25th July 2016 - Short film on domestic abuse 'Do you see her'.

1 in 5 women accessing domestic abuse services have been experiencing abuse for over 10 years. Domestic abuse can happen to any woman

A powerful short film, directed by Paul Andrew Williams (Murdered By My Boyfriend), starring Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette, Shameless), Phil Davis (Quadrophenia, Whitechapel) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses). 
'Do You See Her' shows us that domestic abuse happens to all women of all ages.

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27th July 2016 - Oral health should be a priority in care homes, says NICE

This is about maintaining basic human dignity in those who may need help in looking after themselves.

NICE's new guidance 'Oral health for adults in care homes' calls for oral health and access to dental treatments to be given the same priority as general health for all adults in care homes.

More than half of older adults in care homes have tooth decay compared to 40% of over 75s and 33% of over 85s who do not live in care homes.

It is estimated there are more than 400,000 adults living in UK care homes, 80% of whom have some form of dementia. This includes younger adults with learning disabilities also living in care.

Older adults in care homes are more likely to have fewer natural teeth, and those with teeth are less likely to have enough teeth to eat comfortably and socialise without embarrassment.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE, said: When oral health is ignored or poorly delivered in care homes it can lead to unhappy, irritable residents and for those with dementia, who often can't describe problems with their teeth or gums, pain and infection may go untreated and worsen.

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28th July 2016 - CQC: Learning from serious incidents in NHS acute hospitals

This briefing document discusses the need for a change in the way that serious incidents are investigated and managed in the NHS.

It is based on the findings of a review of a sample of serious incident investigation reports from 24 acute hospital trusts. This sample represented 15% of the total 159 acute hospital trusts in England at the time of review.

The briefing provides a summary of our findings, linked to five opportunities for improvement and calls for all organisations to work together across the system to align expectations and create the right environment for open reporting, learning and improvement.

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28th July – CQC New Care Models

NHS England's Five year forward view pictures a range of new ways of breaking down the traditional divide between primary care, community services and hospitals.

This will need new models of care, designed around the reality of a person's experience as opposed to how different services are structured. Managing long-term conditions is now a central task of the NHS and caring for these needs requires a partnership with patients over the long term rather than providing single, unconnected episodes of care. In short, services need to be joined up around the patient.

Along with our system partners, we will support services to innovate, collaborate and improve - while ensuring that people continue to receive high quality care.

Our supportive approach is designed to ensure regulation is not an unnecessary barrier to innovation, but continues to protect people from harm.

You can read more about our supportive offer in David Behan's letter to providers and CQC's statement of intent.

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29th July 2016 - Carers want recognition and collaboration with services

Liz Norton is a carer who looks after a family member who lives with mental health issues. Last month, Liz, fellow carer Rose Chitseko and colleagues from Healthwatch Essex visited the Department of Health. Here, she presents a personal perspective on caring and explains why others in her situation should consider contributing to the call for evidence before it closes later this month. 

Liz Norton: 'We [want] recognition as involved experts in the care of people we love.'

Why you ask, would I be invited to the Department of Health (DH)? Why would they be interested in me?

Answer: Both Rose and I are carers for family members and Healthwatch Essex invited us to join them speak with Mark Browne, the Carer Policy Lead at the department.

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29th July 2016 - Factors that can protect against cognitive decline and dementia

Research at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016 in Toronto, finds that certain genes and lifestyle factors can increase resilience against the development of Alzheimer's disease.

These resilience factors may differ between men and women and may counteract the negative effects of a poor diet on cognition. 

Factors such as the number of years spent in education, having a complex job and regularly doing activities that challenge the brain can contribute to resilience by helping to build up a 'cognitive reserve'. Cognitive reserve is the ability of the brain to withstand certain levels of damage without any loss of function. 

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