COVID-19: Extremely vulnerable to receive tailored advice Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will receive new guidance to help them reduce their risk from coronavirus, tailored to where they live, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced The health of prisoners in the UK People in the penal system are poorly served by health services. We must do better, says Ian Peate Over 10% in England have now been tested for coronavirus Around 1 in 8 people have now received a coronavirus test at least once since the launch of NHS Test and Trace on 28 May RCN members to be consulted on rejoining the International Council of Nurses Members of the RCN will be invited to give their thoughts on whether the organisation should rejoin the International Council of Nurses COVID-19: Weekly testing needed to safeguard staff The need for more regular staff testing and recommends new measures going forward has been highlighted by a new report on maintaining NHS core services during the pandemic Climate change: NHS becomes the first health system to commit to become carbon net zero The NHS has adopted a multiyear plan to become the world’s first carbon net zero national health system, backed by clear deliverables and milestones COVID-19 – ‘We don’t have this under control’ admits government scientific adviser as cases rise again The Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser has given a bleak assessment of the current COVID-19 situation in the UK, as daily figures revealed 7,108 new cases and 71 deaths. ‘Things are definitely heading in the wrong direction,’ said Sir Patrick Vallance Adding nursing assistants to the Shortage Occupation List ‘won’t end the workforce crisis’ warns RCN The RCN has given a cautious welcome to the Migration Advisory Committee’s decision to add senior care workers and nursing assistants to its shortage occupation list, which shows which occupations are facing a shortage of labour ahead of the introduction of a new points based immigration system in 2021 COVID-19: Flu exacerbates virus, research suggests People infected with both influenza and COVID-19 between January and April were more at risk of severe illness and death, new Public Health England research suggests Smoking: Rise in successful quit attempts Smoking prevalence among adults in England is at a record low of 13.9%, new data from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study shows MPs warn the Government of an 'emerging crisis' in the nursing workforce Major issues in the nursing workforce are being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Accounts Committee's NHS nursing workforce report has found PM warns that the UK faces an ‘unquestionably difficult winter’ as new COVID restrictions applied Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK faces an ‘unquestionably difficult winter’ as rising rates of COVID-19 have prompted a new wave of restrictions across all four countries Staff safety at risk unless nursing shortages are addressed Urgent action to address the shortage of nursing staff across the health and care system is required to prevent harm to staff, the RCN has said 1 comment COVID-19: Plan to protect social care over winter A new adult social care winter plan will aim to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in care homes, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced ‘Most vital ever’ healthcare worker flu vaccination drive launched Senior clinicians have urged frontline colleagues to get the annual flu jab as soon as possible, as the first vaccine deliveries start to reach local employers this week Addiction services not equipped to treat high risk drinking during pandemic Nearly 8.5 million adults are drinking at high risk since the COVID-19 outbreak, while number of people addicted to opiates seeking help in April at highest level since 2015, research from the Royal College of Psychiatrists has found COVID-19: Test shortages threaten NHS staff A lack of coronavirus tests for NHS staff is leading to staff absences and services being put at risk, NHS Providers have warned COVID-19’s dangerous legacy Mark Greener looks at the recent research into what the pandemic’s lasting impact will be New campaign to prevent winter spread of coronavirus The ‘Hands. Face. Space’ campaign has been launched by the Government to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic this winter COVID-19 cuts prostate cancer referrals in half, as appointments dwindle Urgent referrals for urological cancers have dropped by half in England compared to the same period last year, according to research by Prostate Cancer UK Quarter of a million clear face masks to support people with hearing loss Around 250,000 clear face masks are to be delivered to frontline NHS and social care workers to support better care for people who use lip-reading and facial expressions to communicate, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced Government struggling to tackle rising childhood obesity The Department of Health and Social Care’s programme to combat childhood obesity may be unable to reduce rising rates due to multiple reorganisations and strategy changes, a report by the National Audit Office has suggested New Chair and Vice Chair of RCN Council announced Dave Dawes and Carol Popplestone have been elected to the leadership roles of the RCN’s Council Sexual health: Gonorrhoea cases rise by over a quarter The public is being urged to practise safe sex, as a Public Health England report finds that cases of gonorrhoea rose by 26% in 2019 Thousands to benefit from ‘soups and shakes diet’ on the NHS Over 5000 people with type 2 diabetes will be prescribed new diet plans to combat the condition, NHS England has announced.