Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

ICO: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance making it clear that information concerning official business held in private email accounts is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
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NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a new quality standard & clinical guidanceon service user experience in adult mental health:
* The quality standard for service user experience in adult mental health contains a number of statements, which include ensuring that people can access mental health services when they need them.
 
* The guidance for service user experience in adult mental health contains a number of recommendations for healthcare professionals that underpin the quality standard.
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ICO: Website owners ‘must try harder’ on complying with the new cookies law the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said when it published its half term report on enforcing the new rules. The ICO has also published updated guidance for UK website owners, setting out specific examples of what compliance looks like.
Press release & links
 
Acas: We may have had the mildest November for over 300 years but now that January's here Acas, the workplace experts, are reminding employers that now is the time to make sure they're prepared for those workplace issues that crop up over the winter months.
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Defra: Defra’s new Farming Advice Service (FAS) will offer a one-stop-shop to farmers needing advice on subjects including cross compliance, nutrient management, competitiveness, and climate change adaption & mitigation.
Press release & links
 
BHF: The British Heart Foundation has become the first organisation in the UK to actively promote Hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  Backed by Resuscitation Council UK, they say anyone who doesn’t have CPR training should now ignore the kiss of life in favour of “hard and fast” compressions in the centre of the chest to the beat of Stayin’ Alive.
Press release & links
 
CIPD: The issue of mental ill health is still being swept under the carpet in most workplaces, with just 4 in 10 employees saying they would feel confident to disclose a mental health problem to their employer.

That’s according to the latest research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), published to coincide with the launch of a new guide to help more employers to manage & support mental health at work, which has been developed by CIPD and leading mental health charity Mind.
Press release & links
 
Acas: Ed Sweeney, chairman of Acas, has pinpointed 4 key areas he sees as the likely workplace issues in the year ahead.
Press release & links
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