Improving care and support for children and young people with mental health problems

Three Royal Colleges have jointly agreed five shared principles designed to improve care and support for children and young people with mental health problems.

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The Royal College of General Practitioners, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and The Royal College of Psychiatrists have issued a position statement saying that as well as the commissioning of specialist treatment, an effective child and young people’s (CYP) mental health system required:

  • acknowledgment that CYP mental health is everybody’s business and should be supported by a shared vision for CYP mental health across all government departments
  • a preventative, multi-agency approach to mental health across all ages, incorporating attention to education for young people and families, social determinants, and health promotion
  • a system of national and local accountability for population-level CYP mental health and well-being, delivered via integrated local area systems
  • training and education for the whole children’s workforce in their role and responsibilities for CYP mental health
  • more support, both from specialist services and other sectors, for professionals dealing with CYP who do not meet referral threshold to CAMHS.

Full document: Position statement on children and young peoples’ mental health

End of life care for people who have a learning disability

This guidance document provide resources and tips for commissioners, service providers and health and social care staff providing, or delivering care to people with a learning disability at the end of their lives. | NHS England

The resource provides a number of ‘ambitions’ regarding end of life care for people who have a learning disability, and contains ‘top tips’, resources and good practice examples to support the achievement of each ambition.

Full document: Delivering high quality end of life care for people who have a learning disability: Resources and tips for commissioners, service providers and health and social care staff.

NHS launches drive to improve ‘e-nursing’

NHS Digital has launched e-nursing week in support of the campaign to re-educate the NHS workforce for a digital future. | Story via OnMedica

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NHS Digital estimates that in many settings nurses provide 80% of patient care and they are often the clinicians leading the way in utilising new technology, and creating innovative ways of improving care using new digital tools.

The Royal College of Nursing says that the effective use of information and digital technologies is a key enabler in delivering better health and social care, now and in the future and its current campaign, “Every nurse an e-nurse” seeks to ensure nurses across the NHS have the tools, skills and resources they need to make the best use of technology and act as effective e-nurses.

Full story at NHS Digital

Related Chief Nursing Officer blog: Setting an example as technology leaders

 

New scheme launched to help NHS whistleblowers

A nationwide pilot to help NHS whistleblowers back into work is being launched | NHS England.

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The Whistleblowers Support Scheme will offer a range of services including career coaching, financial advice and mediation for primary care staff who have suffered as a result of raising concerns about NHS practice. Working Transitions has been appointed to run the pilot until March 2018.

The scheme has been designed with the help of former staff who have also had experience of whistleblowing and the impact it can have on staff.

Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England, said: “It is simply inexcusable that talented, experienced staff should be lost to the NHS as the result of raising the legitimate concerns that help the health service improve.

Read the full news story here

 

NHS launches drive to improve ‘e-nursing’

NHS Digital has launched its first ever e-nursing week in support of the campaign to re-educate the NHS workforce for a digital future | OnMedica

It has also endorsed the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) campaign “Every nurse an e-nurse”, and has pledged to play a supporting role in realising its ambition.

NHS Digital, is the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care. It estimates that in many settings nurses provide 80% of patient care and they are often the clinicians leading the way in utilising new technology, and creating innovative ways of improving care using new digital tools.

The RCN says that the effective use of information and digital technologies is a key enabler in delivering better health and social care, now and in the future.

Read the full overview here

Bridging The Health Care Gap Through Telehealth

This case study looks at two telehealth models in Mexico and the U.S. targeting low- to middle-income parts of the population | Commonwealth Fund

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In many developing nations, the public health system is unable to meet demand for services, driving people to seek costly services in the private sector. Telehealth can expand access to care while, in some cases, reducing unnecessary use of services, such as immediate acute care for non–health emergencies.

Using a call centre as the point of access, these models have reduced unnecessary use of services and supported patient navigation of local health services.