Sugar swap campaign launched by Public Health England

January 20, 2015

Source: Guidelines in Practice

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Sugar Swaps is a new campaign launched by Public Health England Change4Life. It encourages families to cut back on sugar by substituting sugary snacks for food such as plain cereal, fruit and drinks with no sugar added. It also offers free guidance, money-off vouchers and weekly e-mails and texts with advice on reducing sugar consumption.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Change4Life

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Experts call for new focus on physical activity

November 7, 2014

Source: BBC News Health

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The effects of inactivity are linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Many people are failing to meet the recommended level of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. This report focuses on a community-based competition called ‘Beat the Street’ to challenge inactivity. It is based mainly in primary schools but also encourages participation from GP surgeries, local clubs and businesses. The GP who devised this scheme says that 10% more people meet the recommended level of activity after Beat the Street, and 22% of people who were physically inactive before the scheme have become more active.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Healthier lives: diabetes, hypertension and NHS Health Check

November 6, 2014

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Healthier Lives is a new interactive tool which shows the large variation in prevalence and treatment of hypertension and diabetes around England as well as the provision of the NHS Health Check to prevent heart disease and other conditions. The data allows people to see how their GP surgery, CCG and Local Authority are performing compared to the national average.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Press release


Chest pain symptom scoring can improve the quality of referrals

November 4, 2014

Source: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Case study

In a nutshell: GPs need to identify patients who are presenting with either possible or typical angina problems and refer them for specialist assessment to a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic (RACPC). However, there is a possibility that GPs may be cautiously over-diagnosing angina. This study incorporated chest pain symptom scoring in to the referral form, which resulted in improved GP discrimination of chest pain and fewer avoidable referrals.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Acknowledgement: Barking and Havering NHS Trust


Minister defends controversial NHS Health Checks programme

July 14, 2014

Source: The BMJ

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The NHS Health Checks Programme was designed to cut cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. People aged 40 – 74 are invited to attend a check-up once every five years to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. However, the programme has been criticised for being ineffective and a waste of money. Jane Ellison, the public health minister for England, defended the programme when she appeared before MPs on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

Length of publication: 1 page

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NHS Health Check implementation review and action plan

August 9, 2013

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: 21st July 2013

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: A review by Public Health England has concluded that 1600 heart attacks and 4000 cases of diabetes a year could be avoided by checking the blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and lifestyle of 40-74 year olds. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has said that 650 lives a year could be saved as a result of the NHS Health Checks. This press release by the Department of Health includes a link to a ten-point review and action plan.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Public Health England


Health impact of physical activity

April 12, 2013

Source: South West Public Health Observatory, (now part of Public Health England)

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The Health Impact of Physical Activity (HIPA) is a tool for Joint Strategic Needs Assessment. It has been developed to estimate how many cases of conditions such as coronary heart disease could be prevented in each local authority in England if 40-79 year olds did the recommended amount of physical activity.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Public Health England