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This research project examines the extent to which patients in England benefit from having a choice of NHS hearing loss services. As part of this research project, Monitor is seeking views from patients, patient representative groups, GPs, healthcare providers and commissioners on their experiences of adult hearing services. The survey will be open until 4th September 2014.
Public Health England (PHE) -
These profiles bring together existing information into one place to provide a snapshot of health and wellbeing across each local authority in England. They contain data on a range of indicators for local populations such as the proportion of children in poverty, adult smoking rates, levels of child and adult obesity, hospital stays and early mortality rates. The profiles are designed to provide local government and health services with ‘conversation starters’ to highlight local issues and priorities, and discuss how to tackle these. They show potential problems and opportunities by making comparisons with other areas and with the national average.
Department of Health (DH) -
This guidance gives notification of increases in NHS sight test fee, continuing education and training payment and pre-registration supervisors grant.
Requirements for registration with the Care Quality Commission: response to consultations on fundamental standards, the duty of candour and the fit and proper persons requirement for directors
Department of Health -
From April 2015, subject to parliamentary approval, all health and social care providers will be required to meet fundamental standards of care as a condition of their registration with the Care Quality Commission. The fundamental standards are intended to describe the basic requirements that providers should always meet, and set the standard of care that service users should always expect to receive. The responses to this consultation were used to improve the drafting of the fundamental standards regulations and this document outlines these changes in more detail.
Stronger code: better care consultation on proposed changes to the code of practice: Mental Health Act 1983
Department of Health -
The Mental Health Act 1983 code of practice informs health practitioners’ decisions, protects patients’ rights and ensures that the Act is followed. This consultation seeks comments on proposed changes to legislation governing the treatment of people with mental health problems. The consultation closes on 12th September 2014.
Department of Health -
This independent review, led by Sir David Dalton (Chief Executive of Salford Royal), is investigating ways to secure the clinical and financial sustainability of providers of NHS care through offering new options for organisational forms. The review is running an informal engagement on the work and is seeking information and insight about organisational forms for providers of NHS care: what works best, and what changes are needed to improve the delivery of services.
This is the final report of the CentreForum Mental Health Commission, chaired by Paul Burstow MP, which looked at the state of mental wellbeing in England. It calls for parity of funding for mental health which currently receives 13% of NHS spend in England but accounts for 23% of demand. It also identifies five key priorities for policy makers to improve the investment in mental health services; improve access to mental health services; and promote self-care, support and recovery in mental health.
New ways of working in mental health services: a qualitative, comparative case study assessing and informing the emergence of new peer worker roles in mental health services in England
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
A variety of peer worker roles are being introduced into the mental health workforce in England, in a range of organisational contexts and service delivery settings. The evidence base demonstrating the effectiveness of peer worker-based interventions is inconclusive and largely from outside England. This study aimed to test the international evidence base, and what is known generally about role adoption in public services, in a range of mental health services in England. It also aimed to develop organisational learning supporting the introduction of peer worker roles, identifying learning that was generic across mental health services and that which was specific to organisational contexts or service delivery settings.
International Longevity Centre -
This report presents new data to show not only the predicted growth in the number of people with hearing loss, which is set to account for almost 20% of the total population by 2031, but also highlights a £25 billion loss to the UK economy in potential economic output. The commission calls for the government to formulate an action plan on hearing loss.
Regional Voices -
This refreshed and updated guide includes contact information for health and wellbeing board representatives (both Healthwatch and voluntary sector), academic health science networks, strategic clinical networks and clinical senates.