Screening programme improvements

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The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has published eleven recommendations including improvements to existing screening programmes.  The eleven recommendations include improvements to existing screening programmes for Down’s syndrome and other related conditions, cervical cancer, bowel cancer and eye screening for people with diabetes. The UK NSC will review all these recommendations again in three years as part of its regular evidence review process or earlier if significant new evidence becomes available.

Autism case studies

The Local Government Association has published Think Autism: examples of how local councils support people with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling lives within their local communities.

This report contains a series of case studies that illustrate the positive work councils are undertaking with their local partners to support people living with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) in their communities. The aim of the report is to ensure services and support are developed with people with autism, and not just delivered to them.

Health Foundation Report: Behavioural insights into healthcare; Nudging to reduce inefficiency

The Health Foundation

This looks at “nudge” interventions (approaches that steer people in certain directions while maintaining their freedom of choice) for improving efficiency and reducing waste including how it can help reduce antibiotic prescribing and improve medicines adherence.

Breaking down the barriers: Report on older people and complaints about health care

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

This report from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman highlights the barriers that older people can face when looking to complain about their care. and makes a number of recommendations to improve older people’s experience of the complaints system.

Achieving change in primary care—effectiveness of strategies for improving implementation of complex interventions: systematic review of reviews

BMJ Open

This study analysed 91 reviews of strategies for changing professional practice (e.g. audits, feedback and educational meetings). Strategies on their own demonstrated a modest improvement, but it is unclear which are more effective than others and under what conditions.

Easier said than done: why we struggle with healthy behaviours and what to do about it

This report sets out some of the reasons why we might find it hard to live in a healthy way, exercising, eating well, getting adequate sleep, and checking for early warning symptoms. It also looks to the field of behavioural science for strategies that people can use to overcome those hurdles and to initiate lifestyle changes. These include commitment devices, temptation bundling and implementation plans.

Model of behaviour within fuzzy budget constraints

Office of Health Economics (OHE)

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This paper presents a model to capture the behaviour of health sector decision makers when making resource allocation decisions on the level and mix of healthcare production, while taking into consideration the maximum expenditure (budget) allowed by the government or the health system regulator. It seeks to address two perennial policy and practical discussions in the NHS (and elsewhere): how to cope with financial austerity; and the opportunity costs of reimbursing new health technologies. Please note that registration is required to access this document.

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