Informationist (in-for-mation-ist). Adjective. Definition: 1) Providing the link between evidence, intelligence & practice; 2) Provides research & knowledge management services in the context of health and wellbeing; 3) Uses information as a weapon . Sister site to http://www.boltonshealthmatters.org Providing access to health, wellbeing & social care evidence and the skills to use it!
A report has been published that considers the role and value of volunteers in health and social care. It looks at the important part that volunteers play in improving patient experience, addressing health inequalities, and building a closer relationship between services and communities. It also outlines the changing nature of volunteering, why this can cause tensions, and why volunteering does not always reach its full potential. Examples of good practice in the NHS and voluntary sector illustrate how these barriers can be overcome.
The latest edition of the COPD Horizon Scanning is out and available. Produced by NHS Libraries North West, Horizon Scanning is : “Bringing together best practice, innovation and future risks to support the commissioning process and service redesign.
The new doctor led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be expected to improve the quality of commissioning of mental health services in England and to improve on current standards, MPs have been told.
An evidence summary produced by Amy Finnegan on behalf on the Bolton’s Health Matters team. Please click on the link to view. This is an original piece of work. Please contact the library if you wish to re-use in any format.
Primary care trusts in England spent 10.7% more on services commissioned from independent healthcare providers in 2011-12 than in the previous year, new data show. This compares with a 3.5% rise in total healthcare spending.
Guidance published contains information on what health improvement activity local authorities can charge for and what services must be free at the point of use, just as they were when provided by the NHS. This is for local authority charging for public health activity.
More than 70 health organisations have backed a call for tougher action to tackle the problems caused by excessive drinking in the United Kingdom, including targets to reduce the amount of alcohol that adults drink and to reduce the number of deaths from liver disease.
The Liverpool care pathway represents best practice for the care of dying patients, according to 89% of UK palliative medicine consultants in an online survey by the BMJ and Channel 4’s Dispatches programme
The results of the 2012 NHS staff survey have been published today. A total of 202,000 NHS staff were invited to participate by postal questionnaire. Responses were received from 101,000 staff, a response rate of 50% (compared to 53.7% in 2010).
The latest edition of the Child Health Horizon Scanning is out and available. Produced by NHS Libraries North West, Horizon Scanning is : “Bringing together best practice, innovation and future risks to support the commissioning process and service redesign.
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Background Some communicable diseases disproportionately affect poor and vulnerable groups. Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality; however, the relationship between IPD and deprivation has not been well described. Continue reading →
In final guidance published today (27 February) NICE has recommended apixaban (Eliquis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer), in accordance with its licensed indications, as an option for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in some people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The guidance also recommends that the decision about whether to start treatment with apixiban should be made after an informed discussion about the risks and benefits of apixaban compared with warfarin, dabigatran etexilate and rivaroxaban, and in light of a person’s current level of international normalised ratioi (INR) control if they are already taking warfarin.
Clinical commissioning groups have warned they are at risk of being “saddled with an inherited debt” when they take on their new powers, as a result of an onslaught of retrospective claims for NHS continuing healthcare funding.
The latest edition of the Obesity Horizon Scanning is out and available. Produced by NHS Libraries North West, Horizon Scanning is : “Bringing together best practice, innovation and future risks to support the commissioning process and service redesign.
The latest edition of the Cardiovascular Horizon Scanning is out and available. Produced by NHS Libraries North West, Horizon Scanning is : “Bringing together best practice, innovation and future risks to support the commissioning process and service redesign.
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Objective To assess the effect of second generation, home based telehealth on health related quality of life, anxiety, and depressive symptoms over 12 months in patients with long term conditions. Continue reading →