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Care Quality Commission -
The survey programme is used to collect feedback on the experiences of people using a range of NHS healthcare services. The current programme includes surveys of adult inpatients, community mental health service users, people using maternity services, outpatients, children and young people’s inpatient services and accident and emergency patients. Our aim in consulting on changes is to ensure that programme has maximum impact and value, and that it remains relevant and useful for those using the survey results across the health and social care system. The consultation will run to 21 July 2016.
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) -
This briefing reviews recent data on stillbirth and infant mortality rates in the UK and examines the factors contributing to increased risk. It then looks at the policy options that may help to improve health outcomes for infants and their families.
The British Lung Foundation -
The British Lung Foundation funded a three-year epidemiological research project: The respiratory health of the nation. This report presents the results. It details the overall extent and impact of lung disease across the UK. It also takes a closer look at the impact of 15 major lung conditions. This report aims to be of use to policymakers, researchers, health care providers and professionals, and the commercial health care sector, patients and patient groups to inform strategies to improve lung health and lung disease outcomes in the UK.
This discussion paper looks at the challenges of an ageing population and how digital technology can help older people stay healthy and independent. The received wisdom is that older people, and their baby-boomer children who are themselves over 55 years of age, are resistant to embracing technology in this context. This research paper examined whether this is actually true.
This report highlights the important role app and wearable technology will play in healthcare. It finds that the emergence of wearable and app technology in healthcare presents policymakers with an unprecedented opportunity to engage patients in their own healthcare. It concludes that, if care teams had access to user-generated data, it could enrich their understanding of the patient and how best to manage their condition.
NHS Clinical Commissioners -
This report highlights how the role of nurses on a CCG’s governing body has changed over time, empowering them to make more of a difference for their local patients and populations. It reveals how many CCGs are now employing full time chief or executive nurses with responsibility for the day-to-day running of an element of the organisation, going beyond the legal requirement for a registered nurse to sit on their governing body. The report illustrates the impact that commissioning nurses are making locally, such as reducing rates of smoking in pregnancy, providing a voice for practice nurses and leading local service development. It also makes recommendations for national organisations and CCGs themselves on how they can support the commissioning nurse to be as effective as possible.
National Audit Office -
According to this report, the health and social care system’s management of discharging older patients from hospital does not represent value for money. The spending watchdog estimates that the gross annual cost to the NHS of treating older patients in hospital who no longer need to receive acute clinical care is in the region of £820 million.