Evaluating weight management interventions

Evidence-based guidance to support the evaluation of weight management interventions | Public Health England


This document is an update of the ‘Standard Evaluation Framework (SEF) for weight management interventions’, (2009) which was originally published by the National Obesity Observatory, and is now widely used across England.

It has been updated as a result of feedback from practitioners in the field following a consultation exercise, and to provide support for the Weight management: guidance for commissioners and providers collection.

The document contains a list of ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ criteria for data required for a comprehensive and robust evaluation. Essential criteria are the minimum data and information recommended to perform a basic evaluation of a weight management intervention. Desirable criteria are additional data that would improve the quality of an evaluation; and enhance understanding about what has been achieved and the processes that have taken place during the intervention.

Full document: Standard evaluation framework for weight management interventions

Choice in mental health care updated

Choice in mental health care: Guidance on implementing patients’ legal rights to choose the provider and team for their mental health care (2014) has been updated by NHS England. It provides guidance for commissioners, GPs and providers on how to implement patients’ legal rights to choose their care provider and the team they see for their mental health care. (NHS England)

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It has been  developed with colleagues from across the mental health sector. It seeks to promote a common understanding of what mental health patients’ legal rights are, outlines where they apply, and what they mean in everyday practice.

You can access the intereactive pdf here 

Maternity care guideline

Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience | The World Health Organization

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This guideline brings together new and existing WHO recommendations that, when delivered as a package, will ensure good-quality and evidence-based care irrespective of the setting or level of health care.

It highlights the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labour and childbirth for women and their babies.

Full document: Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience


Additional links: WHO press release | Royal College of Midwives press release

Revised Never Events policy and framework

The Never Events policy and framework sets out the NHS’s policy on Never Events. It explains what they are and how staff providing and commissioning NHS-funded services should identify, investigate and manage the response to them.

Never Events are serious incidents that are entirely preventable because guidance or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers are available at a national level, and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers.

The main changes to the revised policy and framework are:

  • the removal of the option for commissioners to impose financial sanctions on trusts reporting Never Events
  • to align the Never Events policy and framework with the Serious Incident framework, to achieve consistency across the two documents (a revised Serious Incident framework will be published later in 2018)
  • revisions to the list of Never Events, including two additional types of Never Event.

Full document: Never Events policy and framework – revised January 2018

See also: Never Events list 2018


Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities

Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities | The Royal College of Nursing  

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This guidance aims to improve dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities.  It is designed particularly to support the nursing workforce but other health care and social care staff may find this useful.

The guidance concludes with information relating to the particular health needs that people with learning disabilities may have, and provides ideas on working in collaboration with other service providers.

Full guidance available here

Commissioning primary care services

NHS England has updated the Primary medical care policy and guidance manual to reflect the changing landscape in primary care co-commissioning.   This document provides commissioners of primary care services the context, information and tools to safely commission and contract manage primary medical care contracts.

The document is split into four sections:

Part A – Excellent Commissioning and Partnership Working

Part B – General Contract Management

Part C – When things go wrong

Part D – General

Reducing delayed transfers of care over winter

NHS Improvement has written to the chief executives of all trusts providing community services setting out actions they must implement to reduce delayed transfers of care over winter. | NHS Improvement | HSJ


NHS Improvement  chief executive Jim Mackey has said trusts must help improve delayed discharges over winter and listed six actions they need to carry out in the next six months:

  1. Facilitate the sharing of patient data with acute and social care partners and from 7 November ensure daily situation reports are completed “to enable better understanding of community services at a national level”.
  2. Jointly assess discharge pathways with local partners including “being an active participant in the local acute provider’s discharge and hosting operational discussions daily where necessary to discharge patients in community settings”.
  3. Develop “discharges hubs” over the next six months and beyond, designed to be a single point of access for patients moving between acute and community services.
  4. Ensure a “robust patient choice policy” is implemented.
  5. Clarify to partner organisations what services the trust offers to patients.
  6. Ensure collection of patient flow data and data on plans to improve patient flow.

Full detail is given by NHS Improvement who have produced the following  report to help improve flow into and out of community health services:

Flow in providers of community health services: good practice guidance

Related HSJ article: Trust chiefs given new instructions to tackle winter DTOCs