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The King's Fund -
This new analysis finds that the number of admissions to hospital are rising steeply and are outstripping increases in the NHS budget. It highlights the potential for rising hospital admissions to jeopardise the plans set out in the NHS five year forward view, which is based on an assumption that growth in hospital activity would be reduced to 1.3 per cent a year rather than the current rate of a 3.6 per cent increase per year. The paper argues that finding ways of moderating demand for hospital care should be prioritised and that the best hope for this lies in strengthening community services.
Institute for Employment Studies (IES) -
This paper analyses data at national and trust level to map the regions and NHS trusts in England who may be most vulnerable to the associated risks of Brexit and population growth. The analysis forecasts that areas with a high projected rate of population growth of over-85s and above average employment of nurses from the European Economic Area are most at risk of facing greater pressures in those health economies.
NHS RightCare -
These packs contains data on a number of disease areas and elements of care. The pack is split by stages along a long term conditions pathway and enables a local health economy to look at an element, for example disease detection or prescribing, across multiple disease areas. They contains a number of new indicators not included in previous packs and they also includes case studies, tools and guidance to support CCGs to make improvements to long term conditions care in their local health economy.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
NICE are seeking comments and feedback on the draft quality standard for the treatment and prevention of liver disease. The draft standard advises GPs to to send people for scans for cirrhosis if men are drinking more than 50 units per week or 22 pints and women are drinking more than 35 units per week or three and a half bottles of wine. The closing date for responses to the consultation is 2 February 2017.
House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This report highlights the need for the government to define its objectives for devolution in England and reiterates concerns regarding scrutiny, transparency and accountability. It also highlights the need for the Department of Communities and Local Government in ensuring that devolution benefits entire localities rather than key central zones or cities.
House of Commons Health Select Committee -
This report presents interim findings from an inquiry that will go on to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy. It argues that the government should prioritise a clear implementation strategy and increase support for public mental health and early intervention services if it is to bring down the suicide rate. Ahead of the final report, the interim report highlights areas for action: a clear implementation strategy; improving services for those who are vulnerable to suicide; developing a consensus statement on sharing information with families; the need for more timely and consistent data to help prevent suicides; and greater adherence to media guidelines for the reporting of suicides.
Department of Health (DH) -
This document provides guidance for DH's arm’s length bodies to complete the accounts data consolidation schedules.