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.
As modern health care becomes ever more complex, designing effective ‘workforce policy’ - how the health service plans, trains, regulates, pays and supports its people to ensure affordable, good quality care - is one of the central challenges facing the system today. This report gives an overview of the components of workforce policy in the English NHS and the bodies which shape it. It argues that government and national leaders need a radical new approach to inspire an NHS workforce that is too often stressed, stretched and disaffected. Health Foundation Report Press release
Today (31 March) we published our Business Plan for 2016/17 which builds on three guiding principles which will shape our work in the year ahead: Constancy of purpose and priorities Coherent national support for locally led improvement Solve today’s issues by accelerating tomorrow’s solutions
The report identifies 10 areas where there is particular scope for improvement. These span the full range of health system activities, illustrating that change is needed across the system. Commissioners and providers can use these 10 areas as a guide to identify where some of the most significant opportunities for quality improvement and cost control lie. QIPP Alert
Bringing together physical and mental health: A new frontier for integrated care C Naylor, P Das, S Ross, M Honeyman, J Thompson, H GilburtThe King's Fund March 2016 Read more here.
Shadow mental health minister accuses government of negligence in failing to record waiting times, suicides and deaths
Ministers have been accused of letting down mentally ill people by failing to collect basic data about waiting times, suicides and deaths, which would allow them to secure more funding to tackle the crisis in mental health.
Luciana Berger, the shadow mental health minister, has accused the government of “negligence” after having more than 50 freedom of information requests dismissed with the response that the data is “not collected centrally”.
The number of questions ministers cannot answer is staggering.
Doctors are challenging legality of decision by Jeremy Hunt to impose new terms and conditions on 45,000 medics
Junior doctors have begun legal action against the government to try and stop it imposing its unpopular new contract on 45,000 medics working in the NHS.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has launched a judicial review which challenges the legality of the decision by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to force the new terms and conditions on all junior doctors in England.
GPs should establish the 'treatment burden' of patients with multimorbidity and draw up a tailored approach to their care that takes their preferences and priorities into account, NICE guidelines on treating multiple conditions say.
Consolidated guidance has been published by NHS Improvement setting out the rules around the procurement of agency staff, the use of approved framework agreements and introduction of maximum hourly wage rates.
The NHS is experiencing increasing financial pressure, but what does this mean for patients? This is a difficult question to answer because, while evidence on the extent of the NHS’s financial problems is piling up, information on the impact on patients remains scarce for a number of reasons.
First, across the country patient care varies for many reasons beyond the size of the local NHS budget: decisions about the care available to individuals are influenced by national bodies, local commissioners and providers, and clinicians at the bedside. Unlike health services in some other countries, the NHS does not specify a list of treatments that it will provide. Instead, patients have a series of broad legal rights (laid out in the NHS Constitution) and their care is influenced by a wide range of factors such as national policy initiatives, clinical guidelines, what’s been available locally in the past and current local priorities and needs. While decisions made by national bodies, commissioners and providers play an important role, clinicians’ decisions ‘at the bedside’ and the discussions they have with patients ultimately determine the care that each individual receives. So if an individual’s care differs from recommended practice or from the care someone else received, it may not necessarily be the result of financial factors.