Depression in later life: healthcare professionals’ views about referrals and management

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Alison McKinlay summarises a literature review of qualitative research exploring healthcare professionals’ views of depression in later life, which highlights the quandaries faced by healthcare professionals in primary care, particularly in areas where funding and access to services are limited.

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Referrals to mental health services: understanding ethnic differences

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A group of UCL Masters Students summarise a recent paper on ethnic differences in referral routes to child and adolescent mental health services.

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Use of mental health services may reduce adolescent depression

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Jess Bone publishes her debut blog on a recent longitudinal cohort study, which looks at the reduction in adolescent depression after contact with mental health services.

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Bridging the gap between mental and physical healthcare in general hospitals #TreatAsOne

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Kirsten Lawson presents the findings and recommendations of the recent National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death #TreatAsOne report.

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Self-harm in primary care: more prescribing than referrals

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Olivia Kirtley and Alys Cole-King present a major new cohort study, which includes worrying evidence about the clinical management of patients in primary care following self-harm.

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Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

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Sally Adams summarises a meta-analysis of specialty substance use disorder services following brief alcohol intervention, which finds a lack of evidence for SBIRTs despite the widespread public health support for this type of programme.

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What works in managing referrals from primary to secondary care?

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In this blog, Alison Turner looks at a report which shares findings from a systematic review, exploring interventions to manage referrals from primary to secondary care.

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Conscious Sedation in Dentistry – guideline updated

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The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has recently published its updated guidance on conscious sedation in dentistry. The guideline was initially published in 2006. The aim of the guidance is to to promote good clinical practice through recommendations for the provision of conscious sedation in dentistry that is both safe and effective. It is [read the full story…]

New CQUIN guidance focuses on identifying and referring people with dementia

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The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) payment framework enables commissioners to reward excellence by linking a proportion of providers’ income to the achievement of local quality improvement goals. The framework aims to embed quality within commissioner-provider discussions and to create a culture of continuous quality improvement, with stretching goals agreed in contracts on an [read the full story…]