The latest Public Health England (PHE) report shows that seasonal flu continues to circulate across the UK and rates across most indicators remain stable. The statistics show over the last week there has been a 21% reduction in the GP consultation rate with flu-like illness, a 9% reduction in the flu hospitalisation rate and a 7% reduction in the flu intensive care admission rate. The main strains circulating continue to be flu A(H3N2) and flu B.
NHS Rightcare has published resources that may help to cut the number of heart attacks and strokes. Based on Bradford Districts CCG’s pioneering Healthy Hearts programme, it offers a practical guide for health economies committed to reducing the incidence of heart attacks and strokes by improving the detection and management of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation (AF) within primary care. The Bradford resources resulted in the optimised treatment of 21,000 people and more than 200 fewer people suffering heart attacks or strokes.
Across the country, young people and vulnerable adults are being exploited by gangs to move and sell drugs on their behalf in suburban areas, market towns and coastal regions. This criminal activity is known as ‘county lines’. The Home Office is working to safeguard vulnerable young people from this type of exploitation. To increase awareness among GPs, nursing and healthcare professionals of county lines, the Home Office has produced a guidance booklet and resources to help them understand the signs to spot potential victims and the action they should take to safeguard young people. We also encourage safeguarding leads and senior managers to promote these to their staff.
INVITATION FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR FURTHER PROTOTYPE SITES
The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England are pleased to invite practices to submit their expression of interest to become a prototype practice. Prototype regulations have been extended for a further two years, allowing us to continue testing the approach further.
A report from Alcohol Research UK outlines the findings of a project to reduce barriers to the alcohol interventions in primary care by providing expert support to nurse mentors. It finds evidence that such support increases the potential for reducing alcohol-related harm within existing resources.