The Prescription Charges Coalition has launched a new survey looking at the ways in which prescription charges affect the lives of people in England with long-term conditions.
At the moment, people with long term conditions in England who work have to pay for their medicines, because the list of illnesses that qualify for free prescriptions is limited and out of date. The prescription charges coalition is campaigning for all people with long-term conditions to receive free prescriptions.
This report aims to offers guidance and steps that can be taken to improve general practice nursing recruitment and retention, and encourage nurses to return to the profession by setting out how best to respond to the current and anticipated workforce challenges at both strategic and local levels.
Key report recommendations include:
improving training capacity for the general practice nurse workforce by providing access to accredited training to equip them for each level of their role;
raising the profile of general practice nursing, to increase the uptake of the role as a first-destination career;
developing GPN educator roles to cover all CCG areas, including the promotion of mentor training for all GPNs to retain the knowledge and expertise of existing GPNs; and
the development of a sustainable and easily accessible ‘how-to’ toolkit and web based resource to support the implementation of general practice nursing workforce initiatives.
a nationwide standardised general practice nursing ‘return to practice’ education programme which includes a general practice placement, mentorship and appropriate support to meet the NMC requirements for ‘return to practice’.
This year’s NHS staff survey has found that overall staff engagement has reached a peak, indicating that staff felt that they have opportunities to show initiative and contribute to improvements at work.
The proportion of staff reporting witnessing errors and adverse incidents is the lowest it has been since 2012. This year’s survey data is available in an interactive dashboard format which enable users to benchmark their data against other organisations more easily.
Responding to domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals | Department of Health
This resource looks at how health professionals can support adults and young people over 16 who are experiencing domestic abuse, and dependent children in their households.
It will help health staff to identify potential victims, initiate sensitive routine enquiry and respond effectively to disclosures of abuse. Commissioners will gain insight into services to support people experiencing domestic violence and abuse, and the importance of joined-up local strategic planning.
The resource draws on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence multi-agency guidelines on domestic violence and abuse, and provides:
the legal and policy contexts of domestic abuse in England
information for commissioners on effective integrated care pathways
information for service providers on shaping service delivery
what health practitioners need to know and do
information to ensure the right pathway and services are in place locally
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond yesterday announced a series of measures to support better integration of health and social care. The move has been welcomed by the NHS Confederation as news that the government has ‘finally woken up’ to the struggles faced by hospitals and community services.
Yesterday’s announcements included:
an extra £2bn in funding for social care across the next three years, with £1bn available in the next year to allow local authorities to act now to commission new care packages. This funding will act as a bridge to the Better Care Fund, which becomes available towards the end of this parliament
a Green Paper to be published in the autumn setting out the options for the future funding of social care
£100m investment to go towards accident and emergency departments in 2017-18 to help them prepare for winter and provide more on-site GP facilities
£325m investment in a small number of STPs that are ready ahead of schedule, to allow the plans to proceed
further investment where necessary for other STPs, with a further announcement in the Autumn Budget around a multi-year capital investment programme for the implementation of STPs across England
The report finds that the prevalence of all hypoglycaemic episodes in hospital, both mild and severe, has decreased from 26 per cent in 2011 to 20 per cent in 2016. It also highlights that there has been an overall reduction in the prevalence of the most severe, life-threatening hypoglycaemia which requires injectable rescue treatment for inpatients with diabetes. This has fallen from 2.2 per cent in 2011 to 1.7 per cent in 2016.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership announced at CSO Conference ‘Bringing Science and Innovation to the Heart of the NHS’
NHS England is set to launch its first Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme, a 12 month development programme, aimed at clinical leaders in healthcare science. Successful applicants who secure a place will work with other leading healthcare scientists and build long-term collaborations across clinical, research and industry sectors, whilst identifying new approaches to measuring improved outcomes, ultimately for NHS patients.