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  1. Content Article
    What will I learn? What is telehealth? How could telehealth help me? What is telecare? How could telecare help me? How to get telecare products and services What do I need to consider when buying telecare products? What should I do next?
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    What can I learn? This web page gives you information on: the friends and family test patient insight group an animation on how the quality framework works.
  3. Content Article
    Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Case study: Improving management of deteriorating acutely ill patients Improve compliance with an Early Warning Score protocol A flowchart for the escalation of deteriorating patients Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust Case study: Using electronic bedside observation to target support to deteriorating patients and facilitate research and development of new triaging and scoring systems University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Case study: Empowering a clinical champion to ensure effective use of the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist WHO checklist
  4. Content Article
    What can I learn? Introducing power of the patient Tricky conditions: understanding disease, diagnosis and decisions What everyone should know about getting the best care The patient's side of the call for better
  5. Content Article
    What can I learn? The role and responsibilities of maternity safety champions. How to build relationships at board-level and with stakeholders. Suggested activities to promote best practice. Signposting to existing safety initiatives and improvements that can offer support. Are you a maternity safety champion? Share your experience and discuss your work with other maternity safety champions on the hub.
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    Who is this aimed at? This tool kit is aimed at everyone. There are different sections for each target group What will I learn? Kidney health Recognition and response to AKI Primary care management post AKI episode Embedding a holistic approach to AKI
  7. Content Article
    FOAMcast reviews Dr Josh Farkas's PulmCrit blog posts on 'Renal microvascular haemodynamics in sepsis: a new paradigm' and 'Renoresuscitation: Sepsis resuscitation designed to avoid long-term complications', in which he posits that renal protection in sepsis may prove beneficial for patients.
  8. News Article
    A father whose son took his own life in July 2020 is calling for an "urgent overhaul" of the way some counsellors and therapists assess suicide risk. His son Tom had died a day after being judged "low risk", in a final counselling session, Philip Pirie said. A group of charities has written to the health secretary, saying the use of a checklist-type questionnaire to predict suicide risk is "fundamentally flawed". The government says it is now drawing up a new suicide-prevention strategy. According to the latest official data, 6,211 people in the UK killed themselves in 2020. It is the most common cause of death in 20-34-year-olds. And of the 17 people each day, on average, who kill themselves, five are in touch with mental health services and four of those five are assessed as "low" or "no risk", campaigners say. Tom Pirie, a young teacher from Fulham, west London, had been receiving help for mental-health issues. He had repeatedly told counsellors about his suicidal thoughts - but the day before he had killed himself, a psychotherapist had judged him low risk, his father said. Tom's assessment had been based on "inadequate" questionnaires widely used despite guidelines saying they should not be to predict suicidal behaviour, Philip said. The checklists, which differ depending on the clinicians and NHS trusts involved, typically ask patients questions about their mental health, such as "Do you have suicidal thoughts?" or "Do you have suicidal intentions?" At the end of the session, a score can be generated - placing the individual at low, medium or high risk of suicide, or rating the danger on a scale between 1 and 10. Read full story Source: BBC News, 20 April 2022
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    There is no evidence that Covid vaccines have led to an increase in deaths in young people, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said. Six months after the mass rollout of Covid vaccines, medical regulators started to report slightly higher rates of two heart conditions after receiving the Pfizer and Moderna jabs. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle itself, while pericarditis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac the heart sits in. Both side effects are very rare but appear to be more common after a second dose of either Covid jab, particularly in younger men. The ONS looked at outcomes shortly after vaccination, when the risk of any side effect is highest. The chance of a young person dying in that time was no different to later periods the researchers looked at. Julie Stanborough, deputy director at the ONS said: "We have found no evidence of an increased risk of cardiac death in young people following Covid-19 vaccination." Read full story Source: BBC News, 22 March 2022
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    The death of a "vulnerable" transgender teenager who struggled to get help was preventable, a coroner has said. Daniel France, 17, was known to Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) when he took his own life on 3 April 2020. The coroner said his death showed a "dangerous gap" between services. When he died, Mr France was in the process of being transferred from children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Suffolk to adult services in Cambridgeshire. The First Response Service, which provides help for people experiencing a mental health crisis, also assessed Mr France but he had been considered not in need of urgent intervention, the coroner's report said. Cambridgeshire County Council had received two safeguarding referrals for Daniel, in October 2019 and January 2020, but had closed both. "It was accepted that the decision to close both referrals was incorrect", Mr Barlow said in his report. Mr Barlow wrote in his report, sent to both the council and CPFT: "My concern in this case is that a vulnerable young person can be known to the county council and [the] mental health trust and yet not receive the support they need pending substantive treatment." He highlighted Daniel was "repeatedly assessed as not meeting the criteria for urgent intervention" but that waiting lists for phycological therapy could mean more than a year between asking for help and being given it. "That gap between urgent and non-urgent services is potentially dangerous for a vulnerable young person, where there is a chronic risk of an impulsive act," Mr Barlow said. Read full story Source: BBC News, 25 February 2022
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    England's first women's health ambassador is calling for "one-stop shops" where women can sort out their health needs. Dame Lesley Regan, also a practising doctor, wants to make it easier for women and girls to access care such as contraception and smear tests in the community. Her new role aims to close the "gender health gap". She will also support the upcoming government-led women's-health strategy. "At the moment, we waste a lot of resource in telling girls and women that they cannot have things," she told BBC News. "So you might go off to your doctor or gynaecologist or heart specialist and get told, well, you cannot have a smear here, even if it is due, or you need to go somewhere else for this, that and the other. "We should make it very, very easy for people to access this out in the community - why do you need to go to a secondary or tertiary facility for things that are very easy to provide?" Instead, she wants health hubs where women could "go for half a day and get all these things sorted out" and then get on with their lives. "A one-stop shop is what I want for myself and what I want for my daughters and I'm sure it is what every other girl and woman wants and what every man and boy wants for the women in their lives, to be looked after that way," Dame Lesley said. Read full story Source: BBC News, 17 June 2022
  12. Content Article
    Coroner's Matters of Concern The concern in this case is that a vulnerable young person can be known to the County Council and Mental Health Trust and yet not receive the support they need pending substantive treatment. Danny was repeatedly assessed as not meeting the criteria for urgent intervention and yet the waiting list for psychological therapy was likely to be over a year from point of first presentation. That gap between urgent and non-urgent services is potentially dangerous for a vulnerable young person, where there is a chronic risk of an impulsive act. Although I understand that there is a long term plan to extend young people’s services to age 25, but I remain concerned about the ongoing situation, and that a young person today could be faced with the same challenges in finding support pending substantive treatment. I believe this concern is the combined responsibility of Cambridgeshire County Council and CPFT. These organisations may wish to consult in preparing their response to this report. The inquest heard evidence about the considerable delay in obtaining appointments for the Gender Identity Clinic, and about the shortage of availability for psychological therapies such as CBT. These are matters for policy and funding. This report will therefore be copied to NHSE and The Secretary of State for Health for information purposes only.
  13. News Article
    Campaigners have called for a change in how epilepsy services are delivered after "alarming" new research revealed that nearly 80% cent of deaths in young adults could have been avoided. It comes as researchers behind the first ever national review into deaths linked to the condition warned that "little has improved in epilepsy care" despite previous findings of premature mortality. They describe the situation as a "major public health problem in Scotland", adding that deaths "are not reducing, people are dying young, and many deaths are potentially avoidable”. In particular, the Edinburgh University team found that adults aged 16 to 24 were five times more likely to die compared to the general population, a problem they said may be linked to the "vulnerable period of transition from paediatric to adult care". Overall, for adults with epilepsy aged 16 to 54, the mortality rate was more than double that for the age group as a whole, with as many as 76% of these deaths potentially preventable and the majority occurring among patients from the most deprived areas. Read full story Source: The Herald, 11 November 2021
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    A catalogue of failures among prison and health professionals has been highlighted in an investigation report into the death of a teenager’s baby after she gave birth alone in her cell at the largest women’s prison in Europe. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman published the devastating report into the events in September 2019 at HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Middlesex on Wednesday. The case was first revealed by the Guardian and the baby’s death triggered 11 separate inquiries. The report details a disturbing series of events that culminated with the young woman, who cannot be named, being in “constant pain” on the night of 26 September and eventually passing out while giving birth. According to the report the teenager "appeared to have been regarded as difficult and having a ‘bad attitude’ rather than as a vulnerable 18-year-old, frightened that her baby would be taken away”. Failings included: There was confusion among different health professionals about her due date. The day before her baby was born she told a prison nurse she would kill herself or someone else if the baby was taken away from her, but this information was not adequately shared. On 26 September she was put on extended observation, meaning she should have been regularly checked but this did not happen. She rang the bell twice at 8.07pm and 8.32pm that day. A call was connected then immediately disconnected at 8.45pm. She did not press the bell again. Checks by prison officers at 9.27pm and 4.19am revealed “nothing untoward”. It was left to two prisoners to alert staff to the fact that there was blood in her cell at 8.21am on 27 September. Prisons and Probation ombudsman Sue McAllister said: “Ms A gave birth alone in her cell overnight without medical assistance. This should never have happened. Overall, the healthcare offered to Ms A in Bronzefield was not equivalent to that she could have expected in the community.” The publication of the report has triggered multiple calls for an end to the imprisonment of pregnant women from the Royal College of Midwives, NGOs and academics in the field. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 22 September 2021
  15. News Article
    The UK's vaccine advisory body has decided not to recommend vaccines for healthy 12-15-year-olds, but it will offer vaccines to thousands more children with underlying health problems. Ministers will now seek more advice on extending the rollout based on factors such as school disruption. There is general agreement that this was a really tricky call to make. Bur The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has focused squarely on the health benefits of vaccination to children themselves - not on the impact to their schooling or other people. Children's risk from Covid isn't zero but the chances of them becoming seriously ill from Covid are incredibly small. Deaths among healthy children are extremely rare - most have life-limiting health conditions. That means there needs to be a clear and obvious advantage to giving them a jab. However, a very rare side-effect of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has made that calculation a lot more complicated. Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at University of East Anglia, says there's been intense pressure on the JCVI and he can understand why they are being cautious. "I don't know what the answer is - I'm very close to the fence on this. There's not enough data to be absolutely certain." Read full story Source: BBC News, 4 September 2021
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    Younger adults and those living in poorer neighbourhoods and black people have the highest levels of vaccine hesitancy, new survey data from the Office for National Statistics has shown. The vast majority of Britons back the COVID-19 vaccines and are keen to be inoculated, with more than 9 out 10 people being positive about the jab. But the ONS said data from a survey between 13 January and 7 February revealed reluctance among less than 10% of the population. It found more than 4 in 10 of black or black British adults reported vaccine hesitancy, the highest of all ethnic groups, while adults aged 16-29 were most likely to report hesitancy, at around 1 in 6 or 17%. Adults living in the most deprived areas of England were more likely to report vaccine hesitancy at 16%, compared with 7% of adults in the least deprived areas of England. This has been evident in the take up of the vaccine among some deprived areas of the country which have struggled to vaccinate everyone in priority groups. Even among NHS and social care staff there has been reported hesitancy over vaccines, particularly among BAME staff. Read full story Source: The Independent, 9 March 2021
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    A woman described as a "high risk" anorexia patient faced delays in treatment after moving to university, an inquest has heard. Madeline Wallace, 18, from Cambridgeshire, was told there could be a six-week delay in her seeing a specialist after moving to Edinburgh. The student "struggled" while at university and a coroner said there appeared to be a "gap" in her care. Ms Wallace died on 9 January 2018 due to complications from sepsis. A parliamentary health service ombudsman report into her death was being written at the time of Ms Wallace's treatment in 2017 and issues raised included moving from one provider to another and higher education. Coroner Sean Horstead said Ms Wallace only had one dietician meeting in three months, despite meal preparation and planning being an area of anxiety she had raised. Dr Hazel said she had tried to make arrangements with the Cullen Centre in Edinburgh in April 2017 but had been told to call back in August. The Cullen Centre said it could only accept her as a patient after she registered with a GP and that an appointment could take up to six weeks from that point. Read full story Source: BBC News, 10 February 2020
  18. News Article
    A coroner has criticised health professionals for failing to give a young woman who died after suffering severe anorexia the support and care she needed. Maria Jakes, 24, died of multiple organ failure in September 2018 after struggling for years with the eating disorder. Coroner Sean Horstead last week concluded that the agencies involved in the Peterborough waitress’s care missed several key opportunities to monitor her illness properly. Mr Horstead said that there had been insufficient record-keeping and a failure to notify eating disorder specialists in the weeks before her death, following treatment at Addenbrooke’s and Peterborough City Hospital. He also criticised the lack of specialist eating disorder dieticians at Addenbrookes and Peterborough hospitals, “together with a nursing team insufficiently trained and knowledgeable of eating disorder patients”, both of which had contributed to the lack of monitoring of Maria. Despite the criticism the father of another anorexia victim, whose death was described in a Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report as an “avoidable tragedy”, has said the inquest failed to properly address or challenge the “lack of care” that Maria received from the NHS. Nic Hart, whose daughter Averil died in 2012 at the age of 19, criticised the inquest as “a very one sided process”. He told The Telegraph: “No real challengers were made of the clinical evidence or indeed of the lack of care that poor Maria received.” Read full story Source: The Telegraph, 21 December 2019
  19. Content Article
    The team at Imperial College London describes their approach understanding these barriers for youth in the launch of CCopeY, a study around “Young People’s Mental Health and Their Coping Strategies During and After the COVID-19 Lockdown”.
  20. Content Article
    Aminata* didn’t plan to become pregnant at 15. When her mum died, she was sent to live with her aunty in the country’s capital city, Freetown, and felt from the outset that she was not welcome. Her cousins were attending school but there was no money to send Aminata, and instead she was expected to fetch water for the household every day, often spending four or five hours in the queue. When Patrick, one of the men who ran the pump, asked her to be his girlfriend, saying she could jump the water queue and he would also pay her school fees, she felt that she could finally get back on track. No-one had ever talked to Aminata about sex, contraception or pregnancy, and when she missed her period she was just pleased not to have to bother her aunty for sanitary pads which always made her feel like a burden. She discovered she was pregnant one evening several months later when her aunty noticed her changing body and confronted her, screaming that she had disgraced the family and would have to leave. Her few belongings were thrown into the street and she was on her own again. Patrick had told her he loved her, and she was sure he would be happy, so she climbed the hill to the water pump to tell him the news, only to be told he had already heard and left Freetown earlier in the day with no explanation. Knowing there was nowhere else for her to go, Aminata asked her cousin if she could sleep in his car, where she lay down and cried. The months that followed saw her finding different places to sleep - an empty market stall, a friend’s floor, an abandoned building. She would eat meals here and there in exchange for carrying water, washing pots and occasionally having sex with men she barely knew, who took advantage of her desperation. When she went into labour at eight months, Aminata was anaemic, malnourished and had a sexually transmitted infection. By the time she was taken to the hospital by a neighbour of her aunt’s, her baby was already dead and she was bleeding heavily. The 500ml of blood that she lost would hardly be noticed by a healthy, nourished woman, but for Aminata it was catastrophic. In a culture where blood is donated in an emergency by a relative, Aminata had no options and no money to pay, and died that night with her unborn baby. This is a true story, but it is not a story about just one girl; it describes the experiences of many pregnant girls in Sierra Leone. I lived in Freetown from 2001 to 2004, working with Lifeline Nehemiah Projects with children affected by the 10 year civil war, so was only too aware of the statistics that make Sierra Leone one of the most dangerous places to give birth. I saw the issues the young people we were supporting faced as they started to have their own families. A survey we did in 2015 in Eastern Freetown showed a 1 in 10 incidence of maternal death for girls becoming pregnant under the age of 18—in the UK the figure is 1 in 10,000. There are many reasons for this high death rate. Upstream social determinants such as poverty, gendered social norms, sexual coercion and stigma mean that girls have little agency with their sexual and reproductive lives, and once pregnant they are almost always thrown out of home and struggle to eat regularly or prepare for birth. Disrespectful care at health facilities means that they often do not take up antenatal care and are at very high risk of death from anaemia, bleeding, eclampsia, infections and prolonged labour leading to fistula.[1] I got together with my friend Mangenda Kamara, a gender studies specialist who lives in Freetown, and we looked at what we could do to help these girls. We realised that what they needed was a supportive, consistent adult to make sure they were safe and able to access maternity care as well as having the means to eat well in pregnancy and provide for their babies. We developed 2YoungLives as a simple, scalable, sustainable solution to this intractable issue. It is a mentoring scheme which pairs women known for kindness and compassion with three vulnerable pregnant girls. The project provides the girls with money to start a small business which the mentor supports them to run, allowing them to eat well in pregnancy. As a ‘loving aunty’, the mentor helps the girls to register for antenatal clinic, going with them for check-ups and being a birth partner when the girls go into labour. She provides emotional support, and gathers the girls to eat together, encouraging peer friendships. After birth, the mentor continues to support each girl, not taking over but being available if there are problems with breastfeeding, if she needs a few hours of sleep after a bad night, or if the baby is not well, encouraging timely care-seeking and ensuring the baby gets all immunisations. The mentors also promote postnatal contraception, reducing the risk of a second teenage pregnancy with its associated compounded risks. Since we started with our first team of four mentors in 2017, we have grown steadily to six teams—24 mentors in all—in urban, peri-urban and rural districts. We have seen great success in reducing the risk of maternal and neonatal death. Since 2017, the project has mentored over 200 girls; we have had no maternal deaths and a much-reduced rate of stillbirth and neonatal death. In addition, an education bursary grant from King’s College London in 2021 has allowed many girls to return to school or attend vocational training; some are now fully qualified plumbers and electricians. 2YoungLives is now part of an NIHR-funded Global Health Group, a partnership between King’s College London, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects (the Sierra Leone-based organisation that runs 2YoungLives), Welbodi Partnership and the University of Sierra Leone, and we are about to double our provision by starting a cluster-randomised feasibility trial in six new sites. There is a high level of buy-in from stakeholders—from local chiefs and women’s leaders to Ministry of Health representatives—as tackling teenage pregnancy, child marriage and maternal mortality are all highly prioritised policy areas in Sierra Leone.[2] 2YoungLives improves patient safety by seeing these young women not simply as ‘patients’ on the isolated occasions when they attend the clinic or come in to give birth, but by addressing the social determinants of maternal health and death. Our mentors provide the most basic of protective factors: a relationship with a caring adult. As a result of our mentors' support, the young women we work with are thriving, not just surviving. You can read more about 2YoungLives and how to support its work on the 2YoungLives website. *not her real name References 1 November L, Sandall J. ‘Just because she’s young, it doesn’t mean she has to die’: exploring the contributing factors to high maternal mortality in adolescents in Eastern Freetown; a qualitative study. Reproductive Health. 21 February 2018 2 Palathingal A. National strategy for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy and child marriage 2018-2022. United Nations Population Fund Sierra Leone. 2018