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Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) -
This report details the results of a survey of RCS members and patients looking into the coordination of care including discharge processes and re-admission for surgical patients in England and Wales. Overall, the results showed that discharge from hospital is an area of particular concern with only one quarter of those surveyed agreeing that there is a thorough coordinated discharge process in place to enable effective transfer of care from the hospital environment. It makes a number of recommendations for where the integration of care for patients can be improved including calling for greater discharge planning to take place from the outset, more information to be available to patients and carers, and greater communication between professionals and services.
Review body on doctors’ and dentists’ remuneration (DDRB) review for 2015: written evidence from the Department of Health
These documents are produced annually and provide evidence from the Department of Health to the review body on DDRB and the NHS Pay Review Body (NHS PRB). Pay raises for doctors and dentists who work for the NHS are determined by the government in light of recommendations made by the DDRB. Pay raises for NHS staff on Agenda for Change pay, terms and conditions are determined in the light of the recommendations of the NHS PRB. Both of these independent review bodies take evidence from the four UK governments, trades unions and NHS employers before making their recommendations.
Nuffield Trust -
This analysis estimates the hospital and non-hospital costs for people in the last 90 days of life. It also explores whether reduced hospital activity and costs at the end of life were likely to be offset by increased care costs in other health and social care settings using the Marie Curie home-based palliative care nursing service. The results suggest that cost savings might be available if community-based support were made more widely available to help people to die in their own homes, where that was their preference.