Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

Defra: Defra's Exotic Animal Disease Generic Contingency Plan, which is amended annually and is produced for Defra by the Animal Health Agency, has been laid before Parliament. The Contingency Plan is comprised of two parts:
* An Overview of Emergency Preparedness which provides details of how we have prepared for the operational response
* The Framework Response Plan which is an operational manual for those involved in managing the response & policy information by specific animal disease, setting out current policy on how each of these diseases will be dealt with
Press release ~ C ontingency Plan ~ De fra - Disease surveillance and control - Contingency Planning ~ Animal Health ~ Operation Hawthorn
NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) new ‘how to change practice’ guide, packed with practical advice on how to encourage healthcare professionals & managers to change their practice in line with the latest evidence-based guidance, was launched at the NICE annual conference. It aims to support the NHS and wider public health community in understanding, identifying & overcoming barriers to change.

This guide is in three parts:
Part 1 discusses the types of barriers to change encountered in healthcare
Part 2 of the guide offers practical suggestions for how to identify the barriers to change faced by organisations
Part 3 provides evidence-based advice on what methods work to overcome these barriers and highlights potential levers to help do this
Press release ~ New Guide to changing practice
NICE: New guidelines launched recently by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) are set to improve the routine management & treatment of atopic eczema in primary care for children from birth up to 12 years of age.   
The guideline, produced for NICE by the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH), includes the most comprehensive review & analysis of available evidence on ways to improve the quality of life of both children and their parents when managing this very common condition.
Press release ~ National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH) ~ Atopic eczema in children

CRC: The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) is concerned about the effects of the Post Office closure programme in rural areas and is therefore funding Rural Service Support, to help provide national and local organisations with on-line access to experts who can help them plan for the future.
Post Offices play a vital role in rural life, providing access to services and often acting as the social hub for a village.  Over the next year or so around 1,250 rural Post Offices are set to close across the country.
Press release ~ Post Offices ~ Rural Service Support ~ Ruralnet
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