NICE: Autism spectrum disorders in children …

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Autism spectrum disorders in children and young people: recognition, referral and diagnosis
This NICE guideline makes recommendations towards the establishment of local multi-disciplinary teams to improve the diagnosis and assessment of children and young people with autism.

British Dietetic Association BDA

The BDA has been updating its Food Fact sheets: a very popular resource on this web site.  Three updated sheets have just been added: Fruit and Veg – how to get five a day, Vegetarian diets – keeping a healthy balance, and Sport.

The BDA has also developed a series of Key Fact information sheets designed to raise the profile of dietitians and highlight their varied roles in different speciality areas.The first three are on the topics of Malnutrition, Obesity and Diabetes.

Transforming Community Services

Extract from DoH website

Community services provide essential care to many people, families and communities, from health promotion to end of life care. This care is provided in many settings, at critical points in people’s lives, and often to those in vulnerable situations.

For more information see:

14 April 2011

The Community Indicators for Quality improvement aim to help clinicians and frontline services to measure and monitor quality improvement, by indicating where change is needed and to demonstrate what high quality personalised care looks like

From the presenter’s perspective … all in a day’s work!

Steve Collman, our latest recruit to the Staff Library team, shares this recent experience with us.

On Monday 12th September 2011, I was giving a presentation to students at Wythenshawe Hospital, explaining  how the library service and I could be of use to them. I’ve given talks before, but this was to at least 100 people, the largest group I’d ever talked to. I travelled there with Sally Price, the Postgraduate Centre Manager of Leighton hospital, who was going to give a longer talk and would introduce me.

As I entered the lecture theatre and saw virtually all of the seats taken, it suddenly became real to me; I was going to speak about my job to all of these people! Sally set up and started her talk, while I waited in the background, until it was my turn. I didn’t feel stressed or nervous; I didn’t have time!  I just listened for my cue, which eventually came up and I stepped forward to say the piece I’d been rehearsing and had already given once to another group. I barely looked at my notes as the information seemed to come to mind easily.  Near the end I asked them to write down my contact details for when they went on placement in the community and then it was over. Sally stepped forward once more while I stepped back again. At this point, the nerves finally took over and made my hands shake so much I had to keep them by my side to stop my note paper rustling.

Afterwards, whilst giving out flyers to promote Leighton’s services, a few students told me that they’d noted my contact details and were looking forward to using my services.  This was extremely gratifying, considering I hadn’t seen anyone write anything down during my talk. I hope to hear from some of them soon.

Contact Steve Collman on 01625 661547 or by email at if you work in the community and would like advice and support.



Focus on Guidelines – who writes them, what are they and where to find them?

What are clinical guidelines?

Clinical guidelines aim to help health professionals and patients make the best decisions about treatment or care for a particular condition or situation.  Authors review the research literature and take advice from experts to include the current  evidence on which to base their guidelines recomendations. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are encouraged to follow clinical guidelines where appropriate.

Where can I find guidelines:

NHS Evidence

Patient UK at

Who writes clinical guidelines for the UK?

Here are some of the main UK organisations involved in publishing guidelines:

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Mammographic surveillance increases chance of survival

Courtesy of Health Technology Assessment newsletter

Mammographic surveillance increases chance of survival
New research published in Health Technology Assessment 2011; vol. 15:34 has found that surveillance using mammography increases the survival chances of breast cancer patients. The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) programme.

The full text of this article is available at:


Library supports Health Matters – 4 October 2011

The Staff Library is open this evening until 8:00pm and staff are available to support visitors attending tonight’s Health Matters, 4 October 2011

The topic is ‘Choose well and viruses’, presented by Alan Wills, Consultant Microbiologist and Mark Bell, GP

To book your place

Please call the Communications and Engagement Department to book a place on 01625 661560, freephone 0800 1954194 or email We do hope you will be able to join us!