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Vision for Building Beautiful Places Set Out at Landmark Design Event
Health, Health & Social

Vision for Building Beautiful Places Set Out at Landmark Design Event

A range of measures launched which will improve communities’ infrastructure, champion neighbourhood design and support walking and cycling to boost health and wellbeing. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP 20 July 2021 New Office for Place to help councils and communities banish ugly developments and deliver beautiful, green homes and places using Britain’s world-class design expertise Updated national planning policy framework (NPPF) published, putting beauty at the heart of the planning system Publication of the National Model Design Code (NMDC) to put communities in the driving seat of development plans and create local, binding standards Beautiful, environmentally sustainable, and life-enhancing communities are ...
Asymptomatic Testing Backed by New Research Studies
Health, Health & Social

Asymptomatic Testing Backed by New Research Studies

Research published today demonstrates how effective widespread testing has been against emerging variants of concern. Department of Health and Social Care 7 July 2021 Latest data shows most widely used LFD tests are effective at detecting the Delta variant – now the most widely transmitted strain of COVID-19. Studies find accuracy of tests remains high whether it is performed by an experienced or inexperienced user. Findings from three studies on the real-world use of rapid tests, known as lateral flow devices (LFDs), have confirmed their effectiveness under a variety of conditions, demonstrating the reliability and adaptability of these tests. The three research papers, two of which have been published by the government today (Wednesday 7 July) and one by Liverpool Unive...
Government Pledges £2.45 Million to Improve Childbirth Care
Health, Health & Social

Government Pledges £2.45 Million to Improve Childbirth Care

Brain injuries in babies to be reduced in new drive to avoid birthing complications, announces maternity safety minister Nadine Dorries. Department of Health and Social Care and Nadine Dorries MP 4 July 2021 In collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives and The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute at the University of Cambridge, £2 million will be used by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to test the best ways to spot early warning signs of babies in distress £449,000 will go towards developing a new workforce planning tool for maternity medics to make sure patients get the medical support they need Today (4 July), maternity safety minister Nadine Dorries is announcing £2.45 million funding which will benefit NHS maternity staff and improve t...
Building the Best Health System In the World
Health, Health & Social

Building the Best Health System In the World

Speech The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock spoke at the virtual NHS Confed Conference. Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP 17 June 2021 Delivered on: 17 June 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) If I think about the last 18 months, one of the most striking moments for me was a nightshift I did at Basildon hospital in January. For me, nothing captures the extraordinary highs and lows of the past 18 months more than when I joined a night shift at Basildon Hospital. It was January – the height of the second wave. Our vaccine programme was still in its infancy. I started the evening by joining NHS colleagues as they got their jabs. It was right at the start of the vaccine programme And ...
Reintroduce Face Coverings
Education, Health, Health & Social

Reintroduce Face Coverings

08-06-2021 Government must ​reintroduce face coverings to minimise Covid disruption in schools, say education unions Four education unions representing teachers and support staff are today (Tuesday) calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread. With infections on the rise once more, the unions have issued a joint statement demanding a range of safety measures to keep education on track and reduce the risk of further closures. The unions that have signed are UNISON, GMB, UnFour education unions representing teachers and support staff are today (Tuesday) calling on the government to reinstate face coverings in schools to limit coronavirus spread.ite and NEU. The joint statement says: "Education unions are deeply concerned that second...
International COVID-19 Response Heroes Feature in Birthday Honours 2021
Europe, Health, Health & Social, World News

International COVID-19 Response Heroes Feature in Birthday Honours 2021

The 2021 Birthday Honours list recognises achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people for their exceptional efforts abroad. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office 11 June 2021 the Queen’s Birthday Honours has recognised 129 people for their exceptional service to the UK overseas or internationally awards recognise extraordinary people across a range of fields recipients include the British scientist Dr Michael Houghton, who discovered the Hepatitis C virus and the Irish vaccinologist Professor Adrian Hill, Director of The Jenner Institute in Oxford The Overseas and International Birthday 2021 Honours List published today, recognises 129 extraordinary people in a wide range of fields. These include business, charity and voluntary work, culture, develop...
Over 70 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in UK
Europe, Health, Health & Social, World News

Over 70 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in UK

More than 55.4% of people in the UK vaccinated with both doses for the fullest possible protection. Department of Health and Social Care 11 June 2021 Over 70 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the UK, with more than 41 million people receiving at least one jab Public urged to come forward for their first and second doses when eligible Over 70 million COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered to adults in the UK, the latest figures published today (Friday 11 June) show, as the vaccination programme continues at unprecedented pace and scale. With 70,253,625 doses administered in total, 41,088,485 people across the UK have now been vaccinated with a first dose (78%), while 29,165,140 people have had both doses (55.4%). The government met i...
100,000 Help Shape Women’s Health Strategy with More Urged to Come Forward Before Close
Health, Health & Social

100,000 Help Shape Women’s Health Strategy with More Urged to Come Forward Before Close

Women from under-represented groups urged to respond to government’s call for evidence to shape the future of women’s healthcare. Department of Health and Social Care 9 June 2021 The call for evidence will close on Sunday 13 June Already 100,000 women, organisations, clinicians and carers have responded so far Women from Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those living in the Midlands and East of England and women between 16 and 18 years old and those over-50 are being urged to respond to the government’s call for evidence. There has already been an incredible response to the call for evidence, with over 100,000 women, organisations, clinicians and carers sharing their experiences of the health and care system, to help inform the first ever government-led Women’s Healt...
Honeymoons and Wake-Up Calls
Health, Health & Social

Honeymoons and Wake-Up Calls

A blog from National Data Guardian, Dr Nicola Byrne, covering her first few weeks in post and the General Practice Data for Planning and Research programme. National Data Guardian 9 June 2021 Welcome to my second blog. My first eight weeks as National Data Guardian (NDG) have been my ‘honeymoon period’ and what I somewhat grandly titled my ‘listening exercise’. I’ve been meeting many people and organisations for the first time in role and getting to know the excellent Office of the National Data Guardian team. I’ve been excited and inspired, taken aback (sometimes at the same time) and curious hearing the range of sometimes very polarised views on data sharing, use, and risk / benefit balance. Many thanks to those I’ve met for their time. I’ve also found it striking the degree...
Over 3 Million Medicines and Devices Seized in UK as Part of Global Crackdown
Crime, Health, Health & Social

Over 3 Million Medicines and Devices Seized in UK as Part of Global Crackdown

Operation Pangea - Officers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have seized millions of illegally traded medicines and medical devices. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 8 June 2021 Over 3 million medicines and medical devices valued at over £9 million have been seized by UK officers as part of a global operation tackling the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. In the UK, 113,000 illegally operating websites were also removed, or had their URLs blocked. 8 search warrants were executed, with 7 criminals arrested. In a week of action coordinated by Interpol, this year’s ‘Operation Pangea’ ran from 18 to 25 May and saw over 100 countries joining forces to seize non-compliant medical products and also to identify and...