Social prescribing link worker welcome pack

NHS England | September 2019 | Social prescribing link worker welcome pack

NHS England has published Social prescribing link worker welcome pack, the pack includes useful information to help link workers in primary care networks find out more about their role and what support is available. 

Social Prescribing Link Worker welcome pack – web version

Social Prescribing Link Worker welcome pack – version for download

CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey National Report 2018/19

NHS England | August 2019 | CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey National Report 2018/19

A central part of the CCG assessment process is the CCG 360 Stakeholder Survey, the findings of which are presented in the report  CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey National Report 2018/19. A key aim of the survey is to enable NHS England to assess whether CCGs are operating effectively in partnership with key organisations in the local health system to commission safe, high quality and sustainable services (Source: NHS England).
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CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey National Report 2018/19

Case studies of high performing CCGs

Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis

NHS England | August 2019 | Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis

An innovation that uses algorithms to to read patients’ vital signs, alerts medics to worsening conditions that are a warning sign of sepsis, has saved hundreds of people from sepsis.  The new ‘alert and action’ technology is already being used in three leading hospitals,  and is now part of a f a major nationwide push to tackle the condition including a one hour identification and treatment option.


In Liverpool, the hospital’s digital system brings together lab results and patient observations into one place to help staff diagnose and treat suspected sepsis, saving up to 200 lives a year.

In Cambridge, deaths from sepsis have fallen consistently over the last three years, with at least 64 lives saved in the past year thanks to the innovative alert and action feature.

In Berkshire since introducing a digital system, the Trust has increased screening rates by 70% with nine in 10 patients now consistently screened for sepsis during admission as opposed to two in ten beforehand, allowing doctors to spot more cases sooner.

The schemes are part of a national effort to push best practice and new technology across the NHS, to help hospitals learn from the success of others and spread use of the best technology further, faster (Source: NHS England).

Read the full press release from NHS England 

Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis


Where best next? New NHS plan to help patients avoid long hospital stays

NHS England & NHS Improvement | August 2019 | Where best next?

A new campaign is encouraging NHS doctors, nurses and other staff a to ask themselves ‘Why not home? Why not today?’ when planning care for patients recovering from an operation or illness.  ‘Where Best Next?’  aims to reduce the hospital stay of  140,000 people every year spared a hospital stay of three weeks or longer.


As well as being better for those individuals who get home with the right support quicker, the drive could also free up more than 7,000 beds for other patients – the equivalent of building an extra 15 large hospitals.

The campaign, launched on Monday, will see posters and other information placed in hospitals aimed at different staff groups, encouraging them to take practical steps every day to help get patients closer to a safe discharge – whether to their own home or a more suitable alternative in the community (Source: NHS England).

Full details from NHS England 

See also:

NHS England [blog] Valuing 350,000 patients’ time


Progressive Neurological Conditions Toolkit

NHS England | August 2019 | Progressive Neurological Conditions Toolkit

A new toolkit from NHS RightCare has been designed to support systems to understand the priorities in care for people living with various progressive neurological conditions.

The toolkit covers the following neurological conditions;:

  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • motor neurone disease (MND)
  • Parkinson’s and the atypical Parkinsonism’s of multiple system atrophy (MSA)
  • progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)
  • corticobasal degeneration (CBD)

The toolkit provides opportunity to assess and benchmark current systems to find opportunities for improvement

Full details from NHS RightCare

RightCare Progressive Neurological Conditions Toolkit

See also:

NHS RightCare [press release] Improving care for people with progressive neurological conditions


Why not home? Why not today?’ reducing length of stay action cards and case studies

NHS England | August 2019 | Reducing length of stay: Case studies

NHS England has published two  reducing length of stay (RLoS) case studies from Kettering General Hospital  NHS Foundation Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust which provide practical insights in to how NHS organisations have applied the reducing length of stay key principles, the impact this has had and how patients have benefited.

As part of the Why not home? Why not today? campaign NHS England highlight the most important things that healthcare professionals should be doing each day to reduce hospital stays.  To this end they have produced  action cards for doctors, healthcare assistants, nursing associates, pharmacy teams, nurses and therapists.

All action cards available from NHS England 

Case studies available here