Public Health England’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (PHE NEoLCIN) has published a statement updating progress towards a new national data collection from specialist palliative care services. The new data collection is due to start in July 2016 from NHS and non-NHS hospital, hospice and community specialist palliative care services, with full implementation scheduled for April 2017. It is being supported by the development of a new national information standard.
Additional link: PHE press release
Time and again children are missed off the national health policy agenda. So, in this blog recapping a recent event held by the Nuffield Trust, Bob Klaber asks: how do we transform the paediatric workforce around the needs of children?
National Audit Office (NAO)
This paper sets out how the NAO used an analytical technique called multilevel regression modelling to investigate the factors affecting levels of attendance at accident and emergency departments by patients registered at a GP practice.
International Longevity Centre (ILC)
This report highlights how a ‘perfect storm’ of demographic and wider economic and social trends are converging to push up the cost of healthcare across the globe. It showcases examples of innovation from across the world which could save lives and money if introduced more widely. It suggests that a concerted focus on innovation and prevention – developing more empowered health consumers, whilst also maximising the potential of big data – would help to deliver significant savings in the long-term.
Healthcare can vary in different ways: in its quality, safety, equity, outcomes, the money spent and the types of service used. Some variation is expected, often linked to levels of illness or patient-preference, but some is ‘unwarranted’ and cannot be explained by the same causes. Unwarranted variation could be due to limited professional knowledge or disparate organisational performance, for example. This report identifies where opportunities to address ‘unwarranted’ variation exist – by revealing the possible over-use and under-use of different aspects of healthcare.
This report notes that given the lack of evidence that mergers typically lead to more sustainable organisations, it is increasingly difficult to justify the amount of funding being dedicated to mergers rather than other potentially more effective approaches to transformation.
A vision for modernising general practice in England has been published by the BMA GPs committee. The report Responsive, safe and sustainable: Towards a new future for general practice examines the current problems in general practice, but also looks at the future of primary care within a rapidly changing system. It outlines five steps to meet future aspirations, and responding to the concerns of patients and doctors these include: developing new models for delivering care; addressing the recruitment and retention crisis; bridging the primary care funding gap; modernising premises and infrastructure and realising the potential benefits of IT and other technology.
Full report: Responsive, safe and sustainable: Towards a new future for general practice
A series of infographics that explain the GPC vision for general practice in England are available here