Monthly Archives: February 2012

Antipsychotics-Related Mortality Risk in Nursing Home Dementia Patients (BMJ / BBC News)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 8, March 2012]. Summary Some antipsychotic medications increase the risk of death in patients with dementia more than others, according to a US study … Continue reading

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Accountability and Scrutiny in the New Structures (BMA Guidance)

Summary This discussion paper, produced jointly by the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) and the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), explores the concepts of accountability and scrutiny in the new NHSstructures. GPs and Local Medical Committees (LMCs) are encouraged to ensure … Continue reading

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Patient Experience in Adult NHS Services (NICE)

Summary The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have produced a quality standard and guidance to help ensure patients have a good experience of care in the NHS. This quality standard aims to ensure care is individualised and … Continue reading

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Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Constitutions (BMA Guidance)

Summary Clear and comprehensive Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) constitutions should ensure CCGs they have effective structures, strong governance systems and good relationships with member practices. This BMA guidance highlights essential elements to be included in a CCG constitution. Headings cover: … Continue reading

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Turmeric / Curcumin in Curry Helps Fight Dementia? (NHS Choices)

Summary The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph reported that eating a curry weekly could help to “stave off dementia”. Researchers tested the effects of curcumin (found in turmeric) on fruit flies  (Drosophila melanogaster) genetically engineered to have a model of … Continue reading

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Malnutrition and Caring: the Hidden Cost for Families (Carers UK)

Summary This report explains why carers and families require additional support and advice on nutrition. Early intervention can offer improvements to quality of life and cost-savings in health and social care. “Care about nutrition, care with nutrition” is the campaign … Continue reading

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Care Quality Commission: Performance and Capability Review (Department of Health)

Summary This report of the Performance and Capability Review of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) includes 23 recommendations. The Department of Health, Policy Strategy & Finance, Strategy Group’s report is thought to offer robust assurance for the UK public, the Department … Continue reading

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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST): Guiding Principles

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 8, March 2012]. Summary The 18 key principles of CST, listed on the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) website, are: Mental stimulation. New ideas, thoughts and associations. … Continue reading

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NHS Patient Experience Framework (Department of Health)

Summary This guidance outlines the areas of most importance to patients’ experience of NHS services. They are: Respect for patient-centred values, preferences, and expressed needs. Coordination and integration of care across the health and social care system. Information, communication, and … Continue reading

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New Organisational Models for Health and Social Care Delivery (Health and Social Care Partnership South East)

Summary This briefing paper reviews the development of employee ownership and social enterprises in health and social care. It looks at the creation of new forms of organisation as alternatives to direct service provision or conventional outsourcing. It is aimed … Continue reading

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