Quality improvement processes and techniques
National Audit Office
The financial performance of NHS bodies worsened considerably in 2015-16 and this trend is not sustainable, according to the National Audit Office.
A range of new measures aimed at supporting the NHS workforce were announced by Jeremy Hunt. Speaking at the NHS Providers annual conference, the health secretary announced a number of workforce-related measures that focus on flexible working, career progression, leadership and doctors in training.
This Review reports on the activities and achievements of the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) Strategy for Scotland to September 2016. The Strategy was devised and is being delivered in partnership with public services, voluntary organisations and communities, building on existing work by services, communities and individuals.
The final report of the Health Inequalities Impact Assessment of the changes proposed to the NHS complaints procedure. This includes consideration of Human Rights and health inequalities impacts, alongside protected characteristics.
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
The HFMA and NHS Improvement have worked in partnership to update and revise the NHS efficiency map. The map is a tool that promotes best practice in identifying, delivering and monitoring cost improvement programmes (CIPs) in the NHS. The map contains links to a range of tools and guidance to help NHS bodies improve their efficiency.
National Institute for Health Research
A new online toolkit for healthcare professionals has recently been launched, to help NHS services integrate Join Dementia Research into their core pathways.
Public Health England and the Corporate Alliance against Domestic Violence have launched its 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2016. The campaign is aimed at employers, to help them deal with the large-scale problem that is domestic violence.
NHS National Institute for Health Research
Researchers based at NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) have developed a model that mimics the lining of the nose to help them develop and test new drugs. The innovation provides a close replica of activity within the nasal cavity for quick and safe initial analysis of nasal sprays and other treatments for respiratory infections, which often start in the nose and travel down into the lungs.
Northern Ireland Public Health Agency
Produced as part of the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign, these resources encourage all eligible people to get the free seasonal flu vaccine, remind people to stay warm and order repeat prescriptions before Christmas, and visit their pharmacist if they start to feel unwell.
Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)
PSNC has published a number of resources to explain how the Quality Payments scheme will work and to assist community pharmacy contractors to engage successfully with it.
Royal College of Ophthalmologists
A new Ophthalmology Common Clinical Competency Framework has been launched to provide standards of knowledge and skill required for non-medical eye healthcare professionals to deliver patient care. The traditional eye health care team has changed and continues to develop to meet the demands on the hospital eye service due to an increase in successful, but recurrent, treatments and the increase in chronic disease management due to the aging population in the UK.
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. The trust serves a large and diverse population, ranging from the elderly population of the East End of London, to those who have newly arrived from Eastern Europe with potentially few or no English language skills. This coupled with the changing demographic of staff increased the potential for difficulties in conversation between patients and staff.
This report highlights the significant social, economic, environmental and political benefits of walking. It lists 40 actions that city leaders can consider to inform walking policy, strategy and design. These actions are informed by a catalogue of international case studies that will inspire action and further aid cities in identifying and evaluating opportunities.
Life expectancy for Scottish men and women has continued to improve - but they still die younger on average than people anywhere else in the UK. Statistics from the National Records of Scotland put life expectancy at 77.1 years for baby boys born in the past three years, and 81.1 years for girls.
There were 24,300 excess deaths in England and Wales last winter - about half the number of the previous year. This means the number of extra deaths from December to March fell to traditional levels after the spike seen during the winter of 2014-15.
Cancer Research UK
UK’s pathology services at tipping point. Pathology services in the UK are struggling to cope with the increasing number of patient samples that need to be tested, according to a Cancer Research UK report.
Cancer Research UK
This report outlines the results of a survey of tobacco control leads in local authorities in England. The report calls on public and local councillors to help protect smoking cessation services by urging the government to solve the public health funding crisis.
Cancer Research UK
Alcohol will cause around 135,000 cancer deaths over the next 20 years and will cost the NHS an estimated £2 billion in treatments, according to estimates from a report by Sheffield University.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
In response to the data, Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals (lead for mental health), said: “It is concerning to see that more people are being detained under the Mental Health Act than in previous years, when there is a national commitment to reduce this number.
Caring for their sick or disabled family is taking its toll on the health of the nation's elderly generation of carers. More than half of older carers looking after their husbands, wives and other family members, have put the person they care for first at the expense of their own health.
Future Hospital Journal
Although quality improvement (QI) is frequently advocated as a way of addressing the problems with healthcare, evidence of its effectiveness has remained very mixed. This article considers these challenges and proposes four key ways in which QI might itself be improved.
This is the final report of the Realising the Value programme, an 18-month programme funded by NHS England and led by Nesta and the Health Foundation. The programme was set up to support the NHS Five Year Forward View vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities. The programme sought to enable the health and care system to support people to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in managing their own health and to work with communities and their assets.
House of Commons Library
This briefing provides background on the current funding settlement for the NHS in England, the financial and operational performance of the health service, and measures being taken to ensure its future sustainability, including Sustainability of Transformation Plans.
Howard League for Penal Reform
2016 has been the worst year on record for prison suicides, according to a report from the Howard League, with 102 suicides recorded since the beginning of the year.
The study gives insights into whether, and in what ways, reductions in public spending have affected services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
NHS Clinical Commissioners
This resource aims to support those delivering change within their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints to work through key governance and accountability challenges. The document sets out a series of questions that can be asked locally and within boards to support effective discussion and decision-making across a place.
The report presents summary cost figures relating to medicine use through prescribing in hospitals and the community in England in 2015/16, which includes the estimated prescribing cost of prescriptions in millions of pounds from 2010/11 to 2015/16 for primary care prescribing dispensed in the community, hospital prescribing dispensed in the community and for medicines issued from hospital pharmacy departments.
The latest figures released by NHS Digital show that NHS staff sickness absence has increased to 4.04 in July 2016, from 3.98 in July 2015. The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost supplied by staff groups, Health Education England (HEE) regions and organisations.
NHS Health Scotland
The Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO), of which NHS Health Scotland is a partner, has today published two new papers exploring the potential impact of welfare reform on lone parents.
NHS National Institute for Health Research
The independent report, commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network and produced by KPMG’s Economics team, provides an assessment of the economic impact of the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s activities to support clinical research in the UK.
Northern Ireland Department of Health
The Waiting List Statistics Releases show detailed information on the number of people waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, a diagnostic test and inpatient or day case treatment at hospitals in the north of Ireland.
Public Health England
This report shows that for the first time fewer antibiotics are being prescribed by GPs and clinicians. A decline in the use of antibiotics has occurred across all healthcare settings, including in the community and hospitals. This is the first time a reduction has been seen in antibiotic use across the whole healthcare system.
Royal College of General Practitioners
A new joint report from the Royal College of GPs and the British Geriatrics Society shows how GPs and geriatricians are collaborating to design and lead innovative schemes to improve the provision of integrated care for older people with frailty.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
A report from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society argues that community pharmacists should be able to write routine prescriptions and make referrals for people with long-term conditions to ease demand pressures on GPs.
Royal Society for Public Health
A new report published by RSPH and Public Health England, has identified a number of opportunities and challenges for community pharmacy teams to further support the public’s health. The report, based on research conducted in early 2016, provides a snapshot of the extent to which pharmacy teams are supporting the public’s health, the opportunities and challenges they may face and what can be done to address the challenges.
This report presents the results of mixed methods research on New Psychoactive Substance use among vulnerable young people, people in contact with mental health services, people affected by homelessness, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men.