The Nuffield Trust has published Adult social care in the four countries of the UK. This explainer looks at key themes in social care around funding, eligibility and ‘offer’ in each of the four UK countries, while considering the direction of current reform efforts.
How have inequalities in the quality of care changed over the last 10 years? | QualityWatch | The Health Foundation | Nuffield Trust
The NHS aims to provide high quality care for everyone that needs it. But inequalities in health care persist. The recent NHS Long Term Plan made it a priority to address ‘unwarranted’ differences in the care people receive.
QualityWatch has been looking across a whole range of services and performance measures to find out how inequalities in health care have changed over the last decade.
There are different types of inequalities in health care that might arise from the region of the country you live in, your ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic status. This data story takes a closer look at the association between deprivation in the area that a patient lives and quality of care.
The analysis finds people living in the most deprived areas of England experience a worse quality of NHS care and poorer health outcomes than people living in the least deprived areas. These include spending longer in A&E and having a worse experience of making a GP appointment.
Nuffield Trust | August 2019 | Paediatrics at a crossroads: what next?
The Nuffield Trust has published a guest blog post from Dr Guddi Singh entitled Paediatrics at a crossroads: what next? With many child health outcomes in the UK going in the wrong direction over the past decade, Dr Singh makes the case for social paediatrics (Source: The Nuffield Trust).
Parents with a child who had been admitted to hospital tended to rate their child’s overall experience highly, with over 80% of respondents rating their child’s experience as ‘8’, ‘9’ or ‘10’ (very good).
Only 52% of Community Mental Health Survey respondents rated their overall experience of NHS mental health services in the last 12 months as ‘8’, ‘9’ or ‘10’ (very good), and 10% rated their experience as ‘2’, ‘1’ or ‘0’ (very poor).
Adult inpatients’ overall experience has improved over time, with the proportion of survey respondents rating their experience as ‘8’, ‘9’ or ‘10’ (very good) increasing from 67% in 2012 to 73% in 2017. However, overall experience declined slightly to 71% in 2018.
The proportion of GP Patient Survey respondents who had a good overall experience (‘very good’ or ‘fairly good’) decreased from 88% in 2012 to 85% in 2017. In 2018, 84% of patients had a good overall experience and this declined slightly to 83% in 2019.*
Service users’ satisfaction with adult social care services has remained stable over time, with 65% of respondents ‘extremely or very satisfied’ in 2017-18.
Between 2012 and 2019, the proportion of patients who had a good overall experience (‘very good’ or ‘fairly good’) of NHS dental services increased from 83% to 85%.
Nuffield Trust | July 2019 | Why a “risk pool” must underpin a social care system
A new publication from the Nuffield Trust looks at the social care system, in the one-page document the think-tank explains why it thinks relying on individual funding options is unlikely to provide a viable basis for the system.