Mental health funding squeeze has lengthened waiting times, say NHS finance leads

The King’s Fund | December 2018 | Mental health funding squeeze has lengthened waiting times, say NHS finance leads

Eight out of ten NHS trust finance directors say that funding pressures have led to longer waiting times for people who need mental health treatment, according to The King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report.

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New analysis for the report also shows that despite NHS England meeting its commitment to increase its investment in mental health, nearly a quarter of mental health trusts recorded a reduction in income between 2016/17 and 2017/18. An analysis of mental health trusts’ financial accounts carried out for the report found that, while mental health trusts as a whole reported an overall increase in funding, 21 per cent recorded a reduction in income last year, up from 13 per cent the previous year.

The report is published ahead of NHS England’s long-term plan, which was recently delayed amidst political turmoil over Brexit and is now expected early in the new year (Source: The King’s Fund).

Read the full press release from The King’s Fund

Complaints about the NHS in England: Quarter 2 2018-19

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman | December 2018 | Complaints about the NHS in England: Quarter 2 2018-19

A new report from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman presents statistics on complaints about the NHS in England from July to September 2018 (Quarter 2 – 2018-19). It presents data about the NHS complaints we have received, assessed and investigated from July to September 2018, as well as the recommendations they made.

Complaints about the NHS in England: Quarter 2 2018-19

 

Acute flaccid paralysis: clinical management guidance

Public Health England | December 2018 |Acute flaccid paralysis: clinical management guidance

Information on the clinical management of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), for use by healthcare professionals.

This guidance summarises the existing information on clinical management of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

The document includes:

  • details of immunological and antiviral therapies
  • an overview of long-term outcomes
  • infection control procedures

(Source: Public Health England)

Clinical management of acute flaccid paralysis / acute flaccid myelitis

What matters most? Healthwatch annual report

Healthwatch | December 2018 | What Matters Most? 

Healthwatch has published What Matters Most?   Last year the Healthwatch network heard from 406,567 people, carers and staff during the last year about their opinions of health and social care services.

Healthwatch take a closer look at the top four themes that people commonly experience across services and how they have made a difference (Source: Healthwatch.

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Download the report

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Download the Large Print 

Transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults Interventional procedures guidance [IPG634]

NICE | December 2018 | Transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults Interventional procedures guidance [IPG634]

 

Evidence-based recommendations on transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults. This involves electrically stimulating nerves in the throat or neck, while the person swallows. The aim is to strengthen the muscles involved in swallowing.

NICE Transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults Interventional procedures guidance [IPG634]