In Against the Odds: Successfully scaling innovation in the NHS, the Innovation Unit and The Health Foundation identity 10 different UK innovations. The authors look at various case studies to explore how these insights build on, and challenge, existing wisdom in the NHS.
The key findings of the report include:
The ‘adopters’ of innovation need greater recognition and support. The current system primarily rewards innovators, but those taking up innovations often need time, space and resources to implement and adapt an innovation in their own setting.
It needs to be easier for innovators to set up dedicated organisations or groups to drive innovation at scale. Scaling innovation can be a full-time job, and difficult to do alongside front-line service delivery. Dedicated organisations are often needed to consciously and strategically drive scaling efforts, including when innovators ‘spin out’ from the NHS.
System leaders need to take more holistic and sophisticated approaches to scaling. Targets and tariffs are not a magic bullet for scaling; while they can help, they don’t create the intrinsic and sustained commitment required to replicate new ideas at scale. Different approaches are needed, including articulating national and local health care priorities in ways that create strategic opportunities for innovators, and using commissioning frameworks to enable, rather than hinder, the sustainable spread of innovations.
This document outlines key learning points from CCGs that have achieved significant efficiency savings and improvements for patients in the provision of NHS continuing healthcare services in their local area | NHS Clinical Commissioners
Asthma UK has published its annual asthma survey. “Falling through the gaps: why more people need basic asthma care” indicates two thirds of people are not receiving basic care for their asthma and that there are variations in care across the country.
Asthma affects the lives of 5.4 million people across the UK. Every year, Asthma UK runs an Annual Survey to find out about people’s experiences of living with asthma and the quality of care they receive.
This year’s report included new questions on asthma triggers, and the use of technology in asthma and health management. The survey also repeated questions about the care patients received for their asthma.
A survey of parents with children aged 5 to 18 has revealed that 41% of parents think their children are anxious about the threat of terrorism | Mental Health Foundation
A YouGov survey of over 1,800 parents was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation to uncover the impact world events could be having on children, and equip parents to respond.
Almost a quarter of parents (23%) indicated their children were anxious about the threat of nuclear war. A third of parents (33%) thought their children were anxious about Donald Trump’s presidency. A third of parents (32%) also thought their children were anxious about global warming and climate change.
In terms of signs parents are noticing, of those whose children were anxious, 6 in 10 (61%) have noticed their children starting to ask a lot more questions, a quarter (24%) had noticed their children seeking reassurance, and 13% reported that their children have gone as far as asking to avoid activities such using public transport or going to busy public places. A further 8% reported their children having nightmares.
It found that overall almost 4 in 10 parents (39%) were concerned that their children are becoming more anxious about world and national events.
Tackling loneliness and social isolation: the role of commissioners | The Social Care Institute for Excellence
This briefing draws on discussion from a seminar held in September 2017 to explore the opportunities and barriers faced by commissioners seeking to address social isolation in older people. It also looks at previous research and evaluations in this field.
identifies the evidence that points the way to a better understanding of effective interventions
provides examples of practice emerging in different parts of the country
examines what needs to happen next in order to create a more conducive
This report provides a stocktake of the NHS Health Check programme as Public Health England approaches the end of the first 5-year cycle of the programme.
This stocktake and action plan sets out the main areas for development by Public Health England, local authorities and the NHS to ensure we continue to get the most from the NHS Health Check programme in the next 5 years.
This set of slides reviews the programme as the first 5-year cycle ends and outlines an action plan for the next cycle focusing on:
delivering a high-quality programme
encouraging the development of evidence and research