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Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 11:08

The King's Fund -
This report sets out a framework and tools to help local service leaders improve the care they provide for older people across nine key components.Within each component of care, the report sets out the goal the system should aim for, presents key evidence about works, gives examples of local innovations, and some pointers to major reviews and relevant guidance. It argues that if the health and care systems can get services right for our older population – those with the highest complexity, activity, spend, variability, and use of multiple services – they should be easier to get it right for other service users.

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Care in crisis: what's next for social care?

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 10:43

Age UK -
This report finds that despite rising demand, spend on social care services for older people has dropped by at least £769m since 2010.

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One person, one team, one system

Wed, 05/03/2014 - 16:29

Independent Commission on Whole Person Care -
In April 2013, Labour invited Sir John Oldham to form the Independent Commission on Whole-Person Care to make recommendations about health and care services within existing resources can be integrated, and without another reorganisation. The final report aims to set out a blueprint for making this happen.

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From idea to action: practical steps to release the potential of pharmacies in health reform

Wed, 05/03/2014 - 16:12

Reform -
In December 2013 Reform partnered with Celesio to explore practical steps that can unleash the potential of pharmacies. The seminar was led by Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee. This document contains the transcript of this seminar.

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Nurse migration from the EU: what are the key challenges?

Wed, 05/03/2014 - 11:49

National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) -
The nursing workforce is facing significant change; it is ageing and there is more demand for part-time working. More of its traditional entrants are choosing alternative careers. Facing these recruitment and retention issues while simultaneously trying to improve productivity and the quality of care is proving to be a challenge. Traditionally popular solutions that involve recruiting nurses from the international marketplace can help but they bring their own human resources management challenges. This Policy+ focuses on nurse migration into the UK from other European Union countries.

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Measuring success in health care value-based purchasing programs

Wed, 05/03/2014 - 11:29

RAND Corporation -
Value-based purchasing (VBP) refers to a broad set of performance-based payment strategies that link financial incentives to health care providers' performance on a set of defined measures in an effort to achieve better value. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is advancing the implementation of VBP across an array of health care settings in the Medicare program in response to requirements in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This report summarises the current state of knowledge about VBP based on a review of the published literature, a review of publicly available documentation from VBP programs, and discussions with an expert panel composed of VBP program sponsors, health care providers and health systems, and academic researchers with VBP evaluation expertise.

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NICE and Department of Health Framework agreement

Wed, 05/03/2014 - 10:51

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This document outlines out how the Department of Health and NICE will work together, setting out roles, responsibilities, governance and accountability arrangements.

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Effective networks for improvement: developing and managing effective networks to support quality improvement in healthcare

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 11:33

The Health Foundation -
This learning report presents the lessons from an evidence review and case study work undertaken by McKinsey Hospital Institute. The review drew on the literature and empirical evidence about effective networks to describe the component parts of a successful improvement network.While the review found no ‘one size fits all’ formula for successful network design, it did identify five core features of effective networks.

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Helping measure person-centred care: a review of evidence about commonly used approaches and tools to measure person-centred care

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 11:10

The Health Foundation -
Person-centred, individualised, personalised, patient-centred, family-centred, patient-centric and many other terms have been used to signal a change in how health services engage with people. This rapid review summarises research about measuring the extent to which care is person-centred. The review signposts to research about commonly used approaches and tools to help measure person-centred care. It aims to showcase the many tools available. A spreadsheet listing 160 of the most commonly researched measurement tools accompanies the review.

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Public health services non mandatory contract

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 11:00

Department of Health -
The guidance for the Public Health Services Contract has been updated. This contract is adaptable for use for a broad range of public health services and delivery models. It provides a framework to hold providers to account for the delivery of these services to achieve improved health outcomes.

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Emergency admissions to hospital

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 10:47

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This report examines the increasing levels of demand on A&E services when budgets are coming under increasing pressure. It identifies the lack of specialist A&E consultants; the slow progress in introducing out of hours consultant cover; and a lack of performance quality data as key factors in hampering the development and improvement of A&E services. 

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Encouraging people to have NHS Health Checks and supporting them to reduce risk factors

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:29

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations that could be used to encourage people to have NHS Health Checks and support them to change their behaviour after the NHS Health Check and reduce their risk factors. It is particularly relevant to health and wellbeing boards.

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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

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:08

Centre for Health Economics, University of York -
This study examined 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.

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Evaluation of vaccine uptake during the 2013 MMR catch-up campaign in England

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 16:06

Department of Health -
This report finds that in the first 3 months of 2013 there was an increase in number of cases of measles in England compared to previous years, which was most marked among 10 to 16 year-olds. A national catch-up campaign was launched in April 2013 with the objective of ensuring that 95% of children aged 10 to 16 years received at least one dose of MMR vaccine by 30 September 2013.

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Integrating behavioral health across the continuum of care

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 13:54

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) -
This guide explains the value of integrating physical and behavioural health services and the importance of measuring integration efforts. It offers several frameworks and models to use for behavioural health integration and provides a list of strategic questions for hospital and care system leaders to begin integrating behavioural health or to enhance current efforts.

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Sources of social statistics: health services and public health

Fri, 28/02/2014 - 13:53

House of Commons Library -
This note is intended as a guide to the key sources in health services and public health statistics. It represents a self-help guide, providing a starting point for those interested in obtaining statistics for themselves.

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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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