Implementing research evidence in schools: senior leaders and teachers – start here!

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It’s Spring! Pooky Knightsmith coaxes the Education Elf out of hibernation with a new blog about the recent Education Endowment Foundation report: Putting evidence to work – a school’s guide to implementation.

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Pregnancy and bipolar disorder: international prescribing consensus?

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Dean Connolly looks at an international study which asks: Is there consensus across evidence-based guidelines for the psychotropic drug management of bipolar disorder during the perinatal period?

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NICE learning disabilities and challenging behaviour guidance highlights need for stronger evidence

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Haven’t quite had time to read the new NICE guidance yet? Here’s our handy summary of the new recommendations for service design and delivery in relation to learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges.

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Dual diagnosis guidance: money talks when it comes to drugs, alcohol and mental illness

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Ian Hamilton shares his thoughts on the new PHE dual diagnosis guidance: Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions.

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NICE guidelines: mental health problems in people with learning disabilities

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Rachel Allan and Tom Crossland present the recent NICE guidance on mental health problems in people with learning disabilities, and comment on how useful these new recommendations are for people with learning disabilities and their care givers.

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New NICE guidance on dual diagnosis: sterile or infectious?

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Ian Hamilton and Mark Holland appraise new NICE guidance on dual diagnosis. Their blog highlights the ongoing inequity in service provision for people with serious mental illness and comorbid substance misuse.

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What is the evidence for evidence-based guidelines?

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Andrew Shepherd returns to the woodland with a blog about the evidence-practice gap in specialist mental healthcare; highlighting a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of guideline implementation studies.

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Evidence-based guidelines for treating bipolar disorder

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Joseph Hayes summarises the recent British Association for Psychopharmacology guidelines for the treatment of bipolar disorder, and compares their recommendations with those found in the NICE bipolar disorder guidance from 2014.

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New alcohol guidelines: what you need to know

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Olivia Maynard takes a sober look at the new Department of Health alcohol guidelines, which say it’s safest for both men and women to not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week.

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Is the NICE guideline for bipolar disorder biased in favour of psychosocial interventions?

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Guy Goodwin reviews a new paper in the Lancet Psychiatry by Jauhar, McKenna and Laws, that calls into question the trustworthiness of the NICE bipolar disorder guidance.

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