• Adoption and spread of innovation in the NHS

    18 January 2018

    The King’s Fund has published a report critical of efforts to promote innovation in the NHS. The report contrasts high spending on research and development with the very low spending on initiatives to encourage spread and adoption of innovation. It includes eight examples of the successful spread of innovation supported by academic health science networks.

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  • Alcohol and drug misuse treatment statistics

    18 January 2018

    Public Health England has released statistics to support improvements in decision making when planning alcohol and drug misuse treatment services.

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  • Cancer data shows improvements in diagnosis

    18 January 2018

    Public Health England has published data showing improvement in the way some cancers are being diagnosed.

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  • NICE draft guidance on community pharmacy promoting health and wellbeing is out for consultation

    18 January 2018

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance on how community pharmacies can promote health and wellbeing among their local population. This includes integration within existing health and care pathways as well as other activities to encourage more people to use their services.

    Responses must be submitted by 5pm, 21 February 2018. The final guidance is expected to be published in August 2018.

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  • UK flu figures getting worse

    18 January 2018

    Seasonal flu levels have continued to increase in the last week across the UK according to figures published by Public Health England.

    Over the last week there has been a 78% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu like illness, a 50% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate, and a 65% increase in the flu intensive care admission rate. The main strains circulating continue to be flu A(H3N2 and H1N1) and flu B.

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