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Labour's 10-year plan for health and care

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 12:34

Your Britain -
This document sets out the Labour Party's plan for health and care for the next ten years. It aims not just to protect the NHS but to improve it for years to come by making sure that the health service can meet the challenges of the 21st century and remain sustainable for the future.

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The code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 12:24

Nursing & Midwifery Council -
This revised code of practice places public expectations at the heart of good nursing and midwifery practice. It has been written with the input of many patients, carers, nurses and midwives. It is shaped around four statements, which state that good nurses and midwives will prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety, and promote professionalism and trust.

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Transforming care for people with learning disabilities - next steps

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 12:17

NHS England -
This report sets out a series of ways in which NHS England, the Local Government Association, the Association of Adult Social Services, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England and the Department of Health intend to improve the quality of life of those with learning disabilities by substantially reducing the number of people placed in hospital, reducing the length of time those admitted spend there, and enhancing the quality of both hospital and community settings.

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Winterbourne view: transforming care two years on

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 12:11

Department of Health -
The government committed in Transforming care: a national response to Winterbourne View Hospital to produce a report two years later setting out the progress that had been made to ensure what happened at Winterbourne View is not repeated. The update report is a collective account from partners across the health and care system, which describes the work that has taken place. It provides an update against the actions in the original report and shows that not as much progress has been made as was intended.

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Improving young people’s health and wellbeing: a framework for public health

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 12:00

Public Health England -
This framework has been developed as a resource to enable local areas in the delivery of their public health role for young people. It poses questions for councillors, health and wellbeing boards, commissioners, providers and education and learning settings to help them support young people to be healthy and to improve outcomes for young people.

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Right here : how to promote youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 11:47

Mental Health Foundation -
This guide is aimed at those delivering mental health and wellbeing services for young people aged 16–25. It has been written to help services address the specific needs of this age group and tackle some of the barriers which prevent them from accessing traditional mental health services.

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British Social Attitudes survey 2014

Thu, 29/01/2015 - 11:36

The King's Fund -
This report details the results and satisfaction trends relating to the NHS and health care issues from the British Social Attitudes survey 2014. It finds that overall public satisfaction with the NHS increased to 65 per cent in 2014 – the second highest level since the British Social Attitudes survey began in 1983. Dissatisfaction with the service fell to an all-time low of 15 per cent.

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Consultation on NICE indicators

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 10:56

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
The consultation on potential new indicators for the NICE QOF and CCG OIS indicator menus is now open. All comments must be received by 5pm on 23 February 2015.

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Investing in specialised commissioning - public consultation

Wed, 28/01/2015 - 10:38

NHS England -
NHS England is consulting on a proposed set of principles which will underpin the future decision making process for investment in specialised services. The consultation document also outlines the characteristics of the process NHS England will use to make these decisions. The closing date for comments is 27 April 2015.

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The Coalition's record on health: policy, spending and outcomes 2010-15

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 10:59

London School of Economics (LSE) - 
This report is part of a larger piece of research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation and carried out by LSE, University of York and University of Manchester. This working paper presents the results of an audit of the Coalition government's record on health policy during the period 2010-15. The accompanying full overview report presents an assessment of the Coalition's performance on social policy in general during 2010-15.

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Risk or reward? The changing role of CCGs in general practice

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 10:30

The King's Fund - 
This report, written jointly with the Nuffield Trust, finds that CCGs risk becoming unsustainable without changes to the way they attract leaders and adequate funding to help them expand their remit. The report also highlights concerns that changes to the way primary care is commissioned in England; waning levels of engagement from GPs with a formal role in CCGs; and cuts to CCG management budgets means these bodies risk becoming unsustainable.

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2014 Euro Health Consumer Index

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 09:59

Health Consumer Powerhouse - 
This annual report which examines the performance of health care systems in Europe finds that on the whole, consumer and patient rights are improving. However, it highlights the impact of the financial crisis on the increase of inequity in health care services as well as a widening performance gap between countries. 

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Building the workforce - the new deal for general practice

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 14:37

NHS England - 
This action plan was jointly developed by NHS England, Health Education England, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association. It sets out a range of initiatives aimed to improve the recruitment and retention rates of GPs in England. This plan is part of the NHS Five Year Forward View and NHS England is investing £10million of funding to kick start the initiatives in the plan for the general practice workforce.

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Promising approaches to reducing loneliness and isolation in later life

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 14:03

Age UK - 
This report raises concerns around loneliness in older people and the public health risks that are associated with social isolation in later life. It sets out a new framework for understanding how to tackle the problem, presenting a range of projects and examples from around the country demonstrating the many, varied solutions needed for an effective response to a very personal problem. It calls on action from various sectors including social care, mental health and public health.

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Perioperative medicine: the pathway to better surgical care

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 13:59

Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) - 
This report presents RCoA's vision for future models of surgical care which aims to deliver more efficient healthcare and better outcomes for patients from contemplation of surgery until full recovery. It argues that multi-disciplinary perioperative care helps to provide a solution to the high demand for hospital beds in helping to enable faster recovery and prevent hospital re-admissions. The accompanying case studies highlight examples of good practice in this field. 

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Monitoring the use of the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty safeguards in 2013/14

Mon, 26/01/2015 - 12:10

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This report looks at the use of the Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) safeguards which were introduced in 2009. The safeguards are used to protect the rights of people who lack the ability to make certain decisions for themselves and make sure that their freedom is not inappropriately restricted. CQC are responsible for monitoring the use of DoL safeguards in all care homes and hospitals in England and checking on the use of them in the places that they have been used.

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Personalised care for long-term conditions handbooks

Fri, 23/01/2015 - 10:12

NHS England - 
These handbooks are aimed at supporting commissioners and practitioners in planning services for people with long term conditions (LTCs) in order to achieve more effective, personalised care. The guides cover three key areas: identifying people in the population with LTCs that are most vulnerable and at risk of unplanned hospital admissions; planning personalised care and support; and best-practice multi-disciplinary working across professional and organisational boundaries.

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Specialist substance misuse services consultation

Fri, 23/01/2015 - 10:11

Care Quality Commission (CQC) - 
This consultation seeks views on the proposed changes to the way that substance misuse services will be inspected and regulated by CQC. The main changes include use of experts in inspection teams; use of intelligent monitoring to prioritise inspections; and listening to people's experiences of care. The consultation closes on 19 March 2015.

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NHS finances: the challenge all political parties need to face

Fri, 23/01/2015 - 09:17

Health Foundation - 
This briefing sets out economic analysis of the funding issues facing the NHS and it projects that that funding pressures on the NHS will increase to £65 billion above inflation by 2030/31. It argues that if successive governments are to meet these pressures, NHS funding will need to grow slightly faster than GDP (2.9% a year compared to 2.3% a year forecast increase in GDP).

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Commissioning better community services for NHS patients

Thu, 22/01/2015 - 15:18

Monitor -
This report looks at what CCGs are doing about community services as the contracts entered into after the Transforming Community Services programme expire. As contracts expire, commissioners need to consider what options are best for patients. This review of community services commissioning explaining how commissioners can support a move to more co-ordinated care for patients closer to home.

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