Compassion and innovation in the NHS

In his latest Kings Fund blog, Michael West highlights a new programme to support NHS organisations in creating compassionate cultures to stimulate innovation.

Read the blog here

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Blood tests for people with learning disabilities

Blood tests for people with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments  |Public Health England   

People with learning disabilities may need particular adjustments to help make health care services easier for them to experience. These guides are for health and social care professionals who deliver, provide or plan services that may be used by people with learning disabilities.

This guidance contains ideas and good practice in relation to the provision of reasonable adjustments relating to taking blood from someone with learning disabilities.

Strategic commissioning

Steering towards strategic commissioning: transforming the system | NHS Clinical Commissioners

Clinical commissioners are playing a key role as architects of the changing health and care landscape, analysis shows. A new publication by NHS Clinical Commissioners sets out CCGs’ vision for the future and what they need to get there at pace so they can deliver more for patients.

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Steering towards strategic commissioning shows there is a strong belief that healthcare commissioning must continue to be clinically led, operate at a scale larger than a CCG footprint, retain its purchasing function and remain accountable to the local population.

The analysis, which was informed by a survey and interviews with CCG leaders, shows that CCGs are embracing change, with 77 per cent of those surveyed intending to contract for a new care model in 2017/18, and 72 per cent planning on increasing their collaborative commissioning.

Related: The Changing Commissioning Landscape

New care models: harnessing technology

New care models: harnessing technology | NHS Confederation

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This report explores how five vanguards are implementing innovative digital technology solutions. It suggests that the starting point for the introduction of any new technology should always be from the perspective of the end user and that end-users should always be involved in the co-production of technological solutions.

Full report: New care models: harnessing technology

Additional link: NHS Confederation press release

Future of health and healthcare in England

RAND Europe | Future of Health: Findings from a survey of stakeholders on the future of health and healthcare in England

This report presents findings from a survey to gather and synthesise stakeholder views on the future of health and healthcare in England in 20 to 30 years’ time. The aim of the research was to generate an evidenced-based picture of the future health and healthcare needs in order to inform strategic discussions both about the future priorities of the National Institute for Health Research and the health and social care research communities more broadly.

Key trends and changes which emerged from the survey included: an ageing population that lives longer but not necessarily in better health; rising health inequalities; the increasing influence of unhealthy lifestyle choices; increases in the burden of mental health, especially for children and older people and; the future threat of changing patterns of infectious and respiratory disease, in part due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and air pollution.

Full document can be downloaded here