Monthly Archives: October 2019

Building a Digital Ready Workforce: Digital Capabilities of Social Workers (SCIE / BASW)

Summary Health Education England commissioned the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) to investigate improving the digital skills of social workers. The Stakeholders’ Report below summarises findings, from social workers and other stakeholders involved, mapping … Continue reading

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Ageing Well and Older People’s Mental Health: Guidance on Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan (Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry)

Summary The Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued guidance to help local areas organise specialist mental health services for older people, involving old age psychiatrists. Various aspects of older adults’ mental health are mapped to themes in the NHS Long … Continue reading

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Optimal Timing of Blood Pressure Medication: Insight Into Chronotherapy for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction (BBC News / EHJ / Bazian)

Summary Results from the Hygia Chronotherapy Trial suggest that blood pressure medicines may be more effective at lowering blood pressure, and reducing the risk of heart attacks and / or stroke, when taken at bedtime. Full Text Link Reference Roberts, M. (2019). Blood … Continue reading

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Biogen’s Aducanumab: Possibly the First Viable Drug Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News)

Summary There were early hopes that the drug Aducanumab (from Biogen) might be able to slow down the build-up of amyloid protein in the brain, but trials were halted in March 2019 due to “disappointing” trial results. Subsequent re-analysis of … Continue reading

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Football and Dementia Risk: Mortality From Neurodegenerative Disease Higher in Former Professional Soccer Players (BBC News / Drake Foundation / NEJM / Bazian)

Summary The Football’s InfluencE on Lifelong health and Dementia risk (FIELD) study, based at Glasgow University and supported by The Football Association and The Professional Footballers’ Association, found that former Scottish professional football players tend to be over 3.5 times more … Continue reading

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Annual Care Quality Commission State of Care Report (BBC News / CQC / Healthwatch)

Summary The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently released the annual State of Care review. It concludes that most care provided across England is of good quality and improving. Community care services need to be improved. Innovations in new approaches to care should be … Continue reading

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Consensus Statement on Healthy Ageing (PHE / CfAB)

Summary Public Health England and the Centre for Ageing Better have released a consensus statement, containing widely accepted proposals for making England the “best place in the world to grow old”. Five core principles are given, with the aim of … Continue reading

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Walking Speed in Midlife: a Predictor of Physical and Mental Decline? (BBC News / JAMA Network Open)

Summary Slow walking speed (“gait speed”) in mid-life appears to be an early warning sign of accelerated ageing. Slower walkers tend to display more signs of accelerated ageing in terms of various markers and measures (such as lung health, teeth, … Continue reading

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Resources and Announcements for World Mental Health Day (WHO / Public Health England / NHS England / DHSC / Mind)

Summary There has been a flurry of new resources, announcements and initiatives in anticipation of World Mental Health Day, which falls on October 10th 2019. Every Mind Matters: a Mental Health Hub for the General Public Public Health England (PHE), … Continue reading

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Quality Improvement: Strategies Needed to Reduce Preventable Patient Harm (NIHR Signal / BMJ / Future Healthcare Journal / WHO / Staffordshire University)

Summary A recent review found that around 6% patients in healthcare settings (internationally) experience potentially preventable harm; with approximately 1 in 8 such cases resulting in severe harm, permanent disability or death​ “Six types of patient harm were identified: drug … Continue reading

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