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Asthma UK -
This report finds that two thirds of people are still not receiving the basic care they need to manage their asthma, with wide variations in the level of care reported between different parts of the UK. It also found that seven out of ten people with asthma who end up in hospital are not given a follow-up appointment with a GP or nurse – an essential step in preventing many people from being readmitted to hospital.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) -
This briefing summarises the findings of a study that found that practices that offered additional appointments showed a reduction in the number of their patients attending emergency departments for minor conditions but that there was no overall reduction in emergency visits. Costs were reduced for emergency departments but by less than the cost of the additional appointments. These findings suggest additional appointments may help reduce minor A&E visits but may be more costly overall.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
Comments and feedback are being sought on this draft guidance on the management of asthma. The guidance calls for a change the medicines offered to enable the NHS to make savings of potentially £3 million per year. The draft guideline also describes how health professionals should help people self-manage. It recommends they offer people a written plan with details of their triggers, how to adjust medicines and when to seek help. The draft guideline is out for public consultation until 16 February 2017.
TaxPayers' Alliance -
This report examines the utilisation of five different types of machines in NHS trusts in England to assess how greater and more efficient use of existing resources can be encouraged.
Public Health England (PHE) -
These two reports present the results of analysis of health-related questions on obesity, smoking, drinking and general health conditions from the Health Survey for England. The reports show how the behaviour and health of people aged between 40 and 60 has changed over the last 20 years.
The King's Fund -
2017 promises to be another challenging year for the health and care system, with demand for care increasing faster than the supply of resources. A system already stretched to its limits will have to work even harder to maintain current standards of care and to balance budgets. Against this background, we have identified five main priorities for 2017 in our new briefing.
Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) -
This guidance aims to help community pharmacy teams and local pharmacy committees consider the benefits of using Twitter and other social media as tools for keeping up to date with news or communicating with patients and other stakeholders. This guide covers the benefits of using social media and guidance on creating internal policies for its use and practical pointers on how to use the most relevant social media platforms.
Our next phase of regulation: a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach - cross-sector and NHS trusts
Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
CQC are consulting on changes they are planning to the way health and adult social care services are regulated. These plans reflect the priorities that CQC set out in a five year strategy for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach. The consultation closes on 14 February 2017.
NHS Improvement -
This consultation contains proposals for how NHS trusts and foundation trusts can make effective use of resources, leadership and governance enabling them to provide sustainable high quality services for patients. The deadline for responses is 14 February 2017.
NHS England -
This guidance sets out instructions for managing unplanned peaks in demand for critical care beds, across the country’s 29 paediatric intensive care units.
NHS England -
This guidance outlines the first steps which community pharmacies across England need to take to prepare for the new Quality Payments Scheme which runs from December 2016 to March 2018. 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.
Local Government Association -
This report warns that the impact of loneliness and isolation on health and social care means that it must be recognised as a major public health issue.