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Euro health consumer index 2016

Mon, 30/01/2017 - 09:53

Health Consumer Powerhouse - 
This annual report compares and assesses the performance of national health care systems in 35 countries, across 48 indicators which cover patient rights, access to care, treatment outcomes, prevention and range of services. This year's report finds that whilst health care across Europe is steadily improving, greater strides could be made by copying the most successful health systems in order to use resources more efficiently and improve patient outcomes. 

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Developing an outcomes-based payment approach for IAPT services: detailed guidance

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 16:25

NHS Improvement - 
This guidance, produced jointly with NHS England, provides details on the new outcomes-based payment approach for IAPT services. This new approach will balance the need to pay for activity, taking into account case complexity and severity as a driver of cost, with the need to incentivise good outcomes. It builds on the IAPT model and the data that all providers of IAPT services are required to collect and submit to the national IAPT minimum dataset.

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Mental health conditions packs

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 16:20

NHS England - 
These packs contain data across a range of mental health and dementia services.  The packs are split into stages along a mental health pathway and enable local health economies to compare their performance with their ten most similar CCGs. Each stage also includes a combination of case studies, tools and guidance from around the country, helping to disseminate best practice to support CCGs wishing to introduce new and improved ways of working.

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Building on the industrial strategy: briefing for the NHS

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 16:18

NHS Confederation - 
This briefing focuses on the implications and opportunities for NHS organisations arising from the government's industrial strategy green paper. 

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Guidance on health and character

Fri, 27/01/2017 - 16:15

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - 
This guidance outlines the process that HCPC undertake when assessing the health and character of people who apply to be registered with HCPC.

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Department of Health group accounting manual 2017-18: consultation exercise

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 14:49

Department of Health -
The Department of Health Group Accounting Manual (GAM) is based on the 2017 to 2018 Treasury Financial Reporting Manual, adapted for the NHS. It includes mandatory accounting guidance for all DH group and NHS bodies on completing their statutory annual report and accounts. The DH are consulting on the content of the 2017 to 2018 GAM. The closing date for responses is 24 February 2017.

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Outcome-focused integrated care: lessons from experience

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 14:18

Institute of Public Care -
This paper captures some of the learning and experience from work on developing integrated practice. It aims to offer guidance to those embarking on a significant period of change on what they may need to consider.  It draws on IPC’s practice-based experience of integration across a range of different organisational set-ups and cultures.

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An evidence review of the outcomes that can be expected of drug misuse treatment in England

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 11:55

Public Health England -
This review gives policy makers and local areas an objective assessment of what drug treatment outcomes are achievable, and compares outcomes in England to the evidence and to other drug treatment systems. It reviews the impact of housing problems, unemployment and social deprivation on treatment engagement and outcomes. The review also considers how drug treatment will need to be configured to meet future need and recommends an appropriate set of measures or indicator for treatment evaluation.

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Treat as one: bridging the gap between mental and physical healthcare in general hospitals

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 11:20

National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death -
This report expresses concerns about a failure by general hospitals to integrate physical and mental healthcare services. It concludes that this is leading to poor care for patients with a physical illness who also happen to have a mental health condition.

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State of child health report 2017

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 10:36

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health -
This report brings together data on a comprehensive list of 25 measures of the health of UK children, ranging from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and a low rate of breastfeeding, to child deaths. The data provide an “across the board” snapshot of child health and wellbeing in the UK. It finds that nearly one in five children in the UK is living in poverty and inequality is blighting their lives, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing much worse health compared with the most affluent.

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These are our children: a review by Dame Christine Lenehan, Director, Council for Disabled Children

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 10:22

Department of Health -
Dame Christine Lenehan was asked by the Department of Health to take a strategic overview and recommend what practical action can be taken to co-ordinate care, support and treatment for children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/or autism. This report makes eleven recommendations for government departments and partners at a national level on how to improve the system.

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NHS ambulance services

Thu, 26/01/2017 - 10:01

National Audit Office -
This report finds that demand for ambulance services continues to grow rapidly, but services are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with rising demand.

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Staying put: developing dementia-friendly care and support for people with a learning disability

Wed, 25/01/2017 - 14:00

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group -
This report, written by a partnership of voluntary sector organisations, calls for the needs of people with learning disabilities and dementia to be better addressed. It focuses on how best to support the growing numbers of people with the condition. It is based on recent work with care providers aiming to improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and dementia, and the challenges to this goal.

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National Lung Cancer Audit annual report 2016 (for the audit period 2015)

Wed, 25/01/2017 - 13:45

Royal College of Physicians -
This report shows a seven per cent increase in the number of people diagnosed with lung cancer surviving for longer than one year, compared with results from 2010. It also reveals that 60 per cent of lung cancer patients received anti-cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery, meeting the target set out in the 2015 annual audit report.

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Upgrading emergency service communications

Wed, 25/01/2017 - 13:35

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This report concludes the Emergency Services Network (ESN), which will replace the current Airwave system, "may require more testing and assurance work than the current December 2019 delivery date seems to allow for". However, it warns that the Home Office has not budgeted for an extended transition period nor put in place detailed contingency arrangements to manage this risk.

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Memorandum of Understanding between the Home Office, NHS Digital and the Department of Health

Wed, 25/01/2017 - 13:14

Department of Health -
This memorandum of understanding is between the Home Office, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (now known as NHS Digital) and the Department of Health. It formalises existing arrangements for the Home Office to make disclosure requests to NHS Digital for the purpose of tracing immigration offenders and vulnerable people who may be at risk.

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Falls and fracture consensus statement: supporting commissioning for prevention

Wed, 25/01/2017 - 12:54

Public Health England -
This guidance was produced by the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group (NFPCG). The NFPCG is made up of organisations involved in the prevention of falls, care for falls-related injuries and the promotion of healthy ageing. The guidance is aimed at local commissioning and strategic leads in England with a remit for falls, bone health and healthy ageing.

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Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information

Wed, 25/01/2017 - 12:49

General Medical Council -
Revisions have been made to the guidance, last published in 2009, following a consultation exercise. While the principles of the current guidance remain unchanged, it now clarifies various issues including the public protection responsibilities of doctors and the importance of sharing information for direct care. It also includes a decision-making flowchart and explanatory notes to show how the new guidance applies to situations doctors may encounter and find hard to deal with, such as reporting gunshot and knife wounds or disclosing information about serious communicable diseases.

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Health matters: combating high blood pressure

Tue, 24/01/2017 - 11:11

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This professional resource outlines how providers and commissioners can reduce the population average blood pressure through improved prevention, detection and management.

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Childhood obesity plan case studies

Tue, 24/01/2017 - 10:46

Department of Health (DH) - 
These case studies describe the progress being made in partnerships between local authorities and business in improving children's nutrition and reducing obesity. 

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