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Greener NHS campaign to tackle climate ‘health emergency’

Posted On: 25/01/2020

NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens has today announced the NHS and its staff will step up action to tackle the climate “health emergency” this year, helping prevent illness, reducing pressure on A&Es, and saving tens of thousands of lives. The initiative follows... read the rest »

Rapid NHS response teams to help people stay well at home

Posted On: 24/01/2020

Expert rapid response teams will be on hand within two hours to help support older people to remain well at home and avoid hospital admissions, under new plans outlined by the NHS today. Local health service and council teams will begin the roll out of Urgent Community ... read the rest »

Cold weather alert: Level 1 – winter preparedness and action

Posted On: 22/01/2020

Issued at 8.37am on Wednesday 22 January 2019 Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 9.00 am until further notice. More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office websi... read the rest »

“Potential to eliminate” cervical cancer in England thanks to N...

Posted On: 20/01/2020

Hundreds of lives will be spared every year in England thanks to a more sensitive cervical screening test rolled out as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. NHS experts said that there is “potential” to eliminate cervical cancer completely thanks to the change in... read the rest »

Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Posted On: 20/01/2020

Issued at 8.56am on Monday 20 January 2020 There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather between 9.00am on Monday 20 January and 9.00am on Wednesday 22 January in parts of England.  This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt t... read the rest »

Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Posted On: 17/01/2020

Issued at 8.47am on Friday 17 January 2020 There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 6.00pm on Sunday 19 January and 6.00pm on Tuesday 21 January in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable pa... read the rest »

Country’s top mental health nurse warns video games pushing young pe...

Posted On: 18/01/2020

NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch has today called on gaming companies to crack down on gambling addiction risks by banning loot boxes from their products. Ms Murdoch has warned video game firms that they risk “setting kids up for addiction” by build... read the rest »

NHS tells gambling giants to improve the odds for mental health

Posted On: 16/01/2020

The head of mental health care in England has written to the heads of top gambling firms, demanding urgent action to tackle betting-related ill health. NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch has ramped up pressure on companies to take action, following reports that g... read the rest »

Primary Care Network service specifications and the Network DES: close of e...

Posted On: 16/01/2020

In December 2019, we published five draft service specifications for engagement; these followed agreement with the British Medical Association General Practitioners Committee (BMA GPC) in January 2019 that the five specifications would form part of the Network DES for 2... read the rest »

Older people encouraged to ditch “stiff upper lip” approach to ...

Posted On: 13/01/2020

NHS England and Age UK have joined forces in a campaign to encourage older people to access treatment for mental health conditions, as new analysis shows a majority of older people do not seek help. New data reveals that more than six in 10 people in the UK aged 65 or o... read the rest »