Less waste, more health: A health professional’s guide to reducing waste

Royal College of Physicians, April 2018

This report report explains how health professionals can positively influence societal health and wellbeing by making simple changes to the procurement and disposal of medical supplies. It offers case studies and 12 recommendations setting out how everyone from individual to trust level can: positively influence the health of patients; aid financial savings; and shape the impact of the NHS on the environment.

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Issues in Mental Health Nursing – April 2018

The April edition of Issues in Mental Health Nursing has been published.  This issue includes articles on improving the knowledge of dual diagnosis treatment in mental health professionals, a meta-analysis of the psychosocial impact of disasters, and nursing case management strategies for adults with serious mental illness seeking dental services.

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Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica – May 2018

The May edition of Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica has been published.  This issue includes articles on comorbidity of mental and physical disorders, natural cause mortality in persons with serious mental illness and patterns and predictors of conversion to bipolar disorder in 91 587 individuals diagnosed with unipolar depression.

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Women and HIV Invisible No Longer: A national study of women’s experiences of HIV

Sophia Forum and Terence Higgins Trust, April 2018

Sophia Forum and Terence Higgins Trust one-year study aiming to explore the needs and experiences of women affected by HIV.  It finds:

  • Over half of women (58%) living with HIV in the UK have experienced violence in their lives
  • Almost half (45%) are living below the poverty line.
  • Almost one third (29%) have experienced violence or abuse while accessing healthcare services because of their HIV status.
  • Almost half (42%) have had mental health diagnoses since an HIV diagnosis.
  • One third (33%) feel they have an undiagnosed mental health issue.
  • Almost half (46%) would like support with managing their mental health but are unable to access it.
  • Over half (54%) said their HIV has affected their sex lives.
  • Two in five (42%) said their HIV impacted whether to have children, despite vertical transmission in the UK now being almost non-existent.
  • Almost half (42%) felt as though they were diagnosed late.
  • One third (29%) had no one to turn to for support straight after diagnosis.
  • Despite this, half of women living with HIV (49%) would describe their quality of life as ‘good’ or ‘very good’, while a further 38 per cent would call it ‘acceptable’.
  • In fact, one third (30%) of women living with HIV said their lives have improved since diagnosis, compared to under one quarter (23%) who said it has become worse.
  • One fifth (18%) said sexual health services were difficult to access, for reasons including distance between home and clinic, opening hours or lack of appointments. One in ten respondents said they would feel worried about judgemental staff when asking to take an HIV test.

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Public health in prisons and secure settings

Public Health England, April 2018

These are resources to track, treat and prevent single infections and outbreaks in prisons, secure settings and health services. They include guidance on:

  • Infection control in prisons and secure settings
  • Reporting single incidents and outbreaks
  • Prison and secure settings health services
  • Prescribed places of detention: health needs assessment toolkits
  • Improving testing and treatment rates for bloodborne viruses
  • Five nations health and justice collaboration

Click here to access the resources.

BMJ Best Practice – now available at LCFT!

The Gosall Library, April 2018

We now have access to BMJ Best Practice at Lancashire Care. BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool that takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence based information, whenever and wherever you need it. You can use BMJ Best Practice to:

  • Search thousands of clinical topics and over 6,000 clinical guidelines
  • Find answers fast using a layout that mirrors the patient consultation
  • Access information anywhere, with offline access via the award winning BMJ Best Practice app
  • Get step-by-step guidance via the unique treatment algorithm tables
  • Watch procedural videos on common clinical conditions
  • Check prescription guidance using linked drug databases and over 250 medical calculators
  • Stay current with Important Updates and Cochrane Clinical Answers highlighted within each topic
  • Ensure your ongoing professional development, with automatic CME/CPD tracking.

Access to BMJ Best Practice is with your LCFT OpenAthens account.

Once you have logged in with your OpenAthens account you can also create a personal account which will allow you download the BMJ Best Practice app and track your CME/CPD activity.

There are user guides and videos available to help you get started with using the resource.

 

 

 

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing – April 2018

The April edition of International Journal of Mental Health Nursing has been published.  This issue includes articles on addressing the support needs of families during the acute hospitalization of a parent with mental illness and evaluating effectiveness in adolescent mental health inpatient units.

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