12 million people to benefit from better joined up NHS and social care work

NHS Improvement | May 2018| 12 million people to benefit from better joined up NHS and social care work

Over 12 million people will soon benefit from better joined up NHS and social care as four more areas, covering four and a half million extra people, are given more control to improve local services.


NHS England chief Simon Stevens and Ian Dalton, head of NHS Improvement, have called on the NHS to ‘supercharge’ integration as Gloucestershire, West Yorkshire and Harrogate, Suffolk and North East Essex and North Cumbria will join the ten areas already part of the integrated care development programme (NHS Improvement).

The full news item is available at NHS Improvement 


Allied Health Professions supporting patient flow

This quick guide demonstrates how NHS emergency care, in particular patient flow through the health and care system, benefits from allied health professionals | NHS Improvement

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Bringing the AHP workforce into patient flow planning can improve quality, effectiveness and productivity.

Each section gives a brief overview of the contribution that AHPs have made to deliver safe, effective patient care and flow, followed by case studies which demonstrate how AHPs:

  • work in the community keeping people safe and well at home
  • ‘front door’ assess, diagnose and treat patients in emergency departments, ambulatory care and assessment units
  • support avoidance of hospital admission
  • enable early rehabilitation and reducing overnight admissions
  • drive ‘Home First’ (discharge to assess) to avoid in-hospital deconditioning of frail, older people.

Full detail: Quick guide: allied health professions supporting patient flow

More collaboration between NHS Improvement and NHS England announced as part of integration

NHS England  | March 2018  |NHS England and NHS Improvement: working closer together

NHS England has announced plans for greater collaboration between NHS England and NHS Improvement, outlining plans for greater integration at national level as well as in local health systems. While some of their functions are distinctive, such as each of their legal and statutory responsibilities and accountabilities, where possible integration will be combine forces for those areas where they can better work as one.

From September 2018 they propose

  • increased integration and alignment of national programmes and activities – one team where possible
  • integration of NHS England and NHS Improvement regional teams, to be led in each case by one regional director working for both organisations, and a move to seven regional teams to underpin this new approach.



They outline a number  benefits of a more joined up approachm, these are described below:

  • work much more effectively with commissioners and providers in local health systems to break down traditional boundaries between different parts of the NHS and between health and social care
  • speak with one voice, setting clear, consistent expectations for providers, commissioners and local health systems
  • use NHS England and NHS Improvement’s collective resources more effectively and efficiently to support local health systems and the patients they serve remove unnecessary duplication and improve the impact from our work, delivering more for the NHS together than we do by working separately.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Ian Dalton, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement said: “The public see the National Health Service as a single organisation so, as we work to improve care for patients, it is right that the national leadership of the NHS work more closely. Together we are more than the sum of our parts.” (NHS England)

More details can be found at NHS England



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Developing People – Improving Care

One year on from the launch of the Developing People- Improving Care, this report  highlights how leaders across health and social care have implemented the framework | NHS Improvement

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In 2016, thirteen organisations from health, social care and local government came together to create the Developing People Improving Care framework, based on national and international research, and conversations held with people across the health and care system.

One year on, this publication highlights some of the work taking place, demonstrating the steps people are already taking to ensure systems of compassion, inclusion and improvement, are at the core of the health and care system.  The report also sets out plans for the year ahead.

Full report: Developing People- Improving Care

Health and wellbeing as part of the reward offer

NHS Employers
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has taken positive action to support the health and wellbeing of its staff through its reward offer.

This case study looks at the importance of communicating the entire reward offer to potential and existing staff, how the approach had been embedded in HR processes and the targeted approach to health and wellbeing.

As a result, there has been a positive impact in what staff think about the trust and there has been a reduction in short-term absence


Using mobile app technology to reduce agency spend

NHS Employers
This case study describes how Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has significantly reduced their agency spend by developing an app which allows locums to easily self-roster.
iphone-410311__340LocumTap has increased bank use from 30 to 70 per cent, is saving the trust approximately £40,000 a month for junior doctor shifts alone and is improving morale, recruitment and retention.