National Centre for Social Research -
This British Social Attitudes report aims to uncover the consequences of seven years of austerity for social and political attitudes in Britain. The chapter on the NHS explores levels of dissatisfaction with the NHS and how this has changed over time and in relation to trends in NHS funding. It examines new data identifying the reasons for NHS dissatisfaction and satisfaction.
The King's Fund -
This report looks at the evidence on new roles and ways of spanning organisational workforce boundaries to deliver integrated health and social care. Commissioned by NHS Employers and the Local Government Association, it finds increasing focus on roles which facilitate co-ordination and management of care, development of existing roles to increase the skill-mix and enable the provision of more holistic care, and a limited number of truly innovative roles, the most notable being care navigators and community facilitators, enablers or link workers. Given that many of the skills required for integrated care already exist within the workforce, it suggests the central question is how to use those skills more effectively to support boundary-spanning activities.
Office of Health Economics -
The main purpose of this briefing is to discuss waiting time policies in the health sector from an international perspective and to highlight which policies have worked in the last decade in OECD countries. It also looks at how to compare waiting times internationally and where the UK stands in those international figures.
NHS Improvement -
NHS Improvement have launched a consultation on a single oversight and improvement framework. The purpose of the framework is to identify where providers may benefit from improvement support across five areas: quality of care; finance and use of resources; operational performance; strategic change; and leadership and improvement capability. The framework is set to replace the legacy Risk Assessment Framework (used by Monitor to regulate Foundation Trusts) and the Accountability Framework used by the NHS Trust Development Authority. The deadline for responses is 4 August 2016.