Monthly Archives: November 2013

Commissioning regional and local sexual health services

By Public Health England (November 2013)

Guidance for commissioners of HIV, sexual and reproductive health services: includes prevention, treatment, information, advice and support.

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Health and wellbeing boards: one year on

By The King’s Fund (2013)

Health and wellbeing boards have made good progress in establishing themselves but face a critical year which could define whether they develop into system leaders or are relegated to a side show according to The King’s Fund second survey of boards. The report, based on a survey of nearly half of the 152 health and wellbeing boards, shows that local authorities have brought strong leadership to establishing the Boards and report good relationships with CCGs. Most have prioritised public health inequalities allaying concerns about the transfer of this remit to local authorities. However, there is little sign they have begun to grapple with immediate issues such as reconfiguration and integrated care with the latter only mentioned by 9 respondents.

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Coordinated care for people with complex condition: key lessons and markers for success

By The King’s Fund (2013)

This report presents the findings from a two-year research project funded by Aetna and the Aetna Foundation. It aimed to understand the key components of effective strategies employed by studying five UK-based programmes to deliver co-ordinated care for people with long-term and complex needs. It elicits some key lessons and markers for success to help identify how care co-ordination might be transferred from the UK to the US context.

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Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry: government response

By Department of Health (November 2013)

The government has published a full response to the 290 recommendations made by Robert Francis, following the public inquiry in to the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. This follows the government’s initial response in February 2013, which included the introduction of a new hospital inspection regime and legislation for a duty of candour on NHS organisations so they have to be open with families and patients when things go wrong.
NHS England has highlighted the significant work it is leading to improve the safety of patients as part of a co-ordinated response to the Francis Report.
Actions on safety and openness include: transparent, monthly reporting of ward-by-ward staffing levels and other safety measures quarterly reporting of complaints data and lessons learned by trusts along with better reporting of safety incidents a statutory duty of candour on providers, and professional duty of candour on individuals, through changes to professional codes a new national patient safety programme across England to spread best practice and build safety skills across the country and 5,000 patient safety fellows will be trained and appointed in 5 years trusts to be liable if they have not been open with a patient a dedicated hospital safety website to be developed for the public.

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Cold weather plan launches to prepare for winter

By Public Health England (October 2013)

The plan aims to prevent avoidable harm to health, to help prevent excess winter deaths in England.

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Focus on preventable admissions: trends in emergency admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions, 2001 to 2013

By Quality Watch (2013)

This QualityWatch Focus On report examines trends in emergency
admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Focus On reports
provide snapshots and longitudinal analyses of aspects of quality in a
particular area or areas of care.

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Loneliness resource pack

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2013)

This set of resources aims to help individuals, groups, communities and neighbourhoods take a closer look at and to reduce loneliness. It includes a briefing on the causes of loneliness; guidance; and session plans.

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