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Estimating NHS and social care spend: a tool for commissioners

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 11:31

Monitor - 
This Excel-based tool aims to help NHS commissioners by approximating how their local care economy spends its money by age group, patient group and care settings, and how this may evolve over time. By filling in some basic variables, commissioners can create a quick, indicative patient segmentation for their locality.

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A national study of acute care alcohol workers

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:26

Alcohol Research UK - 
Alcohol health workers are specialist staff working in hospital – usually nurses – who identify and work with patients drinking at levels that may impact or have already impacted their health. This study explores the coverage and funding of these posts within hospitals in the UK.

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Measuring up? The health of NHS cancer services

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 10:01

Cancer Research UK - 
This report highlights key concerns regarding the pressures on NHS cancer services following the NHS reorganisation and the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It calls for urgent action to increase investment, particularly in diagnostic services, and also highlights the need to review both the leadership and commissioning of cancer services so they are fit to meet the looming demands of an ageing population and the predicted rapid increase in cancer cases.

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Manifesto 2015: call to action for neurology

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 14:53

Neurological Alliance - 
This manifesto sets out three key priorities for improving neurology services: improving data and intelligence on neurological conditions; improving access to specialist care and expertise; and supporting and funding research into new and better treatments for neurological conditions.

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Pressure points: postnatal care planning

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:37

Royal College of Midwives (RCM) - 
This report found that over a third (40%) of women were discharged from hospital before they were ready after having a baby. It also argues that women are not getting the level of postnatal care recommended by NICE and that continuity of care is suffering, leading to poorer care for women and their babies.

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Preventing suicide: a global imperative

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:43

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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Making it work: a guide to whole system commissioning for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:32

Public Health England (PHE) - 
This guidance aims to help commissioners ensure that service users experience integrated, responsive services that deliver the best outcomes. It highlights the importance of putting service users and their needs at the heart of commissioning to ensure they experience integrated, responsive services, and emphasises the importance of tackling the wider determinants of health.

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The health and care professions (public health specialists and miscellaneous amendments) order 2015: a consultation

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:18

Department of Health (DH) - 
Non-medical or dental public health specialists are going to be subject to statutory regulation by the Health and Care Professions Council instead of registering on the voluntary list currently held by the UK Public Health Register. The draft order contains the details of how this regulation will work in practice. This consultation closes on 17 October 2014.

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Person centred care 2020: calls and contributions from health and social care charities

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 16:10

National Voices -
This report sets out demands for genuinely person centred care. It warns that services are increasingly fragmented and underfunded, with too little voice for patients and families, and says that fully involving people in decisions is the key to improvement.

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Getting serious about personalisation in the NHS

Thu, 04/09/2014 - 15:16

Think Local Act Personal -
This report complements the NHS England prospectus for the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme being taken forward with support from local government and voluntary sectors as well as people who need care and support, their families and carers.

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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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