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Carers UK -
This briefing is the third in a series of research reports looking at the value to the UK economy of the support provided by unpaid carers.
Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) -
This report looks at the complaints the LGO has considered during 2014/15. It identifies changes to the overall volumes and themes within the complaints and enquiries received. It is split into two sections looking at complaints about the provision of social care by providers and, secondly, complaints about the arrangement of social care by councils. It highlights common issues investigated and tells some of the personal stories heard. The report focuses on the resolution, remedy and improvements the LGO has secured.
Guidance for commissioners of financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable mental health services
Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health -
This guide aims to support commissioners, local health authorities and providers to think broadly, but practically, about building sustainable, resilient communities that have the potential, over time, to reduce mental ill health. Sustainable commissioning involves making sure services make the most effective use of financial, environmental and social resources. This includes commissioning services that support secondary (reducing relapse) and tertiary (improving rehabilitation) prevention. It is these aspects, rather than primary preventative measures, that are the focus for this guide.
Office of Health Economics -
This research paper provides an overview of the current dementia R&D landscape. It begins with a brief overview of the current thinking on the reasons for successes and failures of dementia treatments, based on a selective literature review.
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Age UK -
This report assesses how public policy is meeting the needs of people in later life. It finds that while many areas of life for older people have improved – including digital inclusion and employment - progress in other areas has stalled or even gone backwards. This is most marked in health, care and wellbeing, continuing a trend found last year.
NHS Benchmarking Network -
This report assesses progress in services for older people aimed at maximising independence and reducing use of hospitals.
This collection of information and resources aims to help commissioners of NHS audiology services implement choice that works well for patients.
The King's Fund -
The NHS in England is facing growing financial and service pressures at a time of rising demand. This paper proposes a new approach to tackling these challenges. It argues that NHS organisations need to move away from a ‘fortress mentality’ whereby they act to secure their own individual interests and future, and instead establish place-based ‘systems of care’ in which they collaborate with other NHS organisations and services to address the challenges and improve the health of the populations they serve. The paper argues that this will require the backing and support of national bodies and policy-makers, and fundamental changes to the role of commissioning in the NHS.