New NICE Quality Standard QS190 advises all frontline healthcare staff should be vaccinated against the flu

NICE published a new quality standard in January 2020, ‘QS190 Flu vaccination: increasing uptake’, which covers increasing the uptake of flu vaccination among people who are eligible (not including those aged 65 and over). One of the quality statements made is that health and social care staff who have direct contact with people using services should receive the flu vaccine, and that it is the responsibility of their employer to do so…

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Opioids – rational approaches to their use in acute and chronic pain

Articles in medical and pharmacy journals this month are asking us to adopt safer and more rational approaches to prescribing opioids. One comes from experts in chronic pain, notably Cathy Stannard, consultant in complex pain and Clinical Lead for the Pain Transformation Programme at NHS Gloucestershire CCG (1), and her…

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