Public Health Bulletin – 23 to 27 September 2019
Starting and Developing Well
Midwives needed for digital service
The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is looking for midwives and healthcare professionals to take part in their digital maternity exemption certificate service.
Upcoming: Children of alcohol-dependent parents webinar – Wednesday 25 September 2019, 1245-1330 hrs
PHE is shortly hosting a webinar for commissioners, service providers and others interested in improving the identification of, and support for, children of alcohol-dependent parents. Across England there are about 200,000 children living with an alcohol-dependent parent. In 2018, PHE allocated a £4.5 million innovation fund to nine projects across the country that demonstrated a new and creative approach to reach and support families whose lives have been affected by alcohol. During this webinar, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner will present its 2019 vulnerability report. Also to be covered will be the Children’s Society’s “CAPE” programme that supports parents of children affected by parental alcohol abuse, including its work on increasing professional awareness of the problem. Also Staffordshire County Council’s work to reduce the number of affected children taken into care, and an update on the innovation project running in Brighton and Hove. Participants will be able to ask questions during the webinar. RSVP: Register your interest for the webinar by emailing InnovationFund@phe.gov.uk to receive dial in details.
Starting well core: 0-2s dental access and prevention framework
This document aims to provide local dental commissioning teams with a framework to support implementation of the starting well core initiative.
Drug related harms in homeless populations: government response
The government has published its response to the advisory council on the misuse of drugs (ACMD) report on reducing drug related harms in homeless populations, as well as a letter from the minister for local government and homelessness to the ACMD.
A new report shows the number of people living with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the UK is down by more than 20% since 2015. The latest figures demonstrate the success of increasing partnerships across the public health system, new resources and re-engagement exercises that have helped vulnerable people navigate the system. Whilst the UK has exceeded the World Health Organization target to reduce HCV-related mortality by 10% three years early, around two-thirds of people living with HCV may not know they have the virus. To eliminate HCV as a major public health threat in the UK, PHE is urging anyone who believes they may have been at risk of contracting the infection – especially if they have ever injected drugs – to get tested. If people aren’t sure about whether they are at risk, they can take a short quiz on The Hepatitis C Trust website to find out if they should take a test. PHE has produced a suite of resources to raise awareness of hepatitis B and C, and to encourage GPs to refer infected patients for life-saving treatments. Eliminate hepatitis B and C resource summary (attached) contains links to videos, posters, and banners in multiple languages. The resource package is co-branded by the World Hepatitis Alliance, the British Liver Trust and the Hepatitis C Trust.
New report shows further sugar reduction progress by food industry
Soft drinks industry levy data shows a 28.8% reduction in sugar in retailer own-brand and manufacturer-branded products.
Review of adult social care complaints 2018/19
The local government and social care ombudsman has found problems in nearly two out of every three adult social care complaints it has investigated in the past year.
The financialisation of social care
IPPR has published Who cares? The financialisation of adult social care. This briefing paper examines social care’s reliance on private bed provision and identifies three factors that can lead to lower quality care from private providers, especially those backed by private equity: workforce, instability and size. The report calls for the state to build and operate new residential care homes, and establish new financial regulator to oversee private providers.
Additional link: IPPR press release
Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community
The Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have launched tips for managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community.
NHS hospitals wind back the clock for dementia care
NHS hospitals are decorating the wards and rooms of dementia patients in 1940s and 1950s style to create a familiar environment that can help jog memories, and reduce anxiety and distress.
Palliative and end-of-life care pages consolidated on GOV.UK
The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network has a new presence on the GOV.UK website. Palliative and end of life care is a new website collection, bringing together all previously published NEoLCIN pages and within which all future, related publications will be included. The collection documents are grouped into: Palliative and end of life care profiles; Data and intelligence; Data analysis reports; and Resources. The data analysis reports (such as the recently published, Palliative and end of life care: hospital deaths 2006 to 2017) provide support for service providers, commissioners and policy makers in scoping and implementing local services.
Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why
A leaflet from Public Health England sets out who should be vaccinated against flu this winter.
Important information for practices on NHS 111 direct bookings: free events in October
As part of the new GP contract, patients will soon be able to book some urgent appointments for in-hours GP services directly from NHS 111.
Consultation (PHE): PHE public health apprenticeships
PHE held a workshop in March to explore employer demand for a level 3 apprenticeship standard to support the training and development of community-centred roles (eg social prescribing link workers, community connectors, health trainers, care or service navigators, and other similar roles). Details are available in the workshop report. One of the recommendations from this workshop was to better understand the duties, capabilities and current training opportunities for this workforce through consultation with employers and front-line workers. This consultation will establish employer need for, and commitment to, an apprenticeship standard to underpin an Occupational Proposal to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. The consultation is available here and closes at 1700 hrs on Friday 1 November. Queries should be sent to: email@example.com.
Consultation (DWP): Proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss
In a joint public consultation, the Department for Work and Pension and DHSC have proposed a package of measures to encourage employers to support employees with health conditions so they can continue to thrive in work and thus help to reduce ill health-related job loss. The full proposals (in various formats) are published on GOV.UK at: Health is everyone’s business: proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss. Online responses to the consultation are invited via the DWP consultation hub. The deadline for responses is 2345 hrs on 7 October 2019. Queries should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.