Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes

Published 2 April 2020 Last updated 4 November 2020 + show all updates 4 November 2020Added note that this guidance will be updated soon and directed users to guidance updated ahead of the 5 November national lockdown. 2 September 2020Added a new section on how care homes can support the NHS Test and Trace service. 27 August 2020Updated links to hospital discharge service guidance. 14 August 2020Added a new section on testing people moving from the community into a care home (Annex K). 31 July 2020Changed to reflect that self-isolation period for people with symptoms of coronavirus has changed from 7 days to 10 days, and added link to…

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Palliative and end of life care profiles: November 2020 data update

The update for November 2020, including new data for 8 indicators, has been published by Public Health England (PHE). The indicators have been updated with data for 2019 for England, strategic clinical network areas, NHS regions, clinical commissioning groups, upper tier local authorities, lower tier local authorities and government office regions. Each is presented by age at death (all ages, 85 years and older, 75 to 84, 65 to 74, under 65), with the percentage of deaths: in hospital at home in a care home in a hospice in other places from cancer from respiratory disease from circulatory disease The Palliative and end of life care profiles are…

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Diabetes foot care profiles: annual update 2020

The Diabetes Foot Care Profiles presents Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) level information on diabetic lower-limb amputations and hospital admissions for diabetes-related foot disease. The data are intended to help guide equitable national, regional and local commissioning of diabetic foot care services and other preventative interventions. The information is compiled from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and this latest update focuses on spells of inpatient care between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2019. The Diabetes Foot Care Profiles is produced by the National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (NCVIN). Note: due to reduced analytical capacity, influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the 2020…

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Care Not Cops: Marc Lamont Hill Makes Case for Abolition After Philadelphia Police Kill Walter Wallace Jr.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This story today — a warning to our audience — it contains descriptions of police violence and disturbing images. Protesters took to the streets of Philadelphia for a second night on Tuesday to condemn the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. The National Guard has been deployed to Philadelphia as outrage grows after two Philadelphia police officers shot and killed the 27-year-old Black father on Monday while he was having a mental health crisis. Both police officers were reportedly wearing body cameras when they shot Wallace. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Tuesday she does…

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Activists think stopping one coal mine is the fight of our times. This is why you should care

If you’re not Australian, you may not have heard of one of the most controversial coal mines in the world. The Carmichael mega-mine is set to devastate what’s left of the fragile Great Barrier Reef, as well as destroy First Nations Australians’ ancestral lands. It’s going to contribute massively to global warming, and will cause “4.6 billion tonnes of carbon pollution”. The mining company behind the project is called Adani, an Indian corporation fraught with allegations of human rights abuses, corruption, and bribery. People power In an attempt to stop the mega-mine, activists have been campaigning and carrying out direct action against Adani for the last ten years,…

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COVID-19 and influenza point of care testing results: how to report

The regulations state that all COVID-19 and influenza positive, indeterminate, negative and void results from point of care testing (POCT) are mandated by law to be reported to Public Health England (PHE). POCT is defined as a diagnostic test that is performed outside of the laboratory setting. This will be set out in amendments to The Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 (the 2010 Regulations). The 2010 Regulations are also being amended to require that, in addition to positive cases, laboratories must now report indeterminate, negative and void test results to identify the causative agents for COVID-19 and influenza. Who reports The updated regulations will require test providers who…

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Children in ‘crack dens’ and ‘brothels’? A Tory MP accidentally exposed the state of Britain’s care system.

In a now deleted tweet, Conservative MP for Mansfield Ben Bradley said that in his constituency, “One kid lives in a crack den, another in a brothel”. He went on to say that free school meal vouchers effectively lined the pockets of drug dealers and pimps. This tweet was part of a defensive thread explaining why he was one of over 300 Conservative MPs who voted against proposals to provide disadvantaged children in England with free meals until Easter 2021. But Bradley’s comments didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter: Putting “£20 going to a crack den” aside. It alarms me that Ben Bradley knows there’s a child living in a…

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Urinary tract infection: diagnostic tools for primary care

Published 21 November 2007 Last updated 19 October 2020 + show all updates 19 October 2020Updated diagnostic tool, based on user feedback. Provided clarity on CAUTI management, age group focus for the flowcharts and information on when to refer for further assessment. 6 September 2019Updated tables and flowcharts for adults over-65 in the quick reference tool, which has been newly endorsed by NICE to follow guidance on managing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). 8 May 2019Updated with revised UTI quick reference guide. 13 November 2018Updated with revised UTI quick reference guide and flowcharts. 16 May 2018Added link to the public consultation 'Diagnosis of urinary tract infections: quick reference guide'.…

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