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NHS Evidence - health management
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Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) -
This report highlights the positive approaches GP practices are adopting to look after people’s data. It summarises 24 advisory visits undertaken by the ICO at GP surgeries across England in the past year. The visits found surgeries tended to have good data protection policies and awareness of issues, including the need for adequate security and patient confidentiality. Practices also tended to have procedures in place around the practical aspects of data handling, including disposal of confidential papers.
NHS England -
This toolkit uses high level health system modelling and allows CCGs to map how interventions could improve local health services and close the financial gap. It is an additional guide to help commissioners with their five-year strategic plans, showing how a typical CCG could achieve financial balance over the strategic period up to 2018/19. Using 2013/14 as a baseline, ‘Any town’ uses detailed data including population size and disease prevalence, to predict what a typical health system’s quality and financial baseline may look like in 2018/19.
Public Health England (PHE) -
This tool aims to help local authorities identify causes of death that contribute most to their life expectancy gaps and, therefore, enable them to target interventions appropriately. It provides charts and tables which segment the life expectancy gap from January 2009 to December 2011 by the major causes of death. A summary report is also available for each upper tier local authority.
London Councils -
Tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a priority for many community safety partnerships in London. Boroughs have raised the point that a sizable proportion of their ASB cases have a mental health dimension. London Councils conducted a survey of all heads of community safety exploring the issues and challenges around mental health and ASB, finding out what practical responses are delivering results on the ground and listening to what the professionals feel they need to improve work in this area in the future. This report presents the results of this survey and also includes examples of practice.
This research finds that two thirds of Britons would sue a hospital if they contracted a serious HCAI while undergoing treatment. It suggests that the reputational/litigation risk to hospitals with higher HCAI rates, and the possible consequential loss of patient volumes, is an incentive to focus on reducing HCAIs.
Rethinking governance - practical steps for councils considering changes to their governance arrangements
Local Government Association -
This guide aims to help councils think about the key challenges when considering a change in governance. It sets out a "thinking toolkit" of the types of issues that councils, both members and officers, should think when considering governance change.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) -
This document sets out the RCOG's approach to requests for invited reviews of obstetric and/or gynaecology services, or individual clinical practice. It defines the governance, structure and operational process to be followed when a request is received by the College, the rationale for determining the appropriate response and how this response is followed through, including the process for review and follow-up.
House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts -
This report concludes that 'gagging' clauses could be used to stop whistleblowers speaking out about patient care and child safety. It also raises concerns about the use of compromise agreements and special severance payments to terminate employment in the public sector.
NHS England -
A new animated video has been developed by NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre to further raise awareness of how patient data are set to be collected and used to help improve care for all. It aims to present a simple way for GPs and other NHS staff to explain why systems need upgrading to collect information that is missing.
Introducing fundamental standards - consultation on proposals to change CQC registration regulations
Department of Health -
This consultation asks for views on changes to CQC registration requirements, in order to introduce fundamental standards of safety and quality for care. The deadline for responding to the consultation is 4th April 2014.
Manchester Pharmacy School -
This research investigates current arrangements for supervision, role delegation and skill mix in community pharmacy and aimed to seek stakeholders’ perceived risk levels associated with different types of pharmacy activities and services, and views on potential changes to supervision requirements. It identified those activities that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians agreed can be undertaken during the pharmacist’s absence.
National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) -
This research shows that more than half (57%) of newly diagnosed cases of cancer of unknown primary - around 25,000 in England between 2006 and 2010 - were presented as an emergency compared to 23% for all cancers.
National Audit Office (NAO) -
This report highlights the increasing challenge to the NHS of sustaining the 18-week waiting time standard for elective care and the importance for trusts of having reliable performance information and shared good practice. It concludes that value for money is being undermined by the problems with the completeness, consistency and accuracy of patient waiting time data; and by inconsistencies in the way that patient referrals to hospitals are managed.
Greater London Authority -
The report investigates the scope and scale of mental ill health in London, to highlight the wider impacts beyond those to health and social care. These wider impacts result in around £26 billion each year in total economic and social costs to London and impact every facet of the community.
IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics -
This report reviews the impact of social media on the use of medicines, including the role that pharmaceutical manufacturers are playing in leveraging social media platforms as part of their business model.
House of Commons Health Committee -
This report details the purpose of the CQC, regulatory reforms and their role within the new regulatory model. The report following the 2012 accountability hearing found that CQC had failed to establish its core purpose or describe what it intended to achieve through its regulatory activity. This report finds that the CQC has now set out its objectives in clear terms which has helped to provide clarity to a regulatory landscape.
Department of Health -
The Department of Health invited representatives of the financial services industry to conduct a review of the market of products to fund care. These reports have identified opportunities for development of financial care products and the problems they might face.
Department of Health -
This statement is a public commitment from Department of Health and the financial services industry to work together to help people plan and prepare for the costs of their long term care.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This briefing recommends lowering BMI thresholds as a trigger for intervening to prevent ill health among adults from minority ethnicities. Further examples of recommendations include developing an integrated regional and local plan, and promoting early intervention. It also suggests that by reconfiguring services to meet the health needs of their local populations, local authorities can reduce health inequalities and address the costs associated with ill health.
The King's Fund -
This analysis of key performance data shows that NHS performance is holding up well but the survey findings from finance directors working in the health and social care sectors suggest that financial pressures are increasing. It also highlights the issues of delayed transfers of care.