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Department of Health (DH) -
This document outlines the changes to the statutory supervision of midwives, which will be introduced in 2017. The new non-statutory supervision will separate midwifery supervision and regulation. The regulation will be controlled by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Employers and providers of midwifery services will be responsible for improving the quality of services and support for women through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
Royal College of Midwives (RCM) -
This report is a result of freedom of information (FOI) requests that the RCM sent to 136 NHS trusts in England last year about spending on agency nurses. The FOI had a response rate of over 95 per cent with 130 trusts responding and it found that over 73 per cent of trusts in London with maternity services rely on agency midwives to staff their services. As a result, the spend on agency midwives has increased from £10,159,099 in 2012 to £17,849,767 in 2014 - representing an increase of almost 76 per cent.
Local Government Association -
There is a variety of ways that people can be supported to make better choices. This report details the way that councils are demonstrating this through the way they are making use of behavioural insights to improve health. From exploiting digital technologies to stressing social norms in a bid to encourage people to make lifestyle changes, local authorities have started using behavioural insights to make a difference to people's lives.
House of Commons Public Accounts Committee -
This report identifies weaknesses in the approach of the Department for Health and NHS England on diabetes prevention, resulting in the continued increase in the cost of diabetes to the NHS. It finds that while progress has been made since the committee last examined diabetes services, variations remain in the take up of education programmes, delivery of recommended care processes, achievement of treatment standards and in outcomes for diabetes patients. The report sets out new measures intended to improve treatment for diabetes patients and bolster prevention of the condition.
Department of Health (DH) -
This document outlines the process for assessing, deciding and agreeing continuing care for children with complex health needs. It is aimed at CCGs when assessing the needs of children and young people (0 to 17 years) whose complex needs cannot be met by universal or specialist health services. The accompanying decision support tool provides a structure to help in reaching a decision.
NHS England -
This report describes the journey taken over the last year by the integrated care pioneers. It describes the progress, challenges and lessons learnt across the pioneers. Also included within the report are pioneers’ stories which describe the core elements of their care models and showcase how these are impacting real people.