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UK — Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020

February 24, 2015 Comments off

Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020
Source: Department of Health, Cabinet Office and Prime Minister’s Office

It sets out what this government wants to see in place by 2020 in order for England to be:

+ the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; and
+ the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases

It also highlights the progress to date on improving dementia care, support and research.

UK — Suicide prevention: second annual report

February 20, 2015 Comments off

Suicide prevention: second annual report
Source: Department of Health

This report summarises the latest trends, research and developments on suicide prevention in England.

The report:

  • calls on services to be more ambitious about suicide prevention, and challenge the assumption that suicide is inevitable
  • highlights 3 areas in England that have already adopted a zero suicide ambition
  • outlines how services can improve by adopting this new attitude and effective interventions

The annual report has been prepared with the input of leading experts in the field of suicide prevention, including the members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.

UK — Workforce Equality information 2015

February 11, 2015 Comments off

Workforce Equality information 2015
Source: Department of Health

Contains a breakdown of the department’s workforce on all equality strands. This includes data on:

  • ethnicity
  • gender,
  • disability
  • age
  • working patterns
  • sexual orientation
  • religious belief

UK — New Mental Health Act code of practice

February 4, 2015 Comments off

New Mental Health Act code of practice
Source: Department of Health

The code shows professionals how to carry out their roles and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983, to ensure that all patients receive high quality and safe care.

There have been significant changes in legislation, case law, policy and professional practice since the last code was published in 2008.

The revised code aims to provide stronger protection for patients and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities. This includes:

  • involving the patient and, where appropriate, their families and carers in discussions about the patient’s care at every stage
  • providing personalised care
  • minimising the use of inappropriate blanket restrictions, restrictive interventions and the use of police cells as places of safety.
    The main changes to the code include:

5 new guiding principles

  • new chapters on care planning, human rights, equality and health inequalities
  • consideration of when to use the Mental Health Act and when to use the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and information to support victims
  • new sections on physical health care, blanket restrictions, duties to support patients with dementia and immigration detainees
  • significantly updated chapters on the appropriate use of restrictive interventions, particularly seclusion and long-term segregation, police powers and places of safety
  • further guidance on how to support children and young people, those with a learning disability or autism.

The new code will come into force on 1 April 2015, subject to Parliamentary approval.

UK — Nutrition legislation information sources

January 5, 2015 Comments off

Nutrition legislation information sources
Source: Department of Health

The information note covers:

  • general food labelling on food and drinks
  • food supplements
  • fortified foods (i.e. foods which have extra vitamins or minerals added)
  • nutrition and health claims
  • foods known as ‘parnuts’ foods (i.e. infant formula, follow-on formula, medical foods, baby foods, slimming foods and gluten-free foods)

UK — Establishing food standards for NHS hospitals

October 14, 2014 Comments off

Establishing food standards for NHS hospitals
Source: Department of Health

The report looks at standards relating to patient nutrition and hydration, healthier eating across hospitals and sustainable food and catering services.

NHS adoption of the recommended standards will be required through the NHS contract meaning that hospitals will have a legal duty to comply with the recommendations.

The panel, set up by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter and led by Dianne Jeffrey from Age UK, examined existing food standards, advising on how they should be applied and monitored.

UK — CMO’s annual report: employment is good for mental health

October 2, 2014 Comments off

CMO’s annual report: employment is good for mental health
Source: Department of Health

Chief Medical Officer’s report: the rising number of working days lost to mental illness creates personal suffering and costs the economy.

  • concerns about 70 million working days lost to mental illness last year and £70 to £100 billion cost to the economy
  • calls for cost-benefit analysis to investigate possible fast-track mental health care for working people at risk of falling out of work
  • makes case for investment in children and young people’s mental health to prevent later life mental illness, unemployment and criminal behaviour
  • calls for piloting of psychiatry services integrated into primary care
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