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Tipping the scales: case studies on the use of planning powers to limit hot food takeaway

Mon, 29/02/2016 - 14:01

Local Government Association (LGA) - 
This report contains seven case studies to illustrate how the use of planning powers could be utilised as part of public health policy locally. It highlights the balance to strike between supporting growth of local businesses and promoting healthier choices and options for the population.

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On the brink: the future of end of life care

Fri, 26/02/2016 - 09:36

Macmillan Cancer Support - 
This report highlights a range of widespread failures in care for dying people. It reveals that some people at the end of life are unable to get access to social care for help with everyday tasks such as washing and changing clothes, and many families are being left without professional advice on how to care for their dying relative.  These factors can result in people being admitted to hospital as an emergency. It argues that a lack of support for people at home is putting extra pressure on an already overstretched NHS, with people dying in hospital spending an average of 13 days there.

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Services to people with neurological conditions: progress review

Fri, 26/02/2016 - 09:31

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee - 
This report argues that services for people with neurological conditions in England are not consistently good enough and highlights the wide variation across the country in access, outcomes and patient experience. It also highlights concerns that the diagnosis of neurological conditions is currently taking too long and that local health and social care services are poorly co-ordinated. 

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Maternity matters: what does a great service look like?

Thu, 25/02/2016 - 13:29

Healthwatch Cumbria -
Healthwatch Cumbria has worked in partnership to find out the views of women and their significant others regarding their maternity services. The survey took place in Cumbria and North Lancashire during November 2015. There were 1234 respondents. The survey found there were generally high levels of satisfaction with the care received at all steps of pregnancy and after the birth of the baby. However there were comments about how services could be improved.The themes of most significance were; the importance of continuity of care, consistency of information, postnatal support for breastfeeding, support to make informed choices and accessible, local services.

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End of life care: helping people to be cared for and die at home

Wed, 24/02/2016 - 11:49

Housing LIN -
This briefing looks at the importance of end of life care delivered at home, describing the context, inequalities in end of life care, examples of good or emerging practice, and recommendations for actions. Funded by Public Health England, it is intended to be a practical guide for those working in mainstream and/or specialist housing, care and support and public health to understand their respective roles, and how they may work together, to help people to have their end of life care wishes met.

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Active ageing and the built environment

Wed, 24/02/2016 - 11:48

Housing LIN -
This briefing looks at active ageing and the different aspects of the built environment that can promote and sustain it, with examples of good and emerging practice and resources for further information. It is intended for those working in social housing, local government, and the care and support sectors to understand their roles in developing and maintaining a built environment that contributes to active ageing.

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Specialised services clinical commissioning policies and service specification: fourth wave

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 13:02

NHS England - 
This consultation seeks feedback and comments on a variety of clinical commissioning policies and service specifications. The consultation closes on 23 March 2016.

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The right medicine: improving care in care homes

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 12:42

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) - 
This report reviews the current available evidence to investigate what the role of pharmacists should be in care homes. It argues that pharmacists could have a significant role in reducing the use of unnecessary and harmful medicines; improving end of life care; and providing more co-ordinated care. 

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Better births: improving outcomes of maternity services in England: a Five year forward view for maternity care

Tue, 23/02/2016 - 11:12

NHS England - 
This is the final report of the NHS England commissioned review into the future of maternity services in England. It  finds that despite the increases in the number of births and the increasing complexity of cases, the quality and outcomes of maternity services have improved significantly over the last decade. However, the review also found meaningful differences across the country, and further opportunities to improve the safety of care and reduce still births. It highlights seven key priorities to drive improvement: personalised care; continuity of carer; better postnatal and perinatal mental health care; safer care; a fairer payment system for providers; increased multi-professional working; and working across boundaries to provide and commission maternity services.

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Quarterly report on the performance of the NHS foundation trusts and NHS trusts: 9 months ended 31 December 2015

Mon, 22/02/2016 - 11:44

Monitor - 
This analysis of NHS providers' operational and financial performance shows the sector as a whole made £741 million in efficiency savings between April and December 2015. However, the report finds that NHS providers are under sustained pressure from an increase in demand for care, issues with discharging medically fit patients, and high costs. As a result, many providers missed several national waiting times standards, such as the A&E performance measure, in the last 3 months of 2015. In addition, the sector as a whole reported a deficit of £2.26 billion in the 9 months to the end of December 2015.

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Summary of 2016/17 GMS contract negotiations

Mon, 22/02/2016 - 11:27

NHS Employers - 
This briefing note sets out a summary of the key changes to the general medical service (GMS) contract in England for 2016/17. 

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Shared delivery plan: 2015 to 2020

Mon, 22/02/2016 - 11:23

Department of Health - 
This shared delivery plan has been jointly prepared with fifteen other agencies including NHS England, Public Health England and Monitor and it can be used to track progress towards achieving priority objectives.

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Health and wellbeing boards engaging effectively with providers

Fri, 19/02/2016 - 12:23

Local Government Association (LGA) - 
This briefing, co-produced by the Local Government Association (LGA), NHS Providers and NHS Improvement, highlights the importance of effective engagement between health and wellbeing boards and local NHS providers and offers some short case studies exploring the different approaches that can be taken.

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Business appointment rules advice: May to December 2015

Fri, 19/02/2016 - 12:18

Department of Health (DH) - 
This spreadsheet provides information about outside appointments or employment taken up by former members of the Department of Health. It covers former staff at senior civil service levels SCS1 and SCS2 and equivalents and which fall within the scope of the business appointment rules. It also covers special advisers of equivalent level.

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Short and sweet: why the government should introduce a sugary drinks tax

Fri, 19/02/2016 - 11:59

Cancer Research UK - 
This report, produced jointly with UK Health Forum, argues that a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks could reduce obesity rates in the UK by five per cent by 2025 - equal to 3.7 million fewer obese people. It also predicts that the tax could save the NHS about £10 million in healthcare and social care costs in 2025 alone.

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Mental Health Taskforce report: summary

Thu, 18/02/2016 - 11:40

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) -
This briefing summarises the key financial messages and recommendations contained with the Mental Health Taskforce’s final report. Please note that you need to enter your details in order to download this publication.

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Leases briefing

Thu, 18/02/2016 - 11:39

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) -
This is a brief summary of the requirements of IFRS 16 on accounting for leases. Please note that you need to enter your details in order to download this publication.

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Developing a framework for evaluating the patient engagement, quality, and safety of mobile health applications

Thu, 18/02/2016 - 11:29

The Commonwealth Fund -
Rising ownership of smartphones and tablets across social and demographic groups has made mobile applications, or apps, a potentially promising tool for engaging patients in their health care, particularly those with high health care needs. Through a systematic search of iOS (Apple) and Android app stores and an analysis of apps targeting individuals with chronic illnesses, the report assesses the degree to which apps are likely to be useful in patient engagement efforts. The authors also developed criteria for evaluating the patient engagement, quality, and safety of mobile apps.

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Person-centred care in Europe: a cross-country comparison of health system performance, strategies and structures

Thu, 18/02/2016 - 10:22

Picker Institute Europe -
The document provides an overview of the different approaches taken to providing quality healthcare across Europe. It looks specifically at the person-centred care interpretations and strategies taken in England, Italy, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. It aims to advance understanding of the ways in which different national services have chosen to focus on the needs of their users and have adapted to address financial pressures and efficiency challenges.

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Delivering the benefits of digital health care

Thu, 18/02/2016 - 10:12

Nuffield Trust -
This report sets out the possibilities to transform health care offered by digital technologies, with insight about how to grasp those possibilities and benefits from those furthest on in their digital journey.

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