Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

HMRC: HMRC has launched a new teaching resource for secondary schools - Tax Matters. The free, online interactive resource includes videos, quizzes and games, as well as key facts & figures, to help young people learn about tax and its role in society.
 
The new materials are primarily aimed at education professionals who teach Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and citizenship to pupils aged between 11 and 19.  They are also designed to be used by charities & voluntary organisations that work with young adults not in employment, education or training (NEETS).
Press release ~ Tax Matters ~ DCSF programme - My Money
 
ScotGov: Teenagers going into any hospital in Scotland will in future benefit from dedicated age-appropriate care as a result of guidance issued to health boards. Following a commitment to raise the upper age limit for patients in children's hospitals from 13 to 16 (with added flexibility from 16-18), the Scottish Government is now advising all hospitals on how to improve care for adolescents.
 
The Hospital Services for Young People in Scotland guidance recommends:
* All hospitals should provide facilities & services for young people aged 13 & over, separate wherever possible from children and adults
* Adequate training for staff who care for young people
* Extra educational support for young people, particularly those who need frequent or lengthy hospital stays
* Support for moving from adolescent to adult care
Press release ~ Better Health, Better Care: Hospital Services for Young People in Scotland
 
DH: All newborn babies & children up to four years old will have their growth measurements plotted on new charts from last week.  The launch of the charts, which have been developed for the Department of Health by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, based on the World Health Organisation's work, coincides with National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (10 - 16 May) and replaces current measures which are based predominately on babies fed with formula milk.
 
The new charts include parent-friendly instructions and a chart specifically for premature babies.  As babies can lose & gain weight at different rates during birth and two weeks, it is recommended that they are not measured during this time.  The charts also help make more reliable predictions of a child's adult height.
Press release ~ Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - new charts ~ National Breastfeeding Awareness Week ~ Free DVD 'From bump to breastfeeding - following real mothers' stories to find out how'
 
DH: The government claims that commercial & procurement skills across the NHS will receive a major boost to help deliver high quality, personalised care for patients, following the publication of a new Commercial Operating Model (COM)by the Department of Health – See ‘In the News’ section for more information.
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