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NHS & Social Care: April 2016


Beat childhood obesity

The 10 Steps to a Healthy Weight is designed to support professionals and help families across Wales to help prevent childhood obesity.

Tuberculosis rates remain low in Wales

A PHW report shows that notification rates for tuberculosis remain low in Wales compared to other countries in the UK. 

Updated Welsh language strategy

An updated framework to strengthen the use of the Welsh language in health and social care has  been launched.

Physiotherapy is cost effective

The Physiotherapy Cost Calculator shows the time that could be freed up if patients with back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, who would normally visit their GP as the first port of call, are offered the option of seeing a physiotherapist.

National system to monitor infection outbreaks in Welsh hospitals

The Welsh NHS will be able to track and control outbreaks of healthcare-associated infections in hospitals in real time as part of a new system to be rolled out across Wales.

Advance decisions to refuse treatment in Wales

The Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) has published a report on increasing understanding and uptake of ADRT in Wales.

Key cancer waiting times in Wales improve

Waiting times for a key cancer target in Wales have improved.

Transforming urology services

Urology services in the Welsh NHS will be transformed  as part of a new plan,

Extra staff to support new mothers

New perinatal mental health services will be set up across Wales, with 30 new specialist staff backed by £1.5m of investment.

New Choose Pharmacy scheme to be rolled out across Wales

The Choose Pharmacy service will see pharmacists take responsibility for managing a range of minor ailments.

Dementia tops the list of health worries in Wales

People are being encouraged to act now to reduce their risk as the latest figures show 42,000 people aged 30 or over are currently living with dementiain Wales.

Text reminder service is reducing missed appointments in Gwent

Since the roll-out of the new text messaging service began in October 2015, 30% fewer people have missed hospital appointments in Gwent.

Washing hands keeps the bugs away

Infection prevention nurses in Wales are reminding everyone to wash their hands regularly as sickness and diarrhoea cases increase.

New autism service for Wales

national autism service is to be set up in Wales, which will provide lifetime support for children and adults.



Public attitudes to commercial access to health data

This report, carried out by Ipsos MORI, has revealed that just over 50% of the public are in favour of patient records being used by commercial organisations as long as there is a clear public benefit and appropriate safeguards in place.

End-of-life care

This BMA report outlines the main challenges to providing good end-of-life care and how they can be overcome.

Using evidence to strengthen policies for investing in children

This RAND document contains the basics of approaches to using evidence to inform policies related to children.

NICE guideline on motor neurone disease

This the NICE updated guideline on motor neurone disease (assessment and management).

NICE guideline on transition from children's to adults' services

NICE has published its updated guideline on transition from children's to adults' services in health and social care.

Integrated patient care

This report, written in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians, highlights nine case studies where GPs and physicians have worked closely together to produce new and integrated services. 

The role of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in care and support planning

This National Voices paper suggests that the knowledge, skills, experience and resources of VCSE organisations are crucial to the widespread implementation of care and support planning. 

Using electronic health records professionally

This Royal Pharmaceutical Society decision tool provides guidance on accessing a patient's electronic summary care record. 

Patients with rare diseases

This Rare Disease UK report recognises that there has been significant progress across the UK but suggests that much remains to be done to meet the needs of the millions of people affected by rare diseases.

Improving communication with patients in the NHS

This Marie Curie report warns that poor communication in the NHS has a profound impact on patient care, staff burnout and public funds. 

Using root cause analysis techniques in clinical audit

This HQIP guide aims to improve patient care and clinical audit delivery by providing practical advice on how established root cause analysis techniques can add value to clinical audit. 

Improving behavioural health care

This HPOE guide contains examples of working together to develop a well-coordinated system for delivering behavioural health care. 

Making whistleblowing policies work

This Public Accounts Committee report assesses the progress on whistleblowing policies and highlights concerns that the government's approach has been too focused on policy rather than leading by practice.

Helping people to be cared for and die at home

This Housing LIN briefing looks at the importance of end of life care delivered at home describing the examples of good or emerging practice; and recommendations for action. 


Powerful people underperform when they work together

Hildreth and Anderson: Because they spend too much time fighting for status, are less focused on the task and share information less effectively.

Don’t make important decisions late in the day

Francesca Gino: persistent cognitive fatigue results in burnout, lower motivation, increased distractibility, poor information processing and poor judgment.

Don’t make important decisions late in the day

Francesca Gino: persistent cognitive fatigue results in burnout, lower motivation, increased distractibility, poor information processing and poor judgment.

The magic of 30-minute meetings

Peter Bregman: No multi-tasking. No texting under the table. No distractions. Read everything beforehand. Concentrate on one thing.

Learning to learn

Erika Andersen: Some simple mental tools to boost four key attributes – aspiration, curiosity, self-awareness and vulnerability.