• An introduction to the Public Health Dashboard

    17 July 2018

    The Public Health Dashboard (PHD) aims to support local decision-making by bringing existing comparative data into one place and making it accessible and meaningful to a wide audience.

    A blog from Public Health England intends to serve as an introduction to the tool.

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  • Identification of carers in GP practices – a good practice document

    17 July 2018

    Around one in ten patients in every GP practice will be a carer.

    A document published by the Carers Trust highlights some of the good practice of identification of carers in general practice. It aims to encourage GP practices with less developed methods to identifying carers, to develop these to allow them to identify carers, and enable carers to get the support they need.

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  • A red bag: a simple change packing a difference

    17 July 2018

    The innovative red bag scheme is helping to provide a better care experience for care home residents by improving communication between care homes and hospitals.

    Currently just over 40% of health and wellbeing boards have reported that they have implemented the red bag scheme in their area and a quick guide has been published to help increase this number.

    The quick guide aims to support health and social care systems, providing practical tips and case studies on how to roll the scheme out successfully. To support this further, a series of webinars have been planned to provide training, advice and resources for CCGs, NHS trusts and care homes.

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  • Multimillion pound fund to help tackle the disability employment gap

    17 July 2018

    The fund is the latest in a range of government measures that aims to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027.

    A £4.2 million challenge fund to support people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work has been launched by the minister for disabled people, health and work, Sarah Newton, and the minister for mental health and inequalities, Jackie Doyle-Price.

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  • NICE: Hospitals should refer patients with suspected COPD to GP-led spirometry

    17 July 2018

    GPs should consider spirometry testing for patients who are incidentally found to have signs of COPD on a chest X-ray or CT scan. The new draft NICE guideline for COPD, the first to be published since 2010, says hospitals should refer these patients back to their GP for further testing. The draft guideline is open for consultation until 8 August 2018.

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