Mental illness, challenging behaviour, and psychotropic drug prescribing in people with intellectual disability: UK population based cohort study

BMJ, 1 September 2015

This cohort study aims to describe the incidence of recorded mental illness and challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disability in UK primary care and to explore the prescription of psychotropic drugs in this group.

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New books in the LCFT Library

Lancashire Care Library and Information Service, June 2015

Click here to have a look at some of the new book titles we have added to the Library in June and July 2015.  All LCFT staff and students are able to join the Library and borrow these titles.  Don’t worry if you’re not based in Preston – we can loan books to you and send them in the internal post to your work address.

If you would like to join the Library click here to fill in a membership form and send this back to



Medical Students: Professional Values and Fitness to Practice – Consultation

General Medical Council, August 2015

The General Medical Council and Medical Schools Council have launched a joint consultation on guidelines to help medical students develop into competent and compassionate doctors that meet the expectations of patients and the public.  Two pieces of guidance will replace the current Medical students: professional values and fitness to practise (2009).  These will be available in spring 2016 and expected to be implemented in medical schools from September 2016.

The consultation closes on 11 November 2015.

Click here for further information.

Click here to respond to the consultation.

Care and treatment reviews to become ‘business as usual’

NHS England, August 2015

NHS England has set out how it intends that reviews of care and treatment arrangements for people with learning disabilities are to be embedded across the health and care system.

Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) were developed as part of NHS England’s commitment to improving the care of people with learning disabilities or autism. They aim to reduce unnecessary admissions and lengthy stays in specialist hospitals, and have been rolling out since October 2014; over 1,400 people had their care reviewed up to March this year, with hundreds more since.

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Care and Treatment Review: Policy and Guidance

NHS England, August 2015

This guidance has been produced by building on the learning from the Care and Treatment reviews which have taken place so far, including extensive engagement with people with learning disabilities, their representatives and their families.

The document will help local Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England commissioners implement the recommendation from this learning that CTRs should become ‘business as usual’.

Click here to view the full text guidance.

Physical environments and employee wellbeing: topic overview

Public Health England, August 2015

This paper provides an overview of the literature on the impact of particular elements of the physical work environment on employee wellbeing including office layout, office furniture, workplace lighting and temperature, and employee control over their work environment.

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