Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

NICE: In final draft guidance published recently, NICE recommends 2 treatments for multiple myeloma. Publication of this latest draft follows an appeal by the manufacturer of bortezomib, Janssen.  NICE has not yet issued final guidance to the NHS.  Until NICE issues final guidance, NHS bodies should make decisions locally on the funding of specific treatments.  Final guidance is expected to be published in July 2011.
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ScotGov: Guidelines for partnership working between schools and food & drink organisations to help teach young people about ‘where their food comes from’ was launched last week. The guidelines also aim to facilitate partnerships which highlight the varied career opportunities available in the food & drink industry and raise career aspirations of Scotland's children and young people.
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RoSPA: In addition to improving regulatory ‘housekeeping’, the Löfstedt Review of health & safety must consider how businesses - particularly smaller firms - can be helped to avoid accidents & ill health, says the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
 
RoSPA is contributing to the review, which is focusing on approximately 200 statutory instruments & approved codes of practice, rather than the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or other primary legislation.  It is expected to report by the end of October 2011.
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DfE: Speaking at the Food For Life Programme conference last week, Children’s Minister Sarah Teather said the Government is asking the School Food Trust to draw up new nutritional guidelines for nurseries & children’s centres

Responding to calls from childcare providers, parents & nutritional experts for clearer information, the voluntary guidelines are being brought in to help children develop healthy eating habits early on and fight obesity.
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NICEPatients with broken hips should be treated earlier and have surgery on the same day or the day after being admitted to hospital, says NICE. Currently, some patients have to wait several days before receiving surgery, during which time they can be left in pain and may suffer complications.
 
In its first clinical guideline on hip fracture, NICE recommends that early surgery can help speed up recovery time for patients, lower the number of follow-up procedures necessary and reduce the length of hospital stays. Furthermore, the recommendations will cost little to put into practice and will save money in the long-term.  Currently, 70-75,000 hip fractures occur each year in the UK, at a cost of £2bn.
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