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Latest news - Friday, 28 February 2020

Culture change needed for healthy sex and relationships in adult social care

Taboo subject that ignores healthy expression and can keep abusive relationships hidden, concludes CQC report

Most severely mentally ill patients ‘invisible’ in health care system

There are no national standards for mental health rehabilitation treatment and no consensus on what represents appropriate out-of-area treatment, concludes joint report

Overhaul approach to illicit drug treatment, concludes independent review

Societal costs amount to £20 billion/year, yet only £600 million spent on treatment and prevention, with cuts to council budgets curtailing services, says review chair

Nurse recruitment should be top health priority for Scottish government

Three quarters of respondents to RCN public poll think there are too few nurses for safe care in Scotland

Extend statutory limit on egg freezing, urge fertility experts

The 10-year rule on storage for non-medical reasons, is no longer appropriate and is severely restrictive


On The Pulse - February 2020

Smartphone apps to diagnose skin cancer: how reliable?

Future Shocks

From Tamagotchi to GPPPs: predictions for the future GP Contract

Going Viral

Coronavirus: a fuss about nothing, or the end of the world?


‘System by default’ – how to make a good idea a reality

Implementing the new ‘system by default’ approach to running and organising the NHS must be delivered through incremental change that identifies what is needed and what will work, not through central diktat, writes Nick Ville, director of membership and policy at the NHS Confederation

How can unnecessary outpatient appointments be reduced?

Outpatient hospital appointments have nearly doubled since 2007/08 to 120 million a year, with the proportion of unattended appointments now standing at 22%. Rebecca Richards, Insight & Analysis Officer and Sarah Reed, Improvement Fellow at the Health Foundation ask: what can be done?

Headaches - CME resources

Easily find and access our CME resources about headaches


Drug and Therapeutics Update - 28th February

NICE quality standard on intrapartum care calls for regular risk assessments of pregnant women with existing medical conditions; Cardinal Health advises revision of calibration frequency of Cardinal Health Genius 2 and Genius 3 models

Pelvic organ prolapse

A summary of the risk factors and management options for this very common condition

Termination of pregnancy

A 28-year-old woman attends the surgery requesting a termination of pregnancy. She is unsure of the date of her last menstrual period, but it was not more than eight weeks ago

Drug and Therapeutics Update – 21st February

Peginterferon beta‑1a recommended for relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis in NICE final guidance; EMA recommends restrictions for use of cyproterone due to meningioma risk

Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease

A summary of modifiable risk factors and the impact of lifestyle changes on hypertension and cardiovascular disease

Side effects of long acting reversible contraception (LARC)

A 16-year-old girl has been on the combined oral contraceptive for six months but finds it very hard to remember to take every day. She would like to discuss longer acting contraceptive choices

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