Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults

NICE, February 2015

 NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the treatment and management of psychosis and schizophrenia (including related psychotic disorders such as schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder and delusional disorder) in adults (18 years and older) with onset before the age of 60 years in primary, secondary and community care. It will not cover adults with transient psychotic symptoms.

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Tips for social workers on implementing the Care Act for deafblind people

Community Care, 8 January 2015

The most important date in social care this year will be the 1st April. This is when the Care Act comes in to force and it’s vital that local authorities and practitioners are ready for the changes this will bring.

For deafblind people, including the large numbers of older people with sight and hearing loss, the Act will bring welcome changes that will improve their experience of social care. Making sure the Act is implemented correctly however, is key to its success…

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Draft revised statutory guidance to implement the strategy for adults with autism in England: consultation document

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health are seeking views on draft statutory guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations. This is to support the implementation of Think Autism which is the update to the 2010 adult autism strategy.  The updates to the existing guidance are in line with the progress made since 2010 and changes in recent legislation.

The consultation looks at:

  • staff training
  • identification and diagnosis of autism in adults
  • planning of services move from being children to adults
  • local planning and leadership
  • preventative support and safeguarding
  • reasonable adjustments
  • supporting people with complex needs
  • employment for adults with autism
  • working with the Criminal Justice system

The consultation closes on 19 December 2014.

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Social work with adults: progress report

Department of Health, October 2014

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, sets out progress in improving social work with adults in her first annual report.

The report looks at issues for social work with adults, including:

  • ensuring social work’s role and values are recognised in the implementation of the Care Act
  • working with ADASS, the LGA and principal social workers to create the conditions for excellent social work practice
  • improving the education and training of social workers by introducing national assessment criteria for social workers at the end of their first year in employment

Click here for further information and to download the report.

New NICE Evidence Update on headaches

NICE, October 2014

NICE have published a new Evidence Update on ‘Headaches: Diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults’.

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.

The new Evidence Update focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE guideline CG150 ‘Headaches: Diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults’ 2012.

Click here to view the evidence update.

Improving the delivery of adult diabetes care through integration

Diabetes UK, October 2014

The Diabetes UK report ‘Improving the delivery of adult diabetes care through integration’, published in October 2014, explains how diabetes care can be improved to achieve better outcomes for people with diabetes. The challenge for commissioners and healthcare providers locally is to make the system work to support that.

Click here for further information and to download the full report.