Monthly Archives: November 2012

Improving GP services in England: exploring the association between quality of care and the experience of patients

By The King’s Fund (2012)

Using data from more than 8,000 general practices in England, this paper examines the association between patients’ perceptions about the non-clinical aspects of care and practice performance on measures of clinical quality. It identifies clinical effectiveness and patient experience as key domains of health care quality; that there is a correlation between positive patient experiences and higher QOF outcome scores; and that patients’ experience of using their GP services can affect their use and interaction with those services.

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NHS better care, better value indicators

By the Institute for Innovation & Improvment (2012)

The Better Care, Better Value Indicators have been updated to include GP practice level data for the commissioning indicators. 

The tool includes:

  • create your own practice peer group 
  • compare your practice performance with PCT, CCG and peer practices
  • view a timeline of your performance across 12 months

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My life until the end: dying well with dementia

By the Alzheimer’s Society (2012)

This report provides a broad overview of the key issues relating to end of life planning and end of life care as experienced by people with dementia. The report summarises existing evidence and presents new evidence from current carers, bereaved carers and people with dementia. It makes recommendations about planning for end of life and to improve co-ordinated care through to the end of life.

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The productive mental health ward: releasing time to care: service users play vital role in improvments

By National Institute for Innovation & Improvement (2012)

Bradford District Care Trust cares for people of all ages who have community health and mental health and social care needs. The Trust also provides specialist support for people with learning disabilities. It employs around 4000 staff working across over 170 teams, all of whom will implement The Productive Series.

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Can sustainable hospitals help bend the health care cost curve?

By The Commonwealth Fund (2012)

 As policymakers seek to rein in the nation’s escalating health care costs, one area deserving attention is the health system’s costly environmental footprint. This study examines data from selected hospitals that have implemented programs to reduce energy use and waste and achieve operating room supply efficiencies. After standardizing metrics across the hospitals studied and generalizing results to hospitals nationwide, the analysis finds that savings achievable through these interventions could exceed $5.4 billion over five years and $15 billion over 10 years. Given the return on investment, the authors recommend that all hospitals adopt such programs and, in cases where capital investments could be financially burdensome, that public funds be used to provide loans or grants, particularly to safety-net hospitals.

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Department of Health: the management of adult diabetes services in the NHS

By House of Commons (2012)

This report is based on evidence from expert witnesses and the Department of Health about the management of adult diabetes services in the NHS. It identifies a variation in service provision and quality of care in adult diabetes across the country and highlights the need for improvement in the quality of diabetes care.

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Government and the voluntary sector: investigating funding and engagement

By Compact Voice (October 2012)

This report details the responses of Freedom of Information requests from 14 government departments. The requests aimed to determine the way government is supporting the voluntary sector by looking at levels and changes to funding, and also engagement through consultation and impact assessment. However, the responses suggest that there are no systems in place to enable government departments to collect and compare this information.

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