Financial performance report: first quarter 2019/20 | NHS England and NHS Improvement
This report provides an update on the financial performance of NHS England and includes the year to date and forecast position for CCGs, areas of direct commissioning, central running costs and programme budgets. It also includes year to date and forecast performance against commissioner efficiency plans.
There and back – what people tell us about their experiences of travelling to and from NHS services | Healthwatch England
Healthwatch England has carried out a nationwide conversation on the NHS Long Term Plan, engaging with over 30,000 people across the country. They found that travel was a key issue, with nine out of 10 people saying that convenient ways of getting to and from health services is important to them. Indeed, people put transport above other things, such as choice over where to be treated and improving digital access to services.
This briefing brings collates information about people’s experiences of getting to and from appointments at hospitals, GP surgeries and other NHS services. It looks at the different methods of transport, as well as sharing some examples of promising practice. It is intended to help leaders in the NHS understand the barriers people face and explore possible solutions.
Review recommends that councils and the NHS work more closely to co-commission public health services, including health visiting and school nursing | Department of Health and Social Care
The review, conducted by the Department of Health and Social Care, recommends that the NHS work much more closely with local authorities on public health so that commissioning is more joined-up and prevention is embedded into a wider range of health services.
As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the government committed to reviewing commissioning arrangements for some local authority-commissioned public health services.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that the departmental review found that local authorities take an active and efficient approach to commissioning services. He also praised local councils for their work in commissioning public health services and confirmed they will continue to lead on this important work.
He acknowledged that many local authorities have taken steps to improve and modernise the services they commission, including through digital delivery, such as online STI testing.
Nuffield Trust | May 2019 | Health & social care explained
An interactive timeline developed by the Nuffield Trust brings 70 years of reform and change in the National Health Service to life, charting the evolution of this public institution from its inception in the post-war years through to the present day.
Centre for Health and the Public Interest | March 2019 | Who decides the price and availability of NHS medicines?
Who decides the price and availability of NHS medicines? is a briefing from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest. The release summarises the key forces determining the price and availability of new medicines in the NHS. It explains the tension between pharmaceutical companies, purchasers (e.g. the NHS), and patients’ representative groups.
Since 1983, NatCen Social Research’s British Social Attitudes survey has asked members of the public in England, Scotland and Wales about their views on the NHS and health and care issues more generally. Alongside the Nuffield Trust, in this publication the King’s Fund explores the findings from the 2018 survey.
The BSA is a ‘gold standard’ survey and is conducted the same way every year, with the data provideing a rich time trend going back to 1983. This adds a depth and context to the findings that no other measure of NHS satisfaction provides. As a result, when satisfaction changes in the BSA, we are as confident as we can be that it reflects a genuine change in public attitudes.
Satisfaction with the NHS overall in 2018
Public satisfaction with the NHS overall continued to fall in 2018. Overall satisfaction was 53 per cent – a 3 percentage point drop from the previous year and the lowest level since 2007.
Older people were more satisfied than younger people: 61 per cent of those aged 65 and over were satisfied with the NHS compared to 51 per cent of those aged 18–64.
Satisfaction levels also differed between supporters of different political parties: 58 per cent of supporters of the Conservative party were satisfied compared to 51 per cent of supporters of the Labour party.
The four main reasons people gave for being satisfied with the NHS overall were: the quality of care; the fact that the NHS is free at the point of use; the range of services and treatments available; and the attitudes and behaviour of NHS staff.
The four main reasons people gave for being dissatisfied with the NHS overall were: long waiting times; staff shortages; a lack of funding; and money being wasted.