NHS England has issued a call for the world’s best healthcare innovations

The NHS Innovation Accelerator has already improved the uptake of pioneering ideas, equipment and technology such as ventilation tubes that reduce cases of pneumonia and new approaches to mental health care | NHS England

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has already successfully helped transform patient care across the NHS by fast-tracking the uptake of pioneering ideas, equipment and technology such as ventilation tubes that reduce cases of pneumonia and new approaches to mental health care.

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has now confirmed a further round of the programme which will focus on the clinical priorities outlined in the Next Steps Five Year Forward View plan including mental health, primary care and urgent and emergency care.

The initiative, supported by England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners, has to date helped support the uptake of ground-breaking concepts in 469 NHS organisations. The aim is to provide innovators with a package of tailored support – including access to a 2017 bursary fund totalling £240,000 and mentoring from a team of experts – in order to help their ideas gain uptake across the NHS.

How digital therapies can help treat anxiety and depression

NICE is to start assessing new digital therapies that will help treat more people with anxiety and depression.

Guided self-help, which can track people’s mood or advise on breathing exercises for example, is recommended by NICE guidance to help treat mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

As part of NHS England’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, NICE has been asked to assess digital applications or computer programmes, which will sit alongside face-to-face, phone and online therapy.

Developers of therapy applications are being invited to submit their product to NICE to see if it meets the criteria to be entered into the new programme.

An eligible product will be assessed by NICE for its content, how effective it is at treating anxiety and depression, how cost effective it is and whether it complies with technical NHS standards.

NICE will then produce an IAPT assessment briefing (IAB) on the product which will be looked at by an expert panel, made up of mental health clinicians, statisticians, an economist and a patient representative.

They will look at NICE’s briefing and make a decision on whether the product can be recommended for real-life testing in selected IAPT services, where further evidence can be collected on its effectiveness.

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Support for people with a learning disability

NHS England has announced that patients with a learning disability, autism or both are set to benefit from over £10 million investment to help them lead more independent lives, closer to their friends and family.  The funding will support fourteen local Transforming Care Partnerships to work with service users and providers to develop new, high-quality, community services for people in their area.

These include:

  • In Bradford, intensive support for children showing challenging behaviour in an effort to avoid the need for residential schooling;
  • In the South of England, action to help people move from long-term inpatient care into more appropriate facilities in their own communities, and;
  • In Berkshire, funding for a multi-disciplinary community service to support people, helping to speed up the closure of an inpatient unit.

Treatments and technologies matter, but patients most want to be seen as people

Patient stories are a raw and compelling new kind of online feedback. They can prompt rapid improvements in services – if the NHS is willing to embrace them | The Guardian Healthcare Network

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People have always shared their experiences of healthcare, usually privately, with family, neighbours or workmates. But online, patients and carers are increasingly willing to share accounts of their health service encounters with the wider world, often in intimate detail. There are websites devoted to collecting and publicising patient ratings and reviews of healthcare professionals, services, diagnoses and treatments.

The stories of patients and carers are becoming an unavoidable part of modern healthcare. In the US, people searching online for information about local services are more likely to read patient comments than official clinical outcome measures or patient experience metrics. In the UK, staff routinely read online patient feedback and share it on social media. NHS regulators have even started to think in terms of monitoring and analysing patient stories to provide an “early warning” for when things might be going wrong.

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Best practice case studies

The NHS Confederation has published further case studies highlighting examples of best practice:

Best practice case studies

The NHS Confederation has published a series of case studies highlighting examples of best practice:

Clinical audit in commissioning

The Health care Quality Improvement Partnership has published Using Clinical audit in commissioning healthcare services.

This guide outlines how clinical audits can be used by commissioners to assure both quality and drive continuous improvement in patient care. It examines the strengths and limitations of clinical audit outputs for monitoring and assurance as well as considering how clinical audit can drive quality improvement as demonstrated through case studies and practical guidance.