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NHS Confederation -
This briefing, by the Mental Health Network, explores the gap between the policy rhetoric around mental health crisis care and reporting on the ground.
Nuffield Trust -
This briefing warns that the NHS can no longer find enough bed space to move patients through hospitals quickly and meet key A&E targets – and that its practice of counting patients at midnight means that the true scale of the squeeze is being missed. It estimates that 5.5 per cent of beds need to be free for cleaning and preparation if patients are to be moved through quickly enough to meet the commitment to admit or transfer emergency patients within four hours.
Centre for Health Economics -
This research concludes that the NHS needs a “clear and transparent” funding system for mental health after it found a degree of variability in costs between hospital trusts. It suggests a need for commitment towards a new system, away from block contracts, towards patients being categorised into one of 21 “clusters” based on need.
Age UK -
According to this report, the current availability of mental health services does not meet the increasingly high demand from our ageing population. It also found that over a third of Mental Health Trusts in England have no policies for providing integrated care for people over 65 with both mental and physical health needs.
World Health Organization (WHO) -
This report argues that taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. The report predicts that fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20 per cent increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products.
Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) -
This briefing sets out evidence for community pharmacy vaccination services, showing that they can effectively augment the vaccination services provided by GP practices.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This draft guidance seeks to improve the assessment, treatment and prevention of mental health problems in adults. When the guideline is finalised, it will apply to anyone who comes into contact with the English criminal justice system, including time spent serving a community or prison sentence, and any probationary periods. It highlights the need for all staff working within the criminal justice system to receive training to recognise and respond to mental health problems. Comments and feedback are currently being sought on this draft guidance until 18 November 2016.
Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) -
By integrating a medicines optimisation service into the patient pathway, the patient can access the expertise of a pharmacist and their team in community pharmacy, which can improve their medicines taking, reduce unplanned hospital admissions and reduce pressure on the wider health and social care system. This toolkit has been produced in conjunction with the University of Manchester to help support commissioners in planning, designing and evaluating services provided by community pharmacies for patients requiring medicines.