The Open University | May 2018 | The Open University: Tackling the nursing shortage
Tackling the nursing shortage, the new publication from The Open University considers the financial impact of temporary staffing to address the shortage, which the report describes this as “an expensive, short-term approach to plugging the gaps – [as] it costs the NHS nearly £1.5 billion a year.” It also outlines many of the factors driving the shortage, suggesting that new routes into the profession, like apprenticeships, can help to plug the gap and future-proof the nursing workforce in the long-term (Open University).
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Using data obtained by The Open University under the Freedom of Information Act, the report calculates that if the hours currently worked by temporary staff were instead covered by permanent nurses, the NHS could save as much as £560 million a year. This funding could otherwise be used to pay for continuing professional development or improved services.
The report can be downloaded from The Open University
In the media:
The Telegraph Nurse shortages cost the NHS up to £2.4 billion last year
The Independent NHS spending £1.5bn a year on temporary nurses as staff leave in droves, study reveals
NHS England | May 2018| Leading healthcare professor Don Berwick says NHS could be world number one if it integrates care
A former advisor to Barack Obama Professor Don Berwick argues that the NHS “I think the NHS probably has a better chance to truly integrate care than almost any other health care system in the world.”
Prof Berwick said improving health through social determinants like housing and lifestyle would be key to its success. Now an advisor to The King’s Fund, he also said the fragmented nature of the NHS could be addressed if all local health and care organisations, worked in partnership and pooled resources, a movement which is underway. Prof Berwick also underlined the importance of finding time to build relationships, acknowledging the pressure the NHS already faces:
“Right now the NHS is under enormous pressure. You’re going to have to find the time.
“There’s no reason the NHS can’t have the best care in the world, why you can’t take an appropriate proportion of your efforts and move them upstream to the causes of illness and use social determinants to prevent illness. There’s no reason why you have to waste money; you have limited resources and you can use those resources increasingly wisely.” (Source: NHS England)
The full, unedited piece can be read at NHS England
NHS70 | NHS70 Staff Prize Draw
The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. Our #NHS70 celebrations aim to recognise the contribution that NHS staff make to patient care. As a thank you to our extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes who are always there to care for us – we have over 400 tickets to give away to some amazing sporting.
- Wimbledon Championships – 35 pairs of tickets, on 5 July 2018, the NHS birthday itself!
- Rugby League Challenge Cup and Super League Grand Final, London (Wembley) and Old Trafford (Manchester) – 50 pairs of tickets including a unique ‘money can’t buy’ VIP experience for a family of four at the Super League Grand Final – ONLY available to be won by a member of NHS staff, on 25 August 2018.
Full details including entry details and a full list of prizes can be found at NHS70
NHS England | Publications | April 2018
STOMP (Stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both) is an initiative which aims to encourage patients to have regular check ups, ensure doctors and health professionals involve people, families and support staff in decisions about medication, inform everyone about non-drug therapies and practical ways of supporting people. Now NHS England has produced five case studies which are relevant to people with a learning disability, autism or both and their families.
The case studies can be read by clicking the links below
A bright future for Graham
Further details about STOMP can be found at NHS England
Developing new models of care in the PACS vanguards: a new national approach to large-scale change? | The Kings FundThis independent report was commissioned by NHS England as part of a package of support provided to primary and acute care system (PACS) vanguard sites by The King’s Fund. The PACS model is an attempt to bring about closer working between GPs, hospitals, community health professionals, social care and others.
The report offers a unique set of first-hand perspectives into the experience of those leading a major programme at the national level and those living it at the local level. The insights shared will be invaluable to those constructing future national support programmes intended to facilitate transformation in local health and care systems. The lessons learned will also be highly relevant to those involved in the ongoing implementation of PACS and similar models.
Full report: Developing new models of care in the PACS vanguards: a new national approach to large-scale change?
See also: An international perspective on developing new models of care in the PACS vanguards
Cyber-attack on the NHS | The Public Accounts Committee
This report finds that the Department of Health and Social Care and its arm’s-length bodies were unprepared for the relatively unsophisticated WannaCry attack of May 2017. It finds that people across the NHS did not know how best to communicate with the Department and other NHS organisations.
The attack caused widespread disruption to health services, with more than a third of NHS trusts affected. The NHS had to cancel almost 20,000 hospital appointments and operations, and patients were diverted from the five accident and emergency departments that were unable to treat them.
The report finds that lessons have been learned but there is still a lot of work to do to improve cyber-security. The Committee has set a June deadline for the Department to provide an update on costed plans for vital security investment.