NHS Providers has published Briefing on the 2017 party conferences which sets out the key health-related announcements made by the parties at their autumn conferences and the main discussion points from the roundtable discussions hosted by NHS Providers.
Public Health England has published Guidance on outbreaks of influenza in care homes poster. This poster contains information for care homes on recognising an outbreak of flu and infection control measures.
Public Health England has published child vision screening materials and guidance to help improve the quality of sight test for children in schools during their early years. The resources support the commissioning and delivery of child vision screening and include a service specification, competencies, leaflets and template letters.
Additional link: PHE press release
The Health Foundation and NHS Providers have published Towards an effective NHS payment system: eight principles .This report examines how current payment systems impact on those providing care to patients and identifies eight principles that a payment system should meet if it is to support providers deliver high quality care. The eight principles are: clear purpose; realistic expectations about impact; national consistency with local flexibility; appropriate, aligned incentives; high quality data; balance between complexity of design and ease of use; independent oversight and support; and time to embed and evaluate systems.
NHS England has published Clinical commissioning policy: hypofractionated external beam radiotherapy in the treatment of localised prostate cancer (adults). This document sets out NHS England’s criteria for commissioning hypofractionated external beam radiotherapy for localised prostate cancer.
The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe has published Monitoring noncommunicable disease commitments in Europe. This annual document contains data on non-communicable disease (NCDs) surveillance in the WHO European Region. It focuses on progress towards implementation of “best buys” for the governance, surveillance, prevention and management of NCDs.
Additional link: WHO press release
|The Care Quality Commission has published the response to its second set of proposals aiming to simplify and strengthen health and social care regulation in England. This document summarises the feedback received regarding proposals on how the CQC regulates primary medical services and adult social care services; improvements to the structure of registration; monitors, inspects and rates new models of care; and encourages improvements in quality of care.
Guidance for commissioners, providers and clinicians on the roles of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment in England. | Public Health England
This resource describes the many potential roles of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment in England to help commissioners and providers of specialist adult alcohol and drug treatment services to recruit the right workforce to meet local needs.
The document outlines:
- The roles of nurses working in alcohol and drug treatment including the contribution they can make to health and social care outcomes
- The added value nurses can bring to alcohol and drug treatment
- The competences and skills that should be expected of nurses working in alcohol and drug treatment
- What is required to develop and maintain these competences
Patient Carers and Service User Vision | National Information Board | Department of Health
This policy paper examines how changes in digital technology can be used to improve patient, carer and service user experiences of health services. The document will allow people to understand why and how changes are being introduced and to see whether the planned improvements are really happening.
The Kings Fund has produced a new animation, ‘How does the NHS in England work? An alternative guide’
Related Kings Fund blog: How does the NHS work? A never-ending story