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Patients first: improving patients' food and drink experience through a better understanding of their priorities
Patients Association -
This report covers a large-scale, independent survey of patients’ preferences and experiences of hospital meals. The aim was to conduct face to face interviews with patients in hospital wards to give useful insight into their requirements and views, providing both robust numbers and a good qualitative understanding. By establishing patients’ preferences and priorities and linking this to their satisfaction with what is currently offered, it will be possible to give guidance to providers of food and meal service to develop and improve their offer.
The Health Foundation -
This briefing summarises research that analysed data from over 230,000 anonymised patient records for older people aged 62 - 82 years. The research found that there were fewer hospital admissions for certain conditions when the patient saw the same GP more consistently. Patients who saw their usual GP two or more times out of every ten were associated with six per cent fewer avoidable hospital admissions.
NHS England -
The quality payments scheme encourages a range of activities, carried out by community pharmacists for the first time, designed to widen their role beyond dispensing to improving the quality of health care for patients while at the same time helping to ease demand on other areas of the health system. This guidance provides information to contractors on how to claim quality payments, provide further clarification on gateway criteria and to provide information for contractors to help them demonstrate that they meet any of the eight quality payment criteria.
Thomas Pocklington Trust -
This report calls for greater visual awareness training in order to support people with sight loss living in care homes. It presents the findings of an study carried out in seven care homes and found that greater support for this group of people helped to reduce the impact of sight loss and social isolation.
Royal College of Physicians (RCP) -
This report brings together the experiences of doctors working in NHS hospitals between December 2016 and January 2017. In the report, they explain in their own words what an overstretched NHS looks like in practice.
House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This letter from the Department of Health provides an update to the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee at her request to have regular updates provided on the misplacing of patient records. The letter outlines the costs of further clinical investigation so far and how many cases have required further clinical review.
Commissioning for health improvement following the 2012 health and social care reforms in England: what has changed?
Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) -
The wide-ranging program of reforms brought about by the Health and Social Care Act (2012) in England fundamentally changed the operation of the public health system, moving responsibility for the commissioning and delivery of services from the National Health Service to locally elected councils and a new national public health agency. This paper explores the ways in which the reforms have altered public health commissioning.
Institute for Government (IoG) -
This report is the first in a series of data-driven analyses on the performance of government. The report uses government data to examine five key public services: hospitals, adult social care, police, prisons and schools. It finds that until recently the government managed to maintain the quality of public services while controlling spending however it warns that now the UK faces a combination of failing public services and breached spending controls unless urgent action is taken.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This guideline highlights the role that local authorities can play in targeting people who use drugs or are at risk from doing so. It argues that local authorities can work together with gyms, nightclubs, festivals, sexual health services and supported accommodation for homeless people to make clear the support services and advice that are available.
House of Commons Library -
How are women represented in public life, the professions and the boardroom? This briefing sets out key trends and statistics, covering politics, public appointments, civil servants the judiciary, the NHS, education and leading private sector vocations.