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Preventing loneliness and social isolation in older people

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 13:31

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) -
This briefing looks specifically at the prevention of isolation and loneliness amongst older people, with a particular focus on what practitioners in the fields of health and social care should bear in mind when working to tackle this important and growing issue.

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Act now to improve eye care services

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 11:43

Medical Management Services -
The report includes case examples from a series of four workshops held across England to develop an action plan for eye care. It contains recommended actions for commissioners, NHS England, ophthalmologists, optometrists and general practitioners.

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The importance of multimorbidity in explaining utilisation and costs across health and social care settings: evidence from South Somerset's Symphony project

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 11:26

Centre for Health Economics (CHE) -
This report examines patterns of health and social care utilisation and costs for the local population to identify which groups of people would most benefit from better integrated care. It tries to identify groups of people according to the frequency of occurrence of underlying conditions; the cost of care; and utilisation of services across diverse settings.

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Ill-treatment or wilful neglect in health and social care

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 10:07

Department of Health -
As part of the response to the Francis Report, the government accepted the recommendation of the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England to develop a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect. This consultation outlines the recommendation and the government’s current position, and sets out our proposals for the details of the offence. The consultation closes at 31st March 2014.

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Legislation to encourage medical innovation: a consultation

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 12:26

Department of Health -
This consultation asks for views on whether clarifying the Medical Innovation Bill will encourage doctors to develop innovative treatments in a responsible way. The proposed safeguards suggest doctors should have sound reasons for their innovation and the bill would introduce a statutory best practice checklist as a safeguard against irresponsible innovation. The closing date for comments is 25th April 2014.

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It's about time: tackling substance misuse in older people

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 12:17

DrugScope -
This report highlights some welcome and effective specialist service provision for older people with drug and alcohol problems, but also calls for improved services and interventions for this age group. It concludes that greater awareness of this issue is the first step to providing more effective support, with a need for specialist services that are age-appropriate and improved awareness and support in other care settings, including primary and social care.

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Commissioning the conditions for safer surgery

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 11:23

NHS England -
This report makes a series of recommendations for new standards and systems to further improve the safety of surgery in English hospitals. The main recommendations of the report cover three themes: standardise, educate and harmonise. In response, NHS England has committed to identifying practical ways to take forward the report’s recommendations to eradicate never events from surgical procedures.

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UK Strategy for Rare Diseases

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 10:40

NHS England -
The UK Strategy for Rare Diseases was published by the Department of Health in November 2013, and all four devolved nations are due to respond with their plans for implementation, ahead of Rare Diseases Day on 28th February 2014. NHS England has published details setting out how it will play its part in delivering commitments set out in the Strategy.

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Social work education review

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 09:52

Department of Health -
This report looks at social work education including: a generic qualifying course; increased specialisation within the degree; employers supporting education, including placements; improving the ability to provide social workers with the right knowledge, skills and values; fast track entry routes for top graduates into adult services; and value for money.

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Consultation on changes to specialised services specifications

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 13:23

NHS England -
NHS England has launched a consultation on changes made to a number of its specialised services specifications. The specifications set out what is expected of providers in terms of the standards required, and define access to a service. The consultation is open until 21st May 2014.

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Monitor: regulating NHS foundation trusts

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 11:37

National Audit Office (NAO) -
According to this report, Monitor has achieved value for money in regulating NHS foundation trusts, and has generally been effective in helping trusts in difficulty to improve. It highlights Monitor's processes and standards, which it has adapted and strengthened, for assessing NHS trusts applying for foundation trust status.

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Public Health England: eighth report of session 2013-14

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 11:31

House of Commons Health Select Committee -
This report examines how Public Health England (PHE) has set about establishing its policy priorities and programme of work. It concludes that PHE has not yet shown that it is able to be an effective champion of the nation’s public health interests.

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Tue, 25/02/2014 - 11:24

London School of Economics (LSE) -
This issue of Eurohealth focuses on the development of resilient and innovative health systems. It discusses advancing the public health in Europe and USA; improving chronic care in Europe; m-health; and the challenges of mental health care.

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Commissioning case study videos

Tue, 25/02/2014 - 10:57

NHS Right Care -
These four videos outline case studies which examine aspects of commissioning: integrating hub/prime vendor model; commissioning for value deep dives; value based guidance for elective surgery; and use of data tools.

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2013 NHS staff survey in England

Tue, 25/02/2014 - 10:38

NHS Staff Surveys -
This briefing note provides an overview of results from the eleventh annual national survey of NHS staff. The results are primarily intended for use by NHS organisations to help them review and improve staff experience so that staff can provide better patient care. The 2013 survey was structured around four of the pledges in the staff NHS Constitution, with the additional themes “equality and diversity” and “raising concerns”.

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Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) clinical audit, July - September 2013 public report

Mon, 24/02/2014 - 16:46

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) -
This report finds that huge improvements have been made in the quality of stroke care and services over the past years as measured by previous national stroke audits and it is anticipated that similar improvements will be demonstrated through future SSNAP quarterly reports

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Commissioning primary care: transforming healthcare in the community

Mon, 24/02/2014 - 13:59

NHS Clinical Commissioners -
This publication explores the challenges to local reforms in primary care commissioning as well as offering clear and practical solutions. It also looks at examples of good, working partnerships and explains why integrated services must always start with a ‘whole system’ strategy if they are to bring the best care to patients and local communities.

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NHS foundation trusts: review of nine months to 31st December 2013

Fri, 21/02/2014 - 13:32

Monitor -
This report summarises key trends drawn from foundation trusts’ individual reports. It looks at operational performance, financial performance and regulatory performance.

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On the buses: a mixed-method evaluation of the impact of free bus travel for young people on the public health

Thu, 20/02/2014 - 12:21

National Institute for Health Research -
This study evaluated the impact of free bus travel for young people in London on the public health. It specifically aimed to provide empirical evidence for the impact of this ‘natural experiment’ on health outcomes and behaviours (e.g. injuries, active travel) for young people; explore the effects on the determinants of health; identify the effects on older citizens of increased access to bus travel for young people and to identify whether or not the intervention represented value for money.

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The NHS payment system: evolving policy and emerging evidence

Thu, 20/02/2014 - 10:44

Nuffield Trust -
This research report reviews different approaches to payment for health services in the English NHS. It explores the evidence on whether recent payment initiatives have met their goals.

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