Pharmacists based in general practice

The Patient’s Association, in partnership with the Primary Care Pharmacy Association, has published A survey of patients and carers views of pharmacists based in GP practices

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The survey found nearly 80% of patients both welcomed the addition of a pharmacist to the general practice team and said that they would welcome a review of their medicines by the pharmacist.

Nearly 80% of respondents also stated that they had better access to services with a GP based pharmacist. 70% felt that they did not need to make an appointment to see their GP after speaking to their pharmacist.

Read the full survey here

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The effects of a high-intensity functional exercise group on clinical outcomes in hospitalised older adults

Raymond, M.J.M. et al. Age Ageing. Published online: December 7 2016

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Objective: to investigate a high-intensity functional exercise (HIFE) group in hospitalised older adults.

Conclusion the results suggest that a HIFE group programme combined with individual physiotherapy may improve mobility to a similar extent to individual physiotherapy alone in hospitalised older adults. Providing physiotherapy in a group setting resulted in increased therapist efficiency. A high-intensity exercise group with individual physiotherapy may be an effective and efficient method to provide care to older inpatients.

Read the full abstract here

New NHS leadership framework

New NHS leadership framework – Developing people improving care | NHS England

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working with the other health Arms Length Bodies (ALBs) to develop the new NHS leadership framework – Developing people improving care.

This is an evidence-based national framework to guide action on improvement skill-building, leadership development and talent management for people in NHS-funded roles.

The framework focuses on helping NHS and social care staff to develop four critical capabilities:

  • systems leadership for staff who are working with partners in other local services on ‘joining up’ local health and care systems for their communities
  • established quality improvement methods that draw on staff and service users’ knowledge and experience to improve service quality and efficiency
  • inclusive and compassionate leadership, so that all staff are listened to, understood and supported, and that leaders at every level of the health system truly reflect the talents and diversity of people working in the system and the communities they serve
  • talent management to support NHS-funded services to fill senior current vacancies and future leadership pipelines with the right numbers of diverse, appropriately developed people

Read more about the framework on the NHS Improvement website.

Improving oral health

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This toolkit is for commissioners and providers of supervised tooth brushing programmes in England.

In 2014, both NICE and PHE published documents that reviewed the evidence of effectiveness of oral health improvement programmes. They both recommended commissioning targeted supervised toothbrushing in early years’ settings. Read Improving oral health: an evidence-informed toolkit for local authorities.

Many local authorities in England already commission such programmes. This toolkit will help commissioners, public health teams and providers make sure their programmes are evidence-based and safe, and have clear accountability and reporting arrangements.

Access the full toolkit: Improving oral health: A toolkit to support commissioning of supervised toothbrushing programmes in early years and school settings

Improving the mental health of children and young people

Reports to support commissioners in improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. | Public Health England

These reports describe the importance of mental health and wellbeing among children and young people and the case for investment in mental health. They also summarise the evidence of what works to improve mental health among children and young people in order to inform local transformation of services.

The mental health of children and young people in England

The mental health of children and young people in London

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New go-to website for resources and learning in palliative and end of life care

Nicola Spencer introduces the enhanced Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care website which will be the new go-to place for resources and learning | NHS England

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Struggling to keep up to date and informed on changes impacting on palliative and end of life care? Not sure where to find the latest resources and improvement examples?

Then you will be pleased to hear we have launched a tailor made national End of Life Care (EoLC) Knowledge Hub providing you with a ‘one stop shop’ of palliative and EoLC information.

This hub provides anyone involved in the commissioning or provision of palliative and end of life care with a quick and easy way to source information, including helpful tools and resources to drive delivery of the Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care – a national framework for local action.

Read the full overview here

Find the website here

Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program Reduces Length of Stay

Moody, C. et al. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Published online: 3 December 2016

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Infants born at ≤32 weeks gestation are at risk of developmental delays. Review of the literature indicates NIDCAP improves parental satisfaction, minimizes developmental delays, and decreases length of stay, thus reducing cost of hospitalization.

Highlights:

  • NIDCAP is a proven framework for providing developmentally supportive care in the NICU, and can mitigate risks of prematurity
  • Earlier initiation of NIDCAP led to discharge at a younger post-menstrual age
  • Quality improvement investigations are effective in addressing critical healthcare needs

Read the full abstract here