This report identifies a need to address the wellbeing of doctors faced with higher workloads, whose own health impacts on patient care | General Medical Council
The focus of this report is on identifying causes, consequences and solutions.
The review aimed to take account of the experience of all doctors and medical
students working and learning within the UK’s healthcare systems, in both primary
and secondary care.
Recommendations include compassionate leadership models giving doctors more say over the culture of their workplaces, adopting minimum standards of food and rest facilities, and standardising rota designs which take account of workload and available staff.
Other recommendations for health service leaders include improvements to team-working, culture and leadership, and workloads. The General Medical Council has accepted the recommendations made and pledged to work with other leaders to help introduce them.
Diabetes UK has launched a new strategy called ‘A generation to end the harm: Diabetes UK Strategy 2020-2025’ coinciding with World Diabetes Day 2019
There are an estimated 2.85 million people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England, and more than 850,000 living with the condition who do not know they have it because they have not yet been diagnosed − bringing the total up to 3.7 million.
The new strategy from Diabetes UK focuses on achieving five key outcomes by 2025:
more people with type 1, type 2 and all other forms of diabetes will benefit from new treatments that cure or prevent the condition
more people will be in remission from type 2 diabetes
more people will get the quality of care they need to manage their diabetes well
fewer people will get type 2 and gestational diabetes
more people will live better and more confident lives with diabetes, free from discrimination.
The charity said that more than half of all cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed, and in turn, the risk of developing the related complications, by tackling overweight and obesity.
Latest figures show record numbers of patients waiting for NHS treatment in England
This monthly release aims to provide users with an overview of NHS performance
statistics in the following key areas.
Urgent and emergency care – Accident and Emergency, NHS 111, Ambulances, Delayed Transfers of Care
Planned care – Referral to Treatment, Diagnostics, Mixed Sex
Accommodation, NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care,
Patient Reported Outcome Measures
Cancer – Cancer Waiting Times, Cancer Registrations, Cancer Emergency
Presentations, Cancer Survival Estimates
Mental Health – Early Intervention in Psychosis, Out of Area Placements,
Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder, Contacts and Referrals,
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Physical Health Checks for
people with Severe Mental Illness
This long read examines the part Health and Wellbeing Boards, and local government more broadly, have played in the emergence of Integrated Care Systems so far and options for their future.
Health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) were established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to act as a forum in which key leaders from the local health and care system could work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population.
In this article, The Kings Fund explores questions in three main areas:
What has been the overall role and contribution of local government to ICSs so far? How involved have councils been? How far has this influenced the development of ICSs and how they work? How helpful or otherwise has this contribution been?
To what extent does the HWB feature in the overall governance arrangements for ICSs, both now and in the future? How does this work in practice, for example, where there is more than one HWB in the ICS footprint?
What part has the HWB played in the development of ICSs so far and how far might this change in the future, taking account of proposed national changes in NHS legislation? What is the future of HWBs in a world of ICSs?
New report outlines that more work is urgently needed to track and analyse mortality trends, to tackle widening inequalities and protect life expectancy for future generations | The Health Foundation
Throughout the 20th century, the UK saw significant increases in life expectancy, influenced by better incomes and living conditions, changing habits and medical advances. While mortality rates continued to improve in during the 2000s, since 2011 they have stalled, and for certain groups of the population, gone into reverse.
New analysis from The Health Foundation looks at the reasons behind stalling life expectancy improvements, uncovering worrying trends affecting groups of the population, including a rising number of avoidable deaths among the under 50s.
The report explains that there is no single cause of the slowdown, and no single solution: instead actions must be taken on the wider factors that shape the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.