NHS England -
This updated version of the tool should be used to collect baseline data and return data relevant to each quarter's payment trigger within the Enhanced supportive care (for advanced cancer patients) commissioning for quality and innovation national goal.
NHS Confederation -
This briefing considers a post-Brexit scenario in which reciprocal health care arrangements no longer exist and estimates the cost of this at £500 million a year. It warns that travel insurance could become unaffordable for British citizens with pre-existing health conditions and that additional pressure could be placed on an already stretched health service if British people abroad could no longer access reciprocal healthcare.
Public Health England (PHE) -
This plan outlines the approach to co-ordinating PHE's cancer work for the next five years. It is aligned with the Five year forward view and the Independent Cancer Taskforce report and highlights how we will work in partnership with others to achieve the recommendations and enhance PHE’s role in the fight against cancer.
NHS Employers -
This case study describes how Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has maximised the take up of bank shifts through development of a mobile app allowing clinicians to self select shifts.
National Audit Office (NAO) -
This report concludes that the Care Quality Commission has improved as an organisation, but now needs to overcome some persistent issues with the timeliness of some of its regulation activities if it is to sustain further improvement. In particular, the report outlines concerns around information systems, consistency of judgements and capabilities in meeting targets in a timely manner.
Children's Commissioner -
This report sets out the views, perspectives and experiences of children with mental health needs and gives anonymous first-hand accounts of children in England aged 17 and under who have dealt with mental health illnesses. It highlights the discrepancy and inequalities between children's and adult's mental health services and makes recommendation to transform provision and improve access to services. An accompanying evidence review uses qualitative research to explore the limited awareness of mental health issues in young people, focusing on their perception of mental health.
Care Quality Commission (CQC) -
This report presents findings from CQC's hospice inspection programme and finds that hospice care across England has the highest percentage of health and social care services that are rated outstanding (25 per cent), and a further 70 per cent are rated good. The inspections found that hospice leaders and frontline staff displayed a strong commitment to providing truly person-centred, compassionate care and support to people using their services, and their loved ones.
Local Government Association (LGA) -
This report warns that that the rising number of older homeless will create significant extra pressures for councils, such as in providing housing and social care. The report aims to support local authorities in protecting and improving their population’s health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities, by tackling homelessness and its causes.
Department of Health -
This consultation seeks views on the regulation of medical associate professions in the UK, including physician associates, physicians’ assistanta, surgical care practitioners and advanced critical care practitioners. The closing date for comments is 22 December 2017.
Department of Health (DH) -
The DH is seeking to put in place a more stable and more affordable system of indemnity for general practice in England. This factsheet marks the start of detailed work with GP representatives and others. It outlines current assumptions on key areas.
Royal College of Radiologists -
This report underlines the situation in UK radiology, with the ongoing shortage of imaging doctors making late hospital diagnoses and delayed scan results a very real likelihood for patients. It finds that, in 2016, the NHS paid out an estimated £88 million for out-of-hours reporting of X-rays and scans, while nearly two-thirds of vacant radiologist posts sat empty for 12 months or more. It also highlights the UK-wide problem of not have enough imaging doctors to fill hospital vacancies.
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) -
This briefing includes a diagnostic tool to assess the status of governance arrangements arising from ‘at scale’ working. Completing the tool will provide a basis for discussion by the board/ governing body and/ or audit committee of an NHS body when seeking assurance about developing governance arrangements.
Return on investment of interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions: final report
Public Health England -
This tool aims to help local commissioners provide cost-effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. It pulls together evidence on the effectiveness and associated costs for a number of interventions for musculoskeletal conditions. The tool allows results to be tailored to local situations based on the knowledge of the user.
NHS Clinical Commissioners -
This report showcases programmes that are embedding mental health in primary care and draws out advice from the commissioners and practitioners involved in their development and delivery. It highlights projects where CCGs and their partners are delivering better care for patients, working across the boundaries between physical and mental health, as well as health and social care, while at the same time reducing pressure on GPs and hospitals.
The King's Fund -
This report has been co-authored with The Health Foundation. It outlines ten lessons for NHS leaders. These provide a starting point for leaders seeking to embed quality improvement in their work.