Supporting carers in general practice

This document offers a series of practical ideas that have been developed in partnership with carers, primary care teams and other key stakeholders. Collectively, these provide a framework for improving how general practice can better identify and support carers of all ages | NHS England | NHS Improvement

Within the NHS Long term Plan, the ambition for granting carers greater recognition and support so that their own health and wellbeing needs will be addressed is clear.

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This paper sets a clear ambition to:

  • improve carers’ health and promote positive wellbeing;
  • reduce carer crisis and family breakdown;
  • reduce unwarranted variations in carer support, and;
  • meet demand more appropriately and better manage demand on service.

The framework provides a range of practical actions grouped into themes that have been developed from carers, and their representatives, and focuses on key areas where the support offered to carers by general practice could be improved.

Full document: Supporting carers in general practice: a framework of quality markers

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NHS Trust develops text messaging service to help quit smoking

Digital Health Age | June 2019 | NHS Trust develops text messaging service to help quit smoking 

NHS patients in Gateshead who smoke and want to stop immediately are now able to access a behavioural change text message service, that is designed to provide daily ‘nudges’ of motivation and advice that can give them the support they need when they need it.

In the UK smoking is responsible for the deaths of one in five adults aged 35 and over, and around half of long-term smokers will die as the result of their addiction.

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Rob Allcock, chest physician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead said: “Whilst smoking rates across Gateshead have fallen by more than a third over the last eight years, smoking remains our largest cause of preventable death and it’s critical we continue to provide the region with education, information and support to help people put a stop to their addiction.”

The smoking cessation service was designed and developed by the Trust’s Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) team and launched in January 2019. Since its launch six months ago, hundreds of patients have accepted support to stop smoking and have benefited from daily support via their mobile phones.

GDE project lead Mark Hurrell said: “Patients discharged from hospital, those planned for admissions and outpatients are now asked if they smoke and all smokers who wish to stop are uploaded onto the mobile phone based service. Patients are then sent a series of motivational support messages over a three-month period and are also directed to appropriate stop smoking support”. (Source: Digital Health Age )

Full, unabridged story is available from Digital Health Age 

Transforming elective care services

NHS England has published the following handbooks for commissioners, providers and those leading the local transformation of elective care services. They describe what local health and care systems can do to transform elective care services at pace, why this is necessary and how the impact of this transformation can be measured.  They also contain practical guidance for implementing and adopting a range of interventions to ensure patients see the right person, in the right place, first time.

Achieving a digital NHS: Lessons for national policy from the acute sector

Nuffield Trust | May 2019 | Achieving a digital NHS: Lessons for national policy from the acute sector

With the creation of NHSX, which will unite digital leaders from NHS England, NHS Improvement, and the Department of Health and Social Care to lead on setting standards for technology use, championing and developing digital training and ensuring NHS systems can talk to each other across the health and care system, the Nuffield Trust wanted to know:

  • How national policy impacted on a trust’s approach to digitisation
  • How national policy was helping and hindering digital progress
  • What national policy could do differently to better support digitisation on the ground

 

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To this end the Nuffield Trust spoke to 72 senior digital leaders in national organisations and NHS trusts as well as frontline health care professionals. Now the Nuffield Trust have published Achieving a digital NHS, which is based on discussion with 72 senior digital leaders in national organisations and NHS trusts as well as frontline health care professional national policy for digitisation, is working from the perspective of acute trusts. This  report seeks to understand how national policy for digitisation is working from the perspective of acute trusts (Source: Nuffield Trust).

Achieving a digital NHS: Lessons for a national policy from the acute sector 

Achieving a digital NHS

Creating a digital NHS is a national policy priority. The NHS Long Term Plan emphasised  commitment to the digital agenda and promised fully digitised secondary care services by 2024. This report looks at digitisation from the perspective of acute trusts, and examines what lessons can be learnt for national policy | Nuffield Trust

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As a new body, NHSX, has been established to lead national policy for technology, digital and data, and with the Secretary of State firmly behind plans to create a fully digital NHS, this report seeks to understand how national policy for digitisation is working from the perspective of acute trusts.

The authors spoke to 72 senior digital leaders in national organisations and NHS trusts as well as frontline health care professionals in an attempt to understand how national policy for digitisation is working from the perspective of acute trusts. The researchers wanted to know:

  • How national policy impacted on a trust’s approach to digitisation
  • How national policy was helping and hindering digital progress
  • What national policy could do differently to better support digitisation on the ground

This report sets out a number of areas that would benefit from national attention. A clear theme across all of the areas is the need for better communication and engagement between national policy makers and NHS providers.

Full report: Castle-Clarke S and Hutchings R  (2019) | Achieving a digital NHS: Lessons for national policy from the acute sector | Nuffield Trust

New guide to cross-sector working

This guide reinforces the benefits of cross-sector working for patients and NHS transformation and includes case studies demonstrating how this can be achieved | AHSN Network | Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry 

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The ABPI and the AHSN Network has published a new guide to cross-sector working between NHS Sustainable Transformation Partnerships (STPs), Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and industry. The guide sets out governance and process recommendations to make collaboration more straightforward.

The guidance makes it easier for STPs, ICSs and industry to develop and implement local collaborative initiatives that improve patient outcomes, make more efficient use of NHS resources and generate evidence of impact for industry.

 

Full document: Simplifying cross-sector working between NHS Integrated Care Systems, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and industry. Guidance on governance and process.