Pioneering home alteration project between NHS and Council helps get people home from hospital sooner

NHS England | August 2018 | Pioneering home alteration project between NHS and Council helps get people home from hospital sooner

A new case study from NHS England showcases Mansfield District Council’s ASSIST scheme, whereby means homes are made safe and accessible for a patient’s return from hospital – this could include fitting a ramp, grab rails and key safes, making sure their heating works, or moving furniture to make space for a hospital bed (Source: NHS England).handrail-2489493_1920.jpg
The full case study is available to read at NHS England 

A sustainable adult social care and support system for the long term: Moving the conversation on

Local Government Association | July 2018 | A sustainable adult social care and support system for the long term: Moving the conversation on

Ahead of the Green Paper on the future of adult social care, the Local Government Association(LGA) have produced a paper that outlines the view of sector experts on issues at the heart of the debate to help define what a system fit for future generations might look like.


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The paper is the very start of the LGA’s campaign ahead of the Spending Review. They  have published a series of papers, commissioned by LGA boards, which start the new thinking around building the case for long term, sustained investment in local government as well as laying out the positive outcomes this would deliver for the country (LGA).

Adult social care at a glance

National Audit Office| July 2018 | Adult social care at a glance

This overview looks at the adult social care landscape in England, updating our report Adult social care in England: an overview (2014). This report adds to the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) work on adult social care. It provides up-to-date analysis of key trends in adult social care and highlights pressures on the system and the latest developments.

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The overview looks at:

  • What is social care?
  • Access to and types of adult social care
  • Accountability for adult social care
  • Developments since 2014
  • NAO reports on adult social care (Source: National Audit Office)

    The full report is  available to download from the National Audit Office

Looking ahead: the NHS at 100

Looking ahead: the NHS at 100 | Healthcare Financial Management Association

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The challenges facing the NHS are significant. Waiting lists are increasing, A&E attendances are rising and access to GP
appointments can be difficult. Alongside this is a growing population who are living longer and developing more complex conditions, which increases demand on an
already overstretched service.

This report explores the key challenges the HFMA think will have the biggest impact on the financial future of health and social care.  It highlights the likely direction of travel and provides insight to help inform current decision-making.

Full report: Looking ahead: the NHS at 100


Ten steps towards a new plan for the NHS in England

Ten steps towards a new plan for the NHS in England | NHS Confederation

The Confederation is calling for a national conversation about what we want and can expect from the health service in England over the next ten years.   It proposes ten actions which would underpin specific priorities for a new plan.

Full document: Ten steps towards a new plan for the NHS in England

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The health and social care interface

The health and social care interface | National Audit Office

There is widespread consensus among health and social care professionals, the NHS and policy-makers in government that the changing needs of the population require changes to the way health and social care services are organised and delivered.

This ‘think piece’ highlights the barriers that prevent health and social care services working together effectively, examples of joint working in a ‘whole system’ sense and the move towards services centred on the needs of the individual. The report aims to inform the ongoing debate about the future of health and social care in England. It anticipates the upcoming green paper on the future funding of adult social care, and the planned 2019 Spending Review, which will set out the funding needs of both local government and the NHS.

The report presents and discusses 16 challenges to improved joint working. It also highlights some of the work being carried out nationally and locally to overcome these challenges and the progress that has been made.

Report – The health and social care interface

Press release – The health and social care interface

The NHS at 70

The Health Foundation, Institute for Fiscal Studies, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have published the next three briefings in their series marking 70 years of the NHS