SCIE: Evidence for strengths and asset-based outcomes

Social Care Institute for Excellence | August 2019 | Evidence for strengths and asset-based outcomes

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)  has published a new report: Evidence for strengths and asset-based outcomes. The quick guide is based on recommendations from a range of NICE guidelines and quality standards that focus on identifying and supporting an individual’s strengths and assets. It will help social workers to recognise opportunities for improving outcomes for the people they work with (Source: SCIE).
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The guide covers:

  • Personal strengths and assets
  • Community strengths and assets
  • Supporting people to shape their communities

The document is free but SCIE registration (free) is required to download the report see SCIE 


National Data Guardian 2018-19 report

National Data Guardian | August 2019 | National Data Guardian 2018-19 report

The National Data Guardian (NDG) has published a report reviewing the period between January 2018 to March 2019. 

National Data Guardian for Health and Care Progress Report January 2018-19 looks back over the work of Dame Fiona Caldicott as National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care in England. It also outlines the work that the Panel and  Dame Fiona Caldicott have carried out since January 2018 to uphold those principles.
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She describes the progress made against the eight work priorities set in her 2017 report, and outlines the NDG’s new priorities for 2019 onwards – her first set of work commitments since the NDG role became statutory on 1st April 2019.

The National Data Guardian for Health and Care Progress Report: January 2018-March 2019

Must know: tobacco control

Local Government Association | July 2019 | Must know: tobacco control

The Local Government Association, in partnership with Cancer Research UK, has published Must know: tobacco control which argues that comprehensive tobacco control is the best thing a local authority can do for public health.
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The report includes case studies from the North East, Hastings and Hull as well as examples of good practice. 

Must know: tobacco control

NICEimpact adult social care

NICE |  July 2019 | NICEimpact adult social care

NICEimpact reports review how NICE recommendations for evidence-based and cost-effective care are being used in priority areas of the health and care system, helping to improve outcomes where this is needed most. Their latest report, NICEimpact adult social care, considers how NICE’s evidence-based guidance contributes to improvements in adult social care.

1. People’s experience of adult social care and support

Most people who have help from adult social care services are satisfied overall but surveys suggest that more could be done to help people feel in control of their lives.

2. Managing medicines

Examples from NICE’s shared learning collection show how our guidance on managing medicines for adults receiving social care has been used to improve care.

3. Intermediate care including reablement

Most people who use intermediate care services have a good outcome. Many more services are being commissioned in an integrated way as recommended by NICE, helping people to move between them depending on their needs.

4. Using our quality standards to improve adult social care

Providers and commissioners have used our quality standards to assess performance and make improvements, as shown in these examples.

5. Commentary

Download from NICE 

Alternatively, read the full report online from NICE 

Latest HSIB report focuses on technology to reduce risk of X-ray findings getting lost

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch | July  2019 |Latest HSIB report focuses on technology to reduce risk of X-ray findings getting lost

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB)has published their latest report, Investigation into failures in communication or follow-up of unexpected significant radiological findings.  The report underlines that lack of follow-up or communication of unexpected significant findings can have a serious or life-threatening impact on patients. This was seen in the reference case that informed the investigation. In that event, a 76-year old woman had a chest X-ray showing a possible lung cancer which was not followed up and resulted in a delayed diagnosis. The patient died just over two months after her diagnosis.

The HSIB’s report highlights the pivotal role of technology in reducing the risk of x-ray findings being lost.
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The HSIB’s investigation identified that there:

  • are multiple opportunities for error in the processes used to communicate unexpected findings
  • are many steps that have to be completed successfully before the patient is informed
  • is variance in how clinicians receive findings and how they acknowledge receipt of them. (Source: HSIB)

Full report 

Summary report

Meningococcal Working Group report: summary of responses to recommendations

Department of Health and Social Care | July 2019 | Meningococcal Working Group report: summary of responses to recommendations

The Meningococcal Working Group have produced responses from organisations to the recommendations of the Meningococcal Working Group report. The report provides a summary of responses from organisations to the recommendations of the Meningococcal Working Group report published in July 2018.

The group made recommendations on raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis and meningococcal disease, and ensuring early diagnosis and treatment.

Summary of Responses to the Recommendations of the Meningococcal Working Group

Further details from The Meningococcal Working Group

Hidden no more: Dementia and disability 

All Party Parliamentary Group | June 2019 | Hidden no more: Dementia and

A new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group aims to shine a spotlight on dementia as a disability, to enable people with dementia to assert their rights to services and for their rights as citizens to be treated fairly and equally. Thousands of people who responded to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) inquiry agreed that they see dementia as a disability. But they told the APPG that society is lagging behind and failing to uphold the legal rights of people with dementia.  Within the report the All Party Parliamentary Group identify six key areas for action which have a direct impact on people’s daily lives, these are:
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  1. Employment
  2. Social protection
  3. Social care
  4. Transport
  5. Housing
  6. Community life

Full details from the Alzheimer’s Society