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Quit rates for smoking at their highest for a decade

Success rates for quitting smoking are at their highest level for a decade, according to new figures. Experts suggest the use of e-cigarettes may be an important factor. | via OnMedica

Nearly one in five (19.8%) quit attempts were successful in the first half of 2017, up from an average of 15.7% over the last decade. The figures come from researcher carried out by University College London, with support from Cancer Research UK.

The researchers collected data from over 18,000 participants using cross-sectional household surveys from January 2007 to June 2017. The findings reveal that quit smoking success rates in England in the first six months of 2017 were higher than the average rate during the preceding decade.

Full report: Quit success rates in England 2007-2017

Stay Well This Winter

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England’s national winter campaign, Stay Well This Winter returns for 2017

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The Stay Well This Winter  campaign will be running from 9th October 2017. The campaign encourages at-risk groups to get the free NHS flu vaccination, and to take simple, easy-to-achieve actions to avoid admission to hospital during the winter period.

A range of resources, such as leaflets, posters, guides and resource packs for the campaign are avilable to order via the Public Health England Website

PHE will again this year be supporting pharmacies to promote the key campaign messages in-store by distributing materials. All small-chain and independent pharmacies will be receiving a kit of promotional materials (including posters, shelf wobblers and leaflets) via the Healthcare Distribution Association.

Person-centred care

This report provides a snapshot of the extent of person-centred care, based on how people report their experience of treatment, care and support.  The report concludes there is a need for person-centred care to be given greater priority and a need for a strategic overhaul of what is measured.

Key findings:

  • Person-centred care is inadequately measured
  • A mixed picture: people’s experiences can be highly variable
  • Some aspects of person-centred care have improved
  • Progress towards involvement in decisions and being in control
  • Steady progress is now deteriorating, both for general practice and inpatient care
  • Little evidence of personalised care and support planning
  • Coordination of care is not measured
  • Family involvement is not central, and most carers need better support

Full report: Person-centred care in 2017: Evidence from service users

Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding following CQC inspection

Care Quality Commission (CQC) report finds that at the end of its first inspection programme of general practices 4% were rated ‘outstanding’, 86% were ‘good’, 8% were ‘requires improvement’ and 2% were ‘inadequate’.

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The state of care in general practice 2014 to 2017 presents findings from CQCs  programme of inspections of GP practices. This detailed analysis of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England has found that nearly 90% of general practices in England have been rated as ‘good’, making this the highest performing sector CQC regulates.

Full document: The state of care in general practice 2014 to 2017

Choice in end of life care

How the National End of Life Care Programme Board is delivering personalisation and choice in care for people at or near the end of life. | Department of Health

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This report sets out the progress the National End of Life Care Programme Board has made in implementing the government’s choice commitment.

The measures include:

  • supporting the roll-out of digital palliative and end of life care records to all areas by 2020
  • inspecting and rating NHS hospital and community services for end of life care
  • providing support to trusts to help them improve end of life care services
  • testing personal health budgets for people approaching the end of life to give them choice and control over their care
  • developing metrics to assess quality and experience in end of life care
  • working to change the nursing and medical undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to improve patient choice and quality of care

Full report: One Year On: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care

Mental ill-health of children and young people

New research shows a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14. | National Childrens Bureau

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Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool have analysed information on more than 10,000 children born in 2000-01 who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. This briefing provides details of the mental health among this cohort.

The findings show that while the majority of 3-14-year-olds in the UK are not suffering from mental ill-health, a substantial proportion experience significant difficulties. Being from a poorer background or being of mixed or white ethnic background appeared to raise the risk.

Full briefing: Mental ill-health among children of the new century

See also: National Childrens Bureau|  NHS England | BBC News

Large scale general practice

Rosen, R. Kumpunen, S. Curry, N. Davies, A. Pettigrew, L. Kossarova, L. (2017) Summary booklets on lessons for large-scale general practice. | Nuffield Trust

In July 2016, the Nuffield Trust published Is bigger better? Lessons for large-scale general practice  which examined the factors affecting the evolution of general practice and its impact on quality, staff and patient experience.

The Nuffield Trust has now released four booklets which sit alongside this main report covering: