Self Care Week 2017: Embracing Self Care for Life (Self Care Forum)

Summary

The Self Care Week (2017) awareness campaign, organised by the Self Care Forum, is planned to take place between November 13th – 19th 2017.​

This year’s theme will be “Embracing Self Care for Life”. Further Self Care Week information and resources should be available shortly online.

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Self Care Week 2017. Online [Bradford; Yorkshire]: The Self Care Forum, July 2017.

The 19th Annual Self Care Conference, also entitled “Embracing Self Care for Life” is set for Tuesday 26th September 2017, and will be held at Imperial College London.

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Early Research on Stress and Social Disadvantage as Potential Risk Factors (BBC News / AAIC)

Summary

Early research findings presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London suggest that stressful life events, and more generally the chronic stress of enduring social deprivation life-long, may age the brain. The researchers claim that extremely stressful experiences may act to age the brain “by least four years”. This particular study does not cover the risk factors for dementia, per se.

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Triggle, N. (2017). Stressful experiences ‘can age the brain by four years’. London: BBC Health News, July 17th 2017.

See also:

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Stressful life experiences age the brain by four years, African-Americans most at risk. Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2017. [London. Online]: Alzheimer’s Association, July 2017.

The Alzheimer’s Association AAIC Press Office has provided a curated collection of associated press releases, pertaining to the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC®2017).

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Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2017. Full List of Press Releases. [London. Online]: Alzheimer’s Association, July 2017.

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Approaches to Supporting Dementia-Friendly Healthcare in Hospital Settings (BMJ Open)

Summary

A review implies that staff dementia awareness training, by itself alone, may not improve dementia care and / or the outcomes for patients with dementia in hospital. It appears that additional strategies such as support for staff in implementing their learning and the provision of further resources from senior staff with expertise in dementia care are likely to be equally important for improving actual practice and patient outcomes.

This study identifies “context-mechanism-outcome” configurations which are beneficial for promoting dementia-friendly care in acute settings:

  • Appreciation of communication difficulties in persons living with dementia and sensitivity in the appreciation of their unmet needs.
  • Higher recognition of the roles of health care assistants in improving hospital care.
  • Endorsement from senior management which promotes staff’s confidence in adopting changes to care practices.
  • Easier permission to adapt working practices to provide better dementia care.
  • Availability of staff in sufficient numbers.
  • Alignment of ward priorities with person-centred approaches to care.

Conversely, it appears that an undue preoccupation with risk is likely to restrict patient choice and increase patient distress.

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Handley, M. Bunn, F. [and] Goodman, C. (2017). Dementia-friendly interventions to improve the care of people living with dementia admitted to hospitals: a realist review. BMJ Open. July 16th 2017; 7(7): e015257.

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Residential Care: Exploring the Options, the Costs and the Alternatives (BBC News)

Summary

Following a recent review of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections, which revealed that perhaps one in four care homes may to be failing in terms of safety and the adequacy of care provided, a BBC News item provides a quick user guide on navigating the care system, choosing a suitable care home, and the likely costs locally.

Note: Alternatives to residential care are explored.

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Triggle, N. (2017). How to choose the perfect care home. London: BBC Health News, July 14th 2017.

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Funding for Research and Innovation in Health and Social Care (Department of Health / AHSNs / NHS Digital / MRC / UKRI)

Summary

The government has announced new funding of up to £86 million for UK firms to develop and test new technologies in the NHS. This development is a follow-up to the Accelerated Access Review (AAR).

This initiative for more rapid health innovation will involve England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) coordinating local “Innovation Exchanges” to promote the application of new diagnostic tools, treatments and medical technologies.

“This could include innovations such as digital technologies to help patients manage their conditions from home instead of a hospital, or to develop new medicines”.

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£86 million funding announced for new medicine and technology. [Online]: Department of Health and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, July 14th 2017.

Further information of more local interest:

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WMAHSN welcomes major government investment to speed up patient access to innovative medicines and technology. [Online]: West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), July 14th 2017.

The Innovation Scorecard (NHS Digital)

Possibly of interest, the Innovation Scorecard is a quarterly report on the use of medicines and medical technologies in the NHS in England. This tool can be used by local NHS organisations to monitor their relative progress in implementing NICE Technology Appraisal (TA) recommendations.

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NICE Technology Appraisals in the NHS in England (Innovation Scorecard): to December 2016. London [Online]: NHS Digital, July 12th 2017.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

An interim UK Research and Innovation website has been created by UK Research and Innovation, to provide news and information about this organisation ahead of their formal launch in April 2018. UK Research and Innovation will cover all of the UK, have a budget over £6 billion per year, and will pull together the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England (a new body).

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UK Research and Innovation launches interim website. London: Medical Research Council (MRC), July 19th 2017.

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Stop the Over-Medication of People With a Learning Disability or Autism (STOMP) Campaign (NHS England / Royal College of Psychiatrists / BPS)

Summary

Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, has written to raise awareness about the over-medication of people with learning disabilities or autism, on the first anniversary of the Stop the Over-Medication of People With a Learning Disability or Autism (STOMP) campaign.

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Chief Nurse backs STOMP it out drugs campaign. [Online]: NHS England, July 4th 2017.

Further information:

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Stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both (STOMP). [Online]: NHS England, July 4th 2017.

This relates to a report with a focus on General Practice:

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Stopping Over-Medication of People with a Learning Disability, Autism or Both (STOMP). London: NHS England, July 3rd 2017.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists earlier produced a Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability report, which presents practice guidelines on psychotropic drug prescribing.

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Psychotropic drug prescribing for people with intellectual disability, mental health problems and/or behaviours that challenge: practice guidelines. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists; Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability, April 2016. Faculty Report FR/ID/09.

The British Psychological Society have produced a report on psychological therapies which offer potential alternatives to inappropriate prescribing:

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Beail, N [ed.] (2016). Psychological therapies and people who have intellectual disabilities. Leicester: British Psychological Society; Commissioning Team for the Faculties for Intellectual Disabilities of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society, February 2016.

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The NHS: Probably Still the World’s Best Health Service (BBC News / Commonwealth Fund / NEJM / NHS England)

Summary

The Commonwealth Fund, a US think-tank, has re-compared data from 11 countries and – to the surprise of some commentators – again ranked the UK’s NHS as the being the best national health system overall. The NHS comes first (highest rating) for overall performance, and is rated to be the highest performer regarding care process (based on indicators including prevention, safe care, coordination, and patient engagement) and equity.

The NHS is rated 10th (i.e. poorest but one) for healthcare outcomes.

“The UK health service was praised for its safety, affordability and efficiency, but fared less well on outcomes such as preventing early death and cancer survival”.

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Triggle, N. (2017). NHS ranked ‘number one’ health system. London: BBC Health News, July 14th 2017.

This relates to:

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Schneider, EC. Sarnak, DO. [and] Squires, D. [et al] (2017). Mirror, Mirror 2017: international comparison reflects flaws and opportunities for better U.S. health care. [Online]: The Commonwealth Fund, July 2017.

The full report:

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Schneider, EC. Sarnak, DO. [and] Squires, D. [et al] (2017). Mirror, Mirror 2017: international comparison reflects flaws and opportunities for better U.S. health care [Report]. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, July 2017.

There is also a set of Statistical Appendices.

Summary: The international healthcare systems’ comparative rankings:

  • 1st UK.
  • 2nd Australia.
  • 3rd Netherlands.
  • 4th New Zealand.
  • 4th (joint) Norway.
  • 6th Sweden.
  • 6th (joint) Switzerland.
  • 8th Germany.
  • 9th Canada.
  • 10th France.
  • 11th US.

“We based our analysis on 72 indicators that measure performance in five domains important to policymakers, providers, patients, and the public: Care Process, Access, Administrative Efficiency, Equity, and Health Care Outcomes”.

An NEJM article, examining the USA perspective:

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Schneider, EC. [and] Squires, D. (2017). From last to first – could the U.S. health care system become the best in the world? New England Journal of Medicine. July 14th 2017. [Epub ahead of print].

Plans for continuing improvements from NHS England:

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UK health system comes out on top in new report. [Online]: NHS England, July 14th 2017.

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