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Public Health England -
The NHS Health Check is for 40 to 74 year olds and aims to reduce the risk of people developing preventable conditions. This paper sets out the research and evaluation priorities for the programme and provides input from stakeholders from across the public health sector, as well as Public Health England’s understanding of current knowledge and academic research on NHS Health Checks. The consultation closes on 19 December 2014.
Driving local change for effective and efficient eyecare services - sharing our learning from the Commissioning for Effectiveness and Efficiency (CEE) project
Vision UK -
To support the recommendations of the evaluation and the adoption of the CEE approach across other localities and for areas wider than eye health; the CEE project has produced guidance and a set of support tools that bring together the key learnings from across the three sites. The guidance aims to provide commissioners, local government partners, local eye health networks and partnerships to plan and deliver eye care services that maximise the best possible outcomes for local communities.
Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People -
The commission addressed the problem of how the NHS should care for the country’s increasing number of frail older people. The commission’s central conclusion is that hospital providers and commissioners should not rely on government plans for greater integration between health and social care as a solution – they must and can take action now themselves to tackle the problem.
Department of Health -
The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce is seeking suggestions from professionals who work with children and young people directly or indirectly, about how mental health services could be improved for children and young people. The consultation looks at data and standards, access and prevention, a co-ordinated system and vulnerable groups and inequalities. The responses received will inform the Taskforce’s recommendations, which will be published and presented to ministers in the spring. The closing date for comments is 5 December 2014.
National Audit Office -
This report finds that local authorities have coped well with reductions in government funding, but some groups of authorities are showing clear signs of financial stress. However, it finds that The Department for Communities and Local Government has a limited understanding of authorities’ financial sustainability and the impacts of funding cuts on services.
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies -
In the policy summary authors review the literature on the measurement and reporting of quality information to aid the public in choosing health and long-term care providers, provide insights to support future investment in public reporting systems, and summarise strategies aiming to increase the use of reporting by patients and users. It shows that widespread use of quality information has been slow to materialise across health and long-term care, despite the extensive investment in reporting systems by governments and private sector organisations. There is, however, some evidence that reporting encourages providers to address quality issues to improve their reputation in the sector.
The Patients Association -
This report calls on the Parliamentary and Heath Service Ombudsman to establish a truly independent, transparent and people's ombudsman. It provides a list of recommendations to improve the ombudsman going forward, including an independent review.
General Medical Council (GMC) -
A GMC survey of the 50,000 doctors in training found nearly one in ten reporting that they had been bullied, while nearly one in seven said they had witnessed it in the workplace. While the survey shows that systems are generally working well, it suggests there are still areas that need to be improved. The GMC argues that bullying and undermining can affect the safety of patients as it can make doctors in training more reluctant to report concerns.