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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) -
This guidance calls for health care professionals to ask adults in the final days of life about their religious or spiritual beliefs. In response to estimates that three out of four deaths are anticipated by medical staff, it provides guidance to help health care professionals identify patients who are nearing death in order to allow the patient and those close to them prepare accordingly.
Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) -
This report compares the price of food in two ways: between healthy and less healthy substitutes and healthy and less healthy products by edible weight. It finds that there is little difference between the price of regular food products and their healthier substitutes in most categories. It argues that in light of these findings, taxes or subsidies are unlikely to have a significant impact on dietary choices.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This report outlines the findings from CQC's first round of acute and specialist hospital trust inspects. It shows variation in the quality of hospital services but also highlights those hospital trusts that have been able to make practical changes to the way they deliver care and are seeing improvements to patient care as a result. The analysis shows variation both in the quality of care between hospitals and between individual core services within the same hospital. While the majority of hospital services are delivering good quality care and looking after patients well, inspections have also uncovered pockets of poor care even in good hospitals.
Office of Health Economics (OHE) -
This briefing summarises a seminar given by Dr Nicholas Hicks, the co-founder and chief executive of Capitated Outcomes-Based Incentivised Care (COBIC). The briefing describes COBIC's outcomes-centred approach that has been adopted by NHS services across England and how it brings together commissioners, providers, other professions, patients and carers. It discusses a case study where COBIC worked with Bedfordshire CCG to improve musculoskeletal care and outcomes, and to decrease costs.
Public Health England (PHE) -
This consultation seeks views on the proposed investigations into severe avoidable birth injury and the support and compensation scheme. The rapid resolution and redress scheme aims to introduce a system of consistent and independent investigations for all instances where there may be severe avoidable birth injury, along with access to ongoing support and compensation for eligible babies through an administrative scheme. This consultation closes on 26 May 2016.
Public Health England (PHE) -
The Department of Health commissioned this review following the transfer of commissioning of public health services for children zero to five years to local authorities in October 2015. The review considered the impact of this transfer, support for existing and continued regulation, evidence of service transformation, and risks to sustainability from a range of perspectives using data from different sources.
NHS England -
This report marks the anniversary of the publication of the Five year forward view for mental health. It highlights the progress made in the first year of the programme, and takes a look at the achievements that need to be built upon to deliver next year and beyond.
Institute for Government (IoG) -
As ministers grapple with the huge challenges of Brexit and the domestic policy agenda, this report looks at how they can be effective in their jobs. Using analysis of more than 70 candid interviews with former ministers, the report provides an insight into the day-to-day reality of ministerial roles and relationships, how to do the ministerial role well and what can be done to help ministers be more effective in government.
The King's Fund -
This quarter's quarterly monitoring report finds that sicker patients are the main reason for A&E winter pressures. Despite the recent media focus on access to GPs, our latest survey of finance directors finds that the rising number of patients with complex health needs is the key factor behind the increasing pressures on A&E departments. The survey also highlights the huge effort made by the NHS to prepare for increased pressure on services during the winter. More than 70 per cent of the trusts surveyed increased their staff, while 80 per cent of CCGs paid for extra resources in primary care.