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This report argues that the social care funding crisis could be eased by the use of £2.4 billion in unallocated business rates. The report also highlights the inequality in service provision in England for elderly people in deprived areas and emphasises how an increase in social care funding can help to improve care and ease pressures on the system.
House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This report warns that services for patients are likely to suffer following the collapse of an £800 million contract to provide older people's and adult community services. It sets out urgent recommendations to address the lack of commercial skills in the NHS and calls on NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the oversight and supervision of contracting arrangements to avoid failures in future.
Freedom to speak up in primary care: guidance to primary care providers on supporting whistleblowing in the NHS
NHS England -
This guidance aims to make it easier for primary care staff to raise their concerns so that action can be taken and improvements made. The guidance has been produced following recommendations from the Freedom to Speak Up review which suggested that guidelines be adapted for primary care where smaller work settings can present challenges around anonymity and conflicts with employers.
Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) -
This paper presents an analysis of patients' hospital choice for elective medical procedures when their choice set is pre-selected by a GP. The study found that patients defer to GPs when assessing hospital quality and tangible attributes such as hospital ameneties and that GPs, in turn, as patients' agents present choice options based on quality, but as agents of health authorities also consider their financial implications.
Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) -
This report examines the economic case for investing in early interventions that reflect best practice in England. Commissioned by NHS England, the study included a comparison of the potential costs and consequences associated with such interventions compared with one or more alternative course of action (operationally defined as current practice, and sometimes referred to in studies as the ‘do nothing’ option).
New Local Government Network (NLGN) -
This essay collection brings together a selection of voices, representing different institutions and stakeholders in places, to show how place leadership is already emerging. The essays highlight the interconnectedness of local services, institutions and organisations and how a shared vision can help to deliver the best outcomes for local people.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This report outlines the findings of a patient experience survey of people who have received community mental health services. It found that overall the majority of respondents reported a positive experience of care but that areas for improvement include patient involvement in their care decisions, provision of crisis care, named contacts for care planning and regularity of care reviews.
Department of Health (DH) -
This framework sets out progression and developments for forensic mental health social workers. It builds on the capabilities set out in the framework for social workers and it outlines pathways for post-qualifying progression and development for social workers practising within forensic mental health settings.
Commission on Children and Young People's Mental Health -
This is the final report from an independent commission which was tasked to reflect on the progress made in transforming children and young people's (CYP) mental health services following the government's promised investment of £1.4bn. The report highlights the government decision not to ringfence the CYP funding is putting the transformation process at risk. The commission also found that there is little clarity around whether the CYP funding is reaching frontline services and with increasing pressures on the NHS, there is a risk that the investment may be spent on other priorities.
The King's Fund -
Our latest quarterly monitoring report finds that big rises in demand for health care mean the NHS is heading into winter with its finances under pressure and performance against several key indicators at their worst level for more than a decade. For the first time, the report includes analysis of demand and activity in general practice and similarly finds an increase in patient contacts. Ahead of next week's Autumn Statement, the report highlights the impact of social care budget cuts on delayed discharges and problems in co-ordinating care.