Centre for Mental Health publication: In ten years’ time

The Centre for Mental Health | June 2019 | In ten years’ time

The Centre for Mental Health are calling on the government to strengthen the law so that anyone being considered for a prison sentence must have a relevant up to date pre-sentence report before a court can imprison them.

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A recent independent poll commissioned by Revolving Doors Agency shows that public expect much better from our criminal justice system:

  • 76% of people think that magistrates should know whether someone has a mental health condition before sentencing them
  • 68% of people think that magistrates should know whether someone has a learning disability before sentencing them.

Full details from The Centre for Mental Health

In ten years’ time PDF

Challenges in using data across government

National Audit Office | June 2019 | Challenges in using data across government

The National Audit Office has published Challenges in using data across government, this report sets out the National Audit Office’s experience of data across government, including initial efforts to start to address the issues. From their past work we have identified three areas where government needs to establish the pre-conditions for success: clear strategy and leadership; a coherent infrastructure for managing data; and broader enablers to safeguard and support the better use of data. In this report they consider:

  • the current data landscape across government;
  • how government needs a clear plan and leadership to improve its use of data;
  • the quality, standards and systems needed to use data effectively; and
  • wider conditions and enablers for success.

See also:

National Audit Office Challenges in using data across government [press release]

Full report Challenges in using data across government 

Summary- Challenges in using data across government 


Reducing avoidable emergency admissions

This healthcare insight report details an extensive analysis of avoidable emergency admissions over a five-year period, and in doing so highlights a number of actions that can be taken towards preventing them | Dr Foster

This report looks specifically at ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs), which can be managed or prevented through effective primary and community care. ACSCs can be chronic conditions where early intervention can help prevent exacerbation; acute conditions where early intervention can prevent progression; or conditions where immunisation can prevent disease.

The report paints a startling picture of avoidable emergency admissions, finding that the admission rate increased by nine per cent over the analysis period, even after adjusting for population growth.

The report reveals which conditions patients are most likely to be admitted for in an emergency, who those patients may be, and the impact of deprivation. It takes an in-depth look at the possible savings to be made across both sustainable transformation partnerships (STPs) and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England, estimating combined potential savings of £125 million.

Full report: Reducing avoidable emergency admissions. Analysis of the impact of ambulatory care sensitive conditions in England.

Insights from the spread of the primary care home

The King’s Fund | June 2019 | Insights from the spread of the primary care home

The King’s Fund has published Insights from the spread of the primary care home, a report that looks at the factors that contributed to the spread of the ‘primary care home’,  a type of primary care network, from concept to more than 200 sites in a few years. The King’s Fund draw on a series of interviews with staff from the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC, who curated the primary care home concept for use in England in 2015), NHS England (who supported the work) and local sites (who delivered changes on the ground).

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The report identifies factors that enabled the spread of primary care homes, as well as the factors that made the spread harder. It provides insights for the NAPC and others that can inform their health and care transformation efforts (Source: The King’s Fund).

Report available from The King’s Fund 

New roles in primary care networks

NHS England | June 2019 | New roles in primary care networks

NHS England has published a series of documents to support pharmacists in the primary care networks. 

New roles in primary care networks: the clinical pharmacist

Primary care networks: A briefing for pharmacy teams

Guidance for Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs) – How to help contractors get involved with Primary Care Networks