Polypharmacy: getting our medicines right

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, February 2019

This guidance is for pharmacists and all healthcare organisations involved with medicine and provides a summary of the scale and complexity of the issue of polypharmacy. The guidance outlines how healthcare professionals, patients and carers can find solutions when polypharmacy causes problems for patients and points to useful resources that can help.  The guidance recommends that all healthcare organisations have systems in place to ensure people taking 10 or more medicines can be identified and highlighted as requiring a comprehensive medication review with a pharmacist.

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Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care and Home Office, October 2018

This amended guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) is for all persons and bodies in England and Wales.  This guidance is a must read if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

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Joint Working Protocol: When a hospital, services or facility closes at short notice –

NHS England, February 2018

Guidance to organisations when a hospital, service or facility closes unavoidably at short notice.  The memorandum gives clear guidance and direction to any organisation involved in a short notice closure to take appropriate and timely action in supporting patients and making sure they get the care and treatment they deserve.

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A brief guide to Section 136 for Emergency Departments

Royal College of Emergency Medicine, December 2017

This guide outlines the process to be followed when police bring a person to the Emergency Department under a section136 of the Mental Health Act and the responsibilities of the different agencies caring for the person.  It notes the main change detailed is a reduction in duration of the section from 72 hrs to 24 hours. Under 18s are no longer allowed to be taken to a police cell and adults will only be taken to a police cell under certain circumstances. Police are also required to consult a mental health professional before applying a section 136 where possible.

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Good psychiatric practice: Relationships with pharmaceutical and other related organisations – CR202

Royal College of Psychiatrists, March 2017

This document provides guidance to those interacting or working with commercial organisations, including the pharmaceutical industry, on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The guidance applies mainly to competing interests but also includes advice on maintaining boundaries and clarity of roles.

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Unintentional injuries: prevention in children under 5 years

Public Health England, February 2017

This guidance, produced in association with the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), is for all staff working with children under 5 years and covers the 5 injury priorities:

  • choking, suffocation and strangulation
  • falls
  • burns and scalds
  • poisoning
  • drowning

The guidance also covers fire and roads.

Each injury priority includes data for England, actions for health professionals and safety messages for parents and carers.

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