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General Medical Council (GMC) -
The General Medical Council and Medical Schools Council have launched a joint consultation on guidelines to help medical students develop into competent and compassionate doctors that meet the expectations of patients and the public. Two pieces of guidance have been produced which replace the current guidance and aim to help medical students understand the professional values they need to meet while they are at university and also medical schools and universities to deal with concerns about students’ professional conduct and health. The deadline for responses to this consultation is 11 November 2015.
Public Health England (PHE) -
These example health needs assessments were completed using the health and justice health needs assessment toolkit for prescribed places of detention.
National event for early lessons learnt from the opt-out blood-borne virus (BBV) testing policy in prisons, 2015
Public Health England (PHE) -
This briefing provides a summary of event in May 2015, to review lessons learnt from policy change for testing for BBV in prisons.
This report, compiled by mutual health and wellbeing provider Benenden, questioned 4,000 people across the UK asking them to put a cost to some common procedures and treatments - ranging from natural child birth to liver transplants, while at the same time enquiring if they believe some of those treatments should be funded, at least in part, by the individuals on the receiving end. It also explored attitudes and sense of entitlement to those same NHS treatments, uncovering a disparity between what people believe others are entitled to and their own entitlement.
NHS Improving Quality -
These animations explore the value of knowledge in health care and they take viewers on a journey explaining key concepts along the way, to build an understanding of what better knowledge means in health and care. They demonstrate that no matter where you work in the system, small changes to capture, store, share and apply knowledge can lead to improved quality of care, outcomes and patient experience.
National Community Hearing Association -
This series of guides aimed at commissioners, providers, health and wellbeing boards and Healthwatch aim to increase access, quality and choice in adult hearing services whilst making the most of available resources. The guides advise how stakeholders in NHS hearing care can work together to deliver the goals in the NHS five year forward view – including putting patients first, improving access and follow-up, delivering more care out-of-hospital and making better use of limited resources. Most importantly the guidance sets the stage to take preventative health more seriously by thinking of hearing care as a public health, rather than medical, challenge.
NHS Confederation -
NHS Confederation is publishing a series of myth busters, which challenge common misconceptions and enrich debate on topical issues regarding our health and care. The third in the series dispels myths about primary care in the NHS.
NHS England -
Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) were developed as part of NHS England’s commitment to improving the care of people with learning disabilities or autism. They bring those responsible for the care of those who are in, or at risk of being admitted to, specialist hospitals around the table with the individual themselves and their families, as well as independent clinicians and experts by experience, to ensure that the care needs of that individual are being met. This guidance has been produced by building on the learning from the reviews which have taken place so far, including extensive engagement with people with learning disabilities, their representatives and their families. It will help CCGs and NHS England commissioners implement the recommendation from this learning that CTRs should become ‘business as usual’.
Macmillan Cancer Support -
Currently, older cancer patients (aged 65 and over) are far less likely to be given life-saving treatment than younger cancer patients (aged 55 to 64). One reason previously put forward for this is that older people may be more likely to turn down treatment. This report, commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support and carried out by Ipsos MORI, has found that older people are no more likely to refuse cancer treatment than younger people.