Support for carers

Thomas S, Dalton J, Harden M, Eastwood A, Parker G. Updated meta-review of evidence on support for carers. Health Serv Deliv Res 2017;5(12)

The University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination has published Updated meta-review of evidence on support for carers.

This review updates what is known about effective activities to support carers of ill, disabled or older adults.  The report concludes that there is no ‘one size fits all’ intervention to support carers but potential exists for effective support in specific groups of carers.


Organisation and quality of stroke services

New review brings together recent evidence relevant to those planning and delivering stroke services, those delivering treatments to people with stroke and to those living with stroke. | National Institute for Health Research

Recent years have seen huge improvements in the clinical management of people with stroke with early assessment, use of thrombolysis and better organisation of services into acute stroke units. Over the last twenty years, stroke mortality rates have halved.

This themed review looks at the configuration of stroke services, identifying stroke and acute management, recovery and rehabilitation, and life after stroke.

It features:

  • 44 published studies
  • 29 ongoing studies
  • Questions to ask about your stroke services
  • Quotes from commissioners, clinicians and service users

Full document:
Roads to Recovery: Organisation and Quality of Stroke Services

Long term conditions and prescription charges

The Prescription Charges Coalition has launched a new survey looking at the ways in which prescription charges affect the lives of people in England with long-term conditions.


At the moment, people with long term conditions in England who work have to pay for their medicines, because the list of illnesses that qualify for free prescriptions is limited and out of date.  The prescription charges coalition is campaigning for all people with long-term conditions to receive free prescriptions.

Find out more about the campaign, at the Prescription Charges Coalition website.

Frontline pharmacists: making a difference for people with long-term conditions

Royal Pharmaceutical Society, November 2016


Royal Pharmaceutical Society

This report argues the case for community pharmacists being able to routinely prescribe medicines for people with long-term conditions and refer them directly to other health care professionals to ease the overwhelming demand facing the NHS. Currently, the care of people with long term conditions accounts for half of all GP appointments, 64 per cent of outpatient appointments and 70 per cent of all health and social care spending. The report estimates that up to £500 million of extra value could be generated if medicines were used in a more optimal manner in five therapeutic areas: asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, vascular disease and schizophrenia.

Improving the Care of people with long term conditions

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is launching a new campaign to improve the care of people with long term conditions through the better use of pharmacists.

An average 1 in 3 people across Great Britain have at least one long term condition. Caring for them accounts for around 50% of GP appointments and approximately 70% of the health and social care budget across the country.

As the third largest health profession in the UK, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society argues that the skills and expertise of pharmacists must be maximised within the multidisciplinary team to provide the best care for patients.

The RPS has published policy documents that focus on how the role of the pharmacist can be enhanced to prevent, identify, treat and support people with long term conditions, as part of a multidisciplinary approach.

Long term conditions

NHS England has published The Long Term Conditions Year of Care Commissioning Programme Implementation Handbook.

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:

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