2014404.

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Dementia Diagnosis and Prediction Using Eye Examinations? (BBC News)

Summary

A £1.1m three year study involving researchers from Dundee University and Edinburgh will investigate whether eye tests can aid non-invasive diagnosis by providing an “early warning” of Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions. It is thought that changes in the eye could help predict the onset of dementia and possibly play a role in differential diagnosis.

Custom-developed computer software will be used to analyse high-definition images of the retina from multiple instruments. The team will also use existing software and cross-reference data with medical history information from Ninewells Hospital to explore possible patterns and relationships.

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University’s £1m study of eyeball link to Alzheimer’s. Scotland: BBC Tayside and Central Scotland / BBC Health News, October 27th 2014.

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Cold Weather Plan for England 2014 (PHE)

Summary

The Cold Weather Plan for England 2014 has been updated by Public Health England (PHE). In addition to the main reports / guides, there is a range of supporting quick-reference documentation, including action cards based on the plan for different target readerships, a covering letter of introduction and a summary.

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Cold weather plan for England 2014. London: Public Health England, October 24th 2014.

The main report:

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Cold Weather Plan for England 2014: protecting health and reducing harm from cold weather. London: Public Health England, October 22nd 2014.

The public health rationale:

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Cold Weather Plan for England. Making the case: why long-term strategic planning for cold weather is essential to health and wellbeing. London: Public Health England, October 20th 2014.

A systematic review of the literature:

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Wookey, M. (2014). Minimum home temperature thresholds for health in winter: a systematic literature review. London: Public Health England, October 22nd 2014.

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