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Media Monitoring: 15 – 21 February

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Understanding the lived-experience and support-needs of people living with antimicrobial resistance in the UK through interpretative phenomenological analysis

  • An important examination of the effects of AMR on patients
  • In the UK nearly 54,000 infections were caused by serious resistant bacteria in 2022
  • Emerging evidence indicates that patients lack an understanding of what AMR is, yet they also report significant psychological and social impact upon receiving a diagnosis of AMR including stigmatisation and associated distress as well as exclusion from participation in social relationships with friends and family

 

Improving type 2 diabetes diagnosis and monitoring among ethnic minority groups

  • A new study into health inequalities in the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes amongst Black African, Caribbean, and some South Asian populations has begun in the Wolfson Institute of Population Health
  • As part of a £4.9 million Wellcome Trust grant, a team at Queen Mary have received £3 million to set up two new large studies over 8 years, one in a cohort of Black African and Caribbean patients with type 2 diabetes, and the other an in-depth study using continuous glucose monitors in existing research participants without diabetes
  • The NHS uses the standard HbA1c test to diagnose and monitor diabetes by taking a reading of blood sugar levels in the blood, and more than 50 million of these tests are carried out each year. However, genetic differences in particular groups affect the accuracy of results

 

GP concern as Pharmacy First ‘directs patients back to general practice’

  • A number of GPs have raised concerns around the Pharmacy First scheme, with some pharmacies reportedly directing patients back to general practice for a variety of reasons
  • Under the scheme, GP practices started referring patients to community pharmacies for seven common conditions – including sore throats and ear infections – two weeks ago
  • But GPs have told Pulse that the implementation has not so far worked as expected, with pharmacies lacking capacity to see the patients or the appropriate equipment to carry out the consultations

 

National agency ‘decimated’ in DHSC restructure

  • Ministers have “effectively dismantled” England’s national public health unit less than three years after creating it, sparking criticism from a former Tory health minister and sector leaders, HSJ has learned

 

New expert will champion small businesses across Government

  • Shirley Cooper OBE has been appointed as the new Crown Representative for small businesses
  • Ms Cooper will lead on the overall relationship between the government and small businesses, making sure the government gets best value from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and that they in turn have the best possible opportunity to work with the government

 

£1 million boost for wireless innovations to improve patient care

  • Trials of new wireless technologies to help improve patient care and strengthen connectivity in A&Es and ambulance bays are set to launch across seven NHS trusts, following new funding from NHS England
  • Around £1 million in total has been awarded to seven trusts as part of NHS England’s Wireless Trials programme, which seeks to make the most of cutting-edge wireless technologies to provide the best care and experiences for patients, while freeing up more staff time to spend with their patients
  • Mid Cheshire and Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS trusts will use the funding to install wireless trackers on medical equipment and hospital beds, which allow real-time monitoring and location tracking so that staff can easily find what they need, when they need it

 

The King’s Fund: Making care closer to home a reality

  • The health and care system in England must shift its focus away from hospital care to primary and community services if it is to be effective and sustainable
  • Despite successive governments repeating a vision of health and care services focused on communities rather than hospitals, that vision is very far from being achieved
  • This research explored the underlying factors that have prevented change, and what might need to be done to achieve the vision; we analysed published evidence and national datasets, and interviewed stakeholders across the health and care system

 

NHS clinical waste strategy

  • This clinical waste strategy has been created to support NHS providers in making the necessary step change in waste management practices
  • It is part of a suite of documents including the HTM 07-01 and the NHS waste planning tool, developed to help set the direction, trajectory, and speed of change necessary to reach the NHS target of net zero for direct carbon emissions by 2040, and net zero for indirect carbon emissions by 2045, and to ensure the NHS is using its resources effectively
Ben Kemp