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Voluntary and community sector (VCS) engagement with HWBs

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 15:05

Regional Voices -
This report contains results from a survey conducted earlier this year about how the VCS is engaging with health HWBs. The survey found that some good practice for how boards involve the VCS, is emerging. However, some issues remain.

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Housing in later life

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 12:34

Age UK -
This analysis finds that unsuitable housing is leaving thousands of older people facing unnecessary delays in being discharged from hospital. Official figures show that patients who need home adaptations, such as grab rails or ramps fitted at home, are having to wait for an extra 27 days on average– more than 40,000 days in total – costing an estimated £11.2 million per year in delayed discharges. This report calls on the Government to ensure that all new homes are built to the lifetime homes standard so they can be easily adapted as people age.

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A vision for care fit for the twenty-first century...

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 12:20

The Commission on Residential Care -
The Commission recommends a number of measures to embed good practice and challenge public perceptions. These include enshrining a broader, more accurate definition of ‘housing with care’ throughout government policy; greater co-location of care settings with other community services such as colleges; the expansion of CQC’s role in inspecting commissioning practices; and promoting excellence in the profession through the introduction of a license to practice and a living wage. The Commission concludes that these measures, among others, could help build a housing with care sector fit for the twenty-first century.

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Preventing suicide: a global imperative

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 12:04

World Health Organization (WHO) -
This report aims to increase awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts, to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda, and to encourage and support countries to develop or strengthen comprehensive suicide prevention strategies in a multisectoral public health approach. It provides a global knowledge base on suicide and suicide attempts as well as actionable steps for countries based on their current resources and context to move forward in suicide prevention.

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Growing older positively: the challenge of ageing with HIV

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 11:28

2020 Health -
This report reviews how HIV is strategically planned for and managed in the UK today and develops recommendations for Government and the NHS in light of changes in the patient profile.

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A new settlement for health and social care

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 10:46

Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England -
This is the final report from the independent Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. In it, the commission discusses the need for a new settlement for health and social care to provide a simpler pathway through the current maze of entitlements. The commission, chaired by Kate Barker, proposes a new approach that redesigns care around individual needs regardless of diagnosis, with a graduated increase in support as needs rise, particularly towards the end of life. The commission has concluded that this vision for a health and care system fit for the 21st century is affordable and sustainable if a phased approach is taken and hard choices are taken about taxation.

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Health, austerity and economic crisis: assessing the short-term impact in OECD countries

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 12:28

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) -
This paper looks at the impact of economic crisis on health and health care. It summarises findings from published literature on the effects of economic crisis that took place over the past few decades and also describes recent health policy reforms, focusing on those countries where the economic crisis has hit hardest. It also analyses the empirical relationship between unemployment and health care use, quality and health outcomes, using data from OECD Health Statistics.

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NHS pay review body: letter from Health Minister Dan Poulter

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 12:24

Department of Health -
This letter from Health Minister Dan Poulter to the chair of the NHS Pay Review Body seeks views on how the NHS can deliver health care services every day of the week within the existing the AfC pay system. It asks for observations on: affordable ‘out of hours’ working arrangements and any transitional arrangements.

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Frequency of visual field testing when monitoring patients newly diagnosed with glaucoma: mixed methods and modelling

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 11:26

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - 
This study explores the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using different monitoring intervals to detect visual field progression in newly diagnosed glaucoma patients.

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Risks arising from breakdown and failure to act on communication during handover at the time of discharge from secondary care

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 11:22

NHS England - 
This patient safety alert has been issued by NHS England as part of its work to improve the quality and timeliness of communication with primary and social care when patients are discharged from hospital. It is asking organisations for information about their current local practices and challenges that will help form a national picture around handover at discharge. They are also being asked to provide examples of successful local initiatives designed to improve their discharge handover processes. In addition, other groups including GPs, community nurses, social care, voluntary sector and medicines reconciliation are being asked to share their views on how the process can be improved.

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Evidence for success: the guide to getting evidence and using it

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 11:18

Knowledge Translation Network (KTN) - 
This guide offers easy to follow, step-by-step guidance and resources to support organisations to use evidence to influence policy and practice. It also provides guidance on the use of evidence to influence funding and commissioning decisions and highlights other key resources.

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Voluntary sector involvement in Better Care Fund planning

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 10:33

Care and Support Alliance
This briefing has been prepared by the Care and Support Alliance, based on information from Department of Health, to help the voluntary sector engage with the Better Care Fund.

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No assumptions: a narrative for personalised, coordinated care and support in mental health

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 10:27

National Voices - 
This resource describes the critical outcomes and success factors in the care, support and treatment of people who use mental health services, from their perspective. It is aimed at NHS and council commissioners and providers of services to organise person-centred care and recovery-oriented support for mental and physical health and to know when they are achieving it.

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Good surgical practice

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 10:20

Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) - 
This guidance outlines the standards of practice that are expected of all surgeons as well as the skills, values and attitudes that underpin the profession and has been developed with surgeons and patient groups. It highlights surgical leadership and teamwork as crucial for achieving high-quality patient care and provides surgeons with a model that they should aspire to in day to day practice.

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The Hospital Food Standards Panel’s report on standards for food and drink in NHS hospitals

Fri, 29/08/2014 - 09:58

Department of Health (DH) - 
The report looks at standards relating to patient nutrition and hydration, healthier eating across hospitals and sustainable food and catering services. NHS adoption of the recommended standards will be required through the NHS contract meaning that hospitals will have a legal duty to comply with the recommendations.

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Data factsheets on weight, obesity and physical activity

Thu, 28/08/2014 - 14:45

Public Health England (PHE) - 
These factsheets compile up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity.

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Spend and outcome tool (SPOT) for local authorities

Thu, 28/08/2014 - 10:38

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This tool gives local authorities an overview of spend and outcome across key areas of business for public health and its sub-programmes. The tool is an interactive spreadsheet and is also accompanied by factsheets for each local authority. 

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Changes to overseas registration for applicants educated outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA)

Wed, 27/08/2014 - 11:44

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - 
From the autumn of 2014, nurses and midwives who completed their training outside the EU and EEA will be subject to new assessments of the eligibility to gain entry to the NMC register. The new procedures aim to ensure that the hundreds of nurses and midwives who trained overseas and wish to practise in the UK are assessed in a robust and objective way.

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Policy alert: NHS patient, visitor and staff car parking principles

Tue, 26/08/2014 - 16:06

Department of Health -
These car parking principles suggest the provision of concessions to groups that need them such as disabled people, frequent outpatient attenders or visitors with relatives who are gravely ill.

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