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  1. Burning the bridge to burnout

    Karen discusses how incorporating physical activity into the workplace can help to improve mental wellbeing and reduce stress.

  2. Carrying NICE over the threshold

    Researchers at the University of York have argued that NICE is advising the NHS “to pay too much” for new drugs. NICE uses ‘quality adjusted life years’ (QALYs), to compare different drugs, devices and other technologies for different conditions. NICE’s ‘threshold,’ over which treatments are less likely to be recommended for use in the NHS, is typically between £20,000 and £30,000 per QALY. New research led by Professor Karl Claxton suggests that paying more than £13,000 per QALY for technologies “does more harm than good” by displacing other more effective healthcare from the NHS. Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE’s chief executive, says it’s not as simple as that:

  3. Challenging services to change

    Jonathan talks about how local, specialist support can improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges.

  4. People with dementia 'will experience poor care'

    People with dementia will experience poor care at some point while living in a care home or being treated in hospital, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned.

  5. Prevention better than cure, says NICE Chair

    Any concerns about the overdiagnosis of patients should be balanced by the effectiveness that preventive action has against disease, according to the Chair of NICE.

  6. Psoriasis is 'more than just a skin condition'

    Healthcare professionals should be aware that psoriasis can affect a person’s psychological and social wellbeing, and not just their physical health, says NICE.

  7. Public input helps shape NICE's social care work

    NICE will innovate and develop new ways of considering how the costs and benefits of informal care can be taken into account when developing social care guidance and quality standards.

  8. Realistic weight loss goals better than quick fixes

    Losing even a small amount of weight can help to improve the health of people who are overweight or obese and lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, says NICE.

  9. Reducing the spread of hepatitis B

    NICE’s quality standard for hepatitis B can help to reduce the spread of the infection by ensuring that people who are at increased risk are offered testing and vaccination.

  10. Rheumatoid arthritis in QOF 2013/14 menu

    Rheumatoid arthritis could be added to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for the first time, as NICE unveils potential indicators for 2013/14.