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 guidance is aimed at CCGs and how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced. It explains the case for change in four areas and sets out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery during the year ahead working with providers and other partners.
The figures at 31 December 2014 show a reduction in the overall number of people with learning disabilities and /or autism in in-patient settings.
The data also shows that more people (1,561) now have a transfer date to a community setting and almost two thirds of these are within the next 12 months.
This follows the recent publication of the Next Steps report, developed jointly by the key national partners across health and social care, to do more to improve services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism over the coming months.
The work, led by NHS England, the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Health Education England (HEE) and the Department of Health (DH), will substantially reduce the number of people in hospitals and ensure that care is delivered in community settings, closer to home.
Number of surgical procedures called off in the last three months of 2014 up by almost a quarter in the last year Almost 20,000 patients had their operations cancelled at the last minute in the last three months of 2014 as the NHS struggled to cope with the onset of winter causing overcrowded A&Es and bed shortages.