Quarter of doctors seek mental health support during pandemic

More than one in four medics have sought mental health support during the Covid-19 pandemic, leading doctors have said. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said that it was “extremely concerned” about the mental health of frontline doctors. A new poll by the college of its members found 19% said they have sought informal mental health support during the pandemic, while 10% said they had sought formal support. The RCP said that medics have been working for almost a year under extremely challenging circumstances. Almost two thirds (64%) of the 1,890 doctors who responded to the RCP poll said they were tired or exhausted. And nearly half (48%)…

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Medics call for temporary laws to protect health workers from coronavirus legal action

Emergency legislation is needed to protect doctors and nurses from “inappropriate” legal action over coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment decisions made amid the pressures of the pandemic, health organisations have argued.A coalition of health bodies has written to the government urging it to update the law. This would be to ensure medical workers don’t feel “vulnerable to the risk of prosecution for unlawful killing” when treating coronavirus patients “in circumstances beyond their control”.“Very substantial” risk of ICUs being overwhelmedHealth groups argued that there’s no legal protection for coronavirus-related issues. Such as when there are “surges in demand for resources that temporarily exceed supply”.The letter, addressed to health secretary Matt Hancock,…

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Health checks for refugees at Bosnia camp after days in cold

Many refugees and refugees staying at a camp in northwestern Bosnia have complained of respiratory and skin infections after spending days in makeshift tents and containers amid freezing weather and snowstorms, aid workers warned.Military tentsMost of the hundreds of refugees stuck at the Lipa facility near Bosnia’s border with Croatia have been accommodated in heated military tents following days of uncertainty after a fire gutted most of the camp on 23 December.Bosnia has faced sharp criticism for leaving around 1,000 people without shelter after the blaze.The authorities first said they would move the refugees to another location, but they ended up setting up military tents at the site…

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Public health expert warns that the UK needs a clear coronavirus strategy beyond the vaccine

The response to coronavirus (Covid-19) across the UK should be more proactive, a public health expert has warned. Professor Devi Sridhar said there’s currently “no clear strategy” in the UK other than “reactive lockdowns”. Prof Sridhar is chairwoman of public health at Edinburgh University and an adviser to the Scottish government. Each devolved administration is responsible for how it handles coronavirus. But all four are currently in lockdown following a spike in cases and deaths in the past six weeks. The spike has been caused, at least partially, by a new, more transmissible strain of the virus. “The UK has no clear strategy” Prof Sridhar urged governments to…

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Rep. Ro Khanna: $2,000 Stimulus Checks Are Needed, Not More Austerity, Amid Economic & Health Crisis

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman. President Trump unexpectedly signed a $2.3 trillion spending package Sunday that includes a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. The bill includes direct payments of $600 for most adults, expanded unemployment benefits, aid for small businesses, money for vaccine distribution, and a temporary extension of a federal eviction ban. Millions were plunged into uncertainty over the holidays as Trump held up the signing of the bill while he vacationed and golfed in Florida. This allowed two unemployment programs to lapse Saturday night. Congresswoman Ilhan…

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COVID-19: pre-existing health conditions and ethnicity

Analysis of the relationship between pre-existing health conditions, ethnicity and COVID-19 diagnosis and death Ref: PHE publications gateway number: GW-1740 PDF, 1.06MB, 26 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Pre-existing health conditions, ethnicity and COVID-19 diagnosis and death: technical document Ref: PHE publications gateway number: GW-1740 PDF, 358KB, 16 pages This file may not…

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NHS population screening: diploma for health screeners

The health screener diploma (HSD) is on the Ofqual regulated qualification framework (RQF). It is the recommended national training programme for new screeners, who are not on a regulated professional register, working in the: Qualification structure The qualification is made up of 13 generic units that cover the basic knowledge and skills needed to work in a healthcare setting. Additionally, each screening programme has programme specific units. Successful completion of the diploma provides: a recognised national qualification evidence of transferable skills that support personal and academic development screeners with the knowledge, skills and understanding to work in a healthcare environment Awarding organisations (AOs) The 3 awarding organisations (AOs)…

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People with long-term health conditions urged to get flu vaccine before Christmas

Health chiefs, and a coalition of charities, are urging people with long-term health conditions to get the flu vaccine before the virus starts to circulate. Public Health England (PHE) analysis shows 6 in 10 deaths from flu are seen in people with underlying conditions. A coalition of charities, including the British Heart Foundation and Mencap, are joining PHE and the NHS in urging them to get vaccinated before Christmas. Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications for those living with a long-term health condition, including: respiratory and heart conditions diabetes kidney disease liver disease chronic neurological disease like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy…

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Supporting public health: children, young people and families

Published 1 July 2014 Last updated 8 December 2020 + show all updates 8 December 2020 Updated to include the 6 maternity high impact area guides. 12 November 2018 Updated set of (13) documents to reflect new policy drivers and evidence. 1 November 2016 Updated high impact area guidance for early years, added documents for school aged years high impact areas and links to supporting infographics. 1 July 2014 First published. Source link

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Bradford: using the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health – Case study

This case study has been selected to illustrate how the Prevention Concordat can be used to structure a mental health response during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Bradford District Mental Health Partnership Board requested that Bradford Council’s Public Health Department lead a COVID-19 Mental Health Needs Assessment in May 2020. This drew on the 5 domains outlined in the Prevention Concordat. 1. Needs assessment and effective use of data A rapid needs assessment of mental health impact and risk and protective factors for Bradford District was carried out. It included quantitative data but also real-time qualitative feedback from mental health service providers and the voluntary sector via an ‘emerging…

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