Friday, 12 October 2018

Things in the library 12 Oct...

Might children rust...

Certainly a danger of that if left outside in today's rain! However this is a serious editorial about the risks of supplementary oxygen in acute illness. It's also not very often that one of the references dates from 1774!


Things about online forums...
This research sought to determine if the health advice provided in online discussion forms aimed at parents of young children is accurate and in agreement with evidence found in evidence-based resources and to discover whether or not these forums are an avenue for misinformation. They concluded that: "While roughly half of the health-related advice provided in online discussion forums aimed at parents of young children is accurate, only a small portion of the advice is incorrect; therefore, these sources are not a major concern for the spread of misinformation."
If you want help to identify the best available evidence then you can request training or ask us to do a literature search for you.

Things about integrated care in South Yorkshire...
From the beginning of October national NHS bodies have transferred greater control to South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw for health services run and delivered to the 1.5 million people who live there. Most of the partnership work between the NHS, councils and the voluntary sector will take place at a local level in each of the five places covered by the arrangements: Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.  The Integrated Care System will support this work and address issues that will be best delivered through collaboration across the whole of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.

Things to read...
As the weather gets more gloomy what better than to curl up with a good book.
The reading Agency has announced their Mood Boosting Book list for 2018. if you want the full details of the titles please email the library for the list.

Things not to miss...
Still time to sign up for our Randomised Coffee Trial in November if you work at SCH. So far 97 people have signed up...who will be the 100th? You will be matched randomly with another volunteer then all you have to do is agree a time and place for you both to meet and chat for 30-40 mins. Sign up via this form (may not work in Internet explorer so use Chrome)

Things about health inequalities...
Public health England recently published a report comparing physical health conditions between people with severe mental illness and the general population by age, sex and deprivation using primary care data. It shows people with severe mental illness suffer significantly worse physical health compared to the general population, with the greatest inequalities seen among younger people.

Things to eat...
I made this pasta sauce last night from a New York Times recipe which sounded intriguing  Pasta With Fried Lemons and Chile Flakes and we really loved it. It sounds a bit fiddly but it really isn't and you use the boiling water in which you have blanched the lemon slices in to cook your pasta. It says the celery leaves and parsley are optional but I would add them if you can...so if you saw me rejecting lots of packs of celery in Tescos yesterday you now know why!




Friday, 5 October 2018

Things in the library 5th October...

Things about alcohol...
A new WHO report published recently, Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014, provides new insights into data collected over 12 years on adolescent drinking. The report reveals that alcohol use has declined among adolescents in Europe. However, despite the reductions, levels of consumption remain dangerously high and this continues to be a major public health concern.

Things about health passports...
In this blog post Simon Cramp describes his work with Chesterfield Royal Hospital to develop and launch a booklet so that patients who find communicating with clinical staff difficult have all their information in one place, making hospital appointments and admissions easier for patients and staff.



Things about autism and weight...
Children with autism spectrum disorders appear to be at a higher risk of having obesity than their typically developing peers. Although it has been recommended that healthcare providers speak to children with autism spectrum disorders about the potential health risks of unhealthy weight, no previous research has explored how healthcare providers communicate with them about this topic. The purpose of this study “Girls don’t have big tummies” was to explore children’s perspectives and experiences of discussing weight-related topics in healthcare consultations.

Things about Childline...
Childline has launched a website aimed at children under the age of 12. This provides age appropriate content on topics including: bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. It also includes games and therapeutic tools for young visitors to play and express how they are feeling. It will be promoted through the NSPCC's Speak out Stay safe programme.

Things for autumn...

I love making soups and made this Roasted tomato & mascarpone soup earlier in the week, very easy and warming to come home to.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Things in the library 28th Sept...

Things that are exciting...

There is a real buzz around the launch of our Randomised Coffee Trial @ SCH. Join in today via this form and in late October you will be randomly matched to another member of SCH staff. You both then agree a time and place to meet for coffee (or other drink) during November and just chat for 30-40 mins.
Why?…it’s a good way to meet new colleagues, make connections and find out more about each other.
You can talk about anything you like ….it doesn't have to be a job related …but it can be...don't miss out!

Things about children & social care...

A strengths-based approach (SBA) to social care focuses on identifying the strengths, or assets, as well as the needs and difficulties of children, young people and families. This briefing from Social Care Institute for Excellence describes how SBAs work and assesses their effectiveness. The values and principles that inform this approach are not new, but there has been a rapidly growing interest over the last five years in such approaches. These approaches are also about co-production – people providing care working in equal partnership with those who need it to design and deliver services.

Things about Childhood Tuberculosis...
This article looks at The Changing Landscape of Childhood Tuberculosis in the United Kingdom. They describe the recent epidemiology of childhood TB in the UK, how this compares to TB in adults, and document changes with time (2000-2015).




Things about health inequalities...
The aim of this systematic review is to examine the effect of age on associations between household income and overall health from birth to adolescence, and whether age patterns vary by country. It is uncertain whether income-related health inequalities remain stable, widen, or narrow as children age, which impacts optimal timing of equity-focused interventions.

Things to have your say about...
Sheffield City Region (SCR) is working with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to establish what the future of the Supertram system might look like. The consultation opens on Monday 24 September and runs until Monday 5 November. The consultation seeks views on three options:

  • Maintaining Supertram as it is through ongoing essential repairs
  • Renewing and modernising Supertram’s tracks, vehicles and information systems
  • Exploring alternative options to Supertram

They are encouraging as many people as possible to have their say in this consultation. For more information about the proposals on the future of Supertram and to take part visit this website

Things about war & peace...
This autumn, as the nation marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice, Sheffield City Libraries are considering how Sheffield and the surrounding area has been shaped by conflict through the ages. From early Anglo-Saxons to the defense of Sheffield Castle, from Waterloo to rebuilding after the Sheffield Blitz; they will be revealing fascinating stories from our city‘s rich and complex history. a variety of events can be booked online.

Things to attend...
Reading group on Wed 3rd October 17:15 to 18:15 (discussing 'The Children Act') and Journal Club Thurs 4th October 8:00 to 9.00 (contact the library for details) both on F Floor of Stephenson Wing.

Things to enjoy...

I made this very simple French yogurt cake last night - can recommend it! from the first blog I ever subscribed to when they were a 'new' thing!



Friday, 21 September 2018

Things in the library 21st Sept...

Things about social media...

A briefing paper, Social media, young people and mental health, from the Centre for Mental Health looks at evidence about the impact of social media use on the mental health of young people. It finds that while many studies have focused on the risks and potential harm caused by social media use, there is also evidence of potential benefits. And only by building a three-dimensional picture of the many ways young people interact with social media will we be able to reduce the risks and make the most of the opportunities they present.

The briefing notes that the potential risks to wellbeing include addiction or dependency on social media, often as a substitute for other kinds of social interaction, unhelpful comparisons and jealousy, and bullying. Potential benefits may include the creation of new social connections and opportunities to encourage greater mental health literacy and help-seeking.

The briefing calls on government departments, social media companies and charities to work together to find ways of preventing or mitigating the risks and maximising the benefits to young people’s mental health. This may include changing the way social media platforms work, but also supporting schools and families to help children and young people to navigate social media safely and making greater use of the opportunities to promote good mental health and speedy help-seeking.

Things about CBT...
This study investigated possible predictors of long-term treatment outcomes in youth with mixed anxiety disorders treated in community mental health clinics. Outcomes were loss of all inclusion anxiety diagnoses, loss of the principal inclusion anxiety diagnosis, and changes in youth- and parent-rated youth anxiety symptoms. Predictors encompassed youth, parent and demographic factors, and post-treatment recovery. The most consistent finding was that low family social class predicted poorer outcomes. Higher treatment motivation was associated with better outcome whereas a diagnosis of social anxiety was associated with poorer outcome. Identified predictors extend on previous findings from efficacy trials, and the results indicate a need for more specific treatment protocols.


Things about eating disorders...
This review addresses the question of whether the offspring of parents with past or present eating disorders have adverse outcomes. Given the relatively high incidence of eating disorder history in individuals of childbearing age, research into its potential effects on children is necessary. However, the methodological shortcomings and a limited evidence base caution in drawing conclusions. Nevertheless, mental health services should address the possible problems that these children face and offer tailored programs.

Things about health in England...
The second annual report combining data and knowledge with information from other sources to give a broad picture of the health of people in England in 2018. This report summarises the health of people in England in 2018 and provides an update to the first Health Profile for England (published 2017). A new addition for this year’s report is the inclusion of forecast data for several key indicators, for the 5 years up to 2023 and a separate chapter on the health of children in the early years.  As a society, people are living longer but often in poorer health and stubborn inequalities persist. Good health is about much more than good healthcare – a high-quality education, a warm home, and a good job are just as important to a healthy standard of living.

Things about Artificial Intelligence...
A new ‘state of the nation' report about the use of Artificial Intelligence in health and care has found that we are only beginning to unlock the potential of AI. The report spotlights some of the opportunities AI creates and shows where it is already being used in projects across the country. It also considers some of the barriers to wider deployment of AI and proposes solutions, including the creation of a “code of conduct” for the sector.


Things about a sustainable health workforce...
The toolkit is aimed at policy-makers, human resources for health (HRH) planners and professionals, and other stakeholders, such as education institutions and those implementing policy. It is intended to support 'Towards a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region: framework for action', which adapts the Global strategy on human resources for health: workforce 2030 to the context of the WHO European Region. It is framed around four strategic domains mirroring the themes of the global strategy – education and performance, planning and investment, capacity-building, and analysis and monitoring – and proposes policy options and implementation modalities. The toolkit is formulated to provide Member States with information and signpost to practical materials, such as HRH assessment, policy and planning tools, analytical approaches and case studies, to support their efforts to strengthen HRH in a sustainable way, including through investment in capital and recurrent expenditure. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list or compendium.

Things about music...
Sheffield Makes Music this year forms part of the  Festival of the Mind events and celebrates the brilliant musical creators, contributors and talent our city has to offer. As part of the national celebrations for BBC Music Day they will be joined by BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq who will broadcast his 6 Music drive time show live from the Spiegeltent in Barkers Pool. Throughout the day all around the city centre they will be weaving the sounds of our city via a series of acoustic performances, Opera on the Town Hall steps and various brass, strings and voices in the St Paul's Place pop up band stand. Date: Friday 28 September 2018, 1pm-late

Things to make...
A recommendation from Sarah this week for Vegeree a kedgeree without fish but with roasted aubergines. There are two recipes on this link ...scroll down for the Vegeree.










Friday, 7 September 2018

Things in the library 7th Sept...


Things about play...
The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report looking at the importance to children of play and physical activity. Recommendations for government include: putting out-of-school activity at the heart of the plan to reduce obesity; and focussing on play and activity in policy responses to challenges faced by children, including mental health issues and excessive use of technology.

Things about Looked-after children...
This report by Social Market Foundation analysed inspection data from Ofsted, which assesses local councils’ services for children in need of help and protection, looked-after children and care leavers. The analysis showed that 63% of Local Authorities in England are providing services for these children which either “require improvement” or are simply “inadequate.” The calculations based on these figures show that this means that 47,085 children – 65% of all looked-after children – are looked after in Local Authorities that are deemed to be falling short of a good standard. Of those children, 13,790 are receiving care services judged as “inadequate”, the worst possible grade.



Things about infant-feeding...
Academics at Coventry University have created a new website to help midwives and health visitors support both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding parent. iFeed aims to fill a gap in the help offered to parents due to children’s centre closures, over-stretched maternity and health visiting services, as well as to ensure parents who bottle feed receive more support. The creators were inspired to build the website following their own research into infant-feeding and the information parents told them they wanted on the subject. It is hoped that it will provide a trusted resource for health professionals.

Things to give your opinion on...
The government is seeking views on whether the sale of energy drinks to children should be stopped. This consultation closes at on 21 November 2018.
It also asks for views on:


  • what products should be included in any restrictions
  • what age limit a ban should apply to
  • whether sales of energy drinks from vending machines should be restricted
  • whether there are any changes that would be more appropriate than a ban on sales to children or that could be applied as well as a ban


Things to read...
The next book we are reading for the meeting on Wed 3rd October is Ian McEwan's book 'The Children Act' (recently released as a film starring Emma Thompson) do come and join us for a chat about it along with drinks and nibbles. We meet in the Illingworth library (F Floor Stephenson Wing) at 17:15 for about 1hour.





Things to enjoy in Sheffield...
The full program for the Sheffield's 'Off the Shelf' literary festival (6-27 October) is now available. Some events book up very quickly so do check the website - something for everyone. Writing events, children's events and authors and poets to meet.




Things to eat...
(c) Jules Clancy 
I came across this free ebook this week with some nice recipes in it for 5 ingredient dinners. A nice feature is that she also gives variations for dairy-free, vegan where possible. I rather fancy the self-saucing ginger puddings! The author of this e-cookbook is Jules Clancy who lives in Australia and writes, blogs and photographs food.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Things in the library 31st Aug...

Things about mental health...
Health chiefs have drawn up new guidance to encourage doctors to place mental health therapists in practice surgeries – bringing more mental and physical health services under one roof. These new therapists will be integrated into primary care teams and focus on common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, particularly where this occurs in patients with a long term physical health condition such as diabetes, respiratory or heart problems. Evidence suggests nine out of 10 adults with mental health problems are supported in primary care and broadening the range of services for patients, means local health services are better equipped to deal with patients’ physical and mental health needs.

Things about well-being...
The Good Childhood Report 2018 has been published by The Children's Society.
This report examines the state of children’s well-being in the UK. It finds that one in six (16 per cent) of more than 11,000 children aged 14 surveyed reported self-harming. It looks at the reasons behind the unhappiness which increases the risk of children self-harming. The report urges the Government to make sure that every child can talk to a counsellor in their school.

Things about Duchenne muscular dystrophy...


    • This article in Acta Paediatrica looks at parent-child communication and the timing of interventions in Duchenne muscular dystrophy care.
    • In the news this morning a possible treatment option is hitting the headlines - it is based on research using gene editing in dogs - if you want to read more the the details of the study are here and some comments on it here

    Things about prenatal opioid exposure...
    This american article discusses direct neurotoxic, indirect, and stress-related pathophysiologies of prenatal opioid exposure on neurodevelopment of children.

    Things after a no-deal Brexit...
    The Government has put together a collection of information and guidance relating to health and care organisations and industry about planning for a potential no-deal Brexit.

    Things to do...

    The annual Art in the Gardens event, held in Sheffield Botanical Gardens, is arguably the largest outdoor art exhibition in the north of England with artists, craft makers and visitors coming from throughout the UK. This event is an opportunity to buy the perfect piece of art or craft direct from the artists, whilst enjoying the perfect surroundings that the gardens have to offer.  Thousands of pieces of art and craft on show and for sale. Sheffield Botanical Gardens, 1 - 2 September 2018 10.30am - 5.30pm

    Things to eat...
    Mushroom bourguignonSeptember always makes me thing of autumn woods and fungi.....not suggesting you collect your own unless you really know what you are doing...but this Jamie Oliver vegetarian and gluten-free Mushroom Bourguignon sounds worth making.




    Things almost back to normal...
    We will be open evenings again next week Mon-Wed until 7pm.









    Friday, 24 August 2018

    Things in the library 24 Aug...


    Things open and closed...
    With staff off in various places next week I am all by myself so will be opening 8:45 to 17:00 Tuesday to Friday next week. Sarah seems to have been meeting wolves in Mongolia!





    Things to drink or not to drink...

    Alcohol hitting the headlines today following an article in The Lancet published yesterday. if you want to read the full article the link is here. This article is freely available but many that are published are not. If you have an NHS Open Athens account you will be able to access many resources; if you are a consultant or involved in teaching University of Sheffield students ask us about an honorary contract so you can access University resources too.


    Things about crying infants...

    A systematic review about the effect of manual therapy interventions for healthy but unsettled, distressed and excessively crying infants that aims to provide information to help clinicians and parents inform decisions about care.



    Things looked at in a different way...
    One of the things that we learn about in the Microsystems coaching to help service improvement is re-framing. This YouTube video of a TED talk is work watching to see a different way of analysing problems.

    Things about health and environment...
    Some advance dates for your calendar if you are interested in the events organised by IWUN (Improving wellbeing through urban nature) in Sheffield. Details and booking for the first one

    9 Oct 18 - Chris Skelly - Microbiome and its relationship with human health and the public health implications.
    11 Dec 18 - Prof Alister Scott - Mainstreaming green infrastructure in UK planning
    15 Jan 19 - Vicki Houlden - Happy Cities: The Relationship Between Urban Greenspace Characteristics and Mental Wellbeing
    12 Feb 19 - Dr Miles Richardson - Improving Well-being through Noticing Urban Nature
    12 Mar 19 - Dr Julian Dobson & Dr Nicola DempseyIdentifying green space interventions for our health and wellbeing in the Sheffield context
    14 May 19 - Prof Anna Jorgensen - Improving Well-being through Urban Nature – A vision for the future

    Things about scurvy...

    A case report in Archives of Disease in Childhood highlights three recent cases referred for leg pain and refusal to walk. All children had no significant medical history, symptoms had started months before and subtly advanced. A nutritional screening revealed low or undetectable levels of ascorbic acid. This, along with the clinical and radiological findings, led to a diagnosis of scurvy. Vitamin C supplementation was started with rapid improvement of the children's clinical condition. Scurvy is a rare disease in the 'first world', but there are anecdotal reports of scurvy in children without any of the known risk factors for this condition. In these cases, a selective diet was the only risk factor.

    Things about smoke...
    Third hand smoke to be precise...the studies in this review demonstrate the harmful effects of THS on health in cells, in animal models, and in people including children. However, in people, the long-term effects remain unknown and more research is needed. These studies show that knowledge about THS and its potential harmful effects are poorly understood among the general population. For this reason, THS should receive greater emphasis in education and awareness policies.

    Things about nursing careers...
    It can be difficult to weigh up the different options and to map out a clear pathway for the supply of registered nurses. The latest version of the infographic highlights the costs and benefits of the different nursing supply options and the timescales to be expected to recruit a registered nurse. It has also been amended for employers to see the new routes into the extended nursing family such as the nursing associate role and the nursing degree apprenticeship. Previously the routes into nursing have been limited, with a university degree being the main way to train registered nurses. The introduction of the nursing degree apprenticeship gives a new opportunity for employers to train nurses. This and other new routes are explored in this infographic  from NHS Employers.

    Things for the Bank Holiday... if you are off work have a great time

     So how about some nice lemon tarts to make for afternoon tea...



    ...or if you want a great meal how about this simple Spanish-style chicken bake  which I made last weekend.