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This report discusses findings from a survey of patients into their
experiences of general practice and practitioners. It makes
recommendations on the four key areas covered: communication; referrals;
deregistration; and integration.
This survey looked at the experiences of people receiving community
mental health services. The majority of participants said that they were
treated with respect and dignity and were listened to carefully, that
they had their views taken into account and had enough time to discuss
their condition and treatment, and that they had trust and confidence in
the health or social care worker they had seen most recently. It was
also found that participants felt the need to be more involved in some
aspects of their care.
This audit was commissioned by HQIP as part of the National Clinical
Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). It measures the
prevalence of diabetes in children and young people across England and
Wales and assesses whether the eight key care processes recommended by
the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) are being met. It
found that, although standards have improved from 2009/10, the UK still
falls short of standards in comparable countries. It also found
significant variations in standards across the country.
This report explores options for saving failing NHS hospitals, and
concludes that the government could consider the takeover of up to 30
NHS hospitals by private companies instead of encouraging mergers
between failing hospitals. It refers to the example of Circle, the first
private company to take over the management of a failing hospital.
This report gathers together the available information on costing end
of life care to inform a more robust steer for the potential costs and
savings that the EoLC national programme can utilise as a framework for
the QIPP activities for 2012/13 and beyond. 57 documents were analysed
to seek the answers to questions relating to end of life care costs in
acute hospital settings and in community settings and to consider the
potential cost savings of shifting the place of care.
This resource pack provides practical information and advice for
managers and support staff working in extra care housing schemes. It
covers a range of issues relating to the care of residents with a
life-limiting or progressive condition, including: identifying
opportunities to start talking about end of life care; the core end of
life path care pathway; diversity issues such as care of the body after
death; and an individual’s capacity to make decisions as their condition
deteriorates. As well as case studies and ‘top tips’, the pack includes
template local directories of key contacts and support plans.
The findings of this report are the result of a roundtable which
brought together health policy-makers, GPs, politicians and senior
academics. One in seventeen people will be affected by a rare condition
in their lifetime, a number that is projected to mushroom in the coming
years. This report demonstrates how wrong or late diagnosis wastes vital
NHS funds, and costs considerably more than early diagnosis, requiring
expensive and invasive medical treatment.
These directions from the Secretary of State confer new functions and
powers on the NTDA from the 1st October 2012. They enable the NTDA to
take over certain functions currently managed by the Department of
Health, strategic health authorities and the Appointments Commission.
From 1 October 2012, it will be unlawful for service providers and
commissioners to discriminate, victimise, or harass a person because of
age. This briefing gives an overview of the ban on age discrimination.
It is specifically aimed at those who plan, commission or provide NHS
services, whether in the NHS, voluntary or private sectors.