Monthly Archive:: December 2016

Researchers Urge Caution around Psilocybin Use

Reading Time: 5 minutesMushroom trip hallucination. Credit: iStock Share Fast Facts Worst bad trip on mushrooms seen as meaningful life experience. – Click to Tweet Bad trips on mushrooms can potentially lead to risky behavior. – Click to Tweet In a survey of almost 2,000 people who said they

Cold Weather Alert – current alert level: Level 2

Reading Time: 1 minutesIssued on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather between 1500 on Sunday 01 Jan and 1500 onTuesday 03 Jan in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerablepatients and disrupt the delivery of services.Please refer

Shortlist announced for second Friends and Family Test Awards

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe non-profit Patient Experience Network has announced the shortlist for the second Friends and Family Test Awards, recognising work across the NHS to use patient and staff feedback and insight to drive improvements in services. The first awards were presented in March.  The category winners and an overall

Statement from Chief Nursing Officer about local proposals to improve health and care

Reading Time: 4 minutesWriting for a national newspaper, Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer at NHS England said: “The National Health Service is one of Britain’s proudest achievements. And today its staff do a superb job treating record numbers of patients. Quite rightly, people to want to protect our NHS

Cold Weather Alert – current alert level: Level 3

Reading Time: 1 minutesLevel 3 – Cold Weather Action Issued on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 at 09:04 There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather between 1500 on Tuesday 27 Dec and 1100 onFriday 30 Dec in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to

NHS Chief pledges help for 50,000 more people to tackle rising diabetes levels

Reading Time: 4 minutes50,000 more people at risk of Type 2 diabetes will be offered tailored support to avoid the potentially life-threatening condition. In an expansion of a pioneering NHS programme, tens of thousands of people will be offered education and lifestyle coaching to reduce their risk of Type

Hopkins Project Shows House Calls and Good Neighbors Can Benefit Patients and Hospitals

Reading Time: 4 minutesShare Fast Facts Hopkins study helps hospital efficiency, patient care. – Click to Tweet 4-year Hopkins study addresses hospital “super users.” – Click to Tweet When people with chronic health problems couldn’t get around town to their doctors’ appointments, a four-year Johns Hopkins program brought the

NHS England publishes updated guidance to country’s paediatric intensive care units

Reading Time: 2 minutesNHS England has today published updated guidance for managing seasonal pressures in paediatric intensive care. The Paediatric Intensive Care Surge Standard Operating Procedure sets out instructions for managing unplanned peaks in demand for critical care beds, across the country’s 29 paediatric intensive care units (PICUs). Every year

NHS England sets out guidance for new quality scheme for community pharmacy

Reading Time: 1 minutesNHS England has published initial guidance for a new scheme which for the first time financially rewards community pharmacists for improving the quality of care for patients. The Quality Payments Scheme initial guidance is part of the Department of Health’s Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, announced in

Johns Hopkins Medicine Holds Second Annual Awards Program to Recognize Clinical Excellence

Reading Time: 2 minutes2016 winners announced across the health system Johns Hopkins Medicine hosted its second annual awards program, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams, honoring 42 physicians and care teams who embody the best in clinical excellence. The program was launched by the