24 Jun 2022
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

News in brief w/e 24 June 2022

People urged to have spring booster as COVID-19 rates rise

As COVID-19 infection rates increase, people who have not yet had their spring booster are invited to get the vaccine. Eligible groups include older adult care home residents, people aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed. Around 86% of those aged 75 and over have received their spring dose, so some people haven't had their booster.

Reminder letters are being sent out about getting the jab before the end of June so there is a sufficient gap before a further dose this autumn. The Government will decide on the full autumn vaccination programme, once JCVI makes its recommendations. 

NHS top doctor rallies remaining people due a spring booster ahead of final COVID jab drive

Poliovirus detection in North and East London prompts vaccination plea

Poliovirus detected in sewage from North and East London has prompted a plea by health officials to parents to ensure young children have been vaccinated. No associated cases of paralysis have been reported yet but health professionals have been asked to investigate fully and report any suspected cases. An investigation of the poliovirus finding is underway, to help protect the public.  Government press release and Guidance.

New Microsoft 365 online tutorials now available 

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with the Digital Learning Solutions (DLS) team to produce tutorials on using Microsoft tools effectively. Microsoft 365 Training features 35 bitesize tutorials include OneDrive, SharePoint and 365 Accessibility. Each resource introduces the application, provides an overview and offers the opportunity for hands on practice. For more information, see the Microsoft 365 Overview programme page. Please direct any access or registration queries to HEE.

Diagnosing dementia: A practical guide to assessment

The Alzheimer’s Society has published Diagnosing dementia: A practical guide to assessment for anyone worried about possible signs of dementia, including memory problems, for themself or someone else.

The guide sets out how dementia can be diagnosed, including a checklist for possible dementia symptoms.


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