communicable diseases

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 : code of practice for the NHS on the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections and related guidance

Set of guidelines designed to help NHS bodies in England plan and implement ways to prevent and control healthcare associated infections and containing criteria which the Care Quality Commission will use to assess them.

The primary prevention of hepatitis C among injecting drug users

This report reviews the prevention of hepatitis C and what actions could be taken to reduce its transmission and improve knowledge and awareness, particularly among at-risk groups. The report therefore focuses on HCV prevention among injecting drug users.

Planning for pandemic influenza in social care

Guidance, consisting of nine separate modules, which aims to supply social care organisations with the tools and resources necessary to plan for and cope with the challenges posed by pandemic influenza.

Improving the health and social outcomes of people recently released from prisons in the UK : a perspective from primary care

Paper discussing how released prisoners may be helped to more easily access primary care services so their health needs can be addressed. It considers issues such as chronic disease, substance misuse, communicable diseases and mental health.

Scottish Paediatric Telemedicine Project : final report

Report describing a paediatric telemedicine project which was established to facilitate rapid diagnosis of children with cardiac or surgical problems at a distant centre. The project involved installing mobile video conferencing units in ten sites throughout Scotland along with a video conferencing room at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow.

Health in Scotland 2008: shedding light on hidden epidemics

Report from the Chief Medical Officer reviewing some of the data on the habits which studies are showing have a dramatic effect on risks of developing chronic ill health or premature death.

It also considers some of the mental health problems which may contribute to chronic stress in sufferers by lessening their ability to control and manage their lives. Such problems include ADHD in adults, post traumatic stress syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorders.

Pandemic influenza: supplementary information for third sector organisations

Document that gives background information and highlights key areas for consideration to support third sector organisations to plan, prepare and respond to pandemic influenza.

Provision of injecting equipment in Scotland, 2007/08

Report presenting the findings of a survey of injecting equipment provision (IEP) to injecting drug users in Scotland. The survey's aims were to construct an up-to-date, accurate picture of services providing injecting equipment and provide evidence on which to base recommendations on establishing a system for regular collection of data on injecting equipment.