NHS Confederation | April 2018 | What comes into force in April 2018?
NHS Confederation has produced a resource which provides an overview of changes during April. It summarises key changes around
- Data collection
- Data security
- Public health
It also signposts where further information and guidance can be found. Full details at NHS Confederation
A ‘data revolution’ across health and care services in England is vital if local areas are to transform the way care is delivered | NHS Confederation
The NHS Confederation has launched a new series of guides to help board members to better understand data across the healthcare system and its role in transforming care.
Produced in association with healthcare intelligence provider CHKS, the guides for non-executive directors (NEDs) aim to kick start a ‘data revolution’ by looking at how data can be used to drive improvement, provide effective oversight and support the transformation of care. The first guide is aimed at NEDs in acute care, and examines activity in both primary and secondary care settings and considers the role of data sharing in bringing about efficiency savings.
Full document: The non-executive director’s guide to NHS data. Part one: Hospital activity, data sets and performance
New care models: harnessing technology | NHS Confederation
This report explores how five vanguards are implementing innovative digital technology solutions. It suggests that the starting point for the introduction of any new technology should always be from the perspective of the end user and that end-users should always be involved in the co-production of technological solutions.
Full report: New care models: harnessing technology
Additional link: NHS Confederation press release
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
The NHS Confederation has published briefings on new models of care and how they are working in practice:
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.
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.