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This consultation on the introduction of a system of public
disclosure of payments across Europe by 2016 is open to all healthcare
organisations, commercial companies and individual healthcare
professionals. Comments are invited over the next three months.
This guide is designed to help health and social care professionals
understand and implement the law relating to advance decisions to refuse
treatment (ADRT) contained in the Mental Capacity Act (2005). This
version replaces that published in September 2008 and covers: how to
make an advance decision to refuse treatment; who can make an advance
decision; when a decision should be reviewed; and how it can changed or
This interim report presents findings from research into how
commissioners negotiate, specify, monitor, and manage contractual
mechanisms to improve services and allocate financial risk in their
local health economies, looking at both acute services and community
This report reveals that 15 per cent of people receiving care under
the Mental Health Act are not being involved in the decisions made about
their care. In addition, some patients did not have any information
about being discharged from hospital, including what they had to do to
prove they could be discharged. It also outlines examples of hospitals
that provide good care and treatment to patients who are detained under
This report reviews the evidence from key pieces of UK research
between 2007 and 2012, which focused on the implementation and uptake of
personal budgets and direct payments for older people (including those
with dementia) in England. It aims to give an overview of the main
themes which help to identify the challenges and solutions to improving
choice and control for older people through the use of personal budgets
and direct payments.
This report outlines the results of an analysis which shows
substantial variations in the way in which hospitals display information
about how to make a complaint. It also suggests that support to
patients is incomplete and unclear, with 35% of staff citing
insufficient training in complaints handling as an issue. Key
recommendations from the report include: accessible information on how
to make a complaint on Trusts’ websites, as well as on leaflets and
posters throughout NHS hospital ward; complaints being regarded as a
learning opportunity to avoid creating a culture of blame; and specific
provisions for complaint-related staff training and support.
Working in partnership with the Department of Health Pathology
Programme, NHS Improvement has supported a number of blood sciences
teams to learn how Lean methodology can enable the service to achieve
improvements to support the QIPP transformation programme. This report
outlines how multidisciplinary teams worked collaboratively to test and
implement changes that deliver improvements for patients, staff and
users of the service.
These three case studies from the USA illustrate the potential of
care management programs in addressing preventable hospital admissions
and readmissions by improving care coordination and transitions among
high-risk patients. Study sites included two academic medical centers
and a managed care organisation owned by a home health agency. The sites
employed bundles of interventions involving multidisciplinary teams to
improve provider communication, patient and family education, care
transitions from the hospital, and follow-up ambulatory care.