Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

DH/PHE:   Between January & May 2013 there have been 12 outbreaks of cryptosporidiosis associated with petting farms across England affecting around 130 people.  Over the past 20 years, an average of around 80 cases of cryptosporidium infection linked to visits to petting farms have been reported to PHE each year.  This is out of a total of around 2m visits to the 1,000 plus farm attractions in the UK, with peak visitor times during school and public holidays.
 
Ahead of the seasonal rise in cases of E. coli linked to petting farms Public Health England want to remind people not to rely on hand gels & wipes for protection because these are not suitable against the sort of germs found on farms.  Children should also be closely supervised to ensure they wash their hands properly, as they are more at risk of serious illness.
Press release & links
 
MoJ: The Ministry of Justice have launched a public information video to help raise awareness of how family mediation can help separating couples. The video has been created to explain to people who are separating or divorcing how mediation can help, for example in agreeing arrangements for their children and financial matters.
Press release & links
 
TNA: The new Archive Service Accreditation Standard and supporting guidance are now available.  This is a key milestone in launching a scheme which will support, develop & celebrate the UK archives sector. It is aimed at organisations which hold archive collections, whatever their constitution, and covers both private & public sector archives.  
Press release & links
 
NICEMore people with hepatitis B should be assessed, referred & offered the range of clinical & cost effective treatments available for the disease, according to NICE. NICE has published its first clinical guideline on the diagnosis & management of hepatitis B to raise awareness of the condition and help reduce this current variation in treatment.
Press release & links
 
NICESymptom relief through the range of recommended drugs & treatments available should be the primary outcome for patients with ulcerative colitis, according to NICE. While there is no cure, medical approaches focus on treating the disease to address symptoms, improve quality of life and maintain remission.
 
NICE's first clinical guideline on ulcerative colitis contains recommendations that range from tackling mild to acute forms of the condition, and cover maintaining symptom remission. A range of implementation tools have been produced to support the implementation of this guideline.  These include audit tools, a costing report and a costing template.
Press release & links
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