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From the Bureau Editor

Monday April 19

It’s  relatively quiet news day for health with the NHS backlogs making the headlines. Tucked away in the Guardian is news of a new scheme being trialled in which GPs will give financial advice to patients as part of a wider public health initiative.

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the briefing


Public health

Health officials are looking at whether a new Indian Covid strain spreads more easily and evades vaccines. There is not yet enough data to classify it as a "variant of concern", a leading scientist has said BBC

Young people being sought for trial – in which they will be reinfected with Covid Sky

Middle-aged men in England are to be encouraged to take a short online quiz to test their vulnerability to type 2 diabetes, as part of an NHS campaign partly intended to prevent more Covid deaths Guardian


4.7 million waiting for elective operations BBC

Recovering the backlog may take five years – NHS will have to take “a transformative approach” says NHS Providers

GSST has urged all staff who work on its sites to take a one-off covid PCR test “as soon as possible” amid surge testing in local areas HSJ


Healthcare workers – must be protected from immigration legislation NHS Providers

Just 50% of care home staff have been vaccinated in London borough where nursing home is at centre of South African Covid variant outbreak D Mail

Primary care – General Practice, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optical

Backlog in GMC hearings will cause GPs unavoidable stress Pulse

GPs are to prescribe financial advice sessions for patients as part of a pilot scheme to help people with long-term health conditions. Under the scheme in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, doctors will send patients to see financial support link workers, who will help them claim benefits, obtain grants for essential items and deal with debts. The groups behind the programme, Impact on Urban Health and the Centre for Responsible Credit, said in a report that there was a “reciprocal relationship” between financial health and multiple long-term health conditions, and that those who shaped healthcare policy should take a “much wider” view of public health.

NHS Policy / Service redesign / £

NHS England and Improvement will publish a tender for a single HR, payroll, finance and procurement system covering the whole service in the summer: the new platform, described as an “enterprise resource planning solution”, would bring together the functions of two major national HR and finance systems used by the NHS and host services which affect the NHS’ 1.7 million staff and billions of pounds worth of NHS expenditure HSJ

what the bloggers are blogging

NEW: Pharmacy: as most organisations are divesting community pharmacies, Avicenna has just bought 57. Their CEO, Jonathan Power, explains Pharmacy

NEW: Longer waits, missing patients and catching up: How is elective care in England coping with the continuing impact of COVID-19? Health Foundation

Integrated care systems explained – NHS Providers

Hope, humour and zero-hours contracts: what four months as a vaccinator has taught me – story from a volunteer Guardian

Trusts cautiously welcome easing of restrictions – NHS Providers’ response

Commit to new deal for healthcare workers or risk ‘deadly exodus’, IPPR warns government IPPR

The lives we want to lead: where next for the debate about care and support reform? LGA

DHSC counter fraud strategy: 2020 to 2023 - Setting out the department’s plan to prevent and tackle fraud across the healthcare system DHSC

This report includes a chapter on health that looks at life expectancy, cancer, diabetes, obesity, maternal mortality as well as access to health care, Covid-19 and more Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities


Transforming the public health system: reforming the public health system for the challenges of our times DHSC

Covid-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan DHSC

One year on: three myths about Covid-19 that the data proved wrong Health Foundation

Caring as a social determinant of health: findings from a rapid review of reviews and analysis of the GP Patient Survey: Public Health England commissioned Newcastle University to explore the consequences of being an unpaid carer of older people and identify evidence about how best to support this group of carers PHE

what's on when

Monday 26th April 5-6.30pm. Healthchat with Mark Britnell – Vice Chair and Global Health expert for KPMG Details here

Thursday 6th  May 5-6.30pm: HealthChat with Andreas Haimboeck-Tichy (IBM), IBM Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences for the UK and Chair of the Health & Social Care Council for Tech UK Details here

NEW! 11th May 5-6.30pm: Healthchat with Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK and of its subsidiary, the Gold Standards Framework Details here

ICYM...Healthchats are available to view 

Richard Beeken – CEO Walsall FT
Alistair McClellan – Editor of Health Service Journal
Jeremy Hunt
National Association of Primary Care
Baroness Dido Harding – National Institute of Health Protection

Prof Karol Sikora: 

Healthchat with Jason Helgerson – catch up on Youtube

IHM Carbon reduction conference – catch up on Youtube

Anne Marr from St Helens & Knowsley FT, see it again here, with Ed Smith and  Sir Jim Mackey -here Zoom, with the Royal Wolverhampton Trust here Zoom

All IHSCM activity will be online for the foreseeable future. The full list of IHSCM's upcoming events can be found here 

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