Allied Health Professionals: AHPs Into Action (NHS England)

Summary

NHS England has released a report explaining how the NHS, the social care system and society at large could be transformed if the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) were used more effectively. Fifty three case studies describe examples of innovative AHP practice. A broad framework for local delivery planning is provided.

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Launching AHPs into Action – Suzanne Rastrick. [Online]: NHS England, January 17th 2017.

“‘AHPs into Action’ describes how AHPs can support the delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and the pursuit of the triple aim in the Five Year Forward View.”

See also:

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Allied Health Professions into Action. [Online]: NHS England, January 17th 2017.

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AHPs into action: using Allied Health Professions to transform health, care and wellbeing. 2016/17 – 2020/21. London: NHS England, January 17th 2017. Gateway Reference No.05863.

An earlier hook:

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Allied Health Professions Into Action – Suzanne Rastrick. [Online]: NHS England, January 11th 2017.

There is also an infographic and also an animation.

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Guidance on Raising Concerns (RCN)

Summary

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has issued guidance to support nurses concerning raising concerns, wherever they work i.e. whether in the NHS or in private / independent sector. Section headings cover:

  • Raising Concerns
    • Raising concerns or whistle blowing?
    • Raising concerns: rights and responsibilities.
    • Nurses and raising concerns
    • Raising and acting on concerns early.
  • Practicalities
    • How do I raise a concern?
    • Contact us.
    • Raising concerns step-by-step guide.
    • Can I raise a concern confidentially?.
    • What support can I expect?
    • What response should I expect when I raise a concern?
    • Will there be personal consequences for me if I raise my concerns?
    • How should managers act on a concern?
  • RCN Resources.
  • Whistleblowing guidance.

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Raising concerns. London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN), January 10th 2017.

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Malnutrition on Hospital Wards and in Care Homes? (BBC News / ONS)

Summary

Data from the Office for National Statistics indicates that malnutrition and / or dehydration were factors contributing to the deaths of 828 patients in hospitals and care homes in England and Wales during 2015. The following piece explores the possible significance of these statistics.

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Roberts, M. (2017). Starving to death on NHS wards? London: BBC Politics News / BBC Education News, January 9th 2017.

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Deaths from dehydration and malnutrition, by place of death, England and Wales, 2014 to 2015 (User requested data). London / Newport [Gwent]: Office for National Statistics, January 9th 2017.

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Recommendations For Better Sleep and Brain Health (BBC News / GCBH / Age UK)

Summary

The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has released a report which summarises recommendations for the public, in particular for people aged over 50, about getting better sleep for improved brain health. Older people are advised to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep daily. Practical advice to help achieve this target include:

  • Avoiding tea and coffee after lunch.
  • Avoiding daytime naps longer than half an hour.
  • Getting-up at the same time every day.
  • Exposure to natural sunlight during the daytime.
  • Avoiding alcohol as an “aid” for sleep.
  • Avoiding dinners less than three hours before going to bed.
  • Not viewing electronic screens after going to bed, including tablets, phones or laptops.
  • Avoiding over-the-counter sleep preparations.
  • Wearing socks in bed for warm feet.
  • Not allowing pets in the bedroom.
  • Avoiding arguments before going to bed.

The panel of experts organised by Age UK and the American Association of Retired Persons suggest there is evidence that poor sleep may increase the risks of heart disease, obesity and diabetes (in addition to a less than sharp mind).

The GCBH report also offers advice to help people with dementia (and their carers) having trouble sleeping, both during the daytime and the night-time.

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Sleep tips: Avoid afternoon coffee, over-50s advised. London: BBC Health News, January 11th 2017.

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Global Council on Brain Health (2016/7). The brain-sleep connection: GCBH recommendations on sleep and brain health. Washington [USA]: Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) / American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), January 2017.

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NICE Participation in European ROADMAP Project: Faster Access to Alzheimer’s Disease Drugs? (NICE)

Summary

NICE is participating in the ROADMAP initiative, which is working on a sustainable platform for “real world” evidence generation concerning Alzheimer’s Disease and (hopefully) faster development of disease-modifying drugs.

“The IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) is Europe’s largest public-private partnership, aiming to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients. ROADMAP is the first in a suite of projects that are part of the IMI’s Big Data for Better Outcomes Programme. ROADMAP has a budget of €7.7 million, distributed among 22 partners from the private, academic, and public sectors”.

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NICE takes key role in new European project for faster access to Alzheimer’s disease drugs: patients’ priorities will be brought to the fore in new Alzheimer’s project. [Online]: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), January 5th 2017.

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Five Year Forward View For Mental Health: Government’s Response (Department of Health / BBC News)

Summary

The government has published a response to the independent Mental Health Taskforce’s “NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health” report, as produced for NHS England. The government accepts all of the taskforce report’s 58 recommendations, in full. Responses are made to many of these recommendations.

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Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: government’s response. January 2017. London: HM Government (Department of Health / Public Health England / NHS England), January 9th 2017.

Shared Society Theme: Theresa May’s Proposals for Mental Health Care

Theresa May wishes to create a “shared society”, with the state taking on a greater role in ending unfairness. Allied to this, she has pledged to tackle the “hidden injustice” of mental illness. Her proposals include:

  1. Secondary schools will be offered mental health first aid training.
  2. There will be trials to explore the value of links between schools and NHS specialist staff. There will be a review of children and adolescent mental health services, led by the Care Quality Commission.
  3. Mental health campaigner Lord Stevenson, and Paul Farmer the chief executive of the charity Mind, will be appointed to review improving mental health support in the workplace.
  4. Employers and organisations will be given additional training in supporting staff who need time off work.
  5. There will be a focus on community care; with an extra £15 million of funding. There will be less emphasis on patients visiting GPs and A&E.
  6. There will be an expansion of online services which allow symptom checks, prior to arranging face-to-face appointments.
  7. There will be a review of the “health debt form”, whereby patients are charged up to £300 by GPs for documentation for proof of mental health issues.

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Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul. [Later re-titled, as: Mental health reforms to focus on young people, says PM]. London: BBC Politics News / BBC Health News, January 9th 2017.

Increasing Numbers of Patients Attending A&E With Mental Health Issues

Statistics compiled by NHS Digital for the BBC indicate that the number of patients attending A&E units with psychiatric problems rose by nearly 50% to 165,000 between 2011-12 and 2015-16.

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Triggle, N. [and] Woodcock, S. (2017). Steep rise in A&E psychiatric patients’. London: BBC Health News, January 11th 2017.

Possibly also of interest, more the news suggesting the NHS may be in crisis:

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Mental health care: ‘The system is broken’. London: BBC Health News, January 9th 2017.

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Driving With Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment (EBMH / The Mental Elf)

Summary

A review the current guidelines and evidence relating to driving and dementia (and driving with mild cognitive impairment) which is intended to help clinicians offer advice and make decisions about driving safety. The assessment tools / strategies available are considered.

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Allan, CL. Behrman, S. Baruch, N. [and] Ebmeier, KP. (2016). Driving and dementia: a clinical update for mental health professionals. Evidence Based Mental Health. November 2016; 19(4): 110-113.

This was brought to our attention by:

Nair, A. (2017). Driving and dementia: when’s the best time to hang up those driving gloves? [Online]: The Mental Elf. January 5th 2017.

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