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    • Health News Digest 22.9.06 'Brushing for Life' initiative NICE consultation Local Delivery Plan 2005-2008 Phase III Institute for Innovation and Improvement annual report Model standing orders Patient and public ratings of the NHS Acupuncture for low back pain Topic selection process for NICE Plan to address platelet shortages Audit of diabetes care Usage of cancer drugs approved by NICE Delivering quality and value Agenda for Change for prison healthcare staff Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases COPD undiagnosed in 80% of people who suffer from it High impact changes for Practice teams Analysing ambulance call-cycle data Strategic commissioning of primary care orthodontic services Implementing local commissioning for primary care dentistry Current issues in dentistry Bulletins Journals Press Releases 'Brushing for Life' initiative A scheme to encourage families with young children in disadvantaged areas to get into the habit of brushing their children's teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste has been launched by Health Minster Rosie Winterton. The Brushing for Life initiative will see health visitors and health care professionals with appropriate training distribute free 'Brushing for Life' packs containing a Colgate toothpaste, toothbrush and a leaflet on oral hygiene to families with young children when they are visiting their local health centre. DH press release: http://www.gnn.gov.uk/environment/fullDetail.asp? ReleaseID=227081&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=False BBC News report: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5344994.stm NICE consultation NICE has issued the following consultation document this week: - Gemcitabine for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer: technology appraisal consultation. Closing date for comments 6 October 2006. http://www.nice.org.uk/page.aspx?o=362925 Local Delivery Plan 2005-2008 Phase III The Department of Health has published 'Local Delivery Plan 2005-2008 Phase III: Referral to Treatment Plans and update on next steps'. Launch of Phase III of the Local Delivery Plan process. A key element is the completion of referral to treatment trajectories due for submission at the end of November. The letter also sets out other Phase III areas and confirms details for mapping LDPs to new organisation. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/LettersAndCirculars/DearColleagueL etters/DearColleagueLettersArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4139144&chk=ZEFPED
    • Institute for Innovation and Improvement annual report The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the period 1 July 2005 to 31 March 2006. The report describes the first nine months of the organisation since it was established in July 2005. http://www.institute.nhs.uk/NewsAndEvents/News/NHSInstituteAnnualReportandAcc ounts.htm Model standing orders The Department of Health has published 'Primary care trust model standing orders, reservation and delegation of powers and standing financial instructions - August 2006'. This document replaces the model standing orders and related documents issued in March 2006. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndG uidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en? CONTENT_ID=4139133&chk=6lMLLW Patient and public ratings of the NHS The public think the NHS is in crisis yet patients consistently report high levels of satisfaction with the care they receive. A report published by the NHS Confederation 'Lost in translation', examines why there is such a large gap in perceptions. Statistics show that public satisfaction ratings for a range of NHS services including walk-in centres, NHS Direct and in and outpatient services, are consistently lower than the ratings given by patients. Ipsos MORI found that the combined patient and public satisfaction rating for the NHS overall was 63 per cent in the winter of 2005. This figure conceals major differences between the public’s ratings which are considerably more negative and patient’s ratings which are much more positive. NHS Confederation report: http://www.nhsconfed.org/press/releases/new_report_reveals_patients_views_are_lo st_in_translation.asp BBC News report: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5348136.stm Acupuncture for low back pain The National Library for Health (NLH) has reviewed reports in three newspapers saying that acupuncture is more effective for back pain than standard NHS treatment. The NLH found that the newspapers were largely accurate in their reports of a well- conducted trial. The study found only a small benefit of acupuncture, and further research is needed. http://www.library.nhs.uk/rss/newsAndRssArticle.aspx?uri=http%3a%2f %2fwww.library.nhs.uk%2fresources%2f%3fid%3d177801 Topic selection process for NICE The Department of Health has consulted on proposed changes to the process for the selection of topics for the work programme of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). An analysis of the responses has been undertaken and a number of decisions reached about several aspects of the topic selection process. http://www.dh.gov.uk/Consultations/ResponsesToConsultations/ResponsesToConsul tationsDocumentSummary/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4139043&chk=5Sr3mH Plan to address platelet shortages The Department of Health has published 'An integrated plan for the National Blood Service and hospitals to address platelet shortages'. The CMO_s National Blood Transfusion Committee sub group on contingency planning prepared an integrated plan to address red cell shortages. A summary of the plan was issued to Chief Executives via the NHS gateway in July 2004. The sub group has now developed an
    • extension to the red cell plan that lists actions to be taken by both the National Blood Service (NBS) and hospitals in the event of a platelet shortage. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndG uidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en? CONTENT_ID=4139156&chk=SxJue2 Audit of diabetes care A national audit of diabetes care carried out by the Information Centre for health and social care on behalf of the Healthcare Commission, has found that one in five people expected to have diabetes remain undiagnosed and efforts to tackle the problem are proving more successful in some areas than others. The audit is the largest ever carried out in Europe, and it gives comparisons with the expected number of people with diabetes for the area covered by each primary care trust. It shows that diabetes care is improving, but some areas still don't have as many people diagnosed with diabetes as would be expected. The number of people with diabetes on a register varies across the country from 60 per cent of those expected in some trusts to 115 per cent more than expected in others. http://www.ic.nhs.uk/news/press/pr190906b Usage of cancer drugs approved by NICE The Department of Health has published 'Usage of cancer drugs approved by NICE'. The National Cancer Directors Report shows that: the uptake of individual cancer drugs increases following a positive NICE appraisal - on average there was a 48% increase in the median usage since the last exercise: variation in usage of all NICE approved cancer drugs is reducing. This clearly demonstrates that the process the Government has established to ensure equity of access to treatment is working for cancer _ a positive NICE appraisal leads to increased and more consistent use of these drugs around the country. Report: http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndG uidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en? CONTENT_ID=4139061&chk=p9D1bS DH press release: http://www.gnn.gov.uk/environment/fullDetail.asp? ReleaseID=228453&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=False Delivering quality and value 'Delivering quality and value: focus on benchmarking' has been published by the Department of Health. This document is one in a series of publications under the Delivering Quality and Value strategy, which aims to support the NHS to improve efficiency and productivity. It aims to highlight existing good practice, tools, techniques and data for benchmarking alongside the Productivity Metrics which are also included. Hard copy is available as an A3 poster; it also downloadable segmented into A4 pages. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndG uidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4139062&chk= %2B2s93f Agenda for Change for prison healthcare staff The following Dear Colleague letter has been issued by the Department of Health: 'Agenda for Change for prison healthcare staff'. Deputy Head of Service Improvement (Agenda for Change Project Manager) is writing to PCT HR Directors regarding Agenda for Change for Prison Service employed staff. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/LettersAndCirculars/DearColleagueL etters/DearColleagueLettersArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4139059&chk=y0WhO3
    • Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases World Health Organisation European Region Ministers of health have debated a European strategy for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases at the annual session of the WHO European governing body. The strategy aims to make healthier choices easier choices, to strengthen health systems and to widen the use of effective interventions to make people's lifestyles healthier. Press release: http://www.euro.who.int/mediacentre/PR/2006/20060908_1 Report: http://www.euro.who.int/Document/RC56/edoc08.pdf COPD undiagnosed in 80% of people who suffer from it Research carried out by Cancer Research UK has found that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema goes undiagnosed in 80 per cent of people who suffer from it. This condition is strongly associated with lung cancer because both arise from long-term damage to lung tissue caused by smoking. Lung cancer patients very often have COPD. Researchers studied the results of saliva and lung function tests and questionnaires from 8215 adults over 35 years old. They were able to identify 1093 people with COPD based on impaired lung function but more than 80 per cent of those with the disease said they had not received diagnosis of any kind. And even among those with severe COPD more than half had not been diagnosed. Cancer Research UK press release: http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/news/pressreleases/2006/september/222530 BBC news report: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5360398.stm High impact changes for Practice teams The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement's Primary Care/Long Term Conditions Team and the Improvement Foundation have jointly produced a set of high impact changes for practice teams. They worked with people at the front line of primary care to develop the changes. The document identifies nine high impact changes for practice teams which, if implemented, will have a highly beneficial impact on patients, staff and services. The publication includes details of each change with case studies and tips on how to effect it. It is being sent out to all primary care practices in England, and is also available to download. Press release: http://www.institute.nhs.uk/NewsAndEvents/News/HighImpactChangesforPracticeTe ams.htm Publication: http://www.institute.nhs.uk/Products/HighImpactChangesforPracticeTeams.htm Analysing ambulance call-cycle data 'Analysing ambulance call-cycle data' has been published by the Department of Health. A standard set of core analysis of Ambulance Trust data has been developed. The purpose of this core analysis is to provide a structure for operational managers to identify the particular causes of performance problems and therefore focus improvement effort in the places where it will have the most benefit. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndG uidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en? CONTENT_ID=4139165&chk=IIUMbj Strategic commissioning of primary care orthodontic services The following guidance has been published by the Department of Health 'Strategic commissioning of primary care orthodontic services'. Recent guidance and support on orthodontics has focused on transitional and short-term issues associated with the implementation of the new contract arrangements from 1 April 2006. In this guidance, we are moving on to providing advice and support to PCTs in relation to strategic
    • commissioning of orthodontic services. Some transitional issues are included where PCTs have sought further refinement of existing guidance. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndG uidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en? CONTENT_ID=4139176&chk=4%2BN8Lg Implementing local commissioning for primary care dentistry The Department of Health has published 'Implementing local commissioning for primary care dentistry: Factsheets'. These factsheets provide advice for primary care trusts (PCTs) to support the successful implementation of the new local commissioning arrangements for NHS primary dental care services from April 2006. These documents, together with the information that has been provided by the Dental Practice Board, enable PCTs to start discussions with their local dentists relating to the new contracts / agreements that need to be in place for the successful transition to local commissioning for NHS dentistry in April. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndG uidance/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en? CONTENT_ID=4124337&chk=beZed2 Current issues in dentistry The following letter has been issued by the Chief Dental Officer 'Information: all dentists'. This is a review of current issues, including fluoridation, take up of the new contract, use of new capital funding, reconfiguration of Local Dental Committees, and controlled drugs. http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/LettersAndCirculars/ProfessionalLett ers/ChiefDentalOfficerLetters/ChiefDentalOfficerLettersArticle/fs/en? CONTENT_ID=4139068&chk=VlfTft Bulletins Chief Executive Bulletin Chief Executive Bulletin: Issue 335, 9 - 14 September 2006 contains the following information: - Health inequalities: revised list of Spearhead Group Primary Care Trusts - Use of LIFT standard documentation - MEDICAL DEVICE ALERT: MDA/2006/051 http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Bulletins/ChiefExecutiveBulletin/Bulle tinCE/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4138998&chk=reVI7O Journals British Medical Journal The 16th September 2006 issue of the British Medical Journal is now available. It includes articles on the following: - Effect of needle size on immunogenicity and reactogenicity of vaccines in infants - Post-infective and chronic fatigue syndromes precipitated by viral and non-viral pathogens - Diagnosis and management of ankylosing spondylitis - Role of systematic reviews in detecting plagiarism Nursing Times The 19-25 September 2006 issue of Nursing Times is now available. It includes articles on the following: - Age discrimination in nursing - Successful goal-setting
    • - The role of statin therapy in preventing recurrent stroke - Managing inpatients who have personality disorders - The safe use of children's toys within the healthcare setting - The requirements for original doctoral research in nursing Press Releases Protecting mental health patients and the public The following press release has been issued by the Department of Health ' New drive to protect mental health patients and the public'. This is a n initiative to protect mental health patients from the risk of hurting themselves or other people. A Risk Management Programme has been set up to improve the way that professionals assess risk, ensure that lessons are learnt from past incidents and make sure that information is shared between agencies to help prevent any future incidents. http://www.gnn.gov.uk/environment/fullDetail.asp? ReleaseID=227546&NewsAreaID=2&NavigatedFromDepartment=False This digest is compiled by Rotherham PCT Knowledge Service from stories included in the Daily Health Bulletin produced by the Health Information and Library Service, Sheffield Health Informatics Service. If you would like copies of any of the documents included in the ‘Health News Digest’ please contact:, Knowledge Service, Rotherham PCT, Oak House, Moorhead Way, Bramley, Rotherham, S66 1YY Tel: 01709 302001/2096 E-mail: mary.Wilshaw@rotherhampct.nhs.uk