Thursday, 9 July 2020

Unions urge Northampton General Hospital bosses not to make NHS staff pay to park at work

Unions urge Northampton General Hospital bosses not to make NHS staff pay to park at work Health unions are urging bosses at Northampton General Hospital to put their money where their mouth is and keep free parking for NHS staff beyond the end of this month. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

NHS Trust trials remote smart patient monitoring

NHS Trust trials remote smart patient monitoring Virtual hospital care start-up Doccla, is partnering with Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (NGH) to trial remote smart patient monitoring. Med-Tech Innovation

Time to speak up: some necessary words about racism

Time to speak up: some necessary words about racism In September 2016 nine people from Black Lives Matter UK chained themselves together on the runway at London City airport to protest against racial injustice. Seven of them were arrested after passengers complained about inconvenience, and the nation failed to see what the fuss was all about. It’s hard to believe that just four years later the world appears to have made an about turn. The King's Fund

A new era of digital leadership

A new era of digital leadership This guide aims to help trust leaders build on the momentum made during Covid-19 and support NHS boards lead their organisations into the next stage of digitisation. It includes a number of board-level case studies as well as key Covid-19 reflections and lessons from other sectors. It also sets out useful questions for board leaders as they reflect on their own digital leadership. NHS Providers

    Informal carers

    Informal carers This briefing paper provides information about the number of informal carers in the UK and the issues they face. It also explains the rights, benefits and support available to informal carers as well as current and previous government policy on caring. House of Commons Library

      NHS capital expenditure and financial management

      NHS capital expenditure and financial management This report expresses concerns about widely reported shortages of personal protective equipment for clinical and care workers during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and says Government is still not treating this with sufficient urgency. It argues that the NHS needs a coherent plan for how it will function after the peak of the Covid-19 crisis with regard to issues such as workforce shortages, capital investment strategies, and tackling trust deficits. House of Commons Public Accounts Committee

        Applicants to nursing courses in England up 16% as NHS employs record number of nurses and midwives

        Applicants to nursing courses in England up 16% as NHS employs record number of nurses and midwives A record number of nurses and midwives are employed in the NHS, as the Nursing and Midwifery’s Council reports its largest ever annual increase of registered nursing and midwifery professional. The Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street

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        Transparency data: NHS test and trace statistics (England): 25 June to 1 July 2020

        Transparency data: NHS test and trace statistics (England): 25 June to 1 July 2020 Experimental statistics for weeks 1 to 5 of NHS test and trace contact tracing in England. Department of Health and Social Care

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        Coronavirus: Planned ops in May fell by 80% in England

        Coronavirus: Planned ops in May fell by 80% in England Planned operations in England fell by 80% in May compared with the same month in 2019, NHS figures show

        The number of people attending A&E was a third lower in June than in the same month last year.

        But waiting lists for treatment also fell as fewer people are having key tests for cancer and heart disease. BBC News

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        Care homes face staffing 'black hole' with new immigration bill

        Care homes face staffing 'black hole' with new immigration bill Care homes could face a staffing "black hole" because of the impact of the government's immigration bill, care leaders have warned.

        The Cavendish Coalition - which represents UK health and social care groups - says it is gravely concerned.

        The current proposals would not allow enough overseas workers to be recruited, it has warned. BBC News

        Wednesday, 8 July 2020

        Numbers of Northamptonshire's Covid-19 victims finally starting to slow down

        Numbers of Northamptonshire's Covid-19 victims finally starting to slow down Numbers of Covid-19 victims in Northamptonshire are finally slowing down, but with 640 lives already lost. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

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        Learning from lockdown: How can we build a healthier future post-COVID-19?

        Learning from lockdown: How can we build a healthier future post-COVID-19? During the period of lockdown unprecedented steps have been taken across the UK – not just to protect people from coronavirus (COVID-19) but from the consequences of the economic impact. These interventions have touched on all aspects of our lives and illuminated many long-standing inequalities. It raises the question: If such support is important now, then why not in the future? The Health Foundation

        A hopeful moment? Addressing race inequalities in the NHS workforce

        A hopeful moment? Addressing race inequalities in the NHS workforce It's not by design that we’re launching two pieces of work about workforce race inequalities and inclusion in the NHS at a time of heightened focus on racism in society. Our research about the lived experiences of ethnic minority staff and how inequalities are being addressed by three NHS trusts took place before the Covid-19 pandemic and the recharged Black Lives Matter movement. The King's Fund

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        General practice in the post Covid world: challenges and opportunities for general practice

        General practice in the post Covid world: challenges and opportunities for general practice This report calls on the four governments of the UK to each produce a comprehensive plan to support GPs in managing the longer-term effects of Covid-19 in the community. The RCGP says the plans should contain: costed proposals for additional funding for general practice; solutions for how the current GP workforce capacity can manage new and pre-existing pressures; commitments to continue the reduction in regulatory burdens and ‘red tape’ which has enabled GPs to spend more time on frontline patient care during the pandemic; a systematic approach for identifying those patients who are likely to require primary care support; and proposals for how health inequalities will be minimised to ensure all patients have access to the necessary post-Covid-19 care. Royal College of General Practitioners

        SAS doctor survey report

        SAS doctor survey report Read the results and key findings from an NHS Employers' survey about the recruitment and retention of specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors.

        Coronavirus: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, WHO says

        Coronavirus: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, WHO says The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air.

        The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an official said.

        If the evidence is confirmed, it may affect guidelines for indoor spaces. BBC News

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        Black Nurses documentary recalls horrific experiences of racism

        Black Nurses documentary recalls horrific experiences of racism Black Nurses: The women who saved the NHS aired on BBC Four on Tuesday night and left viewers moved, as nurses recalled their horrific experiences of racism.

        The documentary tells the story of the thousands of Caribbean and African women who came over to the UK around 70 years ago to help save the then ailing health service. Metro

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        Denial of women's concerns contributed to medical scandals, says inquiry

        Denial of women's concerns contributed to medical scandals, says inquiry Review into vaginal mesh and other products reveals much patient harm was ‘avoidable’

        An arrogant culture in which serious medical complications were dismissed as “women’s problems” contributed to a string of healthcare scandals over several decades, an inquiry ordered by the government has found. The Guardian

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        Free hospital parking to end for NHS staff in England, government says

        Free hospital parking to end for NHS staff in England, government says Only ‘key patient groups and staff in certain circumstances’ will be exempt from fees as pandemic eases.

        Free hospital parking for NHS staff in England will end in all but “certain circumstances” once the coronavirus pandemic begins to ease, the government has said. The Guardian

        Tuesday, 7 July 2020

        Northampton General Hospital keeps visiting ban in place 'for a little while longer' on most wards

        Northampton General Hospital keeps visiting ban in place 'for a little while longer' on most wards Bosses at Northampton General Hospital have made the decision to keep restrictions, which ban most visitors, in place ‘for a little while longer’.

        Last week, the hospital announced that it was reviewing the situation and would announce the ‘new normal’ in due time. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

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        Mental health care in the time of Covid-19

        Mental health care in the time of Covid-19 Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, mental health has received a lot of attention but the focus has been largely on the mental health of NHS staff and care workers, and the impact of lockdown on the population’s mental health and wellbeing rather than on people with existing mental health problems. On 27 April Matt Hancock announced that the NHS was once again ‘open’ starting with restoration of priority services such as cancer and mental health. But for those working in mental health services, the idea that they had ever stopped providing care was another example of a lack of understanding of the needs of people with mental health problems and the care being provided to support them. The King's Fund

        Returning the NHS to an even keel

        Returning the NHS to an even keel This briefing provides insight into the challenges facing medical specialties. It shows that almost half of physician specialities, including cardiology, gastroenterology and rheumatology, expect to be working at less than previous pre-Covid activity levels for at least 12 months or more. The briefing captures several aspects of restarting activity including specialty capacity, adaptations to services, co-dependencies. It also provides an insight into potential capacity scenarios in genitourinary medicine and rheumatology. Royal College of Physicians

          Recovery position: what next for the NHS?

          Recovery position: what next for the NHS? This report, based on the first full survey of NHS trust leaders since Covid-19 started, sets out the scale of increased demand and the dramatic loss of capacity many trusts are now facing as the NHS juggles treating Covid-19 patients with restarting the full range of services. The report shows that, while trusts are restoring services as fast as they can, some trusts – particularly acute hospitals – believe this restoration will take more than six months. NHS Providers

            Capturing beneficial change from the Covid-19 pandemic: response from the British Geriatrics Society

            Capturing beneficial change from the Covid-19 pandemic: response from the British Geriatrics Society This report is a response to a request from NHS England and NHS Improvement for examples of beneficial innovations across the NHS that have been implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic and should be retained as the NHS starts to resume business as usual. BGS members contributed examples of innovations that have been implemented in their areas. British Geriatrics Society

            Disparities in the impact of Covid-19 in Black and Minority Ethnic populations: review of the evidence and recommendations for action

            Disparities in the impact of Covid-19 in Black and Minority Ethnic populations: review of the evidence and recommendations for action The question of why more people from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds appear to be at greater risk of hospitalisation and deaths with Covid-19 – and the need for urgent action in order to address this – has become one of the most urgent issues in this pandemic in the UK. This report on the evidence suggests that the reasons why some BME groups appear to be at greater risk of dying with Covid-19 are complex with interplay between socio-economic disadvantage in BME populations, high prevalence of chronic diseases and the impact of long-standing racial inequalities being key explanations. The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)

              Coronavirus: Majority testing positive have no symptoms

              Coronavirus: Majority testing positive have no symptoms Only 22% of people testing positive for coronavirus reported having symptoms on the day of their test, according to the Office for National Statistics.

              This hammers home the importance of "asymptomatic transmission" - spread of the virus by people who aren't aware they're carrying it.

              Health and social care staff appeared to be more likely to test positive. BBC News

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              NHS chief calls for social care revolution

              NHS chief calls for social care revolution Coronavirus has shone a "harsh spotlight" on what is happening in settings like care homes, NHS England's chief executive has said.

              "In my opinion, we must use this as a moment to resolve once and for all, to actually properly resource and reform the way in which social care works in this country," Sir Simon Stevens told the Andew Marr Show. BBC News

              Monday, 6 July 2020

              Kettering General Hospital: Police to probe waiting list figures

              Kettering General Hospital: Police to probe waiting list figures Police have launched an investigation into allegations a hospital manipulated waiting list figures, the BBC has learned.

              It follows whistleblower claims in 2017 that Kettering General Hospital in Northamptonshire deliberately removed patients from waiting lists.

              In all, 138 patients were harmed after hundreds waited more than a year for treatment.

              The hospital said it was supporting "a review of [historical] allegations". BBC News

              Lakeside Healthcare boss hits out at unreliable Covid-19 data

              Lakeside Healthcare boss hits out at unreliable Covid-19 data A North Northamptonshire healthcare boss has hit out at unreliable data and said residents and health officials are being lied to about the number of positive cases in the county. Northamptonshire Telegraph

              Watch: Northampton General Hospital thanks YOU for your kindness during the pandemic

              Watch: Northampton General Hospital thanks YOU for your kindness during the pandemic Northampton General Hospital has released a video to thank the general public for its support during the coronavirus pandemic. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

              Addressing race inequalities in the NHS needs engagement, commitment and a plan

              Addressing race inequalities in the NHS needs engagement, commitment and a plan In early July, The King’s Fund will publish a report looking at how to address workforce race inequalities and inclusion, based on research with three NHS provider organisations and the lived experience of ethnic minority staff. This is the product of many months of work, begun in a world before Covid-19 and the death of George Floyd. The presenting problem is well known – despite having an ethnically diverse workforce, long-standing race inequalities in the NHS blight the working lives of many ethnic minority staff who are more likely to be discriminated against, more likely to experience bullying, harassment and abuse, and less likely to reach senior positions than their white colleagues. The King's Fund

              Scoping Report on Hospital and Health Care Acquisition of COVID-19 and its Control

              Scoping Report on Hospital and Health Care Acquisition of COVID-19 and its Control The focus of this report is on SARS-CoV-2 infection acquired in hospital. It is timed to inform decisions about the opening up of hospitals and other healthcare settings for non-COVID-19 activities and NHS plans for winter and future waves of COVID-19. Royal Society 

              The mental health emergency: how has the coronavirus pandemic impacted our mental health?

              The mental health emergency: how has the coronavirus pandemic impacted our mental health? The findings of this report of more than 16,000 people during lockdown reveals the scale of the impact of the pandemic on people with mental health problems. Two out of three (65 per cent) adults over 25 and three-quarters (75 per cent) of young people aged 13-24 with an existing mental health problem reported worse mental health. Mind

                Majority of children no longer need to shield

                Majority of children no longer need to shield The majority of children currently considered extremely clinical vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be able to be removed from the shielded patient list. Department of Health and Social Care

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                Coronavirus could cause 35,000 extra cancer deaths, experts warn

                Coronavirus could cause 35,000 extra cancer deaths, experts warn Delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment due to coronavirus could cause thousands of excess deaths in the UK within a year, research suggests. 

                Scientists suggest there could be at least 7,000 additional deaths - but in a worst case scenario that number could be as high as 35,000.

                There are concerns routine screenings, urgent referrals and treatments have been delayed or cancelled.

                NHS England said it was working hard to restore services. BBC News

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                VINDICATED: The women left in agony by vaginal mesh but were told they were imagining it

                VINDICATED: The women left in agony by vaginal mesh but were told they were imagining it Thousands of women who have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of vaginal-mesh operations are set to be vindicated by a landmark inquiry. The Daily Mail

                Friday, 26 June 2020

                Coronavirus: Care home probed over 15 deaths rated 'inadequate'

                Coronavirus: Care home probed over 15 deaths rated 'inadequate' A care home at the centre of a police investigation after the deaths of 15 residents during the coronavirus pandemic has been rated inadequate.

                The Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified "serious failings which led to people suffering harm" at Temple Court care home in Kettering.

                The home was closed in May amid serious concerns from the CQC after a major coronavirus outbreak. BBC Northampton

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                Resilience is much more than hospital beds

                Resilience is much more than hospital beds At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was much discussion that England’s public services, after a decade of austerity, lacked the necessary resilience to ride the storm of the pandemic. As the country starts to think of recovery after the first wave of Covid-19, there needs to be a discussion about what a resilient health and care system would look like, so resilience is baked into recovery plans. The King's Fund

                The Health Foundation Covid-19 survey

                The Health Foundation Covid-19 survey The Health Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a representative poll of the general public in Great Britain. Topics covered in the report included: experience of using NHS services during the pandemic and perceptions as to how services are managing; the impact of Coronavirus on people’s health and wellbeing, including mental health; levels of support or opposition to the government’s handling of the Coronavirus pandemic; attitudes towards a potential smartphone app to ‘track and trace’ Coronavirus outbreaks; and trust towards certain professional groups, including those working in health and social care.

                Covid-19: understanding inequalities in mental health during the pandemic

                Covid-19: understanding inequalities in mental health during the pandemic This briefing paper, supported by 13 other national mental health charities, explores the mental health inequalities that are associated with the pandemic in the UK. It finds that the virus and the lockdown are putting greater pressure on groups and communities whose mental health was already poorer and more precarious. Centre for Mental Health

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                Life after lockdown: tackling loneliness among those left behind

                Life after lockdown: tackling loneliness among those left behind The Covid-19 crisis has made loneliness worse, with some people more affected than others. This report shows that although social distancing and lockdown measures will continue to be eased, loneliness will remain and for those most left behind, it may continue to grow. British Red Cross

                A hat trick of failures: how ‘the blob’ led the British Government down the wrong path

                A hat trick of failures: how ‘the blob’ led the British Government down the wrong path  This report criticises the Government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis. It looks at the death rate per capita compared to other countries; the economic cost of the reaction to the pandemic; and the preparedness for easing lockdown restrictions. Civitas

                Guide for Audit and Risk Committees on Financial Reporting and Management during COVID-19

                Guide for Audit and Risk Committees on Financial Reporting and Management during COVID-19 The National Audit Office (NAO) has today published a guide to help audit and risk committees of government departments and arms-length bodies advise their organisations on financial management and reporting during, and in the period immediately after, the COVID-19 outbreak. National Audit Office

                Health Secretary calls on country to get tested as access is expanded even further

                Health Secretary calls on country to get tested as access is expanded even further Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds of people each day. Department of Health and Social Care 

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                Brexit, Covid and flu: The perfect storm bearing down on the health service this winter

                Brexit, Covid and flu: The perfect storm bearing down on the health service this winter A combination of a second wave of coronavirus, a potential flu epidemic, a rise in urgent cancer and other non-virus-related cases and Brexit chaos could leave Britain facing an unprecedented 'perfect storm' this winter, experts have warned as they called on the government to take immediate evasive action. The Independent

                Coronavirus: Volunteers wanted for antibody test trials

                Coronavirus: Volunteers wanted for antibody test trials Volunteers are being sought from NHS staff and other public service workers for a study into the effectiveness of Covid-19 antibody home testing kits.

                A number of the rapid response kits are to be studied, including one from a consortium including Oxford University.

                The test to see if someone has already had coronavirus has been described by the prime minister as a game changer to get people back to work. BBC News

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                Friday, 12 June 2020

                Seven victims in three days as NHS announces latest deaths at Northampton General Hospital of patients testing positive for Covid-19

                Seven victims in three days as NHS announces latest deaths at Northampton General Hospital of patients testing positive for Covid-19 NHS figures today revealed a rise in the number of Covid-19 victims in Northamptonshire this week. 

                The latest information on deaths in hospitals showed seven more deaths being reported at Northampton General Hospital since the weekend — the highest figure of any English NHS Trust. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

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                Tackling racial inequalities in health and care

                Tackling racial inequalities in health and care The shocking murder of George Floyd, the protests in the UK and around the world, and the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement have once again underlined the injustice, discrimination and racism faced by Black people. The King's Fund

                Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19

                Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19 Today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO) provides a factual overview of the response by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and other bodies during March and April 2020 to prepare the NHS and adult social care in England for the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the second report in the NAO’s programme of work on government’s response to the outbreak.

                The mental health effects of the first two months of lockdown and social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK

                The mental health effects of the first two months of lockdown and social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK This report discusses the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. It finds that mental health in the UK has worsened substantially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for groups that already had lower levels of mental health before Covid-19, such as young adults and women. Institute for Fiscal Studies

                Covid-19 and inequalities

                Covid-19 and inequalities This report aims to bring together what has emerged so far about the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on inequalities across several key domains of life. It argues that the years leading up to the Covid-19 crisis, and in particular the hangover from the last economic crisis of the late 2000s, had already left households in a precarious position. Institute for Fiscal Studies

                Detailed guide: NHS test and trace: how it works

                Detailed guide: NHS test and trace: how it works An overview of the NHS test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. Department of Health and Social Care 

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                Coronavirus: Positive tests continue to fall in England, says ONS

                Coronavirus: Positive tests continue to fall in England, says ONS The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in England is continuing to fall, according to estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

                Around one in 1,700 people were infected between 25 May and 7 June, or 33,000 individuals, compared to one in 1,000 before then.

                The figures are based on 20,000 tests on people in private households. BBC News

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                Thursday, 11 June 2020

                Coronavirus: Children's home has 16 Covid-19 positive tests

                Coronavirus: Children's home has 16 Covid-19 positive tests A children's home has had at least 16 people test positive for Covid-19.

                Thirteen staff and three children at Arnold House in Northampton, a small residential home specialising in care for young people with autism, have tested positive since mid-May.

                Northamptonshire County Council said it "ensured that there is adequate staffing in place". BBC Northampton

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                Premature discharge from hospital

                Premature discharge from hospital This is a report of a qualitative survey that explored unsafe, premature discharge from hospital. It shows how serious the consequences can be of discharging someone from hospital who is not ready to go home. Particular themes emerge around pressures on beds, and how premature discharge of people from mental health settings can quickly lead them to harm. Patients Association

                Detailed guide: Meeting people from outside your household

                Detailed guide: Meeting people from outside your household How you can see people that you do not live with while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19). Department of Health and Social Care

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                Coronavirus: Growing calls for government to scrap 2m rule

                Coronavirus: Growing calls for government to scrap 2m rule The government is facing calls from Tory backbenchers to drop the 2m (6ft) social distancing rule in England.

                MPs, including former cabinet ministers Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Damian Green, say it is essential for the economy. 

                The government has said it is constantly reviewing its coronavirus lockdown guidance. BBC News

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                Huge disruption to cancer care revealed

                Huge disruption to cancer care revealed Cancer care in England has faced major disruption during the pandemic with big drops in numbers being seen following urgent referrals by GPs, figures show.

                The number of people being assessed by a cancer doctor within two weeks of a referral fell to 79,500 - a drop of 60% in April.

                Meanwhile, patients starting treatment that month dropped to 10,800 - 20% below the numbers seen in April 2019.

                The NHS said it had tried to protect services. BBC News

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                Donna Kinnair on racism in the NHS: 'If you aren't white, your illness isn't taken as seriously'

                Donna Kinnair on racism in the NHS: 'If you aren't white, your illness isn't taken as seriously' The head of the Royal College of Nursing on why the health service is failing people of colour – both patients and its workforce. The Guardian

                Wednesday, 10 June 2020

                Northamptonshire's Covid-19 death toll now stands at 571 lives lost in just 81 days

                Northamptonshire's Covid-19 death toll now stands at 571 lives lost in just 81 days Covid-19 is now known to have claimed the lives of at least 571 people in Northamptonshire.

                Official figures released yesterday put the total at 447 in the county's two main hospitals, plus another 124 among care home residents. Northamptonshire Telegraph

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                Personal message from Sir Simon Stevens on Black Lives Matter and health inequalities

                Personal message from Sir Simon Stevens on Black Lives Matter and health inequalities The following is a personal message from NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens, shared internally yesterday with all NHS England and NHS Improvement staff. NHS England

                Learning from staff experiences of Covid-19: let the light come streaming in

                Learning from staff experiences of Covid-19: let the light come streaming in  month before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the United Kingdom, the 2019 NHS Staff Survey results were released. The results made for grim reading including the highest levels of stress ever recorded among NHS staff. There is a workforce crisis in the NHS in the United Kingdom with more than 100,000 vacancies, more than a third of GPs intending to quit, nurses’ and midwives’ stress levels leading to sickness absence levels at a new high, and nurses feeling desperate with chronic excessive workload and staff shortages. We were already in a very dark crisis. And then the tidal wave that is the pandemic broke upon the health and care system. The King's Fund

                Getting the NHS back on track: planning for the next phase of Covid-19

                Getting the NHS back on track: planning for the next phase of Covid-19 This report outlines the key challenges that local organisations will face over the coming months. It also suggests some changes in policy and practice that will be required as the NHS prepares to restart a wide range of services either paused or stopped when the pandemic struck. The key challenges identified are: funding; capacity; rehabilitation; health inequalities; regulation and inspections; system working; and managing public expectations. NHS Confederation

                Face masks and coverings to be worn by all NHS hospital staff and visitors

                Face masks and coverings to be worn by all NHS hospital staff and visitors All staff in hospitals in England will be provided with surgical masks which they will be expected to wear from 15 June. All visitors and outpatients must wear face coverings at all times. Department of Health and Social Care
                 
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                Coronavirus: NHS waiting list 'could hit 10 million this year'

                Coronavirus: NHS waiting list 'could hit 10 million this year' Health bosses fear the Covid-19 crisis could see the number of people waiting for NHS treatment double to 10 million by the end of the year.

                The NHS Confederation said challenges include a backlog of cases, maintaining social distancing, and staffing.

                The body, which represents health and care leaders, said emergency funding and longer-term spending were needed.

                The Department of Health has said it will continue to provide the resources, funding and support the NHS needs. BBC News

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                NHS blood unit systematically racist, internal report finds

                NHS blood unit systematically racist, internal report finds Large London site ‘toxic’ and ‘dysfunctional’ with promotion ‘based on race and class’

                A large unit within the NHS’s blood and organ transplant division has been found to be “systematically racist” and “psychologically unsafe”, according to an internal investigation into working conditions that was leaked to the Guardian.

                The report will raise renewed concern about discriminatory practices across the NHS, following allegations last week from the Royal College of Nursing that nurses routinely faced “structural racism”. The Guardian

                Babylon Health admits GP app suffered a data breach

                Babylon Health admits GP app suffered a data breach Babylon Health has acknowledged that its GP video appointment app has suffered a data breach.

                The firm was alerted to the problem after one of its users discovered he had been given access to dozens of video recordings of other patients' consultations.

                A follow-up check by Babylon revealed a small number of further UK users could also see others' sessions. BBC News

                Friday, 5 June 2020

                Covid-19 testing station will be set up in Northampton this weekend

                Covid-19 testing station will be set up in Northampton this weekend A mobile Covid-19 testing station will be set up in Northampton this weekend as the nation's battle against the virus continues.

                The unit is in town for three days from Sunday until Tuesday and anyone showing symptoms of the deadly bug is urged to sign up via the Government website. Northampton Chronicle and Echo

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                The Health Foundation Covid-19 survey

                The Health Foundation Covid-19 survey This report contains polling data from Ipsos MORI that reveals the UK public’s awareness of and attitudes towards the planned smartphone app. It warns that the government’s delayed contact tracing app has the potential to exacerbate existing health inequalities, leaving some people at greater risk of Covid-19 than others. The Health Foundation

                Spotlight on... the impact of Covid-19 on mental health trusts in the NHS

                Spotlight on... the impact of Covid-19 on mental health trusts in the NHS This briefing sets out the immediate challenge of Covid-19 for mental health trusts, how the sector has responded and what is needed to navigate the next phase. It argues that NHS trusts providing mental health and learning disability services have been playing a critical role, both to maintain services and to respond to the current environment alongside their colleagues in the acute, community ambulance and primary care sectors. NHS Providers

                Medical use of cannabis

                Medical use of cannabis This briefing provides an overview on the recent change in the law and debate on medicinal cannabis products. House of Commons Library

                NHS urges trusts to raise awareness around COVID-19

                NHS urges trusts to raise awareness around COVID-19 NHS leaders are calling on all hospital trusts and other healthcare providers to ensure additional information and guidance around social distancing, hand hygiene and PPE measures are widely promoted and accessible to staff working at all levels within their organisation. NHS England

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                Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: 5 June 2020

                Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey pilot: 5 June 2020 Initial data from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with IQVIA, the University of Oxford and UK Biocentre. Office for National Statistics

                Virus cases down to 5,600 a day, says ONS survey

                Virus cases down to 5,600 a day, says ONS survey The number of people infected with coronavirus in homes in England has fallen to 5,600 a day, from 8,000 last week, statisticians suggest.

                The estimate is based on swab tests of 19,000 people in 9,000 households by the Office for National Statistics.

                Some scientists have said reaching a low level of cases is key to easing the lockdown further. BBC News
                 
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                Thursday, 4 June 2020

                Police probe home's 15 suspected coronavirus deaths

                Police probe home's 15 suspected coronavirus deaths Police are investigating a care home that was ordered to close following a major coronavirus outbreak.
                 
                Fifteen residents of Temple Court in Kettering, Northamptonshire have died with Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19.

                The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates care homes, said it had serious concerns and residents were moved out of the home last month. BBC Northampton

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                Access resources to tackle racism and discrimination

                Access resources to tackle racism and discrimination Access resources to help tackle racism and discrimination to implement change in your organisation. NHS Employers

                Principles of safe video consulting in general practice during COVID-19

                Principles of safe video consulting in general practice during COVID-19 New guidance aimed at NHS general practice staff who are consulting via video with patients at home has been published. Royal College of General Practitioners 

                Supporting carers during the COVID-19 pandemic

                Supporting carers during the COVID-19 pandemic During the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacies have had to make necessary changes to their usual ways of working in order to ensure local communities can continue to access their medicines. Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

                Research and analysis: National COVID-19 surveillance reports

                Research and analysis: National COVID-19 surveillance reports National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems. Public Health England 

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                Asymptomatic care workers unknowingly spread coronavirus

                Asymptomatic care workers unknowingly spread coronavirus Large numbers of staff could have been unknowingly spreading coronavirus through care homes, according to the UK's largest charitable care home provider.
                 
                Data from MHA shows 42% of its staff members who recently tested positive were not displaying symptoms.

                Nearly 45% of residents who had a positive test were also asymptomatic. BBC News

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