Monthly Archives: February 2016

Growing Sense of Wellbeing Into the Seventh Decade of Life (BBC News / MRC)

Summary A long-running Medical Research Council cohort study survey, which has followed the health and wellbeing of 1,700 people since their birth, indicates that feelings of wellbeing of those in their 60s actually increased as they approached the age of … Continue reading

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Neurological Care in England: Recommended Improvements (BBC News / House of Commons)

Summary The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s earlier report (2012) made recommendations for improving services and delivering better outcomes for people with neurological conditions. Their latest follow-up report points to the continued existence of long delays in diagnosis, poorly … Continue reading

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Shingles Questions and Answers for Healthcare Professionals (PHE)

Summary Shingles, caused by herpes varicella zoster, can result in debilitating long-term post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). A herpes zoster vaccination programme for adults aged over 70 years has been in place since September 2013, aimed at reducing the incidence and severity … Continue reading

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Murky Evidence? Murkier Politics (BBC News)

Summary Trust no-one. Believe nothing. Use your own judgement. Back to renaissance values? Full Text Link Reference Bloch, S. (2016). Hunt ‘misrepresented’ data on 7-day NHS. London: BBC Health News, February 24th 2016.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Contractable Via Brain Surgery? (NHS Choices / Swiss Medical Weekly)

Summary Further evidence points to a theoretical risk of Alzheimer’s Disease being potentially transmissible during surgical procedures, in the manner of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Full Text Link Reference New clues that Alzheimer’s may have been spread during surgery. London: NHS … Continue reading

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Commissioning of Services for People With Learning Disabilities: Latest “Challenge Ahead” Report (BBC News / ACEVO / NHS England / HEE)

Summary Sir Stephen Bubb, author of the “Winterbourne View: Time for Change” (2014) report, has recommended that the role of a Learning Disabilities Commissioner is required to promote and protect the rights of people with learning disabilities in England. Full … Continue reading

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Dementia Enhanced Service To Cease: Job Done? (NHS England)

Summary The Dementia Enhanced Service will cease on March 31st 2016 (and the £42 million resource will be transferred into a “global sum”), given that GPs are by now diagnosing dementia more routinely. Other Enhanced Services will continue unchanged however. … Continue reading

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Care Home Ratings Map (CQC)

Summary The Care Quality Commission (CQC) now has an online “Care home ratings map” tool. This provides a picture of services geographically. It is designed to assist the public, and service providers, to search for care homes either within a … Continue reading

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Realising the Value: Background to “Health as a Social Movement” (NHS England / Health Foundation / Nesta)

Summary A report has been published concerning the “Realising the Value Programme”, which in turn supplies the theoretical background for NHS England’s “Health as a Social Movement” programme. This report explores the concept of people and communities being put at … Continue reading

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