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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.
 

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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

UK — Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes

February 6, 2014 Comments off

Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes
Source: Department for Work & Pensions and Department of Health

This report by RAND Europe explores proposals to improve employment and health outcomes for people with common mental health problems. It was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health through the Cabinet Office’s Contestable Policy Fund.

The report makes a number of recommendations. These include:

  • using evidence-based models to provide services that combine employment and mental health support
  • increasing integration between existing treatment and employment services to improve outcomes in both areas
  • applying evidence-based models in new ways or a using combination of approaches
  • providing timely access to coordinated treatment and employment support for a greater number of people with common mental health problems

The government is currently considering propsals in the report to improve support for people with common mental health problems and improve integration between employment and health services. These include:

  • developing the link between psychological therapies and employment support
  • enhancing support for those out of work to build resilience
  • providing access to a range of work and wellbeing assessments online, by telephone and face to face

Railway Suicides in the UK: risk factors and prevention strategies

November 13, 2013 Comments off

Railway Suicides in the UK: risk factors and prevention strategies (PDF)
Source: National Health Service and British Transport Police
From press release:

The lack of research on the gender and ethnicity of people who take their own lives on the UK railway system obscures an urgent need for more effective preventive strategies, a new report has claimed.

‘Railway Suicides in the UK: Risk factors and prevention strategies’, commissioned by NHS England, and produced by mental health charity Careif and the Cultural Consultation Service, reveals inconsistencies in how data on suicide is collected and the way emergency services, government agencies and the police collaborate.

In addition, the widely reported association between mental illness and railway suicide, believed to be due to a station’s proximity to in-patient psychiatric units and severe forms of mental illness such as schizophrenia, requires further research, according to the study.

Among the report’s recommendations is:
• The need for a standardised framework to collect information on suicide, including ethnicity and previous contact with care services
• Better coordination between emergency services to help prevent railway suicides
• More effective intervention in high-risk groups with steps to improve public awareness and public mental health and wellbeing in general
• Implementation of an emergency pathway across all agencies nationally to enable a consistent and coherent response.

UK — Independent report: Peer support networks and dementia advisers: evaluation

October 10, 2013 Comments off

Independent report: Peer support networks and dementia advisers: evaluation
Source: Department of Health

This report, commissioned by the Department of Health, provides evidence on the importance of post diagnostic support for people with dementia and their carers, and the role that dementia advisers and peer support networks can provide in this.

Important messages from the report are:

  • people with dementia and carers saw dementia advisers and peer support networks as having a positive impact on their wellbeing and quality of life
  • demonstrator sites provided evidence of both dementia advisers and peer support networks filling a gap in service provision that often occurs after diagnosis but before
  • there is a need for more intensive support
  • both initiatives were seen as having resource saving implications for the local health and social care economy

UK — Mapping 100,000 genomes: strategic priorities, data and ethics

July 9, 2013 Comments off

Mapping 100,000 genomes: strategic priorities, data and ethics
Source: Department of Health

Genomes of up to 100,000 patients or infections in patients will be sequenced over the next 5 years leading to better and earlier diagnosis and more personalised care. The Chief Medical Officer established 3 working groups to consider the strategic priorities, data and ethical implications of this work. The reports give the final recommendations of those groups.

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