Quality improvement processes and techniques
The annual return is now available for services to complete between 5 January and 16 February 2018.
Care Quality Commission
CQC has taken the decision to pause some routine inspections of NHS acute services, GP practices and urgent care services planned for January.
Department of Health and Social Care
New changes mean that, for the first time, all healthcare organisations in England that offer regulated care will be rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Organisations will have to display their inspection ratings so patients can clearly see safety standards.
NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and NHS England have launched a joint consultation on commissioning guidance detailing conditions for which over-the-counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care.
The Department of Health have announced that, for the first time, all providers of care in England will be rated by the CQC and must display those ratings so patients can clearly see safety standards.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The toolkit helps perioperative and surgical units in hospitals identify opportunities to improve care and safety practices and implement evidence-based interventions to prevent surgical site infections.
For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the chances of being seen in time where you live?
This infographic infographic looks at how a range of factors influence our health. Jane Landon discusses the changes needed in our food environment to ensure that everyone has enough good food to live a healthy life.
Survival from sepsis has improved in recent years, resulting in an increasing number of patients who have survived sepsis treatment. Current sepsis guidelines do not provide guidance on post hospital care or recovery.
This briefing makes the case for collaboration between health and housing organisations in order to improve patient outcomes while relieving pressure on mental health services. It contains four case studies on innovative support and care services delivered through collaborations between housing and health care providers.
NHS England is asking every hospital trust to adopt the Royal College of Physicians’ new clinical assessment system. The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) system was developed by the Royal College of Physicians with the aim of creating a standardised approach to clinical assessment across the country.
Despite there being a good understanding of what’s obstructing innovation in the NHS, it is still slow to adopt new technological ideas. This briefing has eight reflections on how to address to problem.
Pediatric Quality and Safety
This study looks at the implementation of a daily rounding tool in a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) to improve the discussion performance of identified clinical elements.
Public Health England
Evidence and guidance for healthcare professionals, to help people change their eating and activity habits.
Public Health England
This guidance is aimed at breast screening providers and provides advice on dealing with requests from women who ask to be screened outside their area.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
The professional standards have been in use since 2012, they were previously updated in 2014. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society have updated these standards in 2017 using the RPS process for the development of standards and guidance.
Pediatric Quality & Safety
The increased incidence of multidrug-resistant organisms is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, hospital length of stay, and cost. Estimates show that up to 50% of antimicrobial use is inappropriate. This initiative focuses on inappropriate use of antibiotics in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections. This virus is the most common cause of bronchiolitis during childhood.
New figures from Age UK reveal the vast numbers of older carers being left to fill the gap as our social care system crumbles. Older carers now providing nearly 54 million hours of care a week in England.
Hospitals in England made a record £174m last year in charging for parking, an investigation has found. The figure for 2016-17 was 6% up on the previous financial year, data collected by the Press Association under the Freedom of Information Act showed.
British Medical Association
These presentation slides highlight the BMA's concerns about how Brexit may affect health care in the UK and the consequences for the NHS.
Centre for Policy Studies
Lord Saatchi has proposed the creation of a Royal Commission to safeguard the future of the NHS. This follow-up report by Lord Saatchi and Dominic Nutt sets out the remit and priorities that such a Commission should adopt, in order to address the NHS's most important problems.
This briefing examines the evidence on integrated community health and care services for patients with complex and multiple needs in the United States. It identifies the five common challenges to implementing an integrated approach successfully and outlines solutions for these challenges.
Healthcare Financial Management Association
This map is a tool that promotes best practice in identifying, delivering and monitoring cost improvement programmes in the NHS. It contains links to a range of tools and guidance to help NHS bodies improve their efficiency.
House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts
Record high numbers of self-inflicted deaths and incidents of self-harm in prisons are a damning indictment of the current state of the mental health of those in prison and the prison environment overall.
House of Commons Library
This briefing paper looks at the introduction of accountable care organisations (ACO's) in the NHS in England and the development of the ACO policy, and comments on its potential impact.
Local Government Association
This briefing focuses on the Whole Systems Obesity programme, which will provide local authorities with a different approach to tackling obesity. The programme is exploring the evidence and local practice to develop guidance and tools to help councils set up a whole systems approach to obesity in their local area.
NHS Clinical Commissioners
With the move towards accountable care, clinical commissioners are starting to take on a more strategic role. This report aims to support commissioners in these new functions by outlining best practice from health systems around the world that are developing policy around new care models and place-based systems of care.
This consultation seeks views on proposals to end routine prescribing of over-the-counter products for minor or short-term conditions that are self-limiting or that could be managed by self-care. Feedback on this consultation will be accepted until 14 March 2018.
This briefing looks at the relationship between deprivation and the use of emergency hospital care by children and young people in England. It aims to describe and highlight areas of inequality and to explore how they have changed over time.
Public Health England
PHE has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the risks of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) with a particular focus on two of the most prevalent infections, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
Public Health England
Public Health England is helping parents take control of their children’s snacking by launching the first Change4Life campaign promoting healthier snacks. This is because half of children’s sugar intake, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, leading to obesity and dental decay.
Public Health Wales Observatory
The Health and its determinants in Wales report provides an overview of the health and well-being of the population of Wales, including the burden of disease. It outlines the main causes of death, disability and illness which make up the picture of health in Wales. It demonstrates the gains made but it also highlights the significant challenges faced both now and in the future.