The Health News United Kingdom January 25 2018

  • The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the pressure on teachers which leaves them unable to find time to help children as much as they would like. The Duchess, who has 2 young children and is expecting her 3rd in April, said teachers were best placed to help pupils through mental health and emotional issues, but do not have time to “hunt the best information”. The pilot project, from the Royal Foundation, is called Mentally Healthy Schools, and is expected to be rolled out nationwide in the spring after being monitored and reviewed.
  • Leading children’s doctors have said that children are being “disadvantaged most” by cuts to public health services. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said there had been “destructive” reductions in preventive services. A year on from its State of Child Health report, the RCPCH has examined how officials have attempted to tackle some of the issues facing child health and wellbeing.
  • NHS hospital trusts in England may have to recalculate A&E performance figures from last October onwards. The UK Statistics Authority has told NHS England to explain changes to the recording of A&E data. It says the changes – highlighted by BBC News – could have left people reaching “misleading conclusions”. Figures for December 2017 show 85.1% of people were seen admitted, treated or discharged in England in all types of A&E department in four hours, the same as in January 2017, the worst performance on record.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 25th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/23/duchess-cambridge-launch-mental-health-website-help-teachers/

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the pressure on teachers which leaves them unable to find time to help children as much as they would like. The Duchess, who has two young children and is expecting her third in April, said teachers were best placed to help pupils through mental health and emotional issues, but do not have time to “hunt the best information”.

In a speech at a London infant school to announce a website aimed at curating tried-and-tested mental health resources for school, she added she hoped to give teachers “easy access” to information.  The pilot project, from the Royal Foundation, is called Mentally Healthy Schools, and is expected to be rolled out nationwide in the spring after being monitored and reviewed.
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Mentally Healthy Schools, a website, is intended to provide a resource for teachers and schools, to help them talk to children about issues from bereavement to anxiety to eating disorders.
Tailored to suit the curriculum for primary schools in England, it includes more than one thousand hundred online resources, reviewed by a “quality assurance group” to make them appropriate for a young audience.
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Joining a discussion about mental health, she asked staff: “Do you think teachers are wanting to improve the mental health of their pupils but they’re not able to get the right resources?” Later, she joined a group of children making rainbow spectacles that gave them the power to talk positively about themselves, one of the activities highlighted on the new mental health website.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-5300179/Children-disadvantaged-public-health-cuts-say-doctors.html

Leading children’s doctors have said that children are being “disadvantaged most” by cuts to public health services. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said there had been “destructive” reductions in preventive services. A year on from its State of Child Health report, the RCPCH has examined how officials have attempted to tackle some of the issues facing child health and wellbeing.

While the Government has taken some steps – including introducing the sugar tax on soft drinks and making sex and relationship education mandatory in all schools in England – the authors conclude that the health and wellbeing of youngsters across England remains “largely unchanged”.

They wrote: “Children deserve better. It is they who are disadvantaged most by insufficient health services, cuts to public health and the rising tide of poverty.” The report draws on data from King’s Fund analysis which says that councils will spend only two point fifty two billion pounds on public health services in two thousand seventeen and two thousand eighteen compared with two point sixty billion pounds the previous year.
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The RCPCH also said that England was falling behind Scotland and Wales where officials were “making greater strides in enacting policies to improve child health”.

Commenting on the report, Caroline Cerny, the Obesity Health Alliance lead, said: “To improve children’s health in the future, we must take strong action today, starting with a nine pm watershed on junk food adverts on TV.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42775218

NHS hospital trusts in England may have to recalculate Accident and Emergency performance figures from last October onwards. The UK Statistics Authority has told NHS England to explain changes to the recording of A&E data. It says the changes – highlighted by BBC News – could have left people reaching “misleading conclusions”.

They raise questions over some trusts’ performance on the highest profile NHS performance target – that patients in A&E are seen within four hours. Doctor Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “The changes that are understood to have been made to recording practice throw doubt on whether the scale of the crisis facing emergency medicine – made so clear in December’s data – is actually greater than first thought.”
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The official target requires ninety five percent of patients to be treated, assessed or discharged within four hours, a figure the NHS has failed to meet since July two thousand fifteen. A hospital trust’s performance figures include the main accident and emergency department (known as Type one) and minor injuries or care centres (known as Type three). These centres tend to see and treat patients a lot more quickly than those needing emergency care. Data in these clinics tends to pull up the overall performance of a trust. This is confirmed by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
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Figures for December two thousand seventeen show eighty five point one percent of people were seen admitted, treated or discharged in England in all types of A&E department in four hours, the same as in January two thousand seventeen, the worst performance on record.

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