Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

MPA: The Metropolitan Police Authority has launched an innovative educational DVD - 'Go Wisely - everything you need to know about stop and search' - about the police use of stop & search as a tactic to combat crime. The DVD will be used as part of an overall training package for the police in how to use S&S appropriately, and inform the public (especially young people) of their rights when they are stopped or searched.
 
It features serving officers talking about how S&S can help them detect crime and young people talking about their perceptions of S&S, their experiences of being stopped and how they want to be treated with respect by the police if stopped. An accompanying resource pack has been developed by Greater Manchester Police Authority, with support from Manchester City Council, designed to help viewers explore the issues raised within the DVD.
Press release ~ 'Go Wisely - everything you need to know about Stop and Search', plus resource pack ~ Home Office sponsored stop & search website ~ Safer London Foundation ~ Liberty ~ Children's Society ~ REAL (Race Equality Action Lewisham)
 
LDA: The Designing Demand programme - which will show business leaders how good design can turn ideas & technologies into profitable products, services and brands - was officially launched in London last week.  The £3.5m programme, funded by the London Development Agency (LDA), was developed nationally by the Design Council.
 
Designing Demand in London aims to have more than 600 London Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) experience at least one element of the programme over the next three years.  Workshops for both SMEs and the business advisory community are being rolled out in the coming months in order to generate prospective clients for the various programme streams.
Press release ~ London Development Agency ~ Book a free workshop ~ ~ Design London ~ Grant Thornton UK LLP ~ The Design Council ~ Designing Demand ~ Cox Review of Creativity in Business ~ gateway2investment (g2i) programme
 
FSA: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched free, impartial comparison tables for payment protection insurance (PPI) on its consumer website, which are designed to help consumers who are thinking about taking out a PPI policy to shop around & identify products that could meet their needs.
 
Whether the policy is to cover a mortgage, an unsecured personal loan, secured loan or credit card, consumers will be able to compare different products on offer.
Press release ~ Comparison tables for payment protection insurance (PPI) ~ Response Paper on PPI ~ Consumer Bulletin No 8 ~ FSA Review of PPI Selling standards.
 
DfT: DPTAC has launched its Disability Equality and Awareness Training Framework for Transport Staff. The training framework is a free resource and has been designed for use across all modes of transport.
 
Despite improvements to the accessibility of transport infrastructure, disabled travellers continue to face daily obstacles.  A key element is poor or inadequate disability awareness training and transport staff are often unable to give disabled travellers the support they would like to provide.
Press release ~ Disability Equality and Awareness Training Framework for Transport Staff ~ Centre for Employment & Disadvantage Studies - (e-mail: CEDS@yes2work.org.uk)
 
NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has launched its revised appraisals methods guide. The Institute’s ‘Guide to the methods of technology appraisal’ document provides an overview of the principles &methods used by NICE to assess health technologies (drugs and other treatments).
 
It is a guide both for the independent advisory committees that prepare NICE guidance and for those organisations representing patient groups, health professionals & manufacturers that submit evidence and comment on draft recommendations.
Press release ~ Guide to the methods of technology appraisal’ document
 
NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published guidance on the use of adalimumab for the treatment of psoriasis in adults. Adalimumab is recommended as a possible treatment for adults with plaque psoriasis only if their:
* condition is severe and
* condition has not improved with other treatments such as ciclosporin, methotrexate and PUVA (psoralen and long-wave ultraviolet radiation), or they have had side effects with these in the past or there is a medical reason why they should not be given these treatments
Press release ~ Adalimumab for the treatment of psoriasis
 
NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published guidance on the use of cetuximab for the treatment of head and neck cancer. Cetuximab in combination with radiotherapy is recommended as a possible treatment for people with locally advanced squamous cell cancer of the head and neck if:
* they have a Karnofsky performance-status score of 90% or more, and
* all forms of platinum-based chemotherapy are considered inappropriate
Press release ~ Cetuximab for the treatment of head and neck cancer
 
NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published final guidance on the use of rimonabant for the treatment of overweight and obese patients.  The committee also recommend when considering the presence of current or previous depressive disorders/mood alterations, and during regular monitoring for the emergence of such symptoms, clinicians should consult the NICE clinical guidelines on the management of anxiety and depression, noting the need for careful and comprehensive assessment
Press release ~ Rimonabant for the treatment of overweight and obese patients ~ Obesity: guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children ~ Anxiety (amended): management of anxiety in adults in primary, secondary and community care ~ Depression (amended): management of depression in primary and secondary care
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