The handbook is the main output of the Year of Care Commissioning Programme. It describes the experiences of five care economies working as part of the programme as they work towards developing capitated budgets for some patients and services.
A range of new posters are available showing how early implementer sites from the Long Term Conditions Year of Care Commissioning Programme are using their outputs from the programme to proactively support local service change decision making:
This strategy sets out how nurses can provide high quality compassionate care and support for people with dementia, so they can live well with dementia within all care settings, including a person’s own home.
It aims to support all nurses to be responsive to the needs of people with dementia, continue to develop their skills and expertise, and achieve the best outcomes for people with dementia, their carers and families.
This refreshed strategy builds on the original strategy, published in March 2013.
The funding will allow the creation of a range of housing and technology options which could include floor sensors to monitor for falls or finger-print technology to make access as easy as possible for residents. This £25 million fund builds on £20 million already earmarked by NHS England as part of its Transforming Care programme.
The main aims of the fund are to:
use new technologies to improve and adapt existing accommodation, enabling people to remain living independently
prevent unnecessary in-patient admissions
provide solutions for people who require urgent housing and are at risk of entering inappropriate services like hospital or residential care
encourage community-based solutions that promote independence and choice over housing
save money and resources – specially adapted housing reduces the need for costly hands-on care
A new collaborative, made up of the UK’s leading health care organisations including NICE, has set out plans that aim to get patients more involved in decisions about their care.
The Shared Decision Making Collaborative has published a consensus statement and action plan outlining each organisation’s intentions and commitments to promote a move away from paternal medicine, so that care is delivered with the patient, not at the patient.
The Royal College of General Practitioners is launching a new video and guide called Think GP which aims to help recruit additional foundation doctors, medical students and sixth form students into a career in general practice.
It hopes that the video and guide will explode the myth that only doctors who work in hospital settings have an exciting and challenging role.
In recent years, the digital agenda in health care has been the subject of a number of promises and plans, ranging from the Secretary of State’s challenge to the NHS to ‘go paperless’ to the commitment set out in the NHS’s Five Year Forward View to ‘harness the information revolution’.
This briefing from The Kings Fund asks if expectations been set too high? And is there sufficient clarity about the funding available to achieve this vision?
The paper looks at the key commitments made and what we know about progress to date, grouped under three broad themes:
interoperable electronic health records
patient-focused digital technology
secondary use of data, transparency and consent.
It identifies barriers to further progress and opportunities for delivering on the digital agenda.
Much remains to be done to secure urgently needed improvements in mental health services, the Public Accounts Committee says in its report.
In a new report, the Committee concludes that while the Government has a “laudable ambition” to improve these services, “we are sceptical about whether this is affordable, or achievable without compromising other services”.
The Committee finds pressure on the NHS budget will make it very difficult to achieve ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical health. The report also finds commissioners and providers are not sufficiently incentivised to deliver high-quality mental health services for those who need them.