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Proposals for changes to the arrangements for evaluating and funding drugs and other health technologies appraised through NICE’s technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies programmes
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
NICE and NHS England have launched a consultation on changes to the arrangements for evaluating and funding drugs and other health technologies appraised through NICE’s Technology Appraisal and Highly Specialised Technologies programmes. The proposed changes could benefit patients by providing access to the most effective and cost-effective new treatments more quickly and will help the life sciences industry by increasing the opportunities for companies to help manage the introduction of their new technologies into the NHS. This consultation sets out a number of ways in which NICE and NHS England can provide an environment that encourages the life sciences industry and the NHS to work together in the best interests of patients. The closing date for comments is 13 January 2017.
Royal College of Midwives -
Midwives are leaving the profession and are being driven out by excessive workloads and poor staffing levels according to this report. The report details a survey of over two-thousand midwives across the UK who have left the profession in the last two years or are intending to leave in the next two years. It also makes recommendations to prevent this flow of midwives out of the profession and the NHS.
PHSO review: quality of NHS complaints investigations: Government response to the Committee’s first report of session 2016–17
House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee -
This response centres around the creation of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB). The responses are grouped into the key themes addressed by the report: learning not blaming, the role of the HSIB, the independence of HSIB, safe space, improving patient safety at the local level and creating the conditions for openness, learning and reconciliation.
Social Enterprise UK -
This report details the difference social value can make in health and care commissioning, and shares learning for other commissioning authorities to make the most of social value. It presents the initial findings from Social Enterprise UK's Health and Social Value Programme, a three-year programme bringing together local CCGs, local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards and VCSE organisations in twelve areas across England.
A rapid review of evidence on the cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve the oral health of children aged 0-5 years
Public Health England -
These resources were developed to support local authorities investing in the local commissioning of oral health improvement programmes for pre-school children. They were commissioned from the York Health Economics Consortium and developed in partnership with Public Health England.
The Ear Foundation -
This report calls for a review of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on cochlear implants as new research shows that the UK has the most restrictive guidelines in Western Europe. It also shows that people with serious hearing loss often cost the NHS and other care services more by being denied an implant because of the greater risks of suffering from dementia and mental health problems when hearing loss is not addressed.
I am whole - a report investigating the stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties
The purpose of this research was to examine the stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties. This was done by examining the prevalence of this stigma, who is experiencing it and how they are doing so, the impact of this stigma, and the potential solutions that the young people themselves have identified.
Public Health England -
These documents bring together the arguments for a Health in All Policies approach with a set of practical examples of implementation from the UK and around the world. They are aimed at local authority leaders, chief executives, other senior officers and councillors, and Directors of Public Health.
Department of Health -
The proposal outlined in this consultation will legally ensure that information that staff provide as part of a health service investigation will be kept confidential except where there is an immediate risk to patient safety, or where the High Court makes an order permitting disclosure. This broadly mirrors the procedures followed in air accidents investigations. The closing date for comments is 16 December 2016.