General Medical Council | August 2019 | How doctors in senior leadership roles establish and maintain a positive patient-centred culture Research report for the General Medical Council
Research commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) set out to explore the lived experiences of doctors in senior leadership roles, their leadership journeys, the everyday challenges, and what they see as their role in shaping their organisation’s culture. As part of the research 27 in-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with senior doctors in leadership across a broad sample of organisation types and roles.
Office for National Statistics | August 2019 | Gen Xers more likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning
An ONS statistical release indicates that a generation of people born in England and Wales in the 1960s and 1970s (Generation X) are dying by suicide and drug poisonings in greater numbers. In the late 1980s there was a shift away from the middle-aged being the age group at which most people died by suicide, to those in their 20s. A similar shift to those in their 20s dying from drug poisonings became visible in the early 1990s. In the news:
NHS England | August 2019 | Reducing length of stay: Case studies
NHS England has published two reducing length of stay (RLoS) case studies from Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust which provide practical insights in to how NHS organisations have applied the reducing length of stay key principles, the impact this has had and how patients have benefited.
As part of the Why not home? Why not today? campaign NHS England highlight the most important things that healthcare professionals should be doing each day to reduce hospital stays. To this end they have produced action cards for doctors, healthcare assistants, nursing associates, pharmacy teams, nurses and therapists.
NHS Confederation | August 2019 | A chink of light? Tackling the under-funding of social care
A new briefing released by Health for Care a coalition, led by the NHS Confederation, a coalition of 15 national health organisations, calls on the government to deliver a sustainable social care system in England, backed up by a long-term financial settlement. NHS Confederation looks to identify the factors that have been placing a strain on adult social care in recent years and what the future pressures could be. This briefing analyses the anticipated adult social care funding gap in 2019/20, concluding that to maintain the status quo, the cash injection required is between £1.1 billion and £2.5 billion (Source: NHS Confederation).
NHS Confederation | July 2019 | Social enterprises: part of the NHS family – an explanatory guide for the wider NHS
NHS Confederation has produced a guide to Social enterprises: part of the NHS family – an explanatory guide for the wider NHS, produced with Social Enterprise UK, will help you get to grips with social enterprises and the role they play in delivering better health and social care outcomes for the communities they serve (Source: NHS Confederation).
Social enterprises are central to the diversity of health and care provision in the UK. Collectively, they have a turnover of £1.5bn and employ around 100,000 staff. Around a third of all community health services are delivered by social enterprises and they play a significant role in the delivery of out of hours care and a host of other services and their leaders play a key role in system leadership across the country.
Many of the largest social enterprises originally ‘span out’ of the statutory NHS bodies – and staff and patients still recognise them now as fundamentally part of the NHS. Social enterprises reinvest their surpluses back into their services and into the communities they serve and the vast majority are rated good or outstanding by the CQC.
Healthwatch | August 2019 | How easy to use are services if you have a sensory impairment?
Healthwatch has consulted with people with some form of sensory loss impairment to learn more about accessing health services with sensory loss impairment.
Those who were consulted who are deaf or have a hearing impairment say they can find it challenging to use the telephone booking system used by GP surgeries, with many practices operating a triage system where the patient is called back by the GP before being able to make an appointment.
A similar difficulty is experienced by those who receive a letter from the hospital and are asked to telephone to arrange a date for their appointment.
A common theme that emerged from the consultation was that staff awareness of sensory impairments appears to be a continuous issue, particularly at GP surgeries. People told us they would like more staff to ask whether they need help and how their needs can be met.
Individuals consulted also say they can lack autonomy and confidentiality which negatively impacts their independence and cause them to feel that they have limited control over their health and care needs (Source: Healthwatch).
Care Quality Commission | August 2019 | Workforce Race Equality Standard 2018/19
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its annual report -Workforce Race Equality Standard 2018/19 (WRES) on the experiences of BME staff to ensure equal access to career opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace.
According to the CQC, this year’s data shows progress in Indicators 2, 3 and 4:
the likelihood of white staff being appointed from shortlisting is the same as for BME staff
the data tells us there is no difference in the likelihood of a BME colleague entering a formal disciplinary process compared to a white colleague
this year’s data shows that there is no difference in the relative likelihood of white staff accessing non-mandatory learning compared to BME staff
The CQC still has lots of work to do in other areas such as ensuring BME representation at senior levels and reducing the gap in bullying and harassment. The CQC will be developing a robust action plan with the Race Equality Network and other colleagues to raise and accelerate our ambition in achieving a fair and inclusive workplace (Source: CQC).