Campaign to end loneliness | Published online: November 2016
There are an estimated one million, one hundred thousand people 65 and over who are chronically lonely. They are difficult to find. Our Practical Guide and Report provide guidance on how to find the loneliest in our communities.
In recent years there has been a significant increase in public interest in loneliness and the issue is rapidly moving up the political agenda. Yet, in the United Kingdom, it is estimated that in excess of one million people over the age of 65 are chronically lonely.
The Missing Million: In Search of the Loneliest in Our Communities report, published by the Campaign to End Loneliness in June 2016, provided a comprehensive overview of the existing methods being used to identify and engage with people experiencing loneliness. Drawing on this evidence, the purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance for commissioners, service providers, front line workers and volunteers; helping you to identify older people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, loneliness and to better understand and engage with these missing million lonely older people.
Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System | Published online: 4 November 2016
This report presents an evidence synthesis on GP recruitment, retention and re-employment. It finds that overall the published evidence focuses primarily on attracting GPs to rural areas however the literature does provide some useful insights to factors that may support the development of specific strategies for the recruitment and retention of GPs. The report suggests that medical students should be exposed to successful GP role models and general practice and that supporting intrinsic motivational factors and career determinants can influence recruitment.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is usually diagnosed in early childhood, but genetic detection of this brain disorder could mean more timely interventions that improve life for the patient and their carers. Research suggests that machine learning might be used to analyze genetic data that points to an ASD diagnosis before symptoms become obvious.
This report is calling on the Government to make sure that sufficient funding is available to support the infrastructure investment required to ensure that type 1 emergency departments are fit for purpose, and to review the real terms cuts to NHS capital budgets in the spending review.
The Committee is also asking for NHS Improvement to consider the steps that it can take this winter to ensure that all A&E departments are properly staffed and for Health Education England to look again at the long term sustainability of staffing, including for paramedics, within major emergency departments and the ambulance service.
The Health Committee report also calls for the Government to urgently address the underfunding of adult social care to relieve pressure on A&E departments.
Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have now been produced by NHS and local government leaders in 44 parts of England. The plans are important, setting out the proposed direction for health and care services over the next five years. But they been developed at significant speed and, for the most part, without the involvement of frontline staff or patients.
Ahead of the publication of a new Kings Fund report on the process of developing sustainability and transformation plans in England, Hugh Alderwick evaluates the story so far.