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Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This report presents a joint response from CQC and the National Guardian's Office to a consultation on how the National Guardian's Office should be established and run. The joint response reflects the immediate priorities and functions of the National Guardian's Office which include: providing advice and support on the role of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians; setting up a support network; and establishing a programme of engagement events for board members and guardians.
NHS Confederation -
This report, jointly published by NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association, presents five case studies to highlight how vanguards have sought to address the health and wellbeing gap and the impacts seen so far. It finds that a reduction in emergency admissions for the over-65s, fewer delayed transfers of care, and GPs able to dedicate more time to frail older patients are among some of the early achievements of pioneering prevention initiatives taking root across the country.
TaxPayers' Alliance -
This briefing examines the impact of the soft drinks industry levy on a variety of drinks and argues that the levy will not affect all drinks with similar levels of sugar, such as hot drinks.
Children's Commissioner -
This review of access to mental health services highlights the long waiting lists and restricted access for those with life-threatening conditions. From a request of data from public bodies, the review found that 28 per cent of children who were referred for specialist mental health treatment in 2015 did not receive a service. A significant proportion of children with life-threatening mental health conditions - 14 per cent of the 3,000 about whom information was obtained - were denied specialist support. These included children who had attempted suicide or serious self-harm and those with psychosis and anorexia nervosa.
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.