Review of scientific services in the NHS

NHS Improving Quality, in conjunction with NHS England, carried out a survey of scientific services in the NHS 2014-15.

This is the second survey of the many services delivered by healthcare scientists, and builds on the survey carried out in 2013. Both surveys are focused specifically on the provision of scientific services over seven days. The survey was designed by the deputy and chief scientific officers and NHS Improving Quality (NHSIQ).

“To achieve the level of transformational change required we need informed commissioners with a clear understanding of how to commission high quality scientific and diagnostic services, provider organisations that recognise the complexity, challenges and opportunities these services bring and healthcare scientists to engage and collaborate beyond their services and organisational boundaries to drive the provision of seven day services for their patients”.

Professor Sue Hill Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England



Improving NHS culture 

It is now accepted that healthy cultures in NHS organisations are crucial to ensuring the delivery of high-quality patient care. The Kings Fund has newly updated pages that look at the six characteristics of a healthy culture in the NHS. There is also a new tool to help organisations assess their culture, identifying the ways in which it is working well, as well as the areas that need to change.


Public Health Research Strategy

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Public Health England has published Doing, supporting and using public health research.  This guidance has been updated following consultation and sets out how Public Health England will drive research, translation and innovation to support the transformation of public health practice and services.  This strategy addresses five priorities: knowledge; infrastructure; capacity; innovation and communication.

Dudley optical practices to offer health checks in pioneering pilot

Optical practices are to provide free health and lifestyle check-ups in a ground-breaking new initiative launched this month.

Smoking cessation, weight management and alcohol screening are among the help offered to customers as part of innovative pilot jointly devised by Dudley Local Optical Committee and Public Health Dudley who funded it.

The Healthy Living Optician scheme is the brain-child of LOC chair, Shamina Asif, who saw the success of a similar approach through local community pharmacists.

The Dudley pilot will be the first time in England that optical practices have delivered preventative health tips. It follows the success of the Health Living Pharmacist scheme.

New Transition resource for those seeking career in school nursing

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has created a new online learning resource for nurses who are new to working in the school nursing service.

The new learning resource has been developed specifically for the school nurse environment and contains 11 chapters, on subjects including safeguarding, integrating children with special health needs, working with other community professionals, and career development.  As with the original ‘Transition’ resource, the new book is designed to be used with a mentor and is based on reflective learning principles.


Click here to read the press release. 

New urgent and emergency care vanguards

Urgent and emergency care – new approaches to improve the coordination of services and reduce pressure on A&E departments

The NHS Five Year Forward View has announced eight vanguards to transform urgent and emergency care for nine million people. The vanguards will change the way organisations work together. This includes delivering care not just in hospitals but also via GPs, pharmacists, community teams, ambulance services, NHS 111, social care and others, and patients being supported to manage their own conditions. They will also break down boundaries between physical and mental health. The vanguards will benefit from a programme of support and investment from the £200m transformation fund.