This blog covers the latest UK health care news, publications, policy announcements, events and information focused on the NHS, as well as the latest media stories and local news coverage of the NHS Trusts in Northamptonshire.
Training videos on migrant health: Topics include eliminating barriers to healthcare, interpreting in a health context, catching up immunisations for migrants, TB, HIV, hepatitis and parasitic infections. More ….Health Protection Agency
Older cancer patients rethink call: All older cancer patients should get physical and mental health tests to ensure they are not unfairly written off as too old for treatment, a report suggests. BBC News
Hospital Pathways programme: lessons learned: This article tells the story of the Hospital Pathways programme, a collaborative programme in which five acute trusts worked with The King's Fund and the Health Foundation to apply techniques, not widely used in the NHS, to improve both processes of care and interactions between staff and patients. It describes the programme; the method used to evaluate it; what was learned about the approach, and how the lessons have influenced the next programme called Patient and Family-Centred Care.
Cancer risk in men to rise:
Cancer Research UK has predicted that men's risk of cancer will increase in the next 15 years.The charity said that because people were living longer, the danger of men developing cancer would rise from 44 in 100 to 50 in 100, or a one in two chance of getting the disease.Researchers from the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London, and Cancer Research UK made the predicti... Healthcare Today
Paperless NHS by 2015: The NHS Commissioning Board has clarified the position on a pledge for the organisation to move towards being paperless by 2015. In October, the NHS CB national director of patients and information, Tim Kelsey, told the Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo that the government’s mandate to the NHS CB would include a commitment to a paperless NHS by 2015. However, guidance issued by the organisation has ... Healthcare Today
Patient care at risk as GPs are asked to cut services: While ministers say costs are being reduced via 'efficiency savings', GPs are being asked to cut services to patients
GPs are being asked to reduce or axe activities including childhood immunisation campaigns, out-of-hours care and minor surgery in emerging evidence that £20bn of NHS "efficiency savings" are leading to cuts in patient care.
NHS service providers' financial positions are weak – at best: Ramsay Health Care, Virgin Care, Harmoni, The Practice, Circle and Care UK cannot be treated as going concerns without the financial support of their parent companies
Analysis of the accounts of a number of NHS service providers reveals some disturbing trends.
It is estimated that 37 private healthcare companies bid for almost 400 NHS service contracts worth £262m earlier in the year. The Guardian's analysis looked at six of the biggest companies with a particular emphasis on patient care: Ramsay Health Care, Virgin Care, Harmoni, The Practice, Circle and Care UK.
Without exception, these six customer-facing operating companies admitted they could not be treated as going concerns without the financial support of their parent companies.
Hospice care 'threatened by NHS reforms': Hospices should be allowed to get on with caring for dying patients with kindness and compassion but face being obstructed by a new layer of burdensome regulation, it was warned today. The Daily Telegraph
GPs have skin cancer 'blackspot': GPs are failing to spot serious skin cancer cases, leading to dozens of medical negligence claims where it has spread to other organs, the Medical Protection Society is warning. The Daily Telegraph