Jeremy Hunt outlines new government’s NHS priorities at #Confed17

After being introduced by Niall Dickson as ‘something of a survivor,’ Jeremy Hunt took to the stage on day two of Confed17 to give his thanks and praise to the NHS, its staff and its leaders, and to set out some of the new government’s priorities for the NHS | NHS Confederation

Thanking NHS leaders for ‘stepping up to the plate’ in what he described as one of the most difficult jobs in the world, Mr Hunt went on to thank NHS staff and stated that the support and welfare of staff is a central government priority. Other immediate priorities he highlighted are:

  • The status of EU nationals in health and care system.
  • Staff retention levels
  • Mental health support
  • Workforce shortages and gaps

Looking ahead for the next 12 months, the government’s priorities include:

  • Continuing progress to turn around performance
  • Achieving financial balance
  • Continued focus on transforming mental health
  • Continued focus on safety improvements

Read the full overview here

New models of care in practice

The NHS Confederation has published briefings on new models of care and how they are working in practice:

New publications from the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network

The NHS Confederation Mental Health Network has published two papers looking at the mental health workforce

The Future of the mental health workforce

The NHS Confederation Mental Health Network has published The future of the mental health workforce.  This discussion paper presents data on the current picture of the mental health workforce and looks at emerging findings from research to identify the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the mental health workforce. A final report will be published later in 2017.

Mental health and integrated care

Also published is Mental health and community providers: lessons for integrated care.  This briefing looks at how mental health and community provider organisations are exploring the multi-speciality provider model and how it can drive the delivery of integrated mental and physical healthcare.  The briefing presents key points and lessons learned.

Is there a future for smaller hospitals in the NHS?

Centralising hospitals is a controversial topic, with many arguing that it does not lead to savings or improve care for patients. On the other hand, smaller and rural hospital sites face many challenges in staffing and sustainability. In this podcast, Nigel Edwards and former NHS Chief Sir David Nicholson sit down to discuss the viability of the smaller hospitals.

 

New care models and staff engagement

NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association, have  published a  guide to the work vanguards are doing to engage their staff in the design and delivery of new care models.

The new report – New Care Models and Staff Engagement: All Aboard aims to help spread the learning from the vanguard programme across the health and care sector.

The publication contains four case studies which examine the ongoing work of NHS and local government organisations that are ensuring staff are at the heart of all decisions about new models of care in local areas.

New care models and prevention: an integral partnership

A report by NHS Confederation and others presents five case studies to highlight how vanguards have sought to address the health and wellbeing gap and the impacts seen so far.

New care models and prevention: an integral partnership  reports a reduction in emergency admissions for the over-65s, fewer delayed transfers of care, and GPs able to dedicate more time to frail older patients among some of the early achievements.

Other successes detailed in the new report  include improved patient outcomes, increased job satisfaction for staff, and financial savings from better medicines management.

The publication is the first in a series of two looking at developing new models of care. The second, due later this month, will look at staff engagement and new models of care.

It forms part of a programme of work to spread the learning of the vanguard programme across the health and care sector. It is being jointly delivered by the NHS Confederation, NHs Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers and the Local Government Association.

The vanguards: summed up and explained

With March marking a year since the first wave of vanguards were announced, a new animation (see below) and suite of factsheets shine a light on what the sites are up to and what’s in store for patients and communities across the country.

Launched on Thursday (25 February), the resources explain the aims and objectives of the country’s 50 health and care vanguards.

Aimed at health and care staff, patients and the public, the resources also showcase some of the innovative work happening across the country that’s making a difference to people’s lives.

The factsheets explore the five types of care models the vanguards fall under:

  • Acute care collaboration vanguard sites – linking local hospitals together to improve their clinical and financial viability.
  • Urgent and emergency care – new approaches to improve the coordination of services and reduce pressure on A&E departments.
  • Enhanced health in care homes – offering older people better, joined up health, care and rehabilitation services.
  • Multi-specialty community providers – moving specialist care out of hospitals into the community.
  • Integrated primary and acute care systems – joining up GP, hospital, community and mental health services.

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Find out more via NHS Confederation