NHS England | July 2018 | Watching England at the world cup ‘good for your nerves’ claims NHS doctor
A senior NHS doctor NHS England Clinical Director for Dementia, Alistair Burns, has emphasised the benefits of watching football to our well-being. The NHS director said: “Although fans may not feel it this week, football can be good for your nerves. The beautiful game really can help your mind and body.”
“As well as being great physical exercise, there is a positive link between watching classic football matches and keeping the mind active. For people in old age and dealing with dementia, rewatching matches can rekindle past memories, connect people with their past and keep the brain active.
According to the Clinical Director for Dementia sport can stimulate emotion which can be revived many years after the event. Emotional memory, which is one of two main types of memory in the human brain, can be more powerful than memory for personal events, so as people in later life relive exciting or tense moments, this can stimulate memories, potentially strengthening brain activity.
Across the UK, 850,000 people are estimated to live with dementia, while mental ill health affects almost eight million people aged over 55. A survey last year from Age UK showed that conditions like depression and anxiety affect over half of people aged over 55 – nearly eight million people – with one in five of these people saying that their condition deteriorates as they get older.
A new consultation from NHS England seeks views on the design principles of a programme to reduce the delivery of clinically ineffective interventions. The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation, and maximise value and avoid waste. The closing date for comments is 28 September 2018
The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save precious professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation and maximise value and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers. NHS England are publicly consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions we should target initially and proposed clinical criteria, the activity goals we should set and delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract.
Full details about the proposals are available at NHS England
NHS England | June 2018 | Multi-disciplinary diagnostic centre at University College London Hospital delivers faster diagnosis
A new case study published by NHS England shows how the multidisciplinary diagnostic centre (MDC) at University College London Hospital (UCLH), delivers faster diagnosis and improved patient journeys, to patients presenting with complex or vague abdominal symptoms.
NHS England | June 2018 | NHS England strikes deal on new NICE recommended lung cancer immunotherapy drug
NHS England have announced it will make lung cancer drug pembrolizumab available for routine use on the NHS. Trial results show pembrolizumab extends life for certain adults with lung cancer for more than a year.
According to NHS England Pembrolizumab is the first drug to exceed the new budget impact threshold for new products costing more than £20 million a year. The drug, which is also called Keytruda, would have cost around £84,000 per patient at its full list price. NHS England and MSD have agreed a confidential arrangement for reimbursement which will enable NICE to recommend it be routinely available on the NHS (NHS England).
NHS England | May 2018 | NHS met unpredecented patient demand last year
Despite experiencing the worst winter in a decade, frontline NHS staff and managers have risen to the challenge and cared for more patients than ever before. However, this surge in demand has affected the NHS’s performance in key areas, such as waiting times and its reliance on temporary workers.
Key findings of the report:
Unprecedented demand for A&E
More than 5.87 million people went to A&E in January, February and March 2018 – that’s over 220,000 more than the same period last year.
During January, February and March alone, there were 1.1 million people who attended A&E who needed to be admitted for treatment – 70,000 more than the same period last year.
At the end of the year, the sector was faced with 92,694 staff vacancies – which equates to an 8% vacancy rate. This includes 35,794 nursing vacancies and 9,982 doctor vacancies. However, providers ensured that 95% of nursing and 98% of medical vacancies were filled with temporary workers so that patient safety would not be compromised. This led to £976 million more being spent on NHS bank staff than planned.
Impact on finances
The high level of demand and a combination of other pressures led to an overspend in the NHS provider sector in 2017-18. While more than two thirds of providers (156 out of 234 trusts) finished the year at or better than planned financially, the surge in patient demand contributed to the provider sector as a whole having a deficit of £960 million at the end of 2017-18 (NHS England).
The full report Quarterly performance of the NHS provider sector: quarter 4 2017/18
NHS England | May 2018 | 70,000 more toddlers to get their first dental check-up as NHS England targets childhood dental health
According to the latest data examined by NHS England, children as young as one year old are having decayed teeth extracted. A new awareness programme has been launched to support 24,000 dentists across England to see more children from a young age in order to address this early decay. NHS England is asking dentists to check the oral health of an additional 70,000 pre-school children to support young families maintaining good dental health (NHS England).