Friday, 4 October 2013
Health: People need to change their lifestyles A ticking time bomb of diseases linked to obesity lays in wait for people unless significant lifestyle changes are made, according to reports about the health profiles of our towns. Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph
Ten more child deaths under review in Northamptonshire An independent board is looking into the unexpected deaths of 10 children in Northamptonshire, including cases of drowning, homicide and suicide. Northampton Chronicle and Echo
- New work to prevent infant deaths Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph
Coroner criticises “unacceptable” delays in care of Northampton grandfather A coroner has criticised Northampton General Hospital for delays in the care of a grandfather who died while waiting for an operation. Northampton Chronicle and Echo
- Hospital delay death 'unacceptable' BBC News
Child protection: improving partnership working between hospitals and local authorities This report looks at how acute paediatric and local authority statutory child protection services in England work together in cases of suspected child maltreatment. In particular, the study looks at what is viewed locally as good practice in staffing, identifying cases where child maltreatment should be considered, referring cases to social care and information-sharing, and to explore what supports interface arrangements that professionals deem most effective. It focuses on emergency departments and maternity services and their links with local authority social care.
The 2014/15 National Tariff Payment System: a consultation notice New rules will come into force next year allowing local experiments in ways of paying for NHS-funded services in order to develop innovative new models of care for patients. The national tariff for 2014/15 will encourage providers and commissioners to develop local payment approaches that enable better integration of care so services are less fragmented and easier for patients to access. Monitor is now consulting on the new payment system. The consultation closes on 31st October 2013.
Payment by results dropped for mental health An article in the Health Service Journal has revealed that the mandatory rollout of a national payment by results (PBR) tariff for mental health care providers has been dropped.The PBR tariff was designed to cluster patients into 21 categories of various severity of condition ranging from relatively mild depression to psychotic crisis and severe dementia. The idea was that funding would then be attached to the cost of treatment. Healthcare Today