The King’s Fund | August 2018 | What is happening to life expectancy in the UK?
In the latest piece on The King’s Fund blog, Veena Raleigh looks at how overall life expectancy has changed over time, along with considerations such as the difference in life expectancy between males and females, geographical inequalities, how the UK compares with other countries, and possible factors in the more recent slowdown in mortality improvements in the UK.
The King’s Fund | July 2018 | The Montefiore Health System in New York: a case study
The King’s Fund have published a report on New York’s Montefiore health system- a ‘safety net’ health system in the heart of the Bronx, has found ways of helping even the most deprived, while contributing to the recovery of a struggling community. It has done so, in large part, by stepping beyond the bounds of conventional health services.
The case study draws on interviews conducted with 25 of stakeholders involved in the Montefiore health system. This commissioned report builds on the earlier publication that the King’s Fund published earlier this year, it explores primary and community care, managing patients with complex needs, supporting infrastructure, and elements of a high-performing system (Source: The King’s Fund).
The King’s Fund & NHS Providers | July 2018 | Leadership in today’s NHS: delivering the impossible
The King’s Fund & NHS Providers report the findings from their survey of NHS trusts and foundation trusts conducted in 2017 by NHS Providers, the survey used qualitative interviews and a roundtable event with frontline leaders and national stakeholders.
Among the findings from the survey:
Leadership vacancies are widespread, with director of operations, finance and strategy roles having particularly high vacancy rates and short tenures
A culture of blaming individuals for failure is making leadership roles less attractive. Organisations with the most significant performance challenges experience higher levels of leadership churn. National bodies need to do more to support leaders to take on and stay in these roles.
To tackle high leadership churn, national programmes should target professional roles where concerns over the pipeline of future leaders is greatest. Regional talent
management functions – largely absent since the abolition of strategic health authorities – should be rebuilt in the new joint NHS England and NHS Improvement regional teams (Source: The King’s Fund & NHS Providers).
The news release from The King’s Fund can be viewed here
What will new technology mean for the NHS and its patients? | The Health Foundation | Institute for Fiscal Studies | The King’s Fund | The Nuffield Trust
This final briefing in the series marking 70 years of the NHS looks at the uptake and potential of the following trends in technology: genomics and precision medicine; remote care; technology supported self-management such as apps and wearables; and data analytics and artificial intelligence.
Technological advances offer significant opportunities to improve health care but
are not a silver bullet for the pressures facing the NHS. While there are really exciting developments in areas like genomics and precision medicine, we are a long way from being able to realise their full potential.
Technology has the potential to deliver significant savings for the NHS but the service does not have a strong track record in implementing it at scale and needs to get better at assessing the benefits, feasibility and challenges of implementing new technology.
Patients are embracing new technology and increasingly expect their care to be
supported by it. For example, the majority of people say they would use video
consultations to consult their GP about minor ailments and ongoing conditions.
New technology could fundamentally change the way that NHS staff work – in
some cases requiring entirely new roles to be created. The impact of these changes should not be underestimated.
People generally have relatively little knowledge about how the NHS and
commercial organisations use data for health research, which may be responsible
for mistrust in some cases. Transparent public dialogue is needed about how data
is currently used; what the opportunities are for the future; and how risks can be
mitigated. While it is vital to balance the benefits of sharing data with concerns
about security and confidentiality, these concerns should not be used as a barrier
The King’s Fund | June 2018 | Second’s out, round two: Is the government’s latest childhood obesity plan a knockout?
A new blog post on The King’s Fund website reviews the Government’s Obesity plan, chapter 2. It questions whether it is any better than the first. It uses the Health and Social Care Committee’s refreshed recommendations to assess it. The blog post includes a table that shows how the updated plan measures up against the Committee’s key asks (Source: The King’s Fund)