NHS England annual report

NHS England has published its annual report and account 2015/16.

This report describes the work of NHS England throughout 2015/16 and outlines some of the most significant achievements and challenges. It shows that the organisation met each of the financial duties placed on it by Parliament in 2015/16, including balancing its budget of just over £100 billion.

Additional links: NHS England press release

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Financial sustainability

NHS Improvement has published Strengthening financial performance and accountability in 2016/17.

logoThis document sets out action to stabilise NHS finances in 2016/17, provides further detail on access to the Sustainability and Transformation Fund (STF) in 2016/17, outlines the proposed basis for assessing the financial performance of provider organisations and introduces new programmes of financial special measures for providers and commissioners that are unable to ensure sufficient financial discipline.

Plans to improve maternity services

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NHS England has laid out new plans to improve maternity services and is calling on local areas to road test new ways of working.

The Maternity Transformation Programme has now identified nine working areas to take forward implementation of the recommendations set out in the report of the national maternity review, Better Births.

These include supporting local transformation, promoting good practice for safer care and improving access to perinatal mental health services to make care safer and more personalised. NHS England is calling on local areas to act as early adopters to test a combination of all areas outlined in the programme.

Health technology

The Widening Digital Participation Programme run by NHS England and the Tinder Foundation have published Health and Digital: reducing inequalities, improving society: an evaluation of the widening digital participation programme.

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The idea was to see how improved digital health literacy could improve the health outcomes for groups most likely to experience health inequalities.

As a result of the programme 59% of learners report feeling more confident to use online tools to manage their health, 65% feel more informed and 52% say they feel less lonely with 62% saying they feel happier as a result of social contact, an important indicator for overall wellbeing.

Mental health services transformation

Thousands to benefit from kick-start of mental health services transformation

NHS England has published Implementing the five year forward view for mental health.  This report details how new funding, pledged in response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, rising to £1bn a year by 2020/21 in addition to the cumulative £1.4bn already committed for children, young people and perinatal care, will be made available for CCGs year on year.

It also shows how the workforce requirements will be delivered in each priority area and outlines how data, payment and other system levers will support transparency.

Additional link: RCGP press release

Working collaboratively in General Practice

The Nuffield Trust has published Is bigger better? Lessons for large-scale general practice. Published following 15-month study of large-scale general practice organisations in England this report examined the factors affecting their evolution and their impact on quality, staff and patient experience, the wider health economy and the quality of care. The study combined national surveys with an in-depth mixed-methods evaluation of contrasting, large-scale general practice organisations.

The full report includes detailed insights about governance, leadership, management or change, staff perceptions and quality improvement methods used in each of the case study sites.

Additional link: RCGP press release

Recognising signs of sepsis in children

Health Education England has announced details of a new film Think Sepsis which aims to help health care professionals to spot and respond to the warning signs of sepsis in children.

The film highlights the key signs that healthcare staff should be looking out for and asks them to think, ‘could this be sepsis’ when assessing and diagnosing patients. Whilst aimed at clinical trainers the film contains valuable information for GPs and other clinicians working across both primary and secondary care.