This month’s edition includes a round up of new guidance, systematic reviews, news and resources of interest. It focuses on NICE reviewing technology appraisal guidance 111 on using donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and memantine in the NHS in England and Wales.
A new report has been published detailing the findings and outcomes of the community engagement programme conducted by the National Institute for Mental Health England between 2005 and 2008. The project allowed community researchers, community organisations, black and minority ethnic (BME) mental health service users, carers and other community members to contribute to the development of mental health policy and provision of services.
Dr Nimisha Patel and Dr Amanda Williams from the Medical Foundation for the care of victims of torture are the authors of this 2010 article on healthcare for survivors of torture. The article includes links and references to other online resources.
Essence of Care has been refreshed by the Department of Health and now contains 12 benchmarks, following a consultation exercise late in 2009. It aims to support localised quality improvement, by providing a set of established and refreshed benchmarks supporting front line care across care settings at a local level.
The benchmarking process outlined in Essence of Care 2010 helps practitioners to take a structured approach to sharing and comparing practice, enabling them to identify the best and to develop action plans to remedy poor practice.
This edition supersedes the previous versions originating since 2001.
The dementia brain tour is a free educational video resource from the Alzheimer’s Society that includes chapters on the brain and how brain cells function, Alzheimer’s disease, Posterior Cortical Atrophy, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, fronto-temporal dementia and other rarer causes of dementia.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, has presented the Government’s Spending Review, which fixes spending budgets for each Government department up to 2014-15.
Details from the HM Treasury site, including the full document are available here.
NHS Evidence – Health Management are pulling together recently published information and resources here in Focus On the Spending Review.
The BBC is covering news, comments and analysis relating to the Spending Review here.