This project analysed breakthroughs in the treatment of four selected conditions of ill health and seeks to identify potentially transferable lessons for the dementia context. Using evidence review and key informant interviews the authors sought to identify the series of ‘events’ that eventually led to a given breakthrough, and the key milestones in the process that have helped improve understanding and potential for treatment.
Reference: Taylor, J. et al. Treatment for dementia: Learning from breakthroughs for other conditions. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2015.
This paper examines the future of governance and accountability in the NHS and social care amid the rise of new provider models, a growing focus on integration and deep cuts in council funding.
European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Key facilitators included a perception of increased patient safety and better access to patients’ drug history while key barriers involved technical problems, changes to routine work practices and weakened interpersonal communication.
Progress report on the new approach to care in the last days and hours of life: one year on from the ‘One Chance to Get it Right’ report.
This report shows the progress organisations have made on specific commitments in the One Chance to Get it Right report, which set out actions to improve care in the last days and hours of life.
The update sets out progress made on:
- the new Care Quality Commission inspection regime for end of life care
- new NICE guidance
- actions to improve education, training and research
- professional regulation
- the implementation of the priorities for care
Reference: One Chance to Get it Right: One Year on Report
This publication explores the decrease in ‘risky’ behaviours in children and young people, possible causes and what new risks could emerge. The accompanying data pack sets out how a range of risk behaviours and negative outcomes have changed over time for children and young people.
In the first blog of his new series, our policy manager Steven Weeks challenges the media’s portrayal of NHS staff engagement and looks at how NHS engagement compares with other sectors.
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
This report suggests that in the face of severe financial challenges, the government will have to consider charging for some NHS services, including GP consultations or emergency department attendances, or be forced to reduce more NHS services.