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This report compares data from four Wales-wide surveys of people’s experiences of primary mental health services since Part One of the Mental Health Measure came into force in October 2012. It finds that there has been no improvement in patient outcomes since the implementation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2012 which aimed to improve access to and quality of primary mental health services in Wales.
Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) -
This database brings together and makes publicly available the details of payments or benefits in kind - made to doctors, nurses and pharmacists, as well as other health professionals and healthcare organisations in the UK.
Westminster Commission on Autism -
Following a seven-month inquiry and a consultation of over 900 people, the Westminster Commission on Autism launches its inquiry report and calls for improved access to healthcare for all autistic people. It calls for greater training of health professionals to increase awareness of the health care needs of autistic people; the implementation of annual health checks for autistic people; and also that CQC should establish autism-specific inspection questions into their inspection framework.
The Nuffield Trust -
This report finds well-established opportunities for pathology to make substantial improvements in care for patients, and deliver savings estimated at £200m. It argues that despite major reviews identifying these possibilities in 2006 and 2008, progress has been patchy. The report warns that progress in these fields risks being held back by a shortage of doctors, with Royal College of Pathologists figures showing 40 per cent of specialists in the field are over 55 and most of those plan to retire within five years. Financial investment, too, will be needed to support changes.
NHS Employers -
This case study outlines the benefits of empowering staff to deliver end of life care through greater education and training. The case study outlines outcomes that were achieved by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust including being awarded an outstanding rating by CQC for end of life care services; improved patient care and staff communication; and excellent feedback from patient families.
NHS England -
This updated guidance, developed in collaboration with CCGs and national partners, outlines a number of strengthened safeguards to mitigate the risk of real and perceived conflicts of interest arising in CCGs.
Public Health England (PHE) -
Public Health England and Unicef UK have developed guidance to support the commissioning of evidence-based interventions to improve breastfeeding rates across England. The toolkit consists of three parts: infographics which highlight the key issues; good practice guidance for commissioners; and guidance on effective data collection, monitoring and reporting.
Patients as partners: building collaborative relationships among professionals, patients, carers and communities
The King's Fund -
This report calls for all NHS organisations to commit to working more closely with patients to meet the requirements of a new relationship with patients and communities outlined in the NHS five year forward view. The paper looks at what can be achieved by NHS professionals working with patients and looks in detail at case studies drawn from the Fund’s ground-breaking national collaborative pairs programme, which supported patients and health professionals to work together on a wide range of local initiatives. The paper is a helpful guide for people who are interested in working with patients and sets out five practical ways to develop collaborative relationships among NHS, patient and community partners.
NHS Employers -
This guide is aimed at employers to support discussions with staff about the ERRBO agreement, a feature of the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme. The agreement, which allows members to retire earlier, while maintaining the value of their pension benefits, gives members the option to pay additional contributions in order to remove or lower the reduction that is normally applied to pensions taken before normal pension age.
Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) -
This evidence summary explores the impact of welfare reform - in a climate of austerity and cuts - on key client groups and its consequent effect on the social services workforce in Scotland. It draws on evidence from the UK where relevant or transferable, but focuses on the Scottish context, impact and response.
International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) -
This publication features contributions from more than 20 leading public figures on the reforms necessary to ensure the future of the welfare state. It discusses the reforms to housing, health, education, the labour market, pension and welfare needed to ensure the future sustainability of the UK welfare state. The aim of the publication is to explore how population ageing might impact on the welfare state and what reforms to the welfare state might be necessary in order to ensure long run sustainability and maximise wellbeing?