Health Matters: 3 June

This week’s Health Matters public lecture will look at an innovative pilot project in East Cheshire which will see doctors ‘Skype’ with patients in local nursing homes.

The talk, entitled Telehealth in East Cheshire – the future of care?, will be delivered by consultant gastroenterologist Dr Ramasamy Saravanan.  It will take place at Macclesfield District General Hospital’s Lecture Theatre on Tuesday, June 3rd, from 7pm to 8pm.

Latest BMJ news: 28 March 2013

Vitamin D sufficiency in pregnancy  readiconRobyn Lucas, Fan Xiang, and Anne-Louise Ponsonby
Taking the sting out of lumbar puncturePaul Rizzoli
What should clinical commissioning groups do on 1 April 2013?Clare Gerada
Future proofing the Quality and Outcomes FrameworkVeena S Raleigh and Niek Klazinga
Inaccuracy of forehead thermometersGervase Vernon
Evidence base needs to be developed for the whole process of end of life careSuzanne M Kite, Fiona Hicks, Elizabeth Rees, Claire Shepherd, and Christopher Stothard
Protests about having to structure time off to enable the NHS to work at weekends as it does in the week may be hypocriticalKevin J H Newman
The NHS working at weekends as it does during the week is a non-starterS Blair
Training of young surgeons would be problematic if the NHS worked at weekends as it does during the weekStephen Brearley
BMA calls for national launch of 111 urgent care hotline to be haltedGareth Iacobucci
Healthcare neglects effects of smoking among mentally ill people, says reportJacqui Wise
Study of genetic variants in common cancers paves way for targeted screeningGeoff Watts
Two thirds of Welsh district hospitals have higher than predicted mortality, figures showSusan Mayor
In brief
NICE recommends training programmes for parents to tackle children’s antisocial behaviourNigel Hawkes
Telehealth can be beneficial when used properly, say expertsBob Roehr
Would doctors routinely asking older patients about their memory improve dementia outcomes? NoMargaret McCartney
How do we know whether medical apps work?

Eyes on Evidence for March

This month’s topics in NHS Eyes on Evidence:

Analysis of data from a large randomised controlled trial suggests that intensive glucose control in critically ill patients is associated with moderate to severe hypoglycaemia, and a higher risk of death.

A large scale trial examines the benefits and effectiveness of telehealth and telecare services in helping patients avoid the need for emergency hospital care.
 
A cross-sectional study investigating a possible link between harsh physical punishment and mental health disorders reports that reducing physical punishment may help to reduce the prevalence of mental health disorders in the general population. It suggests giving parents information about alternative discipline strategies, such as positive reinforcement.
The QIPP Collection highlights examples of local best practice, demonstrating how NHS organisations have implemented new practices that have both cut costs and improved quality. We highlight a new example:
Chair of the British HIV Association Guidelines Subcommittee, Martin Fisher, talks about the organisation’s experience of the NICE accreditation process.
Accreditation news  
At its January meeting the NICE Accreditation Advisory Committee accredited 2 guidance programmes.

Evidence Updates 
NICE recently published Evidence Updates on:

  • Strategies to prevent unintentional injuries among children and young people aged under 15
  • Hyperglycaemia in acute coronary syndromes
  • Common mental health disorders
  • Hypertension.

WEBINAR: Developing and supporting telehealth in the NHS

When: 1pm-3pm,
4 September 2012
Where: www.nhsconfed.org

The NHS Confederation Business Development team are running a webinar on telehealth in the NHS on 4 September to discuss and resolve any issues and questions that were raised at the telehealth event at  the NHS Confederation’s annual conference on 21 June and to raise more awareness around the subject in a bid to improve overall patient care in the UK.

Dr. Shahid Ali, clinical lead patients and information directorate at the National Commissioning Board, will be speaking at the webinar.

Further details can be found on the NHS Confederation’s telehealth page, where you can book online to register for the event.

Health and Social Care news

Here is a brief extract of some of the news available from the Health and Social Care Newsletter courtesy of epublicservice.co.uk

NHS 111 online trials begin 
Department of Health considers new digital channels to implement NHS 111 service

Cancer care shift could save 1,000 lives
Hospital specialists, GPs and scientists have come together under the name of London Cancer

NHS trust to challenge largest ever £325k data breach fine
ICO slams NHS with a £325,000 after hard drives were sold online containing data on tens of thousands of people

NPfIT supplier admits ‘error’ over NHS income
Computer Sciences Corporation admitted to ‘intentional’ errors, in which its income from the NHS was exaggerated

‘NHS silver surfers desperate to use telehealth’ 
Electronic solutions recommended for older patients to ease burden of long-term conditions on health service

The deal’s done, but what’s in our hand? 
The NHS has endured a gruelling 18 months of hiatus and distraction, right at the point when we most need certainty and clarity. While reforms lack staff support, no one can afford them to fail, says Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation.