Quality improvement processes and techniques
The Government must prioritise a clear implementation strategy and increase support for public mental health and early intervention services if it is to bring down the unacceptable suicide rate, says the Health Committee in its interim report into suicide prevention.
National Audit Office
The National Audit Office has found that the Department of Health and NHS England have a high-level vision for improving patient access to general practice and have increased the funding available, but are seeking to extend access despite failing to provide consistent value for money from existing services.
The Public Accounts Committee examines the financial performance of NHS bodies, which has worsened considerably in 2015–16 and is not sustainable—according to the National Audit Office.
Department for Education
A multi-million pound package to support children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) has been announced.
Department of Health
People with learning disabilities will benefit from £25 million of funding to help them live more independently in their own homes.
Public Health England
This practical guidance helps commissioners understand why and how they can deliver support after suicide (also known as postvention support) in their local areas.
Local Government Association
This report warns that the impact of loneliness and isolation on health and social care means that it must be recognised as a major public health issue.
This guidance sets out instructions for managing unplanned peaks in demand for critical care beds, across the country’s 29 paediatric intensive care units.
This guidance has been written to support the wide range of frontline practitioners, managers and strategic leaders who all play an important role in supporting children and families who face adversities.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust have partnered with Creative English to develop and deliver a learning programme for their international staff, designed to improve confidence in conversational English. This coupled with the changing demographic of staff increased the potential for difficulties in conversation between patients and staff.
This report warns that loneliness leads to an increased demand on health services, partly because isolated people are more likely to develop health conditions, such as heart problems, depression and dementia.
This report finds that two thirds of people are still not receiving the basic care they need to manage their asthma, with wide variations in the level of care reported between different parts of the UK.
Nurses say conditions in the NHS are the worst they have experienced. The document compiled by regulator NHS Improvement shows this winter is proving to be the most difficult for more than a decade, with nearly a quarter of patients waiting longer than four hours in A&E last week.
Record numbers of patients are facing long waits in A&Es. The figures come from a document compiled by NHS Improvement, one of the regulators in England, and show this winter is proving to be the most difficult for a generation.
Department of Health
This report sets out the government’s response to the work of the Mental Health Taskforce. The government will accept the taskforce report’s recommendations in full. This report provides full responses to each of the 58 recommendations made to government.
Analysis by the national health and care consumer champion, Healthwatch England, has identified the key issues the public want to see policy makers and health professionals focus on over the next 12 months.
House of Commons Health Select Committee
This report presents interim findings from an inquiry that will go on to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy.
HSC Public Health Agency
Improving the mental health and wellbeing and reducing levels of suicide in the population of Northern Ireland is a key priority for the Public Health Agency.
This new analysis finds that the number of admissions to hospital are rising steeply and are outstripping increases in the NHS budget.
This essay explores a future in which obesity has been eradicated and the way in which it was tackled by national and local government as well as industry.
2017 promises to be another challenging year for the health and care system, with demand for care increasing faster than the supply of resources.
This framework provides a nationally agreed definition of quality and guide for clinical and managerial leaders wanting to improve quality.
NHS England has published a timeline of the achievements and highlights for the NHS in 2016.
These packs contains data on a number of disease areas and elements of care. The pack is split by stages along a long term conditions pathway and enables a local health economy to look at an element, for example disease detection or prescribing, across multiple disease areas.
National Institute for Health Research
This briefing summarises the findings of a study that found that practices that offered additional appointments showed a reduction in the number of their patients attending emergency departments for minor conditions but that there was no overall reduction in emergency visits.
This briefing is the first in a series looking closely at some of the big issues behind pressure on the NHS in winter months. This briefing focuses on the findings of a new analysis of bed occupancy levels from NHS England situation reports for last winter.
Public Health England
These two reports present the results of analysis of health-related questions on obesity, smoking, drinking and general health conditions from the Health Survey for England.
Picker has published a policy commentary, “The After Francis policy commentary” discussing the value of collecting and reporting real-time feedback,” and how doing so can support relational care provision in NHS hospitals.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
This report argues that pharmacist led care of people with long term conditions could deliver better results and be more cost effective.
This report for the Intergenerational Commission explores how the UK population changed over the last century and is set to change in this one. It provides an initial take on the implications for living standards across the lifetime, for individuals in different generations and for the state.