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New In brief - April 2016

Eatwell Guide


Public Health England has launched a new Eatwell Guide which sets out how much people should be eating and drinking, updates food groups to reflect foods people need to eat more and less of and, for the first time, includes messages on hydration. The Eatwell Guide also includes messages on labelling to help people choose, cook and eat healthier options. 

Additional link: PHE press release


NICE Shared Learning


NICE has published the following shared learning case studies:

Implementing multiple daily injection insulin regimens (MDI) with carbohydrate counting for children and young people at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes: education provided by the Children’s Diabetes Service for patients, families and staff - See Guidance 


Cardiovascular Disease  (CVD) Prevention


The National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network has published a second edition of the CVD Primary Care Intelligence Packs. Each clinical commissioning group has a pack which provides practice level data on prevention, detection and management across a range of cardiovascular conditions: high cardiovascular (CVD) risk and hypertension; stroke and atrial fibrillation; diabetes; kidney disease; coronary heart disease; and heart failure.


National Diabetes Prevention Programme Launched


NHS England has announced details of a nationwide programme to help stop people developing Type 2 diabetes. Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme  ill start this year with a first wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people and making up to 20,000 places available. Those referred will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes.


Additional links: RCGP press release    BBC News report



The Health Foundation has published Making the change: behavioural factors in person-and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing. Drawing on studies of what influences behaviour, this report sets out a number of factors that can lead to greater involvement in self-care.  It provides a framework for understanding the drivers of behaviour and includes examples and case studies to illustrate how the theories work in practice.  


NICE Quality Standards


NICE has issued three new quality standards:

Medicines optimisation (QS120): This quality standard covers the safe and effective use of medicines for all people who take medicines, including people who are receiving suboptimal benefit from medicines.


Global Report on Diabetes


The World Health Organisation has published Global report on diabetes.  The report, published on World Health Day, indicates that the number of adults living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults.  An estimated 64 million people in the WHO European Region live with the disease.  The report calls upon governments to ensure that people are able to make healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes.


With thanks to Sarah Sutton - Clinical Librarian - UHL