Letters and circulars

Circulars explain aspects of health and social care policy and regulation more fully. Many circulars are quasi-legislative and include a direction or requirement to take specific action. Letters provide key communication between DH and its NHS and social care audiences. Many circulars and letters include guidance on implementation of aspects of health and social care policy. View past letters and circulars

New start date and more funding announced for local HealthWatch bodies

Further details on the establishment of local HealthWatch bodies, including a new start date and extra funding, have been set out by Health Minister Andrew Lansley. Following feedback from local … Read more → – New start date and more funding announced for local HealthWatch bodies

Message from Chief Medical Officer about breast implants

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is not recommending routine removal of the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) silicone gel breast implants. There is no evidence of any disproportionate … Read more → – Message from Chief Medical Officer about breast implants

Nutrition Interested Parties (IP) letter published

The Department represents the UK at meetings in Brussels to develop EU legislation on nutrition and health claims.  The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health met on … Read more → – Nutrition Interested Parties (IP) letter published

Children and Young People’s Mental Health – recent developments

This letter issued jointly by Prof Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer); Dame Christine Beasley (Chief Nursing Officer); Dr Keith Ridge (Chief Pharmaceutical Officer) and Prof Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS … Read more → – Children and Young People’s Mental Health – recent developments

Advice on appointing health care chaplains in hospitals

New arrangements for the appointment of health care chaplains will come into place from 3 January 2012. A panel of health care chaplaincy appointment advisers drawn from the different religions … Read more → – Advice on appointing health care chaplains in hospitals

Reyrolle Circuit Breaker

An incident occurred involving a Reyrolle 11kV SMV Hadrian circuit breaker rated at 630A. The concern is a flashover could occur while isolating the circuit breaker. This would be as … Read more → – Reyrolle Circuit Breaker

Reyrolle ROK and ROKSS ring main units alert

An incident occurred to a Reyrolle ROKSS 11KV ring main unit of the type manufactured up to and including 1982.  Scottish Power issued a dangerous incident notice as well as … Read more → – Reyrolle ROK and ROKSS ring main units alert