The future of Pathology services

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The Nuffield Trust has published The future of pathology services. This report looks at the changes digital and genomic technology is bringing in pathology, and what they mean for services, and how these services can get the most benefit out of them. The report includes details of case studies from services across the country which have resulted in improved service delivery to patients and financial savings.

Home Care For Older People

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new quality standard “Home Care For Older People: Quality Standard (QS123)”, which covers recommended minimum standards for home care. It clarifies how social care providers can help older people to maintain independence for as long as possible. This quality standard is likely to support much-needed improvements across many outcomes, including social care and health-related quality of life.

Full reference: Home Care For Older People: NICE Quality Standard 123.  June 22nd 2016.

There is an accompanying NICE Care Pathway:


Integrated health and social care

The King’s Fund has published has published Supporting integration through new roles and working across boundaries.

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Commissioned by NHS Employers and the Local Government Association, this report looks at the evidence on new roles and ways of spanning organisational workforce boundaries to deliver integrated health and social care.  The report includes examples of integrated schemes from across the country.

Key findings:

  • Where new roles have emerged, they have mainly done so due to developments in practice or to fill gaps in provision.
  • There is a lack of evidence on the cost-effectiveness of new roles and the extent to which they improve patient outcomes.
  • There are a number of ways in which integrated care is being delivered without the explicit need for new boundary-spanning roles.
  • Engaging staff from the outset and building on the existing skills of the workforce can overcome cultural barriers between professionals and organisations to develop integrated ways of working.

Additional link: Kings Fund press release

Interactive summary of suspected cancer guidelines

Cancer Research UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners have launched a new interactive desk easel for GPs, which summarises the NICE referral guidelines for suspected cancer (NG12).

GPs can access the summary from their desktop computer and click through to the recommendations for each symptom group. Recommendations for adults, children and young people are covered, as well as primary care investigations.


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Quality improvement resource pack

New resource to introduce and improve situation awareness in hospitals is now available on the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s website.

This free, online resource pack aims to improve communication, build a safety-based culture and deliver better health outcomes for children and young people.

It includes informative presentations and useful tools with worked examples in six areas.

  • Quality improvement
  • Patient safety culture
  • Structured communication
  • Recognising deterioration
  • The ‘huddle’
  • Evaluation and spread

The resource pack has been developed as part of the final phase of the College’s flagship quality improvement programme, Situation Awareness for Everyone (S.A.F.E).

Access the S.A.F.E resource pack

Find out more about the S.A.F.E programme

Video introducing key concepts:

Better mental health for all

It’s imperative that a public health perspective is taken within mental health to change the current crisis and reactive service model. | Mental Health Foundation

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This report, which was written as a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation and the Faculty of Public Health, examines what can be done individually and collectively to enhance the mental health of individuals, families and communities by using a public health approach and look to support the development of knowledge and skills in public mental health. The report is an evidence based resource for people who want to create real change in local communities.

  • Section one maps out why mental health is an important and often overlooked aspect of overall health.
  • Section two outlines the risk and protective factors through the life course and across communities.
  • Section three addresses approaches and interventions to improve mental health at different stages of the life course and in different settings.
  • Section four offers a practical guide to enable practitioners to support their own mental wellbeing.

Throughout the report, case studies showcase examples of innovative public mental health programmes and projects being run across the UK.

Full document: Better mental health for all: A public health approach to mental health improvement

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