Tuesday, 9 July 2013
NHS 111 continues to improve Use of the service continues to grow – in May there were 580,937 calls to the 111 service compared to 566,532 the previous month. The majority of NHS 111 services in England are now meeting the performance standards. Ninety-three percent of calls were answered in 60 seconds and just two percent of calls were abandoned after waits longer than 30 seconds. This is an improvement on the previous month when 87 percent of calls were answered in 60 seconds and four percent of calls were abandoned. More .... NHS Networks
NHS@75: towards a healthy state This report sets out a challenging vision for the health service in 2023 and outlines the deliberate and courageous action needed to deliver this aspiration. The future vision outlined by this report is based around two key characteristics: the extent to which people take responsibility for their own health and care; and the degree to which the system adapts to the drivers of change and needs of the public.
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The teeth in the NHS Constitution: the case of the right to NICE approved treatments This report argues that many of the patient rights in the NHS Constitution lack clout unless new arrangements are put in place to support them. The study used literature reviews and a comprehensive survey of patient groups and organisations to try to establish whether people are achieving one of the clearest rights in the NHS Constitution – the right to receive clinically appropriate treatments that have been approved by NICE.
A good death at home: home palliative care services keep people where they want to be Key message: There is good evidence that home palliative care increases the chance of dying at home and reduces symptom burden, especially for people with cancer, without increasing caregiver grief. Where would you prefer to die, if you had an … Continue reading →Evidently Cochrane
Are electronic patient records the next big thing? The Patient from Hell wonders whether patient records should be kept by GPs instead of by hospitals. The Guardian