End of life care

Seven major leading cancer charities including McMillian Cancer Care and Marie Curie have jointly published On the brink: The future of end of life care.

This report finds that too many people approaching death are forced to spend long periods of time in hospital due to a lack of social care or alternative support options in their community. This in turn leads to increased hospital admissions and higher costs for an NHS under financial pressures.

A guide for health professionals on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND)

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This guide is for:

  • clinical commissioning groups
  • health professionals
  • local authorities

It explains the duties and responsibilities of health professionals who deal with children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and their families.

This guide should be read alongside the ‘Special education needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25’.

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Image source: DoH

Read the full overview here

Read the full report here

The vanguards: summed up and explained

With March marking a year since the first wave of vanguards were announced, a new animation (see below) and suite of factsheets shine a light on what the sites are up to and what’s in store for patients and communities across the country.

Launched on Thursday (25 February), the resources explain the aims and objectives of the country’s 50 health and care vanguards.

Aimed at health and care staff, patients and the public, the resources also showcase some of the innovative work happening across the country that’s making a difference to people’s lives.

The factsheets explore the five types of care models the vanguards fall under:

  • Acute care collaboration vanguard sites – linking local hospitals together to improve their clinical and financial viability.
  • Urgent and emergency care – new approaches to improve the coordination of services and reduce pressure on A&E departments.
  • Enhanced health in care homes – offering older people better, joined up health, care and rehabilitation services.
  • Multi-specialty community providers – moving specialist care out of hospitals into the community.
  • Integrated primary and acute care systems – joining up GP, hospital, community and mental health services.

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Find out more via NHS Confederation

 

 

 

Investing in prevention

Public Health England’s chief economist has published the first in a series of four blogs looking at health economics and the case for investing in prevention initiatives.  The blog focuses on four key questions: does prevention save the health service money; are public health initiatives really providing the best value for money; and how can we better incentivise local authorities, NHS commissioners and health care providers to invest more in prevention and early intervention.

How revalidation will work for nurses and midwives