We Like NIHR Signals!

First of all my heart goes out to everyone caught up in last nights tragedy in Barcelona, a city which I visited for the first time very recently. There are no words to express the shock and horror that will be felt by anyone who lost a loved one. My deepest felt sympathy to everyone affected.

The last few weeks I have concentrated too much perhaps on both dementia and Scotland so today I’ll thank Margo Stewart the Nursing Subject Librarian here at UWS for sharing this with me.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dissemination Centre has a page called “Discover the Latest Research” where they release a series of reports called NIHR Signals. NIHR Signals are timely summaries of the most important research that aim to cut through the noise and provide decision makers and others with research evidence they can use. You can find out more about them here and by watching the video!



Recently the Dissemination Centre launched a new series called ‘My Signals’ where patients, service users and health and social care staff can comment and add their perspectives to Signals summaries of research. It’s not obvious how you do this but if you open the Signal you want to read you will find within it a menu that consists of:

Signal   Published Abstract   Definitions   Comments

Click on the comments link and you can both see what been said and add your own comments.

They are particularly interested in the views of patients and have created a guide to encourage them to contribute My Signals – Patients

The next editions of ‘My Signals’ will feature a Director of Public Health (in September) and three GPs (in October). Further editions will feature the views of surgeons, of nurses and of physiotherapists, so a site worth keeping an eye on.

Note also it’s a brilliant resource presenting easy to understand information, like NHS Choice’s Behind the Headlines which I have posted about before.


New BGS Standards for Older Peoples’ Healthcare

Yesterday the BGS published ‘Effective healthcare for older people; Principles and Standards‘, with a particular focus on those living with frailty.Health care for older people is the core business for the NHS. Getting health care right for older people will help ensure we get it right for everyone. The Principles and Standards are for the health care of older people in any setting –  not only for older adult care wards, but for all of the health care departments older people may encounter which as you can imagine is everywhere outside of maternity and paediatric specialist areas. At only 4 pages its short and to the point so have a look and ask yourself, “Are we sure that we are delivering high-quality care for older people?”

If you want to read more about these standards and how they were developed see https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/1794689/posts/1261514691


With a week to go until Christmas, I guess we’ll all be heading out to buy our Christmas Wines and spirits! (Cheers, bye the way!). But what nationality are you as revealed by the alcohol that you drink? How does your drinking measure up to the average in countries around the world?

How does your drinking measure up to the average in countries around the world?

You can go and find out at the BBC’s handy Booze Calculator

Apparently, I have German drinking habits and over a year drink as much as someone from Chile! What about you?

At this time of year it’s also good to consider the impact of alcohol on older people because like you, they are out more and drink more. So for specific advice relating to older people see


This report from this summer about older people and alcohol also makes for very interesting reading at this time of year.

Glasgow Centre for Population Health Report