New NICE Guideline on social care support for older people with multiple long-term conditions


Sarah Carr takes a look at a new NICE Guideline on person-centred, integrated social care support for older people with multiple long-term conditions.

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Guidance on management of dental patients taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs

SDCEP-Anticoagulants & antiplatelets

This new guidance from the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) provides recommendations for dental patients taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet drugs

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Recommendations for commissioning quality weight management services

Two feet on scales

This guidance has been published and should be read alongside the Commissioning Policy A05 Complex and Specialised Obesity Surgery Services of the NHS Commissioning Board April 2013. It has been sponsored by the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society, and is supported by a number of relevant professional bodies, including the Association of UK Dietitians [read the full story…]

Care and support of older people with learning disabilities chosen for NICE social care quality guidance and standards in 2015


Background NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) provides guidance and quality standards for health and social care in England. Its evidence-based guidance is produced to support health and social care professionals to ensure that support provided they is of the best possible quality and offers the best value for money. Following a Department [read the full story…]

Draft guidance on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease


The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) had just made available its new draft guidance on the  prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. The Scope of the guidance is to assist and support primary care dental teams in providing appropriate care for patients both at risk of and with periodontal diseases. The guidance aims to [read the full story…]

Government publishes proposals in response to events at Winterbourne View

DH winterbourne final report

The final report into the events at Winterbourne View Hospital was published on Monday (10.12.12) and sets out a programme of action which aims to ensure that people no longer have to live in hospitals, but receive support in line with best practice.   Key outcomes in the Government’s programme include: Proposals to strengthen accountability [read the full story…]

New NHS mandate identifies key objectives for people with learning disabilities


The NHS has this week published a new ‘mandate’ which sets out a number of agreements between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board, which is responsible for improving  health outcomes by supporting the commissioning of effective services. The mandate identifies five areas for improvement: preventing people from dying prematurely enhancing quality of life for [read the full story…]

Practical guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups on improving health of people with learning disabilities


The healthcare needs of people with learning disabilities have been well charted in the literature, although the response of healthcare services to these needs has often been poor. Recent reports including Mencap’s Death by Indifference, which told the stories of six people with learning disabilities who died in the care of the NHS,  the Disability [read the full story…]

GP guidance aims to improve access to eye care for people with learning disabilities


One of the ongoing themes of posts on this site is the well-documented view that people with learning disabilities are more likely to have difficulties with health issues and are less likely to have good access to healthcare to help them to manage those difficulties. However, there is now a growing body of advice and [read the full story…]