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.
This report provides the first analysis of the impact that the intervention of ‘special measures’ has had on mortality rates at the 11 hospital trusts placed under these measures following Professor Sir Bruce Keogh’s review into standards of care in 2013. The analysis finds that the pattern of mortality rates at the 11 trusts as a group is significantly different to the rest of the country and that this is not something that might have happened by chance.
This research explores how patients can be more engaged in their health and more involved in their healthcare. It argues that greater patient engagement could both improve outcomes and reduce costs and presents four case studies of successful patient engagement.
The move comes as NHS England has announced seven sites across the country chosen to develop patient centred outcome measures (PCOMs) for children and young people with a range of health conditions.
It involves putting patients, and their families and carers, at the heart of deciding which goals are most valuable for them.
As well as psychological interventions as part of medical treatment, and mental health conditions such as self-harming and eating disorders, children will be consulted on illnesses such as asthma, complex respiratory conditions, palliative care and on use of wheelchair and posture services.
“Exit block” in A&E departments is leading to “hundreds of deaths per year” in the UK, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has warned, ahead of the publication of latest waiting times figures for England.
The government has tabled amendments to the Serious Crime Bill to ensure the new duty is legislated for ahead of the dissolution of Parliament. The government will also include a measure to provide multi-agency statutory guidance for front line professionals.
The move follows a public consultation which sought views from a wide range of professionals, community groups, survivors and law enforcement on how a mandatory reporting duty could work and who it should apply to. A summary of responses to the consultation has also been published today.
The intention to introduce the measure was announced by the Prime Minister at the Girl Summit 2014, the first global summit to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end FGM within a generation.