Transforming elective care services

NHS England has published the following handbooks for commissioners, providers and those leading the local transformation of elective care services. They describe what local health and care systems can do to transform elective care services at pace, why this is necessary and how the impact of this transformation can be measured.  They also contain practical guidance for implementing and adopting a range of interventions to ensure patients see the right person, in the right place, first time.


Digital tool will help reduce avoidable lengthy stays in hospital

A new web-based Capacity Tracker will support people who need a care home placement to get out of hospital sooner. The tool enables health and social care staff to see how many vacancies there are in local care homes, saving time and helping people to get the right care as quickly as possible. The new technology is being rolled out to care homes, councils and hospitals across the country as part of the Long Term Plan for the health service.

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NHS England funds £2 million to boost system-wide leadership development

NHS England has funded a £2 million programme to help 23 areas kick-start or boost leadership development activities to support and inspire workforce in health systems across England from GPs, consultants and therapists to nurses, social workers and managers.

The programme builds on learning from five successful leadership models: Frimley Health and Care 2020 Programme, Surrey Heartlands Academy, Fylde Coast 100 Systems Leader Programme, North Cumbria and Leading Greater Manchester.

Their results have shown the importance of equipping individuals with the right skills necessary to drive change and identify new ways of working and collaborating with health, social care and third sector organisations.

The funding will support systems to develop locally tailored programmes, investing in both newly established and experienced leaders to increase their system leadership capability.

Full detail at NHS England

Future of pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has launched a video animation explaining how community pharmacies are likely to fit into the NHS of the future

As well as showcasing the work that pharmacies already do, the video describes the transformation that community pharmacies will need to undertake over the coming months and years. The video was based on the ambitions for community pharmacy that have been set out by NHS England and the government.

Full detail: Future of pharmacy: an animation

Developing an organisation-wide approach to improvement

The Improvement Journey. Why organisation-wide improvement in health care matters, and how to get started | The Health Foundation

This new report from The Health Foundation is a practical guide to developing an organisation-wide approach to improvement. It shows why this approach is critical to becoming a high performing organisation and delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.

Drawing on learning and insights from the Health Foundation’s work in quality improvement and beyond, the report shows how a sustained approach requires corporate leadership and investment in infrastructure, staff capability and culture over the long-term.

Key points

  • Building an organisation-wide approach to improvement is a journey that can take several years.
  • An essential early step is securing the support and commitment of the board for a long-term programme, including their willingness to finance the skills and infrastructure development needed to implement it.
  • The report includes case studies of three English NHS trusts with an outstanding CQC rating that have implemented an organisational approach to improvement.

Full report available at The Health Foundation

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General practice ‘tech manifesto’

The Royal College of General Practitioners has published its new ‘tech manifesto’ calling for a robust and joined-up IT system across the NHS.


The manifesto recognises the potential of genomics, AI, digital medicine and robotics to potentially revolutionise patient care and improve patient safety but that widespread improvement will only be possible once robust, secure IT systems are in place for all GP practices and all areas of the NHS have access to computer networks which seamlessly link up the patient journey.

Related to this, the Health Secretary has announced plans to upgrade every hospital, GP practice and community care service to full fibre optic connectivity.

Read the Tech manifesto