Dietary recommendations

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As part of the Eatwell Guide policy tool, Public Health England has published Government dietary recommendations: government recommendations for food energy and nutrients for males and females aged 1-18 years and 19+ years.

This document provides the government’s recommendations for food energy and nutrients for the general population. Anyone with a medical condition should consult their GP or a registered dietitian for dietary advice.

Related: The Eatwell Guide

 

Local commissioning of community pharmacy services

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published Good practice examples: commissioning of community pharmacists outside of the core contract.

medical-1454512_960_720This document contains 13 examples showing community pharmacy services can integrate with the wider primary care and community health system. The examples cover working with GP practice, patients with long term conditions and mental health issues, enhanced out of hours provision, domiciliary care, pharmacists in GP Out of Hours services and support for health and social care integration.

Read the full document here

Improving the transition from primary care for people with neurological conditions

A report from the Neurological Alliance finds that GPs in England lack confidence in the care for people with neurological conditions.

GPs expressed doubts about the ability of local services and systems to manage neurology patients effectively and concern over unnecessary delays. The report sets out eight recommendations aimed at improving the primary care pathway for people with neurological conditions, including a call for the development of a “watch list” of the ten signs and symptoms GPs should be aware of during patient interactions in primary care settings.

Read the full report here

Digital resource for carers

Carers UK has launched the Digital Resource for Carers, a solution that combines their own digital products and online resources with links to local information and support, providing a comprehensive online tool for carers’

The Digital Resource for Carers includes:

Download the brief guide to the Digital Resource for Carers for detailed information.

 

Securing meaningful choice for patients: CCG planning and improvement guide

NHS England and NHS Improvement

This guide is intended to help CCGs comply with their duty to enable patients to make choices and to promote the involvement of patients in decision about their care and treatment.

The guide sets out a number of enablers for patient choice, and actions that can be taken to deliver each of these.The enablers are as follows:

1. Patients are aware of their choices, including their legal rights, and actively seek and take up the choices available to them

2. GPs/referrers are aware of, and want to support patients in exercising, the choices available to them

3. Patients and GPs/referrers have the relevant information to help patients make choices about their care and treatment

4. Commissioners and providers build choice into their commissioning plans, contracting arrangements and provision

5. Choice is embedded in referral models, protocols and clinical pathways; 6. Assurance and enforcement.

CCGs are encouraged to self-asses against these actions and develop an improvement plan to maximise opportunities for choice.

Healthier food procurement

The Local Government Association has published Healthier food procurement.

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Obesity is one of the most important public health issues currently being addressed by this country. It is a cause of chronic disease leading to early death. Two-thirds of English adults, more than one fifth of four to five-year old children and more than a third of 10 to 11-year-olds are obese or overweight.

This document provides details of the health challenge around obesity, the importance of diet, dietary advice and includes case studies covering local authority initiatives on healthier vending, ensuring healthier food and snacks are available in NHS organisations, healthier catering and making school foods healthier.

Download the document here

Poverty and mental health

The Mental Health Foundation has published Poverty and mental health: a review to inform the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s anti-poverty strategy.

There is a close link between poverty and mental health: poverty can be a cause or consequence of mental ill health. There are a complex set of environmental factors which can significantly affect mental health and getting to the root of the problem requires engagement with this complexity.

This paper presents a conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between poverty and mental health and offers recommendations to improve the situation across the life course.