New report finds UK lacking in international healthcare comparison

A new report comparing performance across high-income countries finds that the UK can and should do better in preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving survival from some of the biggest killer diseases  – a conclusion endorsed by NHS Confederation chief executive, Rob Webster.  Published by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, ‘Focus on: international comparisons of healthcare quality’ is a comprehensive study of the quality of care in the UK health system and how it compares... Readmore

Swinney gives £38m projects the go ahead

Deputy First Minister of Scotland John Swinney has confirmed that two multi-million pound health centre projects have been given the green light thanks to funding provided by the Scottish Government. The two projects – the Clydebank Health Centre and the Greenock Health and Care Centre - will be funded as part of the Scottish Government’s £409m investment in the non-profit distributing (NPD) programme. “I am delighted to announce that we are able to invest in new health centres in both... Readmore

New vaccination programmes launched to protect against meningitis and septicaemia

Two vaccination programs - MenB and MenACWY – to protect babies and young people against the meningococcal bacterium will be launched in the summer the Department of Health has announced. From August 2015 all 17 and 18 year olds in school year 13 will be offered a combined vaccine that protects against the A, C, W and Y strains of meningococcal disease. The vaccine is particularly important for those who are heading off to university, as they are at greater risk. The vaccine will also be available... Readmore

World’s first national review of premature mortality among people with learning disabilities launched by NHS

An independent project to help NHS reduce premature mortality for people with learning disabilities has been launched by NHS England, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the University of Bristol. The three-year project - the National Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme - is the world’s first national programme to review – and ultimately reduce – the number of premature deaths among people with learning disabilities. Commissioned by HQIP on behalf of NHS England... Readmore

New survey reveals 42% of Type 2 diabetics are “not confident managing their condition”

 A new survey from Diabetes UK has revealed that 42 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes do not feel confident in managing their condition. The survey of 2,722 people who attended a Diabetes UK’s Living with Diabetes Days, which is being published during Diabetes Week (14-20 June), suggests that many hundreds of thousands of people with Type 2 diabetes do not have the knowledge and information they need to manage their condition and so reduce their risk of devastating health complications. “It... Readmore

IT will transform NHS services say healthcare leaders

Health and social care leaders are to announce detailed plans that will improve services for patients by “making better use of technology” that will increase transparency across more services and ultimately save money. The plans, which have been designed to build on the successes of the last 12 months which have seen 97 percent of GP practices offering patients the chance to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view a summary of their GP records online, commit to giving patients... Readmore

Stevens sets out his NHS vision for the next five years

In a far-reaching speech made today in the West Midlands, NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens set out his vision for the NHS. Mr Stevens said: “Last Autumn the Health Service came together to chart a shared direction for our country’s NHS. Patients groups, caring professionals, national leaders - uniting behind the NHS’ own ‘manifesto’ for the next five years. It’s a plan for better health, more personalised care, and a financially sustainable Health Service. An NHS which at all times... Readmore

Prime Minister’s speech on seven-day working welcomed by healthcare leaders

Today’s speech by Prime Minister David Cameron which included commitments to extra NHS funding, seven-day services and an increase in the number of GPs has been welcomed by healthcare leaders. Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “The Prime Minister’s backing for the Five Year Forward View and his personal commitment to the NHS are very welcome. He clearly recognises the shared leadership and tough decisions that are needed if we are to transform care over the next... Readmore

London Bridge Hospital launches new Specialised Sleep Centre website

London Bridge Hospital, one of the largest private hospitals in the UK, has today (20 April) launched the website for The Sleep Centre at London Bridge Hospital. The website has been designed as a one-stop shop for sleep disorders, providing rapid assessment, intervention and treatment for numerous common and complex conditions. The website will complement the work of the Centre by providing up-to-date information regarding the different types of sleep disorders, tips for better sleep and the special... Readmore

RCN produces new diabetic care guidance

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has produced new guidance to assist nurses caring for people with diabetes. The RCN’s guidance concerns the issues surrounding the use of pre-loading insulin syringes. "A small but significant number of people need to use pre-loaded syringes to help manage their diabetes”, explains Libby Dowling, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK. “In these cases, it is vital that care is delivered safely and nurses are aware of the legal position surrounding this practice.... Readmore

WHO study highlights new medicines affordability issues in Europe

Increasing numbers of new medicines in Europe are causing affordability issues for governments according to a new study released today by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The WHO study demonstrates the extent of the problem by highlighting the fact that few countries in the WHO European Region have structures in place to evaluate the cost–effectiveness of new drugs, which in turn impacts the value assessment and decision-making process. The report, ‘Access to new medicines in Europe:... Readmore

NHS Confederation launches commission on urgent care for older people

An independent commission tasked with driving improvements in urgent and emergency care for older people has been launched by the NHS Confederation. The Commission, a joint initiative of the Confederation’s three forums, the Community Health Services Forum, the Hospitals Forum and the Urgent and Emergency Care Forum, aims to find workable and patient-centred solutions to address the challenges of caring for this group. Chaired by former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust chief executive,... Readmore
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