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.
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).
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).
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).
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.