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

Decision on Mid Staffs future funding delayed

The process for agreeing the future funding of services at the troubled Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been extended the healthcare regulator Monitor announced today (21 October 2013). Although Trust Special Administrators (TSAs) have completed their report and made recommendations as to how essential patient services should be funded in future, agreement between local commissioners, NHS England, University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and the NHS Trust Development Authority... Readmore

New report shows rise in NHS procedures carried out by private sector

The number of hospital procedures paid for by the NHS but carried out by the private sector has increased by nearly 11% over the space of a year, suggests a new report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The HSCIC report states that private providers treated 345,200 NHS elective admissions with a procedure3 in 2011/12, a 32,900 (10.5 per cent) increase on 2010/11. This private activity accounted for 4.3 per cent of all NHS elective admissions with a procedure in 2011/12... Readmore

UK Cancer research receives 19m ‘e-Health’ boost

London, Manchester, Dundee and Swansea are to be the locations of four Cancer Research Centres of Excellence under a new £19 million scheme to improve patient care and public health and keep the UK at the forefront of global medical research. Funded by government and charitable organisations, each location will have an 'e-Health research' Centre which will have researchers tasked with becoming experts at analysing UK health information  and how such data can be best utilised. The Centres... Readmore

BHF urges greater patient/pharmacist dialogue

One in three UK adults are unaware that their pharmacist can provide information on conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol according to figures released this week by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Furthermore, the charity is urging a greater dialogue to be established between patients and pharmacists so that medication requirements are dealt with accurately and a high level of quality healthcare is reached and maintained. To this end, the BHF has launched a new campaign... Readmore
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