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UK — Establishing food standards for NHS hospitals

October 14, 2014 Comments off

Establishing food standards for NHS hospitals
Source: Department of Health

The report looks at standards relating to patient nutrition and hydration, healthier eating across hospitals and sustainable food and catering services.

NHS adoption of the recommended standards will be required through the NHS contract meaning that hospitals will have a legal duty to comply with the recommendations.

The panel, set up by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter and led by Dianne Jeffrey from Age UK, examined existing food standards, advising on how they should be applied and monitored.

UK — CMO’s annual report: employment is good for mental health

October 2, 2014 Comments off

CMO’s annual report: employment is good for mental health
Source: Department of Health

Chief Medical Officer’s report: the rising number of working days lost to mental illness creates personal suffering and costs the economy.

  • concerns about 70 million working days lost to mental illness last year and £70 to £100 billion cost to the economy
  • calls for cost-benefit analysis to investigate possible fast-track mental health care for working people at risk of falling out of work
  • makes case for investment in children and young people’s mental health to prevent later life mental illness, unemployment and criminal behaviour
  • calls for piloting of psychiatry services integrated into primary care

UK — Guidance: Progress on premature deaths of people with learning disabilities

September 30, 2014 Comments off

Guidance: Progress on premature deaths of people with learning disabilities
Source: Department of Health

This report shows progress against the 18 recommendations in the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities both locally and nationally.

It also recognises that more needs to be done including all local areas:

  • participating fully in the Self-Assessment Framework and act on its results
  • securing the provision of named care co-ordinators
  • ensuring reasonable adjustments are made and audited

UK — Children with special educational and complex needs: guidance for health and wellbeing boards

September 29, 2014 Comments off

Children with special educational and complex needs: guidance for health and wellbeing boards
Source: Department of Health

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduces a new statutory requirement for local services to work together when providing care and support for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the new requirement, ensuring that local services are fulfilling their role and that children are getting the care they need.

From September 2014 local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and education services will be expected to collaborate when assessing, commissioning and implementing care plans for children with SEN and disabilities.

This document provides guidance and advice for HWBs on how best to oversee the implementation of changes made by the Act.

UK — NHS e-procurement strategy

May 12, 2014 Comments off

NHS e-procurement strategy
Source: Department of Health

This document provides details of actions to improve NHS data and information as part of the NHS Procurement Development Programme, which aims to help the NHS save £1.5 billion by the financial year 2015 to 2016.

The actions are to:

  • define standards to ensure NHS e-procurement systems work together
  • require the adoption of standards by the NHS (GS1 coding and PEPPOL messaging standards)
  • invest in technology solutions that will support e-procurement implementation by the NHS
  • establish a single NHS spend analysis and price benchmarking service

The document also sets out how e-procurement can better support the NHS procurement processes that manage transactions and pricing with suppliers.
 

UK — Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration 42nd report: 2014

March 26, 2014 Comments off

Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration 42nd report: 2014
Source: Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, Department of Health and Office of Manpower Economics

This report sets out the DDRB analysis of evidence given by relevant organisations and makes proposals on doctors and dentists’ pay from April 2014.

UK — Effective health care for vulnerable groups prevented by data gaps

March 13, 2014 Comments off

Effective health care for vulnerable groups prevented by data gaps
Source: Department of Health

This report, from the Data and Research Working Group of the National Inclusion Health Board (NIHB):

  • identifies where to find good data and the gaps in information and data where the burdens of ill health and untimely death are greatest for vulnerable groups (vulnerable migrants, gypsies and travellers, homeless people, and sex workers)
  • is for data providers, healthcare professionals, commissioners and others working to improve the health of the vulnerable groups

The report concludes that:

  • it is impossible to obtain a comprehensive picture of the vulnerable groups’ health
  • the health needs of some of the most vulnerable people in society continue to be invisible to health commissioners and the wider health system planners
  • the health needs of the vulnerable groups sometimes place heavy and unpredictable demands on the health service, which may result in multiple avoidable visits to hospital
  • the data gaps prevent effective monitoring of health care use and seriously undermine local efforts by NHS and local government to understand and prioritise the local needs of the vulnerable groups
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