Evidence-based guidelines for treating bipolar disorder


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


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?


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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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…]