How electronic records can transform community care

via The Guardian Healthcare Network

A  number of areas are setting up shared patient record systems, ensuring health professionals have the right information at their fingertips. The Connecting Care partnership covering Bristol, south Gloucestershire and north Somerset links up three acute trusts, two mental health trusts, three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and more than 100 GP practices, the out-of-hours provider, three local authorities and three community healthcare providers. It allows professionals to see, but not change, elements of the data held by the other organisations.

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Innovations in mental health – Tech Weekly podcast

Nathalie Nahai and Simon Barnard. The Guardian: Friday 29th January 2016

From Fitbits that monitor the sleep patterns of patients with schizophrenia and apps that help you manage your mood to online therapy sessions, tech is increasingly being seen as a viable alternative to traditional health and wellbeing techniques.

But is it too good to be true? What are the benefits, and what are the risks?

Nathalie Nahai is joined to discuss by psychotherapist Gillian Isaacs Russell, author of new book Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Dr Richard Dobson from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health and the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research; psychologist and author Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic; and the Guardian tech team’s Hannah Jane-Parkinson.

Improving BME employee representation: case study

The NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion team have published a new case study on the importance of working with the local community, to improve employee representation.  The case study explains how it used recruitment workshops to work with their local community and dispel common misconceptions among black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. As a result, the trust saw a significant increase in the number of applications from BME communities and received positive feedback.

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Health inequality and the A&E crisis

Centre for Health Economics (CHE)

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This research briefing finds that the richest fifth of people in England can expect to live at least 12 more years of life in full health than the poorest fifth. Despite their shorter lives, poorer people make more use of NHS services – especially emergency services. It concludes that many emergency admissions to hospital are preventable by more effective primary care, community care and hospital outpatient care for long-term conditions.

Best start in life and beyond: improving public health outcomes for children, young people and families – guidance to support the commissioning of the Healthy Child Programme 0-19: health visiting and school nursing services

This guidance is for local authorities involved with commissioning public health services for children and young people and in particular delivering the Healthy Child Programme 0-5 and 5-19. The Healthy Child Programme aims to bring together health, education and other main partners to deliver an effective programme for prevention and support.

Reading between the lines: results of tobacco control leads in local authorities in England

In this report tobacco control experts from 126 local authorities across England have been asked about their stop smoking services, their budgets and how well their services were integrating since moving to local government in 2013. The report finds that in two out of five areas funding is being cut back. In addition half of all services are being reconfigured or recommissioned indicating a high level of change across the country.

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Dementia profile

This new profiling tool aims to help enable a major change in the way dementia data will be used at a local level. It will allow users to create a bespoke comparison between local authorities and CCGs in England and shares key information such as the number of people who have dementia, broken down by area and age; the number of people who have received an NHS health check; the number of people who have depression; emergency hospital admission numbers; and where people with dementia die.


Improving urgent care for older people

An independent commission has called for a fundamental change to the way care for older people is designed and delivered, so that care is tailored around individuals rather than institutions.

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In a new report, the Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People outlines eight key principles the health and care sector can adopt to improve urgent care for older people.

These are:

  1. Start with care driven by the person’s needs and goals.
  2. Have a greater focus on proactive care.
  3. Allow local leaders the space to build relationships and sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.
  4. Care coordination that offers older people a single point of contact to guide older people through an often complex system.
  5. Make greater use of multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. Ensure workforce, training and care skills reflect the care needs of older people today.
  7. Enable leadership to support staff to innovate and make a difference.
  8. The way that NHS outcomes and performance is measured needs to allow local leaders to focus on individual needs, delivered by the whole health and care system.

The report includes case studies and examples of best practice from schemes across the country designed to improve care for older people.

Full report: Growing old together: Sharing new ways to support older people