Cameron sets out new strategy to fight dementia

Prime Minister David Cameron has set out a new strategy for fighting dementia. “Britain will expand its efforts to combat dementia over the next five years” said Mr Cameron as he announced 'Challenge on Dementia 2020' – his long-term strategy for boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about the condition. A growing problem, in 10 years it is expected there will be one million people living with dementia in the UK. Worldwide, the number of people living with dementia... Readmore

Norfolk and Suffolk becomes first mental health trust placed into special measures

Health sector regulator Monitor has placed Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust into special measures – the first mental health trust in the country to have had such action taken against it. Monitor has acted following a Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) inspection earlier this month which gave the trust an overall rating of ‘inadequate.’ The CQC identified a number of serious problems, including concerns about the safety of services, staffing levels and the leadership at the trust. “Patients... Readmore

New emergency care hospital in Northumberland close to completion

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital – currently under construction – is close to completion and counting down to receiving its first patients in June. The first purpose-built hospital of its kind in England, the development is part of an innovative new model of emergency care designed to improve clinical outcomes for patients and help save lives across Northumberland and North Tyneside. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has invested £75 million to build the new state-of-the-art... Readmore

New rules on charges for overseas visitors to NHS announced by Department of Health

Overseas visitors who need healthcare while in England are to be charged differently for using the NHS the Department of Health has announced. The new rules are intended to recoup £500m over the next three years. The changes come into effect from April 2015 and will affect visitors and former UK residents differently as they depend on where someone now lives. However, treatment in A&E departments and at GP surgeries will remain free for all. Exemptions include UK Crown servants, British... Readmore

Department of Health announces transfer of 0 to 5 year olds planning and payment responsibilities

The Department of Health (DH) has announced that the responsibility for planning and paying for public health services for 0 to 5-year-olds, including health visiting, will transfer from the NHS to local authorities in October 2015. The DH has also said that, as part of the transfer, a number of universal health visitor reviews, which form part of the 0-5 Healthy Child Programme, will be mandated for a period of 18 months, depending on Parliamentary approval. These reviews are: (i) antenatal... Readmore

Ministers launch pilots to explore ways to relieve pressure on carers

Ministers have launched a series of pilots across the UK that will explore ways to help carers balance work with their caring responsibilities. Statistics show that there are currently more than three million people in the UK who have work and family caring responsibilities and, according to ministers, providing them with support to manage caring alongside paid work would benefit them and their families and give British businesses and the UK economy potential saving of up to £1.3 billion a year. The... Readmore

NHS England sets out guidance on new mental health standards

Following the announcement (by NHS England and the Department of Health) in October 2014 of the need for measures  to improve access to mental health services, NHS England has produced guidance which sets out how new access and waiting time standards for mental health services are to be introduced. Created for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the new NHS England guidance explains the case for change in four areas and sets out the expectations of local commissioners for delivery during 2015... Readmore

Pharmacy-led clinic launched to help take pressure off A&E

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Greater Manchester has partnered with LloydsPharmacy to trial an innovative new pharmacy-led clinic at its North Manchester General accident and emergency department which sees over 100,000 patients each year. With figures suggesting that around one in four people who visit the A&E department at North Manchester General Hospital could be treated more appropriately by a pharmacist or another local NHS service, the LloydsPharmacy First Care Clinic pilot... Readmore

A&E waiting time target missed by widest margin ever

Figures released today by NHS England show that the four-hour A&E waiting time target has been missed by the widest margin since it was first introduced 10 years ago. Many, including the GMB, the union for NHS and ambulance staff, have said that the figures are unsurprising and make clear that patients and staff are paying the price for the government’s failure to manage and invest sufficiently in the NHS. Today’s figures adds to the unwelcome news yesterday that eight hospitals have... Readmore

‘Major incidents’ declared at UK hospitals

Medical staff struggling to cope with patient numbers this winter has led to a number of UK hospitals declaring a ‘major incident.' The hospitals – in North Yorkshire, Surrey and two in Gloucestershire – stated that an unprecedented surge in demand has caused them to be unable to cope adequately and that extra resources are needed. The declarations come just a month after Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England, warned that that the “system is cracking” as winter approached. ... Readmore

Foundation trusts need to deliver greater efficiencies says regulator

NHS foundation trusts are being urged to tighten up contract and agency staffing costs and increase their efficiency savings by the healthcare regulator Monitor. Foundation trusts (which make up two-thirds of all NHS trusts) are under increasing strain – both financial and operational. A&E targets have been missed, staff morale is low, and the foundation trust sector as a whole is projecting a deficit of £271 million at the end of financial year 2014/15. David Bennett, Chief Executive... Readmore

Colchester Hospital in crisis after major incident declared

A major incident has been declared at Colchester General Hospital following a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The inspection, which took place on Wednesday (12 November) and focused on A&E and the emergency assessment unit, found that patients were being inappropriately restrained and sedated.  Claims have also been made that patients were advised to go to A&E only if their condition was serious or life threatening. A previous visit to Colchester Hospital... Readmore
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