The importance of looking after your mental health during lockdown 1 -

The importance of looking after your mental health during lockdown –

The importance of looking after your mental health during lockdown. As we all prepare to go into a national lockdown tomorrow (5 November), we are advising residents of the importance of looking after their mental health during this difficult time. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be a longer-term challenge than many of us[…]

Coronavirus: Education minister defends reopening of schools -

Coronavirus: Education minister defends reopening of schools

Coronavirus: Education minister defends reopening of schools. GETTY/DAVID C TOMLINSON Education Minister Peter Weir has defended the decision to allow NI schools to reopen on Monday, in order to “protect our children’s education”. Mr Weir had said about one in every 20 pupils in NI was absent from school due to self-isolation or shielding in[…]

‘quality technical capability’

‘Excel-gate’ highlights need for ‘quality technical capability’ in NHS

‘Excel-gate’ highlights need for ‘quality technical capability’ in NHS. This week’s “Excel-gate” has highlighted the need for “good quality technical capability” within organisations, experts have said. Using Microsoft Excel is not an uncommon “workaround” when managing data but organisations need to find a “more robust” way of doing so, they said. It comes as reports[…]

Apple launches Health Records in UK with Oxford and Milton Keynes -

Apple launches Health Records in UK with Oxford and Milton Keynes

Apple launches Health Records in UK with Oxford and Milton Keynes. Apple has this week launched Health Records on the iPhone in the UK, with Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT and Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS FT the first to offer the feature to patients. The feature enables users to securely view and store their[…]

COVID-19 speeds up digital health adoption in the United Kingdom -

COVID-19 speeds up digital health adoption in the United Kingdom

COVID-19 speeds up digital health adoption in the United Kingdom. LONDON – After years of progressing at snail’s pace, COVID-19 has forced through rapid adoption of digital tools across the spectrum of health in the U.K., from general practitioner appointments to hospital referrals, elderly care homes and community nursing. “At game-changing speed” the health and[…]

Digital immunity passports part of government’s plans to ramp up testing -

Digital immunity passports part of government’s plans to ramp up testing

Digital immunity passports part of government’s plans to ramp up testing. Digital immunity passports are to form part of the government’s new plans to ramp up testing, a leaked memo has revealed. The ambitious Operation Moonshot programme aims to carry out up to 10 million Covid-19 tests a day by early next year as part[…]

Newham trial of contact-tracing app a ‘step in the right direction’ -

Newham trial of contact-tracing app a ‘step in the right direction’

Newham trial of contact-tracing app a ‘step in the right direction’. The decision to trial the revamped NHS contact-tracing app in a more diverse area of the country is a “step in the right direction”, the leader of a network for women of colour in digital health has said. But Shuri Network co-founder Dr Shera[…]

Free app which helps people navigate Covid-19 is launched -

Free app which helps people navigate Covid-19 is launched

Free app which helps people navigate Covid-19 is launched. A new free-to-download app to help people navigate the coronavirus pandemic has been launched for Apple and Android devices. Designed and made in Bristol, the Coronavirus Support App (UK) has been created by Expert Self Care, alongside a team of volunteers and eight partner organisations, including NIHR Applied[…]

New test and trace system falls short on roll-out of contact-tracing app

New test and trace system falls short on the roll-out of the contact-tracing app. The government has today launched a new test and trace service to slow the spread of coronavirus – but it does not include a date for the roll-out of the contact tracing app. From today, anyone who tests positive for the[…]

Online portal launched to help care homes access Covid-19 tests -

Online portal launched to help care homes access Covid-19 tests

Online portal launched to help care homes access Covid-19 tests. A new online portal which aims to make it easier for care homes to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been launched by the government.   All symptomatic and asymptomatic care home staff and residents in England are now eligible for testing. Testing will[…]

Cyber experts warn of malicious campaigns targeting Covid-19 response -

Cyber experts warn of malicious campaigns targeting Covid-19 response

Cyber experts warn of malicious campaigns targeting Covid-19 response. Cybersecurity experts have warned of malicious cyber campaigns targeting healthcare organisations and policymakers involved in the Covid-19 response. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) have spotted large-scale ‘password-spraying’ campaigns against healthcare and medical research organisations. Password spraying[…]

UK Biobank collating Covid-19 data for future research purposes -

UK Biobank collating Covid-19 data for future research purposes

UK Biobank collating Covid-19 data for future research purposes. UK Biobank is examining Covid-19 data to determine why some individuals are disproportionately affected by the virus. The team, led by chief executive Sir Rory Collins, will develop a resource for 15,000 approved researchers from 85 countries using datasets provided by Public Health England. The data[…]

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites. Online tools which track user behaviour for advertisers have been found on a swathe of EU public health websites, including NHS and Gov.uk pages. These trackers could compromise sensitive data about people. The researchers also discovered trackers on 89% of EU government websites. Most of the[…]

Measles resets the immune system to baby-like state - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Measles resets the immune system to ‘baby-like state’

Measles resets the immune system to ‘baby-like state’. Scientists say measles virus causes long-term damage to the immune system, wiping out previous immunity to other infections. Measles can cause long-term damage to the immune system – resetting it to a baby-like state and leaving people vulnerable to other infections, scientists have said. According to new[…]

Tech will cut social care cost - but mean fewer home visits - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Tech will cut social care cost – but mean fewer home visits

Tech will cut social care cost – but mean fewer home visits. Essex County Council says monitoring will reduce the cost of adult social care but there will be fewer visits. Photo: Pixabay. A new scheme using digital technology to help support people to live independent lives in their own homes will save Essex County[…]

Public Health England launches new infectious disease strategy -

Public Health England launches new infectious disease strategy

Public Health England launches new infectious disease strategy. The new strategy addresses current and future threats to health, including antibiotic resistance and health inequalities. Over the last decade, 19 new genetic mechanisms of antibiotic resistance have been identified in bacteria causing infections in the UK. The findings come as Public Health England (PHE) sets out[…]

CliniSys software to play major role in supporting new cervical screening service -

CliniSys software to play major role in supporting new cervical screening service

CliniSys software to play major role in supporting new cervical screening service. Leading lab tech provider announces that its software will support all of the eight hubs chosen to deliver the primary HPV programme. CliniSys is set to play a major role in supporting England’s primary HPV screening service,after securing contracts to provide its requesting[…]

You can’t replace the GP with an algorithm – so don’t try to, Matt Hancock -

You can’t replace the GP with an algorithm – so don’t try to, Matt Hancock

You can’t replace the GP with an algorithm – so don’t try to, Matt Hancock. The government wants to replace NHS health screening with AI. But for many people, face-to-face consultations are a lifeline ‘Potentially removing face-to-face contact with GPs reeks of yet more cost-cutting.’ An older man gets his blood pressure checked in a[…]

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak

Sixth person dies from listeria outbreak The Good Food Chain supplied 43 NHS trusts across the UK (Andrew Matthews/PA)  A sixth person has died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked to a listeria outbreak, Public Health England (PHE) has said. The latest death was one of the nine cases previously confirmed and PHE said[…]

New blood pressure drug approach ‘may prevent more heart attacks and strokes’

New blood pressure drug approach ‘may prevent more heart attacks and strokes’

New blood pressure drug approach ‘may prevent more heart attacks and strokes’   A new blood pressure drug approach may prevent more heart attacks and strokes, according to a study (Anthony Devlin/PA)  A third more heart attacks and strokes could be prevented in the UK if the way blood pressure drugs are prescribed is changed,[…]

Department of Health apologises over crowded stroke services meeting

Department of Health apologises over crowded stroke services meeting

Department of Health apologises over crowded stroke services meeting Kellie Armstrong took this picture in the foyer of the hotel:KELLIE ARMSTRONG The Department of Health (DH) has apologised for postponing a public engagement on reshaping stroke care because too many people turned up. The meeting was due to take place in the Strangford Arms Hotel in Newtownards,[…]

Listeria outbreak: One of five killed after eating sandwich is identified

Listeria outbreak: One of five killed after eating sandwich is identified. Five people are suspected to have died after eating pre-packed sandwiches and salads at NHS hospitals. There has been a listeria outbreak at several hospitals One of the victims of the listeria outbreak at UK hospitals is a businessman who ate a contaminated sandwich, according[…]