Shortage of Male Care Workers? (BBC News / Care England)

Summary

Given that an increasing number of men are surviving to an older age, more men are likely to be needed to meet their personal care requirements and preferences.

The majority of carer workers tend to be women. Some men prefer their personal care to be performed by other men, so more male care workers will need to be recruited and retained, according to Professor Martin Green, the chief executive of Care England.

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Day, L. (2015). More male care workers needed, says providers’ chief. London: BBC Health News, August 31st 2015.

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Local Variations in Neurology Outpatient Services in England (PHE)

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The Public Health England (PHE) Neurology Intelligence Network (NIN) has published a statistical briefing concerning neurological outpatient activity in England. This concentrates particularly on local CCG services. Quality improvements may be achievable by examining variations in local service provision, variations between local areas in the recorded prevalence of neurological conditions, differences in local capacity for assessing people with neurological problems, and consideration of alternative assessment pathways.

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PHE Neurology briefing provides CCGs with new resources to improve provision of care. London: Public Health England, August 27th 2015.

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Neurology services: outpatient analysis. London: Public Health England / National Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network, August 2015.

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Neurology outpatient analysis data briefing. London: Public Health England, August 27th 2015.

There is also a brief summary chart:

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New consultant neurology outpatient appointments 2012 to 2013 chart. London: Public Health England, August 27th 2015.

The main data is provided in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.

Possibly of background / contextual interest:

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Neurology services not meeting patients’ needs. London: Royal College of Physicians and the Association of British Neurologists, June 6th 2011.

Purely incidental, but of likely interest to many, the British neurologist Oliver Sacks has died in the USA at the age of 82.

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Oliver Sacks dies in New York aged 82. London: BBC Health News, August 30th 2015.

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NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme: NHS DPP (BBC News / PHE / NHS England)

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The latest estimates from Public Health England (PHE) indicate that up to five million people in England could be at risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes (which is related to obesity and diet) costs the NHS between £8 billion to £10 billion each year. Type-2 diabetes affects roughly 3.2 million people in the UK. Diabetes is thought to cause 22,000 premature deaths per year in addition to accounting for perhaps 10% of the entire NHS budget.

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Hughes, D. (2015). Five million adults in England ‘at risk of diabetes’. London: BBC Health News, August 26th 2015.

This relates to the analysis from the National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (NCVIN) in support of the PHE, NHS England and Diabetes UK’s NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP):

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NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP): non-diabetic hyperglycaemia. Produced by: National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (NCVIN). London: Public Health England, August 26th 2015.

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Five million people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes. London: Public Health England, August 26th 2015.

A related commentary from NHS England:

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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: the size of the prize – Dr Matt Kearney. London: NHS England, September 1st 2015.

Evidence-Base: Assessment of the Effectiveness of Lifestyle Interventions for the Prevention of T2DM

The following report updates a previous PHE systematic review and meta-analysis which assesses the effectiveness of interventions for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus in high risk populations:

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Ashra, NB. Spong, R. [and] Carter, P. [et al] (2015). A systematic review and meta-analysis assessing the effectiveness of pragmatic lifestyle interventions for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in routine practice. London: Public Health England, August 25th 2015.

Beating Diabetes in Bradford (NHS Right Care)

The following NHS Right Care report covers Bradford City CCG’s initiative to improve diabetes prevention locally using evidence-based methods:

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Allen, L. [and] Wallace, V. (2015). NHS Bradford City CCG: improving the detection and prevention of Type 2 diabetes – Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD). [London / Yorkshire]: NHS Right Care, August 20th 2015.

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Care and Treatment Reviews: Soon to be Mainstream? (NHS England)

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Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) were introduced, as a means to reduce unnecessary admissions and avoid lengthy stays in hospital, within NHS England’s commitment to improving the care of people with learning disabilities.

The underlying philosophy behind CTRs is more widely applicable, so NHS England has plans for reviews of care and treatment to be embedded across the health and care system and become “business as usual” in NHS practice.

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Care and treatment reviews to become ‘business as usual’. London: NHS England, August 24th 2015.

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Care and Treatment Review: Policy and Guidance [Draft]. London: NHS England, [May – August 2015] August 24th 2015.

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Unsafe Drinking Among Elderly People? (BBC News / BMJ Open)

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Analysis of health records in London indicates that around one in five people aged over 65 who drink may be consuming alcohol at unsafe levels.

Men were 60% of the drinkers recorded, but they made up 65% of the unsafe drinkers. Of the 5% of people drinking the most alcohol, men tended to consume over 49 units per week; while the women tended to consume 23 units per week.

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Elderly people warned over alcohol consumption. London: BBC Health News, August 24th 2015.

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Many white English and Irish pensioners ‘drinking to excess’. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, August 24th 2015.

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Rao, R. Schofield, P. [and] Ashworth, M. (2015). Alcohol use, socioeconomic deprivation and ethnicity in older people. BMJ Open, August 24th 2015, Vol.5(8), e007525. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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Public Health England Research Prioritisation Workshop Briefings (PHE)

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Public Health England (PHE)’s Research, Translation and Innovation Division held four Research Prioritisation Workshops. These events have resulted in a series of five reports exploring some issues in research, barriers and gaps in knowledge.

The Research Prioritisation Workshop series of briefings covers three topic-specific themes (concerning dementia, obesity and best start in life), and two broader cross-cutting themes about prioritisation and evaluation in public health interventions.

Dementia Research Prioritisation Workshop

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Dementia: workshop series to support prioritisation of research. London: Public Health England (PHE), August 13th 2015. PHE Publications Gateway No. 2015222.

Obesity Research Prioritisation Workshop

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Obesity: workshop series to support prioritisation of research. London: Public Health England (PHE), August 2015. PHE Publications Gateway No. 2015222.

Best Start in Life Research Prioritisation Workshop

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Best start in life: workshop series to support prioritisation of research. London: Public Health England (PHE), August 2015. PHE Publications Gateway No. 2015222.

Evaluation of Research Prioritisation Workshop

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Evaluation: workshop series to support prioritisation of research. London: Public Health England (PHE), August 2015. PHE Publications Gateway No. 2015222.

Cross-Cutting Themes in Research Prioritisation Workshop

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Cross-cutting themes: workshop series to support prioritisation of research. London: Public Health England (PHE), August 2015. PHE Publications Gateway No. 2015222.

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