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Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former role as a lead commissioner on behalf of four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in…
Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients could be given funds to pay for their own healthcare under new government plans. The scheme would see controversial "personal budgets" rolled out to around 350,000 people in a bid to "put power back in the hands of patients". Currently just 23,000 NHS users…
Patients visiting an NHS hospital can opt to pay for a private GP service operating within its pharmacy. The pharmacy in Sheppey Community Hospital in Kent is offering the MedicSpot service, which sees remote GPs perform clinical examinations on patients via video link. Patients can book the £39 consultations online,…
The Scottish Government must ensure there are enough NHS staffed beds available in acute specialities to meet demand, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said. The party’s health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton raised concerns after official statistics showed the number of these beds available has fallen. Figures published by ISD Scotland show…
The NHS is working with councils to improve "housing health" to boost the wellbeing of vulnerable residents after a report found poor housing is costing the health service £1.4 billion a year. Home "MOTs", helplines for those who suffer falls, stairlifts and heating systems are some of the schemes being…
All patients in England will soon be able to be referred to hospitals with the shortest waiting lists under plans unveiled alongside a new contract for GPs. The e-Referral Service allows GPs and patients to identify the hospitals with the shortest waits if a patient needs to be sent for…
Services for children and young people in East Ayrshire are performing well and delivering very good outcomes for children, young people and their families, inspectors have said. Across nine quality indicators used to assess the effectiveness of the partnership, inspectors graded two as ‘excellent’ with a further five found to…
Thirteen NHS bodies have been threatened with legal action over policies which "breach the human rights of patients". The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is launching legal action against 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England over their policies on NHS Continuing Healthcare. NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is a…
More funding should be provided to help prevent falls, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. LGA analysis of NHS figures shows 316,669 people aged 65 and over were admitted to hospital last year due to falling - a 9% increase on 2013-14. Based on this trend, admissions will reach…
Tens of thousands of patients who have been deemed sick enough to be admitted to hospital after attending A&E have been forced to wait for hours on end before being put on a ward, according to new analysis. Figures from the health think tank the King's Fund found that so-called…
Poor sharing of information led to warning signs being missed before a 19-day-old boy was murdered by his mother, a serious case review has found. Nicola Brown, 43, was found guilty of the murder of her son Jake following a trial at Winchester Crown Court in 2016 and was sentenced…
Closer integration of health and social care services, with the aim of ending the historic divide between the NHS and social services, has been the goal of successive governments for decades. The rationale has been widely accepted – service improvement, a holistic approach, better use of resources and meeting the…
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