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    Press release: NHS volunteers deployed to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

    NHS updates

    More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone today (22 November 2014) to join Britain’s fight against Ebola, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have announced.

    They are the first group of NHS volunteers to be deployed by the UK government. After arriving in the capital, Freetown, early tomorrow morning where they will complete a week of training before moving to British-built Ebola treatment centres across the country.

    Following this training and acclimatisation the group, which includes GPs, nurses, clinicians, psychiatrists and consultants in emergency medicine, wi...

    Press release: NHS volunteers deployed to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

    NHS updates

    More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone today (22 November 2014) to join Britain’s fight against Ebola, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have announced.

    They are the first group of NHS volunteers to be deployed by the UK government. After arriving in the capital, Freetown, early tomorrow morning where they will complete a week of training before moving to British-built Ebola treatment centres across the country.

    Following this training and acclimatisation the group, which includes GPs, nurses, clinicians, psychiatrists and consultants in emergency medicine, wi...

    Press release: NHS volunteers deployed to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

    NHS updates

    More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone today (22 November 2014) to join Britain’s fight against Ebola, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have announced.

    They are the first group of NHS volunteers to be deployed by the UK government. After arriving in the capital, Freetown, early tomorrow morning where they will complete a week of training before moving to British-built Ebola treatment centres across the country.

    Following this training and acclimatisation the group, which includes GPs, nurses, clinicians, psychiatrists and consultants in emergency medicine, wi...

    Press release: Parents to get complete picture of child development

    NHS updates

    Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter and Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah will today (21 November 2014) announce that integrated health and early years reviews for 2 to 2-and-a-half-year-olds will be rolled out next year.

    Currently, health and early years reviews of young children are carried out separately. By integrating them, parents will get a more complete picture of their child, drawing on the expertise of health visitors and early years practitioners.

    Age 2 is a key development point where problems such as speech delay and behavioural issues emerge. Integrating these assessments will help avoid duplication and work towards giving pare...

    Press release: Parents to get complete picture of child development

    NHS updates

    Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter and Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah will today (21 November 2014) announce that integrated health and early years reviews for 2 to 2-and-a-half-year-olds will be rolled out next year.

    Currently, health and early years reviews of young children are carried out separately. By integrating them, parents will get a more complete picture of their child, drawing on the expertise of health visitors and early years practitioners.

    Age 2 is a key development point where problems such as speech delay and behavioural issues emerge. Integrating these assessments will help avoid duplication and work towards giving pare...

    Press release: Parents to get complete picture of child development

    NHS updates

    Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter and Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah will today (21 November 2014) announce that integrated health and early years reviews for 2 to 2-and-a-half-year-olds will be rolled out next year.

    Currently, health and early years reviews of young children are carried out separately. By integrating them, parents will get a more complete picture of their child, drawing on the expertise of health visitors and early years practitioners.

    Age 2 is a key development point where problems such as speech delay and behavioural issues emerge. Integrating these assessments will help avoid duplication and work towards giving pare...

    Breastfeeding voucher scheme 'shows promise'

    NHS updates

    "Initial results of a controversial scheme offering shopping vouchers to persuade mothers to breastfeed have shown promise," BBC News reports.

    The scheme, which has attracted controversy since it was announced, aimed to tackle the problem of low rates of breastfeeding in the UK compared with other developed nations. Mothers who live in the poorest areas of the country have been found to be more likely to prefer bottle feeding.

    This pilot scheme has tested whether it is possible to try to boost breastfeeding rates by offering new mothers shopping vouchers if they breastfeed their baby until specific ages.

    The scheme was available to just...

    Air dryers 'blown away' by paper towels in germ tests

    NHS updates

    "Hand dryers 'splatter' users with bacteria," The Daily Telegraph reports.

    The headline is prompted by an experimental study that compared the potential transfer of germs to the surrounding environment, users and bystanders when using three methods of hand drying:

    paper towels warm air dryers – the sort you see in most public toilets modern "high-tech" jet air dryers, such as the Dyson Airblade model

    Testers wore gloves coated in a solution of bacteria. Air samples taken after drying with the hand dryers showed significantly higher bacterial counts than when drying with paper towels, an...

    Press release: More than 340,000 healthcare workers take up flu vaccine

    NHS updates

    Figures published today (20 November 2014) by Public Health England ( PHE ) show that more than 340,000 frontline healthcare workers in England had a flu vaccination in September and October this year.

    The figures reveal that 36.8% of the frontline healthcare workforce have been vaccinated against flu already this winter, compared to 35% of workers who were vaccinated in the same period in 2013 to 2014.

    But, while the data indicates a positive start to the flu vaccination programme for healthcare workers in England, flu experts are warning that more workers need to take up the vaccine to help protect vulnerable patients this winter and help save ...

    Press release: More than 340,000 healthcare workers take up flu vaccine

    NHS updates

    Figures published today (20 November 2014) by Public Health England ( PHE ) show that more than 340,000 frontline healthcare workers in England had a flu vaccination in September and October this year.

    The figures reveal that 36.8% of the frontline healthcare workforce have been vaccinated against flu already this winter, compared to 35% of workers who were vaccinated in the same period in 2013 to 2014.

    But, while the data indicates a positive start to the flu vaccination programme for healthcare workers in England, flu experts are warning that more workers need to take up the vaccine to help protect vulnerable patients this winter and help save ...

    Press release: More than 340,000 healthcare workers take up flu vaccine

    NHS updates

    Figures published today (20 November 2014) by Public Health England ( PHE ) show that more than 340,000 frontline healthcare workers in England had a flu vaccination in September and October this year.

    The figures reveal that 36.8% of the frontline healthcare workforce have been vaccinated against flu already this winter, compared to 35% of workers who were vaccinated in the same period in 2013 to 2014.

    But, while the data indicates a positive start to the flu vaccination programme for healthcare workers in England, flu experts are warning that more workers need to take up the vaccine to help protect vulnerable patients this winter and help save ...

    Cancer guidelines may improve diagnosis rates

    NHS updates

    “Doctors to get more help to spot cancer early,” The Guardian reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced new revised draft guidelines that may help GPs pick up on possible early warning signs of cancer. 

    The aim of the draft guidelines is to improve early cancer diagnosis in children, young people and adults of all ages. The draft guidelines have been primarily written for GPs and are an update of the 2005 guidelines that were last partially updated in 2011.

     

    What are the possibl...

    Open consultation: NHS Pension scheme draft regulations 2015: part 3

    NHS updates

    The Department of Health wants views on draft regulations that complete the regulatory basis for reform to the NHS Pension Scheme, England and Wales, as required by the Public Service Pensions Act 2013

    The transitional provisions regulations provide transitional arrangements that will apply to existing members of the Scheme from 1 April 2015. This instrument covers the arrangements that will apply to members who will move to the 2015 scheme from that date.

    The amendment regulations introduce new provisions that are a consequence of scheme reform, including:

    restrictions on future membership of the 1995/2008 scheme the circu...

    Open consultation: NHS Pension scheme draft regulations 2015: part 3

    NHS updates

    The Department of Health wants views on draft regulations that complete the regulatory basis for reform to the NHS Pension Scheme, England and Wales, as required by the Public Service Pensions Act 2013

    The transitional provisions regulations provide transitional arrangements that will apply to existing members of the Scheme from 1 April 2015. This instrument covers the arrangements that will apply to members who will move to the 2015 scheme from that date.

    The amendment regulations introduce new provisions that are a consequence of scheme reform, including:

    restrictions on future membership of the 1995/2008 scheme the circu...

    Open consultation: NHS Pension scheme draft regulations 2015: part 3

    NHS updates

    The Department of Health wants views on draft regulations that complete the regulatory basis for reform to the NHS Pension Scheme, England and Wales, as required by the Public Service Pensions Act 2013

    The transitional provisions regulations provide transitional arrangements that will apply to existing members of the Scheme from 1 April 2015. This instrument covers the arrangements that will apply to members who will move to the 2015 scheme from that date.

    The amendment regulations introduce new provisions that are a consequence of scheme reform, including:

    restrictions on future membership of the 1995/2008 scheme the circu...

    Is growth in ADHD 'caused by marketing'?

    NHS updates

    "The global surge in ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder] diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine, according to experts," the Mail Online reports.

    But these experts are sociologists, not clinicians, and they present no new peer-reviewed clinical evidence.

    That said, they do highlight some interesting interconnected trends about ADHD that are worth attention.

    The principal concern of the authors is that ADHD is being medicalised – that is, for a variety of re...

    Have antibiotic changes upped heart infections?

    NHS updates

    "Rates of a deadly heart infection have increased after guidelines advised against giving antibiotics to prevent it in patients at risk," BBC News reports. But there is no evidence of a direct link between the two.

    In 2008, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produced guidelines regarding the use of antibiotics to prevent infective endocarditis – a potentially fatal infection of the lining of the heart that&nb...

    Report links obesity to advanced prostate cancer

    NHS updates

    "Being overweight raises risk of men developing aggressive prostate cancer," The Guardian reports.

    A major new report from the World Cancer Research Fund has found strong evidence obesity increases the risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

    This report, which considered the results from 104 studies involving more than nine million men, looked at diet, nutrition, physical activity, weight and the risk of pros...

    Does being poor make your teeth fall out?

    NHS updates

    "People with lower income end up with eight fewer teeth than the rich," The Independent reports.

    The headline is prompted by a new study based on a 2009 national dental health survey of adults over the age of 21 in England. It found strong links between socioeconomic status (how well off a person is) and oral health.

    The most extreme result was that the poorest fifth of elderly people had up to eight fewer teeth than the wealthiest fifth.

    The finding that those who are worst off in society have poorer oral health than the wealthiest may not surprise many, and may well correlate with poorer health in general.

    However, the s...

    Triclosan soap linked to mouse liver cancers

    NHS updates

    “A chemical ingredient of cosmetics, soaps, detergents, shampoos and toothpaste has been found to trigger liver cancer,” reports The Independent. The chemical in question, triclosan, is used in many products as an antibacterial.

    Should you be worried if you have just washed your hands? Probably not. The link was found in mice, not humans, and the mice were given a much larger comparable dose than humans are ever likely to be exposed to.

    The study found that mice fed high amounts of triclosan daily for six months suffered liver damage and were more susceptible to liver tumours induced by other cancer-causing chemicals.