Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica – March 2018

The March edition of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica has been published.  This issue includes articles on gender differences in psychiatric comorbidity in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the efficacy and safety of antidepressant augmentation of continued antipsychotic treatment in patients with schizophrenia.

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Schizophrenia Bulletin – February 2018

The February edition of Schizophrenia Bulletin has been published.  This issue includes articles on journaling as therapy, auditory verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia from a levels of explanation perspective, and social disconnection in schizophrenia and the general community.

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Avoidance of Doubt Provision of Phased Treatments

NHS England, February 2018

Aims to support dental professionals, and to clarify where it might be appropriate to provide phased treatment spanning over several courses of treatment (CoT). This should improve access to high quality NHS dentistry to meet the needs of patients who will not usually have accessed and completed routine dental care in the previous 24 months. This cohort of patients would generally be those with high dental needs and as such are more likely to be adults from a vulnerable background with additional health or social need.

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Healthy Child Programme: rapid review on safeguarding

Public Health England, February 2018

The purpose of this rapid review is to update the evidence regarding safeguarding guidance, focusing on prevention and early intervention.

The review looks at relevant systematic review level evidence, supplemented with some primary impact evaluations in the areas of preventing or intervening early with:

  • child abuse and neglect
  • child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • intimate partner violence
  • female genital mutilation
  • gang violence

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Child Language Teaching and Therapy – February 2018

The February edition of Child Language Teaching and Therapy has been published.  This edition includes articles on facilitated playgroups to promote speech and language skills of young children with communication delays, and a systematic review of instructional strategies used in direct AAC interventions with children to support graphic symbol learning.

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Housing for older people: Second Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report

House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee, February 2018

Report that calls for a national strategy which brings together and improves the policy on housing for older people.  It calls on the government to recognise the link between homes and health and social care in the forthcoming social care green paper.  Identifies the following three housing-related factors impacting on health:

  1. Cold,
  2. Risk of falls
  3. Location of the home.

It recommends:

  • Additional funding for Home Improvement Agencies operating services including a handyperson service for older people.
  • A range of measures to help older people overcome the barriers to moving home including an accreditation for companies which provide tailored services for older people moving home and better customer service and guidance from lenders when applying for a mortgage.
  • Ensuring that national and local planning policy encourages the building of more of all types of housing for older people – extra care, retirement, sheltered and accessible housing across the social and private sectors, with older people involved in the design process.
  • Building all new homes to accessible and adaptable standards so that they are ‘age proofed’ and can meet the current and future needs of older people.

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Healthy homes: accommodating an ageing population

Institution of Mechanical Engineers, February 2018

Report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers that identifies the use of smart technologies, including smart homes, could make life better for older people, enabling them to retain their independence and relieve the pressure on health and social care services. To facilitate this it recommends:

  • Establishing financial incentives to build cognitive houses.
  • Creating a new standard for housing design and construction fit for the 21st century.
  • Initiating new markets for technology to tackle existing inadequate housing stock.
  • Investing in nationwide ‘healthy living for life’ technology programmes.

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