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Making change possible: a Transformation Fund for the NHS

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 11:11

The King's Fund -
The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation both support the concept of a Transformation Fund for the NHS in England. The two organisations came together to undertake a programme to establish how such a fund would be managed and resourced. The report draws on analysis conducted by the two organisations, in particular six case studies of funding transformation, in the health sector and beyond, along with examples of local NHS initiatives. It also captures the experience of NHS leaders and some of those organisations across the NHS that have been at the forefront of efforts to implement changes in the delivery of care.

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Department of Health: annual assessment of the NHS Commissioning Board (known as NHS England) 2014-15

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 11:06

Department of Health -
The Secretary of State for Health’s assessment report covers the extent to which NHS England met its mandate and business plan objectives, and fulfilled its duties to improve the quality of services, reduce inequalities and secure public involvement.

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Finding a path for the cure for dementia: an independent report into an integrated approach to dementia research

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 11:03

Department of Health -
This report sets out what and where hurdles exist in the development of treatments for dementia. It forms part of the ambition to help drive towards the G8 dementia summit’s goal of a cure or disease modifying therapy for dementia by 2025.

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National confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental illness

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 10:29

University of Manchester -
This report shows that there has been a 29 per cent rise among men who die by suicide while under the care of mental health services in the UK since 2006. During the report period, 2003-2013, the largest rise was seen in middle aged men 45-54 years old, where there has been a 73 per cent increase since 2006, which may be driven by increases in risk factors such as alcohol and economic pressures.

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Capacity and capability to regulate the quality and safety of health and adult social care

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 10:09

National Audit Office -
According to this report, the Care Quality Commission has made substantial progress as it seeks to address public concerns about its regulatory approach, but significant challenges lie ahead if it is to demonstrate effectiveness and value for money.

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Annual report and accounts 2014/15

Tue, 21/07/2015 - 12:43

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This report reflect on how CQC has progressed from designing, testing and evaluating the new expert-led way of monitoring, inspecting and regulating health and adult social care services across England, to implementing it.

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Reasons why people with dementia are admitted to a general hospital in an emergency

Tue, 21/07/2015 - 11:28

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This study finds the proportion of people with dementia being admitted to hospital in an emergency increased by 48% between 2008 to 2009 and 2012 to 2013. It focuses on the reasons why people with dementia are admitted to a general hospital in an emergency and considers ways in which some of these could be prevented. It recommends that although strategies to improve care for people with dementia have progressed and there is greater awareness of the symptoms, there is room for improvement.

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Rethinking the public health workforce

Tue, 21/07/2015 - 10:38

Royal Society of Public Health - 
With only 40,000 people estimated to be part of the core public health workforce, and in light of the crisis in lifestyle health issues, this report calls for anyone who has “the opportunity or ability to positively impact health and wellbeing through their work” to join the wider public health workforce. It identifies a number of services, such as the fire service, hairdressing and the postal service, which has the capacity to support public health work.

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Understanding the wider public health workforce in England

Tue, 21/07/2015 - 10:27

Centre for Workforce Intelligence - 
This report, published in conjunction with the Royal Society of Public Health, examines the wider public health workforce. It identifies the size and scope of this workforce, provides examples of its work and considers possible professional development needs for strengthening this important service. It has found that at least 15 million people contribute to the public health agenda in England - ranging from police and fire personnel, to opticians and housing officers.

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Safely home: what happens when people leave hospitals and care settings?

Tue, 21/07/2015 - 10:18

Healthwatch England - 
This inquiry aimed to examine the human cost, rather than the financial cost, of poor experiences of the discharge process. The inquiry focused on the experiences of older people, homeless people, and people with mental health conditions - three groups for whom the consequences of a failed discharge process were particularly detrimental. Five key reasons for poor discharge planning were identified: lack of co-ordination between services; patients feeling stigmatised; patients feeling unsupported after discharge; lack of patient involvement; and lack of understanding of individual needs.

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International comparisons of screening policy-making: a systematic review

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 12:48

Department of Health (DH) - 
This paper compares various screening policies and systems across the world and compared these to current UK practice. This systematic review was commissioned to support a review of the UK National Screening Committee.

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Mental health atlas 2014

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 12:42

World Health Organization (WHO) - 
This publication provides information on the availability of mental health services and resources across the world  including financial allocations, human resources and specialised facilities for mental health.

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Accident and emergency statistics

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 12:24

House of Commons Library - 
This briefing provides summaries and visualisations of a wide range of NHS A&E trends, including: levels of attendance over time; attendance by age, and various measures of waiting times.

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Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 12:02

Independent Cancer Taskforce - 
The Independent Cancer Taskforce was established in January 2015 by NHS England to help develop a five-year strategy for cancer services. The taskforce has now published its final report which sets out six strategic priorities to improve cancer services in England. The report outlines how an additional 30,000 patients every year could survive cancer for 10 years or more by 2020. Of these, around 11,000 would be through earlier diagnosis.

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Workforce information signposting tool

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 11:52

Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) - 
CfWI have updated their workforce information signposting tool which aims to help health and social care workforce planners and education commissioners to find sources of data, information and intelligence, to inform decision making. The refreshed tool includes updates to the data sources included as well as enhancements to the functionality, including new search options and filters.

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Consultation on NICE guidance and quality standards on new social care topics

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 11:49

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - 
NICE and the Department of Health are running a joint consultation to seek views on which social care topics NICE should produce quality guidelines and standards. They have provided a list of proposed social care topics for comment and are asking if there are any others topics that are missing from the list. The deadline for responses to this consultation is 9 October 2015.

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Triennial review of the pay review bodies

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 11:45

Department of Health (DH) - 
The Department of Health reviews its arm’s length bodies once every 3 years. This triennial review looks at the form, functions, governance and performance of the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) and the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ remuneration (DDRB). The review seeks feedback on whether NHSPRB and DDRB need to continue in their current form; how they are performing; and whether they are providing good value. The deadline for this consultation is 7 August 2015.

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Healthcare UK overview and annual review 2014 to 2015

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 11:41

Department of Health (DH) - 
Healthcare UK is a joint initiative of the Department of Health, UK Trade and Investment and NHS England. It helps UK healthcare providers to do more business overseas by promoting the UK healthcare sector to overseas markets and supporting healthcare partnerships between the UK and overseas healthcare providers. This review examines the performance of Healthcare UK against its targets and provides an overview of its activities during 2014/15.

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Delay in the implementation of the cap on care costs: correspondence

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 11:37

Department of Health (DH) - 
In response to concerns expressed by the Local Government Association and many other stakeholders about the timetable for implementing the cap on care costs in April 2016, the government has decided to delay its implementation. This correspondence from the Care and Support Minister Alistair Burt announces that the implementation of the cap on care costs will be delayed until April 2020.

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The local health service?

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 10:32

Fabian Society - 
This report examines how to balance local control and national standards in access to health care. It also considers how greater control for services users, employees and local leaders can be delivered alongside higher performance and value for money.

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