30 January 2015 - Suffolk County Council

Knowledge and Evidence
30 January 2015
Regulation of health and social care professionals: response
Government’s response on behalf of the 4 countries of the UK to the Law Commissions’ report on
regulating health care professionals in the UK and social care professionals in England.
Establishing food standards for NHS hospitals
This Hospital Food Standards Panel report recommends a set of food standards that should become
routine practice across NHS Hospitals.
Winterbourne View: 2 years on
Explains what is being done to tackle the root causes of the abuse and poor treatment of people at
Winterbourne View.
Language controls for healthcare and associated professions
This consultation has concluded
National health screening: government response
This is the government’s response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report
on national health screening.
Public health specialists: regulation
This consultation has concluded
Improving young people’s health and wellbeing: a framework for public health
A framework for national and local action to address the specific health needs of young people and
ensure their future health.
Seasonal flu vaccine uptake in GP patients: 1 September 2014 to 31 December 2014
Data showing the number of GP registered patients in England having the seasonal influenza vaccine.
GPs have a vital care home dementia role – Alistair Burns
Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, teams up with two GP colleagues,
Maggie Keeble and Nick Cartmell, to give their views on improving care – including GP-led diagnosis – in
care homes
NHS England statement on the 2015/16 national tariff proposals
Paul Baumann, Chief Financial Officer at NHS England said: “Monitor will shortly be announcing the
results of their consultation on the 2015/16 tariff.
Guidance for providers to display ratings
We have issued draft guidance for consultation on how providers across England can make sure they are
meeting the Government's new requirement for them to prominently display their performance ratings
from April.
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Ipswich Hospital’s emergency department one of the top 10 performing for hitting Government
target for seeing patients in four hours
Ipswich Hospital bosses praised the “amazing” work of emergency department staff last night, as it
emerged the unit was among the top 10 in the country for seeing patients within four hours. New figures
released by NHS England put the Heath Road trust as the eight best out of almost 140 departments for
hitting the Government target of seeing, treating and admitting or discharging 95% of patients in that
timeframe, between October and December.
Ipswich Star p1 & 4 30/1 print edition, available from the library
EADT p1 & 5 30/1 print edition, available from the library
New figures show that the number of people regularly taking part in sport is rising across Suffolk – but
almost half of us have not taken the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on a single
occasion in the last month. Of 3,578 people asked, 56.4% said they got half-an-hour of moderate
exercise on at least one day in the last month, with one person in 10 being active at least 3 times a week.
However there is still thousands of people doing little or no exercise.
EADT p10 & 11 30/1 print edition, available from the library
Mental health recommendations made following review of death of Ruth Jacobs at Needham Lake
Investigators have decided the death of a woman pushed into a lake by her mentally ill husband was
“neither predictable nor preventable”. A review concluded that the killing of 60-year-old Ruth Jacobs four
years ago could not have been foreseen, despite there being knowledge of the couple’s troubled
relationship. Stephen Jacobs was detained under the Mental Health Act indefinitely for killing his wife at
Needham Lake on February 20, 2011.
Academies defended by headteachers after poor performances in GCSE results
Headteachers launched a strong defence of academies in Suffolk last night after it emerged they were
behind the majority of the worst performing schools for GCSE results. The worst five schools in the
county for students achieving at least five A* to C grades including English and maths last year were
sponsored academies, Department for Education (DfE) figures showed. A breakdown of the research
found that out of the 46 of 73 secondary schools in Suffolk for which the DfE published GCSE results,
only one academy featured inside the top 25.
Ipswich Star p1,2 & 3 30/1 print edition, available from the library
EADT p1, 2, 3 & 4 30/1 print edition, available from the library
A café with a difference has officially opened up to offer people with neurological conditions more
support. Senior staff from Sue Ryder officially opened up Café Neuro on Monday to give people the
chance to come together to share each others’ experieices, while also getting more information from local
support groups.
EADT p13 30/1 print edition, available from the library
Peterborough parents 'could' pay towards their children in care
Asking parents whose children are in care in Peterborough to contribute towards the costs has been
branded a "preposterous" idea by a councillor. The Conservative-led city council is considering the move
as part of a review of its child social care system. Only those who could afford would be asked to pay
and it could discourage some from placing their children in care, it said.
Linden Centre staff 'missed opportunities' to treat Matthew Leahy
Staff at a mental health centre "missed opportunities" to provide better care for a patient found dead in
his room, an inquest has heard. Psychiatrist Claire Royston told Chelmsford Coroner's Court Matthew
Leahy's paperwork was incomplete and a key worker was not assigned to him. He was found dead at
the Linden Centre, Chelmsford, in November 2012.
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King’s Lynn hospital’s progress impresses Health Secretary on visit
A west Norfolk hospital that was placed in special measures 18 months ago is making progress and
patients should be encouraged by the commitment of its staff and management, health secretary Jeremy
Hunt said today. Mr Hunt paid a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital following concerns raised by
watchdogs about inadequate staffing levels, too long waiting times and its unsatisfactory financial
performance .
Training cuts could harm patients, doctors warn.
Proposals to shorten medical training for doctors in the UK could seriously compromise patient care and
safety, leading doctors have warned. Doctors' organisations say there is a lack of evidence for the plans,
which could see the time it takes to reach consultant level cut by two years. They have called on the
government to "pause" the training review.
Child obesity rates 'levelling off' among under-10s
The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level
off in the under-10s, a study suggests. It found a steady rise in the proportion of overweight children in
England in 1994-2003, but in the past decade it has remained at about 30%. The King's College London
researchers add obesity rates among 11- to 15-year-olds are still rising, however.
Bedtime 'has huge impact on sport'
Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of
Olympic gold, say researchers. The team at the University of Birmingham showed performance times
varied by 26% throughout the day. Early risers reached their athletic peak around lunchtime, while night
owls were best in the evening.
Distraction during surgery 'reduces anxiety and pain'
Using a stress ball or watching a DVD during surgery can reduce a patient's anxiety levels, suggests a
study from the University of Surrey. Patients said their pain levels were also reduced by chatting to
nurses while under local anaesthetic. Nearly 400 patients were distracted in different ways while having
varicose vein surgery after which their pain and anxiety levels were measured.
Hospitals and NHS bosses at loggerheads over funding
A row has broken out about the system for giving NHS hospitals in England their income. Hospital chiefs
have rejected plans for next year's payment system, warning that safe care could not be guaranteed
under what was being proposed. Much of a hospital's funding comes from a set of tariffs that rewards
them per patient treated.
Tamiflu DOES halt the spread of influenza, major review finds
The most thorough study to date suggests that the controversial antiviral drug Tamiflu is affective. The
controversial drug Tamiflu does halt the spread of influenza a major study has found, justifying the
government’s decision to spend £500 million stockpiling the medication.
Research by the London
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Michigan found that oseltamivir, which is
marketed as Tamiflu, cuts the length of disease by one day and significantly reduces the chances of
life-threatening complications.
One in four of all births now by caesarean section, statistics reveal
Rise in number of older mothers a likely factor, with the proportion of births to women over 40 doubling
since 1993. The number of babies being born by caesarean section increased to more than a quarter of
all births last year. Health organisations say a rise in the number of older mothers is the cause. The
latest statistics show that 26.2% of births in 2014 were by C-section – up 0.7% on the previous year.
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