New NICE guidance to help people stop using traditional South Asian varieties of smokeless tobacco


NICE have published public health guidance and a new care pathway to help people of South Asian origin who are living in England to stop using traditional South Asian varieties of smokeless tobacco. These publications are focused on people with ancestral links to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka and smokeless tobacco products such [read the full story…]

Maternal mental health pathway published by the Department of Health


A number of mental health issues can affect mothers, their babies and their families. This new guidance from the DH provides a pathway to help professionals support mental health and wellbeing, from pregnancy through the early months after birth. The pathway is primarily aimed at health visitors but will also be useful for midwives, mental [read the full story…]

NICE launch new guideline and pathway on the referral, diagnosis and management of autism in adults


Half a million people in England and Wales have autism and most of them were diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. Healthcare professionals sometimes overlook the condition in adults and this can lead to serious problems for the individual, including isolation, confusion and social exclusion. The National Autistic Society have estimated that only 15% of adults [read the full story…]

Seven principles of better adoption of evidence in practice, from new MeReC bulletin


The most recent MeReC Bulletin (December 2011) considers the problem of the implementation gap: the best evidence often does not get adopted quickly into practice. It highlights relevant evidence and ideas from educational theory, decision-making theory, information management and implementation science and brings them together in one place. It is intended to encourage a fresh [read the full story…]

Significant improvements needed to care for people with dementia in hospital, says national clinical audit


The first full report of the National Audit of Dementia has identified a need for significant improvements in hospital ward environments, staff training and the overall approach to care delivery for patients with dementia. Although the majority of wards meet basic safety requirements, the audit shows that many had not addressed simple measures that could [read the full story…]

Department of Health publish their response to the offender personality disorder consultation

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The Department of Health have published their proposed next steps to develop services for offenders with severe personality disorders in the NHS and Criminal Justice System. This follows a consultation that ran from Feb-May this year. In short, this work seeks to ensure that: the personality disordered offender population is a shared responsibility of the [read the full story…]

NICE launch interactive pathways on a range of mental health topics

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NICE guidance has sometimes suffered from poor accessibility and usability, and as a result, it has not always been implemented at the coalface as well as it could have been. NICE have responded to this criticism by creating a set of interactive online pathways that bring together all of their content around a specific topic. [read the full story…]