POST Note: Electronic Cigarettes

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, August 2016

This POSTnote updates POSTnote 455 (January 2014), summarising the latest data on scale of use, safety and quality of electronic cigarettes, and their value as a stop smoking tool. It also explores the implications of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive and regulatory approaches in the UK.

Click here to view the POST note.

Trial to Internurse

Lancashire Care is part of a North West wide free trial to the Mark Allen Complete online journal collection. This includes the internurse collection giving you access to 17 key nursing titles with 200 new articles every month which can help you with revalidation and keeping up-to-date.  Click on the link below to access internurse.  You will need to login with your Athens password to get access to this resource.

Click here to access internurse

The trial will run until the 30th November 2016.

 

Website aims to help people understand health research

Understanding Health Research is a tool designed to help people understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is. The tool guides users through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and helps users to understand what the answers to those questions say about the quality of the research they are reading.

Click here to access the website.

Traumatic brain injury and offending: An economic analysis

Centre for Mental Health, July 2016

Over a million people in this country live with the consequences of traumatic brain injury, at a cost to the economy of around £15 billion a year.

This report sheds light on head injury (in which the brain is damaged by impact, such as from a fall, a road accident or violence), and the risks it poses. The report finds that a head injury doubles a person’s risk of later mental health problems, even if the person had no prior history of mental ill-health.

Traumatic brain injury also has a marked impact on the economy, at a cost of £15 billion a year. This figure comprises of lost work contributions, premature death and health and social care costs. This £15 billion does not, however, include the human costs of head injury on people’s wellbeing and quality of life, which is clearly the biggest cost.

Click here  for further information and to download the report.

Beyond adversity: Addressing the mental health needs of young people who face complexity and adversity in their lives

Young Minds, July 2016

The report suggests that schools, social workers, police and NHS staff may be inadvertently re-traumatising vulnerable children because of fundamental misunderstandings about their behaviour.

Children who have been neglected, abused, bereaved or faced prejudice may communicate their feelings by being aggressive, self-destructive, withdrawn or highly sexualised. As a result, they are often treated as ‘the problem.’

This means the cause of their trauma is never addressed and they don’t receive the mental health care they need.  Beyond Adversity calls on the Government, and the NHS, to keep their commitments to all of these children. It makes concrete policy and service recommendations aiming to promote trauma-informed and culturally sensitive services.

Click here to read the full report.

Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit

Royal College of General Practitioners, July 2016

This toolkit is a set of relevant tools to assist members of the primary care team to deliver the highest quality care to women with mental health problems in the perinatal period. As well as offering a diverse collection of resources, the Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit gives details of additional learning for individual practitioners.

Click here to access the toolkit.

A competency framework for all prescribers

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, July 2016

When prescribed and used effectively medicines have the potential to significantly improve the quality of lives and improve patient outcomes. However the challenges associated with prescribing the right medicines and supporting patients to use them effectively should not be underestimated.

In 2012, a single prescribing competency framework was published by the National Prescribing Centre/National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to support all prescribers to prescribe effectively.

In 2015, the RPS started the process of updating the framework with the backing of NICE and in collaboration with all the prescribing professions UK wide. The updated single competency framework was published on our website in July 2016, for all regulators, professional bodies, prescribing professions and patients to use..

The competency framework has been endorsed by professional bodies representing other prescribers. In future, we will continue to publish and maintain the updated competency framework in collaboration with the other prescribing professions.

Click here to download the framework.