Untapped potential: Investing in health and care data analytics | The Health Foundation
This new report from the Health Foundation highlights key reasons why there should be more investment in analytical capability. The report calls for action and investment across the system so the NHS has the right people with the right tools to interpret and create value from its data. This could result in an NHS that can make faster progress on improving outcomes for patients.
- The NHS generates a huge amount of data. Making better use of this growing mountain of information has the potential to improve care and how services are run.
- Yet the NHS is failing to make the most of its data because there aren’t enough people with the right analytical skills to make sense of the information that is being collected.
- More investment is needed in skilled analysts to unlock the full potential of NHS data to benefit patients.
Nine key reasons why there should be more investment in analytical capability:
- Clinicians can use the insights generated by skilled analysts to improve diagnosis and disease management.
- National and local NHS leaders can evaluate innovations and new models of care to find out if expected changes and benefits were realised.
- Board members of local NHS organisations and systems can use analysis to inform changes to service delivery in complex organisations and care systems.
- Local NHS leaders can improve the way they manage, monitor and improve care quality day-to-day.
- Senior NHS decision makers can better measure and evaluate improvements and respond effectively to national incentives and regulation.
- Managers can make complex decisions about allocating limited resources and setting priorities for care.
- Local NHS leaders will gain a better understanding of how patients flow through the system.
- New digital tools can be developed and new data interpreted so clinicians and managers can better collaborate and use their insights to improve care.
- Patients and the public will be able to better use and understand health care data.
Full report: Untapped potential: Investing in health and care data analytics | The Health Foundation
Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group | March 2019 | Help shape services and support for people with sight loss
Barnsley’s Vision Strategy group is asking about the experiences of Barnsley residents who have sight loss, from the point of diagnosis to on-going support and services.
The Vision Strategy group is made up of representatives from people with sight loss, Barnsley Council, Education Inclusion Services, HealthWatch, Charities, NHS Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, South West Yorkshire Foundation NHS Partnership Trust, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and local opticians.
The group is working together to develop ways to prevent sight loss, promote local eye health services and develop services for Barnsley people who have sight loss.
It plans to work with people with sight loss to look at what can be done within the resources available. They want to help people engage in what is already available locally, help support new community projects and look at developing services.
Information from completed questionnaires will be used to identify areas to focus on at an engagement event on Saturday 11 May, 12.30 to 3.30pm at Barnsley Town Hall (Source: Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group)
Further details are available from Barnsley CCG
The NHS Long Term Plan included suggested legislative changes to help implement the Plan easier and faster. NHS England Strategy & Innovation Directorate and NHS Improvement Strategy Directorate are now setting these out in further detail and invite views on the proposals.
The proposals outline eight groups of suggested legislative changes in the NHS Long-Term Plan, with feedback invited by April 25 2019. These include proposed changes to both the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and NHS Improvement’s roles in respect of competition. These proposals are based on feedback from patients, clinicians, NHS leaders and partner organisations, as well as national professional and representative bodies.
Full document: Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan: Proposals for possible changes to legislation
NHS England | November 2018 |Procuring for effective wound management
A case study on the NHS England’s Shared Atlas features an innovation from a nursing team who introduced a centralised procurement system, generating savings of £45,000 which has been reinvested in services.
The nursing team for the Wound and Lymphedema service at the East London Wound Healing Centre identified significant unwarranted variation in the supply and use of wound care products across their service, with variation in a standardised approach to dressing choice and in some instances the most optimal dressing was not being utilised.
This innovation led to:
Better outcomes – Enabling clinicians to directly order on a patient needs-based approach has improved care and outcomes, helping to identify patients with complex needs and triggering specialist interventions. Standardising wound care based upon best practice will also improve outcomes for patients.
Better experience – The supply system has reduced delays in treatment for patients and keeping track of ordering trends has highlighted training needs and targeted support to some teams and providers. The new system has resulted in effective and efficient access to dressings for patients and improved patient care.
Better use of resources – The scheme has operated within the original budget despite an 18% increase in population. Savings of £45,000 have also been reinvested in services. Total wound care spend per patient in Tower Hamlets is significantly below the national average without compromise on quality of service provision. The procurement system has done this by reducing over-ordering and the associated risk of dressings going unused. The scheme has generated cash savings of £82k that has been reinvested back into services such a wound care projects or interventions.
Read the full case study at NHS England
The Health Foundation is supporting five large-scale GP practices and federations to carry out targeted improvement work to increase continuity of care in their practices.
The Increasing Continuity of Care in General Practice programme will explore what continuity of care will look like, considering relationships between GPs and patients, and also examining whether better information and management practices can help increase continuity with the aim of bringing benefits to both staff and patients.
This programme is inspired by recent Health Foundation research which demonstrated that patients with ambulatory care sensitive conditions who see the same GP a greater proportion of the time have fewer unplanned hospital admissions. The programme has been developed with the advice and support of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Each project will run for up to two years and each project team will receive up to £250,000 of funding to support the implementation, evaluation and dissemination of findings from their work.
Full story at The Health Foundation
NHS Improvement | October 2018| Opportunity to build quality and service improvement capability
NHS Improvement has opened applications for its ACT Academy’s QSIR College (quality, service improvement and redesign) programme in Leeds and the South West.
The programme is an opportunity for both clinical and non-clinical staff with experience in service improvement to build service improvement capability within their organisation or across their system.
Full details including more information about the programme and how to apply are at NHS Improvement
The QSIR programmes are delivered in a variety of formats to suit different levels of improvement experience and are supported by publications that guide participants in the use of tried and tested improvement tools, and featured approaches, as well as encouraging reflective learning.
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More than four in five of NHS users would be willing to pay more tax to secure significant improvements to the service, according to a new poll commissioned by the NHS Confederation | story via OnMedica
The Ipsos MORI poll surveyed 1,003 adults across England, Scotland and Wales and found that 84% of participants polled would be willing to pay more tax if the NHS’s level of service ‘improved a great deal’, compared with 75% who would be willing to pay more tax for slightly improved services. 61% would be willing to pay more if it ensured that services remained at current levels.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “The poll shows that the British people are willing to pay more for better care and that there is an understanding we have to change the way we deliver care – we cannot go on as we have been.
“But we must not raise expectations about what can be achieved – there will be tough decisions ahead. The settlement is welcome, but falls short of the 4% independent experts say we need to deliver even modest improvements.
“It is now undeniably clear there is an appetite among the taxpayers to put their hands in their pockets for the cash we need to make the NHS a service we can be proud of in its 70th year and for the years to come”.
Full story: Majority of public willing to pay more tax for NHS | OnMedica