New guidance on vitamin D supplements for residents in adult care homes

We have published new guidance on offering vitamin D nutritional supplements to eligible residents in adult care homes. 

Vitamin D is important for keeping bones and muscles healthy. Current advice is that groups at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency, including people living in care homes, are advised to take a daily supplement all year round. This advice is based on recommendations made by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) in 2016.

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Annual returns FAQs now available

This year's annual returns will be available to service providers for completion between Monday 8 January – Sunday 18 February 2024. We have now published the following information and guidance to assist providers.

 More information about the annual returns can be found here.

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Joint inspection of adult services in Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership 

The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published a joint inspection of adult services, focusing on the outcomes and experiences of adults with physical disabilities and complex needs in the Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership. It has found clear strengths in how integrated health and social care services are positively supporting people’s health and wellbeing outcomes. Inspectors also identified areas which could further improve. 

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New practice note promotes postural care in services for adults and older people

Our new practice note supports good postural care in services for adults and older people and we are encouraging staff, providers and visiting professionals to download it and use it within settings. 

It gives guidance on supporting good postural care, and outlines the benefits and why it is important. It is aligned with best practice and the NHS NES strategy produced in April 2023 and available on Turas: Your posture matters, A strategic approach to taking care of it together.

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Medicines Recall: Carbomer Gel

Specific batches of carbomer gel are being recalled as a precaution due to possible microbiological contamination. For more information click here.


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