Clinical News

Do you treat children with Hirschsprung's or Gastroschisis?

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:14

Would you be interested in sharing your expertise, improving the quality of research, and helping to improve outcomes in both conditions? NETS (Next stage in Evidence-based paediatric surgical Treatment Strategies), are developing core outcome sets for Hirschsprung's Disease and gastroschisis, and need doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, parents and patients to help us by completing three online questionnaires over the next 6 months. For more information and to register your interest, please go to www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/nets/taking-part

Launch of Four Nations Report

Monday, 16 November 2015 11:00

Today has seen the launch of a report from the Universities of Stirling and Sheffield entitled 'Four Nations: How Evidence-based are Alcohol Policies and Programmes Across the UK?'

The landmark report shows UK Government's alcohol policies are weaker than those implemented by the devolved nations. Policies from the UK Government and devolved administrations were reviewed against recommendations from Health First, the independent expert-devised UK alcohol strategy, in the first such audit of its kind. Overall strategy, pricing, marketing and availability of alcohol were amongst the areas examined.

Scotland had the strongest approach overall, seeking to implement the most evidence-based policies, working to clear outcomes, and with a taskforce in place to monitor and evaluate the Scottish Government's alcohol strategy. By contrast, the UK Government did not support the most effective policies, made inconsistent use of evidence, and was the most engaged with the alcohol industry. While Wales and Northern Ireland took strong positions in areas such as taxation and restrictions on young drivers, they have fewer legislative powers than the Scottish Parliament.

The report was co-authored by Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, at the University of Stirling and Colin Angus at the University of Sheffield.

A copy of the report but is also available here: http://www.alliance4usefulevidence.org/publication/four-nations/ or tel: 020 7255 9832.

Launch of IAS Report 'Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol'

Monday, 09 November 2015 10:42

Today the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has published a report condemning the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, suggesting it has "worsened the health of the nation". Titled Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, the report's main findings include:

  • The Responsibility Deal is not endorsed by academics or the public health community
  • It has pursued initiatives known to have limited efficacy in reducing alcohol-related harm
  • The evidence on the effectiveness of the Responsibility Deal is limited and unreliable, due to ambiguous goals and poor reporting practices
  • Where evaluation has been possible, implementation has often failed to live up to the letter and/or spirit of the pledges
  • The Responsibility Deal appears to have obstructed more meaningful initiatives with a stronger evidence base behind them

Hepatitis C ODNs service specification published

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:44

NHS England has published the service specification for Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) for hepatitis C care in adults. The full document is available below. Many BSG members will have been involved in the set up processes to date at a local level but this provides NHS England's final specification document.

The BSG, through Steve Ryder and others, continue to engage with NHS England on the detailed operation of ODNs (including data requirements) and the opportunities for clinical peer review amongst ODNs.

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