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  1. Content Article
    In this Byline Times article, the family of 18 year-old Mollie McAinsh describe her treatment in an NHS hospital after they sought help for her life-limiting ME. Millie developed the condition after a viral illness in 2019 and became increasingly unwell. When she was no longer able to feed herself, she was admitted to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where her family believed she would have a feeding tube fitted and then be sent home. However, while in hospital her mother was banned from visiting and Millie was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. The article looks at the issues facing people with severe ME and examines the history of how the illness has been perceived, which many believe has resulted in the wrong treatment being offered to ME patients.
  2. News Article
    The government will set up an independent panel to oversee disputes arising from decisions made under a new provider selection regime, it said today. The new panel should “help ensure that… procurement processes are transparent, fair and propionate, enabling all providers to compete for contracts” and “are not unfairly excluded from offering services to patients and service users”, the Department of Health and Social Care said in a response to its consultation on the new rules governing the commissioning of healthcare services. The intent is to move the NHS away from always putting new contracts out to competitive tender and “towards collaboration across the health and care system”, the document says. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 14 July 2023
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    In 2021, cybersecurity attacks on healthcare providers in the US reached an all-time high, with one study indicating that more than 45 million people were affected by these attacks in 2021 – a 32% increase on 2020. This report published by the Office of Senator Mark R Warner outlines the risk to patient safety posed by cyberattacks and proposes ways to improve federal leadership, enhance healthcare providers' preparedness for cyber emergencies and establish minimum cyber hygiene practices for healthcare organisations.
  4. Content Article
    This independent external quality assurance review looks at the independent investigation into the care and treatment of mental health service user Mr M at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
  5. Content Article
    Dalila, who lives in Cardiff, was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus during childhood. In this blog for Lupus Awareness Month she talks about her experiences with the condition and the differences in the care she’s received between England and Wales.   The experience of people like Dalila is why the Rare Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease Alliance are calling for change in how people with rare autoimmune rheumatic diseases are cared for in Wales.  They are calling for: A properly commissioned specialised centre for rare autoimmune rheumatic diseases in Wales.  A network, where this specialised centre can support local hospitals to deliver better care.  Urgent action to resolve workforce issues in rheumatology in Wales.
  6. Content Article
    When the pandemic began, many nations’ emergency stockpiles came into the spotlight—and were found wanting. Twenty months later, Jane Feinmann asks what happened, and if procurement has got any better.
  7. Content Article
    When was the last time your board discussed procurement and its role in your strategy for improving health outcomes? It’s been four months since Heather Tierney-Moore took over as interim chair of NHS Supply Chain and in this blog she reflects on the world of NHS procurement, where it has come from and where it might be going.
  8. Content Article
    This toolkit summarises good practice for Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and primary care commissioners and providers regarding the provision of primary care services for people seeking asylum who are living in initial and contingency accommodation. It aims to ensure equality in access to services and improved long-term health outcomes for residents in Home Office accommodation, minimising health inequalities and encouraging collaborative working with accommodation providers and other local stakeholders.
  9. Content Article
    Increasing numbers of people are at risk of developing frailty. People living with frailty are experiencing unwarranted variationin their care. This toolkit will provide you with expert practical advice and guidance on how to commission and provide the best system wide care for people living with frailty.
  10. Event
    Commissioning and the role that commissioners play is changing. Providers and commissioners are increasingly planning services together, and commissioners are working across health and social care. The old ‘purchaser–provider’ split is blurring and what was once a system based on competition is evolving into a system focused on collaboration. Rather than just delivering health services, innovative commissioners are starting to focus their efforts on improving population health.   In addition to this shift, important proposals for legislative changes have been announced that will change the shape and nature of commissioning, and COVID-19 has both disrupted and inspired thinking and planning around the future of commissioning. Join this virtual conference where experts from The King’s Fund and NHS national bodies will explain key developments in health and care commissioning, trying to assess the different ways commissioning will change in 2021 and beyond. Participants will hear from innovative commissioners who are approaching their role in new ways – including new ways of paying for services and new approaches to joint working across clinical commissioning groups and local authorities. Experts from NHS national bodies will share their insights with the audience. This virtual conference is open for four weeks. The content takes place over four half-days in week two. If you are unable to join all of the sessions, you will have two weeks to catch up on demand. Register
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    Digitising the management of wound care provides accurate and accessible data to nurses and clinicians while also enabling remote assessment of wounds. The COVID-19 pandemic is front and centre of all current healthcare priorities – and rightly so. Yet, we must not, nor should not, overlook the need for other forms of healthcare provision – which have by no means abated. Take the management of wound care. It is estimated that 2.2 million people in the UK live with non-healing, chronic wounds – those wounds which do not respond to treatment and therefore do not heal. They can last for months or even years, costing the NHS around £5 billion a year. COVID-19 risks exacerbating the issue as the same populations who have been identified as at-risk of developing complications from the pandemic, such as older people and people with diabetes, are exactly those that are also at risk for developing chronic wounds. At a time when demand on the healthcare system is more pressured than ever, it is even more critical to ensure NHS providers have access to the tools they need to deliver quality care, making it easier to protect patients. This webinar, part of the Improving Patient Safety & Care Webinar Series, will discuss how harnessing technology can make routine monitoring digital and how digital wound care services can save time, reduce administrative burdens and helps NHS staff assess patients earlier. Register
  12. Content Article
    This observational study in The Lancet Public Health analysed the effects of outsourcing health services to private, for-profit providers. The authors evaluated the impact of outsourced spending to private providers on treatable mortality rates and the quality of healthcare services in England, following the 2012 Health and Social Care Act. The authors found that: an annual increase of one percentage point of outsourcing to the private for-profit sector corresponded with an annual increase in treatable mortality of 0·38% in the following year. changes to for-profit outsourcing since 2014 were associated with an additional 557 treatable deaths across the 173 CCGs in England. They conclude that private sector outsourcing corresponded with significantly increased rates of treatable mortality, potentially as a result of a decline in the quality of health-care services.
  13. Content Article
    In this press release, The Health Foundation responds to the Autumn Statement delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt on 17 November 2022. They highlight that although the planned additional funding for the NHS and social care is welcome, abandoning planned changes to introducing a cap in social care costs will leave older and disabled people without the care they need, with many facing catastrophic costs. They also highlight that although the Chancellor committed to publishing long-term workforce projections, he did not offer additional funding or any plan to actually expand the workforce.
  14. Content Article
    With 1.4 million people providing 50 or more carer hours a week for a partner, friend or family member, carers make a significant contribution to society and the NHS. NHS England has developed 37 commitments to carers spread across eight key priorities, that have been developed in partnership with carers, patients, partner organisations and care professionals. Some of the areas covered include: raising the profile of carers education and training person-centred coordinated care primary care This webpage contains information on: Supporting carers in general practice: a framework of quality markers How to identify and support unpaid carers Supporting commissioners End of year progress summary
  15. Content Article
    Infant mental health describes the social and emotional wellbeing and development of children in the earliest years of life. It reflects whether children have the secure, responsive relationships that they need to thrive. However, services supporting infant mental health are currently limited; only 42% of CCGs in England report that their CAMHS service will accept referrals for children aged 2 and under. This briefing by the Parent-Infant Foundation is aimed at commissioners looking to set up specialist infant mental health support.
  16. Content Article
    The Patient Association's response to the PHSO: Complaint Standards Framework. Summary of core expectations for NHS organisations and staff. See also Patient Safety Learning's response to the framework.
  17. Content Article
    The NHS has recently conducted a consultation on its updated Standard Contract for use in 2020/21. Once finalised this contract is published by NHS England and used by commissioners to contract for all healthcare services other than primary care services. The contract is regularly updated to reflect changes in legislation, policies and technical improvements. In this year’s consultation there have been several changes proposed that specifically relate to patient safety and in this blog we outline the main patient safety changes proposed and detail Patient Safety Learning’s formal consultation response.
  18. Content Article
    Commissioning is the continual process of planning, agreeing and monitoring services. Commissioning is not one action but many, ranging from the health-needs assessment for a population, through the clinically based design of patient pathways, to service specification and contract negotiation or procurement, with continuous quality assessment. There is no single geography across which all services should be commissioned: some local services can be designed and secured for a population of a few thousand, while for rare disorders, services need to be considered and secured nationally.
  19. Content Article
    In this guest blog from NHS England, the Director of Policy for National Voices throws his support behind NHS England’s refreshed statutory guidance on the importance of involving patients and the public in commissioning.
  20. Content Article
    This document provides information about NHS England’s and NHS Improvement’s funding in 2019/20. It sets out how NHS England and NHS Improvement will support The NHS Long Term Plan through distribution of funding, people and resources, to transform local health and care systems. 
  21. Content Article
    This guidance wriiten by the Royal College of Nursing, is for health care professionals, service providers and those involved with planning and commissioning services. It sets out the RCN’s perspective on contemporary and future children and young people’s nursing services in the home and community setting. It also underlines the increasingly crucial role played by community children’s nurses as they provide integrated care closer to home. It explores the legislative and policy agenda, defines the role of the CCN, sets out the core principles of providing care, considers variations in how the needs of families are assessed across the four countries of the UK and outlines examples of current models of care and service delivery.
  22. Content Article
    Dr Matt-Inada-Kim, National Clinical Lead for Sepsis and Deterioration, shares the proforma he has developed to document management and treatment for the deteriorating patient for the new CQUIN, coming soon. This proforma ensures that all the CQUIN data is captured when it comes to audit. He has shared his accompanying slide set explaining about the CQUIN.  
  23. Content Article
    This report is aimed at people who are working with those who have a learning disability, in the role of commissioners or providers of services. It was produced on behalf of the Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board by a multi-agency group and seeks to understand why people with a learning disability are at greater risk of choking, looking at what can be done locally in Hampshire to improve outcomes for people who are at risk of choking, in any care setting. The report makes a number of recommendations based on common sense and good practice.
  24. Content Article
    This series of short guides aims to help providers and commissioners better understand the use of patient insight and to use it effectively in delivering local services. These topics are covered in the guides: Seeking feedback in distressing or highly emotional situations Writing an effective questionnaire Building greater insight through qualitative research Helping people with a learning disability to give feedback How and when to commission new insight and feedback Insight – what is already available? The National Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) programme
  25. Content Article
    Making it Real is a framework for how to do personalised care and support for people who work in and access health, adult social care and housing services.  The framework is built around six themes that support co-production between people, commissioners and providers: Wellbeing and independence Information and advice Active and supportive communities Flexible and integrated care and support When things need to change Workforce
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