Promoting physical activity for children and young people

NICE Evidence Update, April 2015

A new Evidence Update has been published for NICE public health guidance 17 (2009). This provides a summary of selected new evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the guidance.

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

Click here to view the Evidence Update.

Occupational therapy and physical activity interventions to promote the mental wellbeing of older people in primary care and residential care

NICE Evidence Update, April 2015

A new Evidence Update has been published for NICE public health guidance 16 (2008). This provides a summary of selected new evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the guidance.

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

Click here to view the Evidence Update.

New books in the LCFT Library!

Lancashire Care Library and Information Service, April 2015

Take a look at the New Books bulletin to see some of the new book titles we have added to the Library in March 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.

Click here to view the bulletin

If you would like to join the LCFT Library please click here to fill in a membership form and send this back to academic.library@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

Efficacy and safety of paracetamol for spinal pain and osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo controlled trials

BMJ, 31 March 2015

This paper investigates the efficacy and safety of paracetamol (acetaminophen) in the management of spinal pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee through a systematic review and meta-analysis.

The paper concludes that paracetamol is ineffective in the treatment of low back pain and provides minimal short term benefit for people with osteoarthritis. These results support the reconsideration of recommendations to use paracetamol for patients with low back pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee in clinical practice guidelines.

Click here to full the full text paper.

Online mental health services

NHS Choices, April 2015

NHS Choices have produced an overview of online mental health services for depression, anxiety and other conditions which have been approved by NICE.  Research shows that these online services can be just as effective as having face-to-face therapy with a therapist.

You may be able to use these online services for free on the NHS. Ask your GP or contact the services themselves directly to find out.  You can also pay for online mental health support privately if it’s not available on the NHS in your area.

Click here for further information.

New adult safeguarding improvement tool published

NHS Confederation, 30 March 2015

The NHS Confederation has joined forces with four other leading national organisations to produce a new resource for those involved in adult safeguarding – an improvement tool based on the Adult Safeguarding Standards.

Click here for further information and to download the tool.

New Mental Health Act Code of Practice published

NHS Confederation, 1 April 2015

The revised Mental health Act Code of Practice is now in effect, replacing the 2008 Code.

The revised Code seeks to provide stronger protection for patients and clarify roles, rights and responsibilities. This includes involving the patient and as appropriate, their families and carers in discussions about the patient’s care at every stage; providing personalised care; minimising the use of inappropriate blanket restrictions, restrictive interventions and the use of police cells as places of safety.

Click here for further information from the NHS Confederation website.

Click here to download the new code of practice.