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.
Report of the children and young people's health outcomes forum: This report outlines proposals on how health-related care for children and young people can be improved. Recommendations include: integration and partnership; safe and sustainable services; and workforce education and training. It also recommends a number of new outcomes measures and the strengthening of existing indicators, making specific recommendations for different organisations within the health and care system to ensure these improvements are achieved.
CCGs could be saddled with inherited debts:
A warning has been issued to the new clinical commissioning groups that they may be burdened with inherited debts.
The CCGs have been alerted to the fact by its representative group NHS Clinical Commissioners which fears they are at risk of being “saddled with inherited debt” when they take on their new powers as a result of an onslaught of retrospective claims for NHS continuing healthcare funding. Healthcare Today
Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought: "England is a nation of secret boozers," The Independent argues, as it reports on a study investigating the discrepancy between alcohol sales in England and the amount people say they drink in surveys.
Telehealth 'not effective' for people with long-term conditions, study finds: Department of Health's whole systems demonstrator research calls into question degree of enthusiasm for the technology.
Expectations of the benefits of telehealth technology may be scaled back after a study found it was "not effective" in improving the quality of life of people with long-term conditions.
Pandemic flu vaccination linked to narcolepsy in UK children: Health Protection Agency (HPA) scientists have found evidence of an association between Pandemrix flu vaccination and narcolepsy in children in England, according to the findings of a study published in the British Medical Journal. These findings are consistent with previous studies from Finland and Sweden which identified a similar association. Health Protection Agency
New action plan launched to combat emerging threat of untreatable gonorrhoea in England and Wales: The first Gonorrhoea Resistance Action Plan for England and Wales is published today, recommending a heightened national response to combat this serious threat. The Action Plan was developed by the Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme (GRASP), established by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to monitor the growing global problem of emerging resistance over the last decade in the absence of new therapeutic options. Health Protection Agency
E-mental health: what’s all the fuss about?This paper looks at how the mental health sector might make the most of opportunities offered by the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to support and improve mental health. NHS Confederation